Speak Now World Tour
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This is about the tour. For the live album, see Speak Now: World Tour Live .
The Speak Now World Tour is the second concert tour by American country singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift , in support of her third studio album, Speak Now . The tour visited Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. The tour ranked tenth in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)", earning over 40 million dollars.  She visited 76 cities in 17 countries, selling out in every one. 
- 1 Background
- 2 Opening acts
- 5.1 Box office score data
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Background [ ]
"I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011! The 'Fearless Tour' was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!" 
While promoting her current album, Swift mentioned her excitement for her upcoming tour. She stated the tour was going to be "big" and "extensive".  On November 23, 2010, various media outlets—including Billboard Magazine announced the second tour by Swift.  It follows her successful Fearless Tour which played for over 100 dates in over five countries. The tour marked the singer's first tour to perform in stadiums. Before the tour commenced, Swift performed "The Allure of Taylor Swift" aboard the MS Allure of the Seas at the Allure of the Seas Aquatheater, as apart Royal Caribbean Cruises in January 2011. 
Opening acts [ ]
Setlist [ ].
- " Sparks Fly "
- " The Story of Us "
- " Our Song "
- " Back to December "
- " Better Than Revenge "
- " Speak Now "
- " Fearless " / "I'm Yours" / "Hey, Soul Sister"
- " Last Kiss "
- " You Belong with Me "
- " Dear John "
- " Enchanted "
- " Haunted "
- " Long Live "
- " Fifteen "
- " Love Story "
Note: " Ours " was added to the setlist after the Denver show on September 27, 2011.
- During her concert at the Allstate Arena, Swift performed "Sugar, We're Goin Down" 
- During her concert at the Van Andel Arena, Swift performed "Lose Yourself" and "Smile" 
- During her concert at the Lincoln Financial Field, Swift performed "Who Knew" and "Unpretty" 
- During her concerts at the Staples Center, Swift was joined onstage my many guest stars. For the concert on August 23rd, Swift was joined onstage by Justin Bieber to perform "Baby".  For the show on the 24th, Swift was joined by Jason Mraz to perform his hit, "I'm Yours". She also performed, "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.  The following concert on the 27th saw Swift performing, "Tonight Tonight" with Hot Chelle Rae  and on the 28th, she performed "Super Bass" with Nicki Minaj . 
- During her concert in at Rogers Arena, Swift performed "You Learn" and "Baby". She was later joined onstage by Tal Bachman to perform his hit, "She's So High". 
- During her concert at the Bridgestone Arena on September 16th, Swift was joined by Ronnie Dunn and the two performed "Bleed Red". She was also joined by Hayley Williams and the two performed "That's What You Get". 
- For her concerts in Atlanta, Swift was joined onstage by Usher to perform "Yeah!" on the first and rapper T.I. performing "Live Your Life" on the second. 
- During her concert at the Cowboys Stadium, Swift was joined onstage by B.o.B to perform " Airplanes " 
- For her concerts in Glendale, Swift performed "No Parade", "The Middle" and "All You Wanted" 
- During her concert at the Valley View Casino Center, Swift performed, "Dare You to Move" 
- During the concert at the Frank Erwin Center, Swift was joined onstage by Shawn Colvin to perform "Sunny Came Home" 
- During her concert at Minute Maid Park, Swift was joined onstage by Nelly to perform "Just a Dream" 
- During her concert at the American Airlines Arena, Swift was joined by Flo Rida to perform "Right Round" 
- During her concert at the Colonial Life Arena, Swift was joined by Darius Rucker to perform "Alright" 
- During her concert at the Madison Square Garden, Swift was joined by Selena Gomez to perform "Who Says" and James Taylor to perform "Fire and Rain". 
Gallery [ ]
Tour dates [ ].
- ^ a This concert was a part of the Speak Now, Help Now
Box office score data [ ]
References [ ].
- ↑ "Top 50 Worldwide Tours (01/01/2011 - 06/30/2011)" . Pollstar . Pollstar, Inc.. 8 July 2011 . http://www.pollstarpro.com/files/Charts2011/071811Top50WorldwideTours.pdf . Retrieved 15 July 2011 .
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Mnebw_TJc&feature=digest_fri
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Taylor Swift’s World Tour" . Pollstar . Associated Content. 2010-11-23 . http://pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2010/11/23/748307.aspx . Retrieved 2010-11-24 .
- ↑ Vena, Jocelyn (2010-11-23). "Taylor Swift Announces Speak Now World Tour Dates" . MTV News . MTV Networks . http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1652946/20101123/swift__taylor.jhtml . Retrieved 2010-11-24 .
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mapes, Jillian. "Taylor Swift Announces 'Speak Now' World Tour" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media . http://www.billboard.com/events/taylor-swift-announces-speak-now-world-tour-1004130458.story#/events/taylor-swift-announces-speak-now-world-tour-1004130458.story . Retrieved 2010-11-24 .
- ↑ Golden, Fran (2010-10-22). "Taylor Swift to Perform on World's Largest Cruise Ship" . AOL Travel News . AOL, Inc. . http://news.travel.aol.com/2010/10/22/taylor-swift-to-perform-on-world-s-largest-cruise-ship/ . Retrieved 2010-11-24 .
