Taylor Swift opens solo tour
Friday, April 24, 2009
– Taylor Swift kicked off her first-ever headlining tour, the Taylor Swift FEARLESS 2009 Tour, with a sold-out show last night in Evansville, Ind. Earlier in the day, Evansville City Council President B.J. Watts declared April 23 Taylor Swift Day in Evansville and presented her with a key to the city.
Swift played nearly two hours with graphics, sets and visual elements designed by Swift. Several original video elements and a fairy-tale castle lit by more than a million lumens of light were part of the three-act show.
She opened with You Belong To Me, part of a visual storytelling of some of Swift biggest hits. Act Two showcases Swift's musicianship with a stripped-down acoustic set. The final act includes high-energy renditions of several fan favorites. Swift plays seven different instruments and changes costumes eight times during the course of the show.
Pickler joined Swift for the encore I'm Only Me When I'm With You. Swift followed with Picture To Burn and Should've Said No where rain poured down as as it did during Swift's 2008 ACM Awards performance.
Kellie Pickler and new group Gloriana open all shows.
Swift's tour will hit 52 cities in 40 states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada over the next 6 months. Every show with tickets on sale has sold out within minutes, including Madison Square Garden, which sold out in one minute. At Swift's request, $20 tickets were made available for the Fearless Tour.
The set list is:
You Belong With Me
Tell Me Why
Teardrops On My Guitar
Forever and Always
The Best Day
The Way I Loved You
You're Not Sorry
I'm Only Me
Picture to Burn
Should've Said No
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