America has had a lot of sweethearts over the years. Currently, the reigning title definitely goes to Taylor Swift. Now this sweetheart has gone Red. Her 2013 Red Tour is about to paint the world with cotton candy and rainbows. But the Red Tour and album does have a little bit more spice than your typical Taylor Swift music, so be prepared for anything at one of the many stops along the way. At the ripe young age of 23, Swift definitely has a Grace Kelly kind of charm about her and past rumors of relationships with American royalty definitely has us all sitting back and listening with our fingers crossed. Starting off as a fourteen year old stargazing songwriter, Taylor’s first hit, a love song about a love song, was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. She started out as a bright-eyed eleven year old ready to tackle Nashville.
T-Swift is not always critically acclaimed for her vocals but her songwriting always seems to come through in the glitch. She co-produced her third album, Speak Now, with Nathan Chapman and it was said to be the album that officially put her in both the pop and country sectors. The bubblegum-esque vibe from the album appealed to anti-country listeners and die hard rednecks the same. That was when Taylor Swift went worldwide. The Speak Now tour had 111 dates and spanned the continents of Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Each date seemed to come with a surprise with guest performances from superstars like Ronnie Dunn, T.I., Hayley Williams, Flo Rida, Jason Mraz, and Justin Bieber just to name a few. A crossover phenomenon was born as record-breaking sales rocked the charts and critical acclaims started pouring in. The Grammys, AMA, CMA, and Billboard all showered Taylor with awards as the thirteen month tour came to a close.
By 2012 Swift had yet another album of epic lovesongs ready for release. Amongst them were definitely some twists that would prove to be worth it. The lead single, “We Are Never Getting Back Together” became Taylor’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. She performed “I Knew You Were Trouble” for the MTV music awards and stunned audiences with her raw performance and exciting theatrics. Up and comer Ed Sheeran, a British act that was first recognized by Elton John, will be joining T-Swift for the Red tour. An outspoken philanthropist, Sheeran is sure to bring a unique quality to each of the tour dates. Whether or not you want to admit that you want tickets to a show or if you are using your teenage daughter as an excuse, you have 64 different locations to choose from and many of them will have two performance dates. Currently, Taylor Swift tickets for the Red Tour are averaging just under $300, with the average get-in price around $95.
The Red Tour will begin with two shows at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center, and end appropriately in Nashville where she got her start. Surprisingly, the three Nashville shows are some of the cheapest on the tour, with get in prices of $53, $65. and $80. Other high profiles–and more expensive–stops on the tour include LA, Boston, Miami, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Philly, DC and more.
An ever-present at the top of the Billboard charts since its release last November, the multi-million selling Red will inevitably make up the majority of the set-list, with her first US Hot 100 number one, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and follow-up “I Knew You Were Trouble” likely to inspire the biggest sing-alongs. But judging by previous tours, Swift doesn’t like to neglect her earlier material either, so count on the odd number from her self-titled 2006 debut alongside the biggest hits from 2008’s Fearless and 2010’s Speak Now such as “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me” and “Mine.”
However, Taylor Swift has also gained a reputation for being one of the most spontaneous live acts of her generation, regularly incorporating contemporary chart hits into her own material, performing acoustic cover versions of songs as diverse as Eminem’s “Lose Yourself,” Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” and also inviting a stream of A-list guest vocalists including Jason Mraz, Nicki Minaj and Usher to duet with at various dates.Whether you are there for the lyrics, ambiance or bubblegum cotton candy atmosphere, America’s sweetheart is definitely ready for you.