- ↑ Lee, Raquel (9 February 2011). "Singapore Idol Sezairi Sezali to open for Taylor Swift" . MediaCorp Channel NewsAsia . MediaCorp . http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1109575/1/.html . Retrieved 19 February 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift picks Sam Concepcion to be part of her show" . ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs . ABS–CBN Corporation. 3 February 2011 . http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/02/03/11/taylor-swift-picks-sam-concepcion-be-part-her-show . Retrieved 3 February 2011 .
- ↑ "Tom Dice naar Vorst met countryster Taylor Swift [Tom Dice to perform with country star Taylor Swift]" (in Dutch). De Standaard . Corelio. 7 March 2011 . http://www.standaard.be/artikel/detail.aspx?artikelid=SU37696L . Retrieved 7 March 2011 .
- ↑ Smith, Jay (2 December 2010). "Taylor Swift’s NeedToBreathe" . Pollstar . Associated Press . http://www.pollstar.com/blogs/news/archive/2010/12/02/749061.aspx . Retrieved 2 February 2011 .
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 "Taylor Swift Adds Opening Acts to North American Tour" . Country Music Television . 2011-03-03 . http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1659143/taylor-swift-adds-opening-acts-to-north-american-tour.jhtml . Retrieved 2011-03-18 .
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Rubenstein, Jenna Hally (11 August 2011). "WATCH: Taylor Swift Covers Fall Out Boy's 'Sugar, We're Goin Down'" . MTV Buzzworthy Blog . MTV Networks. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/61Lt95kH8 . Retrieved 31 August 2011 .
- ↑ Nessif, Bruna (4 August 2011). "Taylor Swift Makes Eminem's "Lose Yourself" Sound Sweet" . E! Online . NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/61LsrP3M0 . Retrieved 31 August 2011 .
- ↑ Gallo, Phil (24 August 2011). "Justin Bieber Crashes Taylor Swift's L.A. Concert: Video" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media . Archived from the original on 31 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/61LtT9uCM . Retrieved 31 August 2011 .
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Jones, Anthony (29 August 2011). "Nicki Minaj, Jason Mraz join Taylor Swift on-stage for surprise duets" . All Headline News . http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/90058539 . Retrieved 8 September 2011 .
- ↑ Kennedy, Gerrick D. (29 August 2011). "Taylor Swift's final Staples show gets boost from Nicki Minaj" . Los Angeles Times . Tribune Company . http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/08/taylor-swift-gets-a-bit-of-help-from-nicki-minaj-.html . Retrieved 8 September 2011 .
- ↑ Collins, Leah (18 July 2011). "Taylor Swift Covers Justin Bieber In Concert (Alanis Morissette and Tal Bachman, Too)" . Dose . Postmedia Network. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1322084333DQEBCQSOLC . Retrieved 23 November 2011 .
- ↑ Hogan, Marc (20 September 2011). "Paramore's Hayley Williams Duets With Taylor Swift" . Spin . Archived from the original on 6 October 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/62EDQI9b9 . Retrieved 6 October 2011 .
- ↑ RTT Staf Writer (3 October 2011). "Taylor Swift Performs With Usher And T.I. In Atlanta" . RTTNews. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/62EDaa9hd . Retrieved 6 October 2011 .
- ↑ Partridge, Kenneth (11 October 2011). "Taylor Swift and B.o.B. Take 'Airplanes' for a Spin in Dallas" . The Boot . Aol, Inc.. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1319703157ATDBDBSHCF . Retrieved 27 October 2011 .
- ↑ Partridge, Kenneth (24 October 2011). "Taylor Swift Covers Jimmy Eat World, Michelle Branch + More" . The Boot . Aol, Inc.. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1319703490ZGKBKGNFPW . Retrieved 27 October 2011 .
- ↑ Kragen, Pam (21 October 2011). "CONCERT REVIEW: Swift wows local fans with spectacular arena show" . North County Times . Lee Enterprises. Archived from the original on 27 October 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1319703407NUTOPSYUQM . Retrieved 27 October 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift 'Came Home' to Austin With Shawn Colvin" . The Boot . Aol, Inc.. 2011 October 31. Archived from the original on 1 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1320330683LUPVXYAXLZ . Retrieved 1 November 2011 .
- ↑ Galperina, Marina (7 November 2011). "Taylor Swift and Nelly Duet in Houston" . The Boot . Aol, Inc.. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1322083778NRZENHUJPA . Retrieved 23 November 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift Brings Flo Rida On Stage To Duet" . WBBM-FM . CBS Radio. 16 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1322083962EORGBJIKAL . Retrieved 23 November 2011 .
- ↑ Patridge, Kenneth (19 November 2011). "Taylor Swift Sings 'Alright' with Darius Rucker in South Carolina" . The Boot . Aol, Inc.. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1322084134PAPNOJLSPS . Retrieved 23 November 2011 .
- ↑ Smith, Grady (23 November 2011). "Taylor Swift wraps her Speak Now tour in New York City, sings with James Taylor and Selena Gomez" . Entertainment Weekly . Time Inc.. Archived from the original on 23 November 2011 . http://www.freezepage.com/1322083491PVSVXTAOEB . Retrieved 23 November 2011 .
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 28.2 "Schedule" . Taylor Swift's Official Website . Universal Music Group . http://www.taylorswift.com/tour . Retrieved 2010-11-24 .
- ↑ 29.0 29.1 29.2 Evans, Rob (2010-12-07). "Taylor Swift adds new shows in response to huge demand" . SoundSpike . MTV Networks . http://www.soundspike.com/news/tour/1187-taylor_swift_tour_taylor_swift_adds_new_shows_in.html . Retrieved 2010-12-10 .
