Country music superstar Carrie Underwood has announced that she will expand her current North American Blown Away Tour into 2013. The first leg of the huge tour is currently underway, and will visit 55 venues before wrapping up just before Christmas.
Underwood, and special guest Hunter Hayes will take a short break through the holidays, before heading back on the road beginning February 13. The second leg of the tour is scheduled to visit an additional 40 cities, providing fans with over 100 opportunities to catch the star performing.
On February 13, Underwood will kick off the second leg of the tour in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Colorado Springs World Arena. She will be making stops reaching all corners of the United States. Stops include: The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 2: The Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania on March 25; The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on April 20;the BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford, Illinois on May 10, and many more. The tour is planned to officially conclude on May 18 at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.
According to Examiner, “Underwood’s 2008 ‘Carnival Ride Tour’ and 2010 ‘Play On Tour’ performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance, and she wrapped both years as the top-ranked female country touring artist. This year, fan and critic reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, with many media outlets reporting ‘spectacular production’ and ‘amazing vocals.'”
The Blown Away Tour is in support of Underwood’s Blown Away album, which was released this past spring. The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, following the success of her three previous album releases. Popular songs from the album include hit singles, “Good Girl” and “Blown Away.” The album also debuted at number 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, and has sold over one million copies.
Reviews of the tour have been phenomenal thus far. CMT said, “Start to finish, it will be tough for any country artist to top what Underwood is delivering on this tour.” The Los Angeles Times added, “A spectacular production…full of dazzling costume changes, creative staging and megawatts of musical wattage.”
It was also report that Hunter Hayes is on-board for the second leg of the tour as well. The 20-year old singer, songwriter and guitarist released his self-titled album in October of 2011. Popular songs from the album include “Storm Warning” and “Wanted.” The opportunity to tour with Underwood has drawn plenty of attention to Hayes, and he is proving he has what it takes to be successful in the business. He previously toured with Taylor Swift in 2011.
Tickets for the second leg of the Blown Away tour will be available for purchase to the general public beginning Friday, November 2. Tickets for the first leg of the tour sold quickly, and tickets for the 40 additional shows are not expected to last long.