Six months in the limelight obviously hasn’t been enough for country’s rising star Taylor Swift or her fans, who have swarmed to the more than 50 concerts on her 2009 Fearless Tour. The young singer-songwriter will extend her headlining run to more North American markets with a second leg of arena shows in 2010.
Early next spring, the Fearless Tour will relaunch on March 4 in Tampa, FL, and continue on a cross-country circuit through a June 2 closing show in Washington, DC. Much like the staggered announcement of her 2009 tour, venue details are still forthcoming for the 37 planned performances.
Swift’s routing will extend her stay in several cities across the U.S. and Canada. Multiple-night engagements are currently slated for March 18-19 in Philadelphia, PA; March 26-27 in Detroit, MI; April 6-7 in Denver, CO; April 15-16 in Los Angeles, CA; May 12 – 13 in Newark, NJ; May 14 – 15 in Uniondale, NY; May 21 – 22 in Toronto, ON; and May 25 – 26 in Houston, TX.
The early winter 2010 outing will continue to feature support from former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, as well as special guest Gloriana. Both acts have toured with Swift throughout her 2009 run of North America.
The country starlet’s current itinerary continues tonight, October 8, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. her season will close out with an October 9-10 stand at Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, and an October 11 tour-ending show at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
According to the young performer’s official Web site, all four performances are sold out. However, as of this afternoon, small blocks of lower level seating and larger blocks of balcony seating had become available on Ticketmaster for the Indianapolis concert.
The success of the first leg of the Fearless Tour came as a surprise to the 19-year-old performer. “I always expected to have to do a lot of stressing out about selling tickets,” Swift said in a statement. “And then I went on my first headlining tour, and everything just sold out.”
She continued, “I’ve never expected that kind of success. I’ve never just felt entitled to my shows selling out or things like this happening to me, but the fact that they’ve happened to me has been wonderful.”
Her modesty is in stark contrast to another performer who crashed her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13. As Swift stood on stage to receive the Moonman for Best Female Video, rapper and producer Kanye West stormed the stage, swiping Swift’s microphone and her spotlight in a stunt that remains a source of controversy.
Despite the televised embarrassment, Swift appears to have had the last laugh.
West’s popularity and market demand have taken a huge hit post-VMAs, with the performer even cancelling a planned 2009-2010 tour with Lady GaGa. Swift, meanwhile, has received praise for her calm and gracious response to the incident, as well as an outpouring of support from dedicated fans and new converts alike.
Taylor Swift itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)
|March 4||Tampa, FL|
|March 5||Orlando, FL|
|March 7||Sunrise, FL|
|March 10||Austin, TX|
|March 11||Dallas, TX|
|March 12||Corpus Christi, TX|
|March 18 – 19||Philadelphia, PA|
|March 20||Charlottesville, VA|
|March 26 – 27||Detroit, MI|
|March 28||Cincinnati, OH|
|March 31||Oklahoma City, OK|
|April 1||Wichita, KS|
|April 2||Kansas City, MO|
|April 6 – 7||Denver, CO|
|April 10||Fresno, CA|
|April 11||San Jose, CA|
|April 15 – 16||Los Angeles, CA|
|April 29||Lexington, KY|
|April 30||Columbia, SC|
|May 1||Raleigh, NC|
|May 6||Des Moines, IA|
|May 7||Saint Paul, MN|
|May 8||Moline, IL|
|May 12 – 13||Newark, NJ|
|May 14 – 15||Uniondale, NY|
|May 20||Ottawa, ON|
|May 21 – 22||Toronto, ON|
|May 25 – 26||Houston, TX|
|June 2||Washington, DC|