- ↑ Evans, Rob (24 March 2011). "Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" tour to stretch into November" . Soundspike . MTV Networks . http://www.soundspike.com/news/tour/1825-taylor_swift_concert_news_tour_dates/ . Retrieved 7 April 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift Announces 2012 Australian Tour" . 2Day FM . Austereo Radio Network . 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/612pbsRyz . Retrieved 18 August 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift ending world tour in Auckland" . The New Zealand Herald . APN News & Media . 11 August 2011. Archived from the original on 18 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/612q5nz09 . Retrieved 18 August 2011 .
- ↑ "Taylor Swift 'Speak Now' Australian Tour" . LiveGuide . Archived from the original on 31 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/61LsRrxuv . Retrieved 31 August 2011 .
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- ↑ 35.0 35.1 "Billboard Boxscore: Current Scores" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media. 25 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010 . http://www.webcitation.org/5zTCZ3F5s . Retrieved 15 June 2011 .
- ↑ "Billboard Boxscore: Current Scores" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media. 18 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 June 2010 . http://www.webcitation.org/5zSnmfjuV . Retrieved 15 June 2011 .
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 38.6 "Billboard Boxscore: Current Scores" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media. 2 July 2011. Archived from the original on 23 June 2010 . http://www.webcitation.org/5zeI2NXbR . Retrieved 23 June 2011 .
- ↑ 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 "Billboard Boxscore - Current Scores" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media. 16 July 2011. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/5zznvuCFd . Retrieved 7 July 2011 .
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 40.7 "Billboard Boxscore - Current Scores" . Billboard . Prometheus Global Media. 20 August 2011. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011 . http://www.webcitation.org/60rDyICmm . Retrieved 11 August 2011 .
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The Speak Now Tour
The Speak Now Tour (2011-2012)
Long live the walls we crashed through…
It was the second era, and basically the time in which Taylor was cementing herself from a one-album artist into an international phenomenon. The Speak Now album itself was also a transition, where every song was made by Taylor herself and hidden gems that didn’t made it into the mainstream media became fan favorites that only a few people would know. It remains Taylor’s most ambitious tour as well, taking her to countries she had never been before in Asia and Europe. We also get a new member and musical director: the immensely talented David Cook .
This was also the first tour that I covered from start to finish, writing entries for every city and came up with the label of Inside Speak Now whenever I was giving out spoilers for people who had not seen the tour yet. I wrote two personal concert experiences plus a rare treat: Meeting the Agency!
- Inside Speak Now: The Montreal Experience
- Inside Speak Now Nashville: The Main Event
- Meeting The Agency
This tour also brought us the Arm Lyrics, surprise song covers usually relevant to the location where she was performing and duets with secret guests.
- Speak Now Arm Lyrics
- Speak Now Covers
- Speak Now Tour Duets
Speak Now Montreal, July 14, 2011.
Speak Now Montreal
Speak Now Nashville, Sept 2011
Speak Now – Opening Acts
Speak Now – September 16, 2011
Speak Now – September 17, 2011
During the Montreal concert, Taylor grabbed my hand as she walked through the crowd. Long Live the Speak Now Tour!
All the pictures in this section except otherwise noted were taken by me.
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Taylor Swift Announces 'Speak Now' World Tour Dates
[artist id="2389485"]Taylor Swift[/artist] is ready to take Speak Now on the road. The singer will kick off her world tour February 19 in Singapore. She'll bring the show Stateside on May 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.
Before the tour wraps October 8 in Dallas, Swift will have played 87 shows in 19 countries. Swift also has plans to add additional dates in Australia and New Zealand. Ticket prices will start at $25.
The tour will include multiple costume changes and will show off Swift's musicianship, as she plans to play several instruments during the show.
"I'm so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!" Swift said in a statement. "The Fearless Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now ! The fans have been so amazing, and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!"
[article id="1650280"]Swift told MTV News before Speak Now dropped[/article] that she was especially excited to take the new album out on the road. "Lots, lots of touring, very extensive tour planned," Swift revealed. "That's also gonna be a worldwide thing, so I'm just completely stoked out of my mind to play the new songs live."
» 2/9 - Singapore
» 2/11 - Seoul, South Korea
» 2/13 - Osaka, Japan
» 2/16-17 - Tokyo, Japan
» 2/19 - Manila, Philippines
» 2/21 - Hong Kong
» 3/6 - Brussels, Belgium
» 3/7 - Rotterdam, Holland
» 3/9 - Oslo, Norway
» 3/12 - Oberhausen, Germany
» 3/15 - Milan, Italy
» 3/17 - Paris, France
» 3/19 - Madrid, Spain
» 3/22 - Birmingham, U.K.
» 3/25 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
» 3/27 - Dublin, Ireland
» 3/29 - Manchester, U.K.
» 3/30 - London, U.K.
» 5/27-28 - Omaha, Nebraska
» 5/29 - Des Moines, Iowa
» 6/2-3 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
» 6/4 - Orlando, Florida
» 6/7 - Columbus, Ohio
» 6/8 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
» 6/11 - Detroit, Michigan
» 6/14 & 15 - St. Paul, Minnesota
» 6/18 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
» 6/21 - Buffalo, New York
» 6/22 - Hartford, Connecticut
» 6/25 - Foxborough, Massachusetts
» 6/30 - Greensboro, North Carolina
» 7/1 - Knoxville, Tennessee
» 7/2 - Louisville, Kentucky
» 7/8 - Charlotte, North Carolina
» 7/9-10 - Atlanta, Georgia
» 7/14 - Montreal, Quebec
» 7/15-16 - Toronto, Ontario
» 7/19-20 - New York, New York
» 7/28 - Grand Rapids, Michigan
» 7/29 - Indianapolis, Indiana
» 7/30 - Cleveland, Ohio
» 8/2-3 - Washington, D.C.
