"The Fearless Tour" was the debut concert tour by Taylor. Also referred to as the "Fearless Tour 2009" and the "Fearless Tour 2010", it was launched in support of
her second studio album "Fearless" (2008).
Taylor’s debut concert tour was an ambitious success from the get-go, taking the singer around the globe with guests Kellie Pickler and Gloriana. Teen singer Justin
Bieber joined her as an opening act for the tour when she went to England in November 2009. But even higher-profile guests teamed up with Swift at various times, including appearances
from John Mayer (May 22, 2009), Faith Hill (September 12, 2009) and Katy Perry (April 15, 2010).
The shows featured multiple costume changes, graphic and visual elements designed by Swift herself and a fairy-tale castle that a press release claimed to be “illumined by more than a
million lumens of light.”
"The Fearless Tour" grossed $63,705,590 from 118 reported shows and a audience of 1,138,977.
Prior to the launch of the tour, Swift played three shows in the US, including a sold-out performance in front of nearly 71,000 fans at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March
2009. Swift also played several dates in the UK and Australia, including two shows at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in London.
Also, in the midst of her own tour, Swift began opening shows in select cities for Keith Urban on his "Escape Together World Tour 2009".
The tour was announced on January 29, 2009, via her official website. The initial press release announced that Swift would visit 54 cities in 39 states and provinces in the United
States and Canada. Joining her on the tour would be a new country music group, Gloriana, as well as former "American Idol" contestant, Kellie Pickler.
The tour kicked off in Evansville, Indiana on April 23, 2009 at Roberts Stadium. In honor of the kickoff of the sold-out tour, Swift was presented the key to the city of Evansville
and the City Council President declared Wednesday, April 23, 2009 "Taylor Swift Day".
The tour features a theatrical presentation of graphics, sets and visual elements all designed by Swift herself. The show ran more than 90 minutes and showcases Swift playing five different
guitars as well as the piano. The show features multiple costume changes and a fairy-tale castle illuminated by more than a million lumens of light.
In late June, a new tour date was announced for November 23 at the Wembley Arena in London. However it had become apparent that neither Kellie Pickler nor Gloriana would be joining her
on the UK part of the tour. Taylor Swift announced another date in the UK at the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 24. This was the final and second tour date in the UK. The
shows at Wembley and Manchester were the only two concerts for the "Fearless Tour" in Europe. It was announced later that singer Justin Bieber would join Swift on
the two UK dates. While performing at Wembley Arena, Bieber broke his foot while he performed the opening lines of "One Time", but still finished the song. Despite his injury, Bieber confirmed
that he would still perform in Manchester with Swift the following day, although the Wembley concert was cut short as he could not perform the encore.
Following a 10 minute applause after she had sung "Tim Mcgraw", Swift told the Manchester audience: "Everytime I hear the word Manchester, I won't be able to stop smiling...I love you!" According
to a German magazine, Swift was supposed to play three shows in Germany. However, tickets for those concerts never went on sale.
On September 30, it was announced that Swift would return to Australia in February 2010 to play another series of concerts, but now in arenas. On October 8, it was announced that the tour would
be extended through June 2, 2010 to include 37 additional shows in North America. It was confirmed that Justin Bieber would be performing at the Gillette Stadium on June 5, 2010 with Swift.
WRITING THE NEXT ALBUM WHILE ON TOUR
In an interview with US teen magazine Twist, Taylor stated that she was writing songs for her next album while touring, saying that she was "addicted to recording"'. While touring, she
released the single "American Girl", which was recorded on Verizon's "Mobile Recording Studio Bus". It is a cover of the original song
by Tom Petty. It was available via Rhapsody, iTunes or the Verizon Wireless Download Store.