» 8/6 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
» 8/9-10 - Chicago, Illinois
» 8/13 - Lexington, Kentucky
» 8/14 - St. Louis, Missouri
» 8/18-19 - Edmonton, Alberta
» 8/23-24 - Los Angeles, California
» 9/1-2 - San Jose, California
» 9/3 - Sacramento, California
» 9/6 - Portland, Oregon
» 9/7 - Seattle, Washington
» 9/10-11 - Vancouver, British Columbia
» 9/16-17 - Nashville, Tennessee
» 9/21 - Tulsa, Oklahoma
» 9/24 - Kansas City, Missouri
» 9/27 - Denver, Colorado
» 9/28 - Salt Lake City, Utah
» 10/4 - Little Rock, Arkansas
» 10/5 - New Orleans, Louisiana
» 10/8 - Dallas, Texas
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"The Speak Now World Tour" was the second concert tour by Taylor. Also referred to as the "Speak Now World Tour 2011" and the "Speak Now World Tour 2012", the tour was launched in support of her third studio album " Speak Now " (2010). She visited 76 cities in 17 countries, selling out in every one.
The second outing for Taylor brought her to even more far-flung parts of the world -- and nearly doubled the box office revenue of the " Fearless Tour ". Special guests were diverse and unpredictable -- Taylor opted to surprise fans with duets with the likes of Jason Mraz, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Usher, T.I. and many others.
Another brilliant move was the use of acoustic cover versions that paid tribute to a local artist in certain cities. This was to include elements of spontaneity in what might have been a rehearsed, pre-programmed show, with Taylor saying this: “You’ll have a lot of people who will come to more than one show, and I want them to get a different experience every time.“ And the moments that resulted are almost too many to mention, from a moving performance of “Fire and Rain” with James Taylor at Madison Square Garden to rousing covers of Switchfoot, Fall Out Boy and many others.
At the conclusion of 2011, the tour was placed fourth on Pollstar's annual "Top 25 Worldwide Tours", earning $104.2 million with 100 shows. This made it the highest-grossing female and solo tour of 2011.
While promoting "Speak Now", Taylor mentioned her excitement for her upcoming tour. She stated that the tour was going to be "big" and "extensive".
"I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011! The 'Fearless Tour' was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from 'Speak Now'! The fans have been so amazing and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!" -- Taylor Swift
On November 23, 2010, various media outlets announced the second tour by Taylor. It follows her successful " Fearless Tour " which played for over 100 dates in over five countries. The tour marked the singer's first tour to perform in stadiums. Before the tour commenced, Taylor performed "The Allure of Taylor Swift" aboard the MS Allure of the Seas at the Allure of the Seas Aquatheater, as a part of Royal Caribbean Cruises in January 2011. Taylor used Tom Petty's "American Girl" as her entrance song.
During the North American and Australasian tour legs, Taylor wrote different song lyrics, and occasionally quotes from famous speeches and movies, on her left arm for each performance. She has said that the lyrics should be viewed as a nightly "mood ring" and The New Yorker has cited the practice as an example of Taylor's "keen understanding of what fuels fan obsession in the first place: a desire for intimacy between singer and listener".
ACOUSTIC COVER VERSIONS
Taylor performed many acoustic cover versions during her North American tour. In each city, she paid tribute to a homegrown artist. She has said the cover versions allowed her to be "spontaneous" in an otherwise well-rehearsed show: "You'll have a lot of people who will come to more than one show, and I want them to get a different experience every time."
SPEAK NOW...HELP NOW
Taylor invited a select set of fans to her final dress rehearsal of the "Speak Now World Tour" on May 21, 2011, as her way to raise money for the victims of the tornadoes that have ravaged the south that year. The Nashville concert, dubbed "Speak Now...Help Now," raised over $750,000, and 100 percent of ticket sales were donated directly to the tornado victims via the "Speak Now … Help Now Fund" established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
It also gave Swifties a chance to see her new stage set up in advance of the tour launch. It was a gift that kept on giving to both fans and victims of the tornadoes. Fans not in Tennessee were able to view some of the show via a stream, too. Taylor spoke about how she came up with the plan to allow fans to view the rehearsal, saying that a dry run was what gave her the bright idea in the first place:
"One of my dancers lives in Alabama and showed photos of a backyard cyclone and I thought, 'If there was any way I could help with damage done and families who lost homes, I had to think of one.' Here we are at a rehearsal, in an arena, with empty seats. What if we fill those seats? And give the proceeds to the victims of the tornadoes?" -- Taylor Swift
During the course of the two-hour show’s theatrical presentation, Taylor showed off her array of talents and played acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, banjo and piano. It was an out and out success, as fans started lining up for the "Speak Now...Help Now" special event at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena around 6AM on Friday, more than 36 hours before doors opened for the capacity crowd of 13,700 in attendance.
ASIA / EUROPE
1. Sparks Fly 2. Mine 3. The Story of Us 4. Back to December / Apologize / You're Not Sorry 5. Better Than Revenge 6. Speak Now 7. Fearless / Hey, Soul Sister / I'm Yours 8. Fifteen 9. You Belong With Me 10. Dear John 11. Enchanted 12. Long Live 13. Love Story
NORTH AMERICA / AUSTRALIA
1. Sparks Fly
3. The Story of Us
4. Our Song
6. Back to December / Apologize / You're Not Sorry
7. Better Than Revenge
8. Speak Now
9. Fearless / Hey, Soul Sister / I'm Yours
10. Last Kiss
11. You Belong With Me
12. Dear John
15. Long Live
17. Love Story
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Taylor Swift Announces Opening Acts For Speak Now Tour
When it comes to opening acts for the North American leg of her Speak Now tour, Taylor Swift has compiled a nice list of eye candy, not to mention inspiration for her next album.
Frankie Ballard , Danny Gokey , Hunter Hayes , Josh Kelley , Randy Montana , James Wesley and Charlie Worsham will each play select dates on the tour (list below). As previously announced , Needtobreathe will appear on all North American stops, which kick off May 27 in Omaha, Neb.
"I'm so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!" Taylor says . "The Fearless Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from ' Speak Now !' The fans have been so amazing, and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!"
Joining the pack of relative country newcomers is 25-year-old independent artist Charlie Worsham, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12. Learn more about the multi-instrumentalist with a country-pop rock-bluegrass sound here .
It's an exciting week for Taylor, who topped the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart for the seventh time with 'Back to December,' her second consecutive No. 1 single from 'Speak Now.' In addition, Taylor's 2006 self-titled debut album was certified five-times platinum by the RIAA for sales exceeding five million units. Her 'Fearless' album is currently six-times platinum, while 'Speak Now' is triple platinum.
Taylor Swift's Speak Now Tour Dates With Openers in Addition to Needtobreathe:
May 27, 28 - Omaha, Neb. - Frankie Ballard
May 29 - Des Moines, Iowa - Frankie Ballard
June 2, 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - Frankie Ballard
June 4 - Orlando, Fla. - Frankie Ballard
June 7 - Columbus, Ohio - Frankie Ballard
June 8 - Milwaukee, Wis. - Frankie Ballard
June 11 - Detroit, Mich. - Frankie Ballard & Randy Montana
June 14, 15 - St. Paul, Minn. - Randy Montana
June 18 - Pittsburgh, Pa. - Randy Montana & Danny Gokey
June 21 - Buffalo, N.Y. - Randy Montana
June 22 - Hartford, Conn. - Randy Montana
June 25, 26 - Foxboro, Mass. - James Wesley & Randy Montana
June 30 - Greensboro, N.C. - James Wesley
July 1 - Knoxville, Tenn. - James Wesley
July 2 - Louisville, Ky. - James Wesley
July 8 - Charlotte, N.C. - Danny Gokey
July 9, 10 - Atlanta, Ga. - Danny Gokey
July 14 - Montreal, Quebec - Danny Gokey
July 15, 16 - Toronto, Ontario - Danny Gokey
July 19, 20, 23, 24 - Newark, N.J. - Danny Gokey
July 28 - Grand Rapids, Mich. - Hunter Hayes
July 29 - Indianapolis, Ind. - Hunter Hayes
July 30 - Cleveland, Ohio - Hunter Hayes
August 2, 3 - Washington, DC - Hunter Hayes
August 6 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Hunter Hayes & James Wesley
August 9, 10 - Chicago, Ill. - Hunter Hayes
August 13, 14 - St. Louis, Mo. - Hunter Hayes
August 18, 19 - Edmonton, Alberta - Josh Kelley
August 23, 24, 27, 28 - Los Angeles, Calif. - Josh Kelley
September 1, 2 - San Jose, Calif. - Josh Kelley
September 3 - Sacramento, Calif. - Josh Kelley
September 6 - Portland, Ore. - Josh Kelley
September 7 - Tacoma, Wash. - Josh Kelley
September 10, 11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Josh Kelley
September 16, 17 - Nashville, Tenn. - Charlie Worsham
September 21 - Tulsa, Okla. - Charlie Worsham
September 24 - Kansas City, Mo. - Charlie Worsham
September 27 - Denver, Colo. - Charlie Worsham
September 28 - Salt Lake City, Utah - Charlie Worsham
October 4 - Little Rock, Ark. - Charlie Worsham
October 5 - New Orleans, La. - Charlie Worsham
October 8 - Dallas, Texas - Charlie Worsham
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Taylor Swift Taps Josh Kelley, Danny Gokey, Six More as ‘Speak Now’ Tour Openers
Taylor Swift has just announced the opening acts on her 'Speak Now' Tour. Country stars Josh Kelley and Danny Gokey are just two of the eight openers that will play various dates over the summer.
The North American leg of the tour kicks off May 27 in Omaha, Nebraska. South Carolina rockers Needtobreath will be on all of Swift's North American dates, along with one of the eight newly announced acts, whose ranks are rounded out by Randy Montana , Frankie Ballard , Charlie Worsham, Hunter Hayes and James Wesley.
Swift believes in spotlighting new acts like Worsham, a country-rock-bluegrass independent artist who made his Grand Ole Opry debut when he was just 12 years old.
Swift just returned from the Asian leg of her 'Speak Now' Tour, and was recently seen at a hockey game in Los Angeles. She also atteneded last weekend's Oscar Awards with rumored beau "Glee' star Chord Overstreet.
Taylor Swift Speak Now 2011 Tour Dates With Opening Acts:
(Needtobreath will also be on all dates)
5/27 and 28 - Omaha, Neb. - with opener Frankie Ballard
5/29 - Des Moines, Iowa - with opener Frankie Ballard
6/2 and 3 - Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - with opener Frankie Ballard
6/4 - Orlando, Fla. - with opener Frankie Ballard
6/7 - Columbus, Ohio - with opener Frankie Ballard
6/8 - Milwaukee, Wis. - with opener Frankie Ballard
6/11 - Detroit, Mich. - with openers Frankie Ballard and Randy Montana
6/14 and 15 - St. Paul, Minn. - with opener Randy Montana
6/18 - Pittsburgh, Pa. - with openers Randy Montana and Danny Gokey
6/21 - Buffalo, N.Y. - with opener Randy Montana
6/22 - Hartford, Conn. - with opener Randy Montana
6/25 and 26 - Foxboro, Mass. - with openers James Wesley and Randy Montana
6/30 - Greensboro, N.C. - with opener James Wesley
7/1 - Knoxville, Tenn. - with opener James Wesley
7/2 - Louisville, Ky. - with opener James Wesley
7/8 - Charlotte, N.C. - with opener Danny Gokey
7/9 and 10 - Atlanta, Ga. - with opener Danny Gokey
7/14 - Montreal, Quebec - with opener Danny Gokey
7/15 and 16 - Toronto, Ontario - with opener Danny Gokey
7/19, 20, 23, 24 - Newark, N.J. - with opener Danny Gokey
7/28 - Grand Rapids, Mich. - with opener Hunter Hayes
7/29 - Indianapolis, Ind. - with opener Hunter Hayes
7/30 - Cleveland, Ohio - with opener Hunter Hayes
8/2 and 3 - Washington, DC - with opener Hunter Hayes
8/6 - Philadelphia, Pa. - with openers Hunter Hayes and James Wesley
8/9 and 10 - Chicago, Ill. - with opener Hunter Hayes
8/13 and 14 - St. Louis, Mo. - with opener Hunter Hayes
8/18 and 19 - Edmonton, Alberta - with opener Josh Kelley
8/23, 24, 27, 28 - Los Angeles, Calif. - with opener Josh Kelley
9/1 and 2 - San Jose, Calif. - with opener Josh Kelley
9/3 - Sacramento, Calif. - with opener Josh Kelley
9/6 - Portland, Ore. - with opener Josh Kelley
9-7 - Tacoma, Wash. - with opener Josh Kelley
9/10 and 11 - Vancouver, British Columbia - with opener Josh Kelley
9/16 and 17 - Nashville, Tenn. - with opener Charlie Worsham
9/21 - Tulsa, Okla. - with opener Charlie Worsham
9/24 - Kansas City, Mo. - with opener Charlie Worsham
9/27 - Denver, Colo. - with opener Charlie Worsham
9/28 - Salt Lake City, Utah - with opener Charlie Worsham
10/4 - Little Rock, Ark. - with opener Charlie Worsham
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Taylor Swift Announces ‘Speak Now’ World Tour
Taylor Swift will take her record-breaking album "Speak Now" on the road next year, starting in February and continuing through October 2011.
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T aylor Swift will take her record-breaking album “Speak Now” on the road next year, starting in February and continuing through October 2011.
The “Speak Now” World Tour will take Swift to 19 countries, beginning Feb. 9 in Singapore and running through Asia and Europe before hitting the U.S. on May 27 in Omaha, Neb. These dates include six stadium shows in the U.S.
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“I’m so excited to go back out on tour again in 2011!” Swift said in a statement. “The FEARLESS Tour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can’t wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now! The fans have been so amazing, and I’m thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011!”
Taylor Swift’s 2009-2010 “Fearless” World Tour, which spanned 15 months, grossed $63,705,590, with 1,138,977 in attendance, according to Billboard Boxscore statistics. For her efforts, Swift received the Top Package Award at Billboard’s 2010 Touring Awards.
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Here are Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” World Tour dates:
Feb. 9: Singapore (Singapore Indoor Stadium) Feb. 11: Seoul, South Korea (Gymnastic Gymnasium) Feb. 13: Osaka, Japan (Osaka-Jo Hall) Feb. 16 & 17: Tokyo, Japan (Budokan Hall) Feb. 19: Manila, Philippines (Araneta Coliseum) Feb. 21: Hong Kong (Asia World Arena) March 6: Brussels, Belgium (Forest National) March 7: Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy) March 9: Oslo, Norway (Oslo Spektrum) March 12: Oberhausen, Germany (Oberhausen Arena) March 15: Milan, Italy March 17: Paris, France (Zenith) March 19: Madrid, Spain (Palacio De Deportes) March 22: Birmingham, UK (LG Arena) March 25: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Odyssey Arena) March 27: Dublin, Ireland (O2 Dublin) March 29: Manchester, UK (Manchester Evening News Arena) March 30: London, UK (O2 Arena) May 27 & 28: Omaha, Neb. May 29: Des Moines, Iowa June 2 & 3: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. June 4: Orlando, Fla. June 7: Columbus, Ohio June 8: Milwaukee, Wis. June 11: Detroit, Mich. (Ford Field) June 14 & 15: St. Paul, Minn. June 18: Pittsburgh, Penn. ( Heinz Field ) June 21: Buffalo, N.Y. June 22: Hartford, Conn. June 25: Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium) June 30: Greensboro, N.C. July 1: Knoxville, Tenn. July 2: Louisville, Ky July 8: Charlotte, N.C. July 9 & 10: Atlanta, Ga. July 14: Montreal, Quebec July 15 & 16: Toronto, Ontario July 19 & 20: New York, N.Y. July 28: Grand Rapids, Mich. July 29: Indianapolis, Ind. July 30: Cleveland, Ohio Aug. 2 & 3: Washington, D.C. Aug. 6: Philadelphia, Penn. (Lincoln Financial Field) Aug. 9 & 10: Chicago, Ill. Aug. 13: Lexington, Ky Aug. 14: St. Louis, Mo. Aug. 18 & 19: Edmonton, Alberta Aug. 23 & 24: Los Angeles, Calif. Sept. 1 & 2: San Jose, Calif. Sept. 3: Sacramento, Calif. Sept. 6: Portland, Ore. Sept. 7: Seattle, Wash. Sept. 10 & 11: Vancouver, British Columbia Sept. 16 & 17: Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 21: Tulsa, Okla. Sept. 24: Kansas City, Mo. (Arrowhead Stadium) Sept. 27: Denver, Colo. Sept 28: Salt Lake City, Utah Oct. 4: Little Rock, Ark. Oct. 5: New Orleans, La. Oct. 8: Dallas, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)
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All About Taylor Swift's Eras Tour Opening Acts
The singer is bringing along some of her closet friends for the Eras Tour, including Gracie Abrams and Owenn
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Taylor Swift 's Eras Tour has included some of her closest friends .
The tour first kicked off on March 17 and sees the singer take fans through her extensive music catalog, including her past 10 albums.
While Swift rocks the stage with a 3-hour and 13-minute set, she has enlisted some of her music industry friends as the opening acts . The U.S. leg of the tour included big names such as Paramore and Haim, while her international tour has included her close pal Sabrina Carpenter .
Now, fans get to see Swift's entire concert on the big screen with her Eras Tour film , which is set to be released on Oct. 13.
Take a look back at her opening acts from the Eras Tour ahead.
The rock band formed in 2004 but achieved mainstream success with the release of their second album Riot! in 2007. With hits such as "Misery Business," "Crushcrushcrush," and "That's What You Get," the band was nominated for best new artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards .
In February 2023, the band released their new album This Is Why , just in time for the Eras Tour.
Swift and Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams go way back, with Williams previously performing with Swift during her Speak Now Tour and appearing in the singer's star-studded music video for "Bad Blood ."
Paramore appeared as an opening act during Swift's Glendale, Arizona concerts on March 17 and 18. They are also set to open for Swift during her European tour dates.
Sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim comprise this popular rock band, which released their first EP Forever in 2012, which eventually led to a deal with Polydor Records and a management deal with JAY-Z's Roc Nation group. The group received critical acclaim for their 2013 album Days Are Gone , including a nomination for best new artist at the 2015 Grammy Awards .
In June 2020, they released their third album Women in Music Pt. III , which received multiple Grammy nods. An expanded edition of the album featured Swift on the track "Gasoline ," which the singer performed with the band at their London show in July 2022.
Haim's friendship with Swift dates back to 2014 when they were seen attending some of Swift's legendary parties (including her 25th birthday party). Recently, they made a cameo in Swift's star-studded "Bejeweled" music video , which was packed full of Easter eggs about potential Swift album re-recordings.
In addition to serving as the opening act for the Seattle, Washington, and Santa Clara, California concerts, Haim also opened for Swift on the final nights of her U.S. tour in Los Angeles, California.
Phoebe Bridgers first stepped into the music scene with the band Sloppy Jane before embarking on a solo career. She released her debut studio album, Stranger in the Alps , in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by her second album Punisher in 2020, which received four nominations at the 2021 Grammy Awards , including best new artist.
In November 2021, Bridgers appeared on Swift's Red (Taylor's Version) on the track "Nothing New." In April 2022, Bridgers' song "Sidelines" was notably featured on Conversations with Friends , which starred Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn .
Bridgers opened for Swift from May 5 to May 28 including stops in Nashville, Tennessee and East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Beabadoobee, whose real name is Beatrice Kristi Laus, is a Filipino-British singer who first rose to prominence in 2017 with her music on YouTube. Her song "Coffee" gained over 300,000 views on YouTube, gaining the attention of Dirty Hit Records, whom she later signed with in 2018.
Her debut studio album, Fake It Flowers , was released in October 2020, receiving critical acclaim including the Radar Award at the 2020 NME Awards, where she first met Swift. " Taylor Swift came up to me and told me that she loved my performance and loves my music. She said she never skips a song," Beabadoobee said of her interaction with Swift .
In addition to receiving high praise from Swift, artists such as Harry Styles , Khalid, Jaden Smith, and Matty Healy of The 1975 have shown their support for the singer. Beabadoobee even served as the supporting act for The 1975, a group Swift has also shown her support for over the years.
Beabadoobee opened for Swift from March 24 to April 29, which will include concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Houston, Texas.
Girl in Red
Girl in Red, whose real name is Marie Ulven Ringheim, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who first stepped onto the scene in 2017 with her music on SoundCloud. In 2018, she released her EP Chapter 1 , followed by Chapter 2 in 2019 and her debut studio album If I Could Make It Go Quiet in 2021.
In 2019, Girl in Red embarked on her first North American tour supporting Conan Gray, another artist Swift has shown her support for in recent years. Girl in Red, whose lyric topics range from heartbreak to mental health to her experience of being queer , has also cited Swift as one of her biggest musical influences.
"I'm inspired by Taylor Swift on so many levels," Girl in Red previously told Vulture . "She's been in this industry so long, gotten the worst that any artist can get when it comes to how the world talks about them, but she still always bounces back with great music."
Girl in Red served as Swift's opening act starting on June 2 in Chicago, Illinois, and ending on June 24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Muna is an indie pop band consisting of members Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson. After meeting at the University of Southern California, the trio began making music together, releasing their debut EP, More Perfect , on Bandcamp and SoundCloud. The EP eventually scored them a record deal with RCA Records, though they later signed with Phoebe Bridgers' record label Saddest Factory in 2021.
In addition to releasing three studio albums together, the group has opened for a number of big stars over the years, including Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves. Muna, who all identify as queer , has gained prominence in the LGBTQ+ community for their lyrics about sexuality and gender.
Swift previously showed her support for the band back in 2020, when she included their track "Number One Fan" on her playlist celebrating International Women's Day. Most recently, the group put their own twist on Swift's Folklore track "August" with the release of their Live at Electric Lady EP.
Muna played at various shows in March, April, June and July 2023, with their final concert being in Denver, Colorado.
Gayle, whose full name is Taylor Gayle Rutherford, was first discovered by former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi , and eventually signed to Atlantic Records. In 2021, Gayle released her single "ABCDEFU," which quickly went viral on TikTok and Spotify. In March 2022, Gayle released her EP, A Study of the Human Experience Volume One , followed by A Study of the Human Experience Volume Two that October.
In September 2022, Gayle and Swift connected at the Nashville Songwriter Awards, where they were both honored. Gayle later posted a photo with the singer on social media, excitedly writing, "i've died and come back to life." Gayle later sat with Swift at the 2022 American Music Awards in November, alongside fellow Swiftie Sabrina Carpenter.
Gayle served as Swift's opening act for several different dates in March, April and May as well as some of the final U.S. concerts for the tour on Aug. 5 and Aug. 9.
Gracie Abrams, the daughter of director J.J. Abrams and producer Katie McGrath, started garnering buzz in 2019 when she released her debut single "Mean It" under Interscope Records, followed by her debut EP, Minor, in July 2020 and her second EP, This Is What It Feels Like , in November 2021.
While Abrams credits Swift, Bon Iver, Lorde, and Phoebe Bridgers as her musical influences, she has also received praise from some big artists as well, including Post Malone , Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo (she even opened for Rodrigo on her recent Sour tour ).
Following the release of Abrams' song "Rockland," which was produced by Aaron Dessner, Swift showed her support on TikTok , joking that she needed "5-7 business days" to recover from the song. Abrams was also notably present at Swift's 32nd birthday celebration .
"Everything that she does is f—ing unbelievably inspiring, motivating, it makes me want to do better and be the best version of myself as a writer and a person," Abrams previously told Teen Vogue of her admiration of Swift .
Abrams toured with Swift for a large number of shows from April to August, with her last concert being in Los Angeles, California, which was the final stop on the U.S. tour.
She is also set to join Swift for the Eras Tour in Canada.
Owenn, whose full name is Christian Owens, is an up-and-coming singer who has a long history with Swift. In addition to being a dancer for Swift, during her Reputation stadium tour, Owenn costarred with her in her "Lover" music video .
In fact, Swift helped Owenn get his record deal with Republic Records. "She actually contacted the head of Republic herself on my behalf, which was kind of crazy," Owenn previously revealed during an Instagram Live . In April 2021, Owenn released his debut single "Baby Girl" followed by "Rest of My Life" in 2022.
Following Swift's Eras Tour announcement, Owenn expressed his gratitude to the singer on social media, writing, "I'm so blessed and grateful for this opportunity. Thank you @taylorswift a million times over !!! … This is truly a dream. Thank you everyone for all the support.. I'm still processing!"
Owenn served as the opening act for Swift throughout June as well as one of the last U.S. tour dates on Aug. 4.
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Sabrina Carpenter first rose to fame as an actress on Disney Channel with the Boy Meets World spinoff series Girl Meets World . Around the same time, she embarked on a singing career with her EP Can't Blame a Girl for Trying in 2014.
Since then, she has released five studio albums, including 2022's Emails I Can't Send , which featured hits such as "Because I Liked a Boy" and "Nonsense." She also went on the Emails I Can't Send Tour later that year in support of the album.
Swift and Carpenter have developed a close friendship in recent years, but Carpenter's love for the singer goes way back to 2009 when she posted a YouTube video of her covering "Picture to Burn." In addition to gushing about Swift in interviews, Carpenter and the "Blank Space" singer have shared a number of cute moments together at award shows.
In June 2023, Swift announced Carpenter as her opening act for the international leg of the Eras Tour with a sweet post on social media. “Sweet angel princess @sabrinacarpenter will be joining us on all of the shows!" Swift wrote at the time.
Meanwhile, Carpenter excitedly reacted to the news on Instagram, writing, “trying to process this but alas i shant CANT WAIT TO JOIN THE ERAS TOUR IN LATIN AMERICA thank u @taylorswift u the 1 :’) this is a dream come true.”
In addition to touring with Swift in Latin America, she will also join Swift in Australia and Singapore.
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