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The Red Tour is the third worldwide concert tour by American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift. The tour launched in support of Swift's fourth studio album, Red (2012).

Background[]

On October 25, 2012, in partnership with ABC News on the prime-time TV special All Access Nashville with Katie Couric – A Special Edition of 20/20, Swift announced that she would be launching a North American stadium and arena tour in early 2013 in support of her fourth studio album, Red. During a radio interview with WRVW, Swift mentioned that "It's nothing like any other tour before."

Swift told Billboard: "Of course, you know the tour will be a big representation of this record," Swift tells Billboard. "I'm so excited to see what songs the fans like the most and which ones jump to the forefront, because that's the first step. We always see which songs are really the passionate songs and the ones the fans are freaking out over the most, and those are the ones that are definitely in the set list. I can't wait for that."

Swift used Tom Petty's "American Girl" as her entrance song on her previous tour but now takes the stage to Lenny Kravitz's version of "American Woman". She sings a cover of The Lumineers's "Ho Hey" nightly, intertwined with her own "Stay Stay Stay".

Her meet and greet room for the tour was called Club Red.

Stage design[]

The stage for the Red tour is when Swift really started getting creative with her stage designs and therefore, add a more evolved look to her live shows. In fact, the shape of the Red Tour stage is very unique, it is in a U shape, with two pits, divided by a catwalk within the U stage. This permitted for fans to feel closer to Taylor during the show and have many interactions.

The main stage catwalk also had a crane that Swift went on during "Treacherous" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" for the show encore.

There was also a B stage at the back of the venue, with a round-shaped platform that lifted up. Swift would perform the surprise song of the set on this stage.

During the shows in Asia, the stage was been modified with several cuts, including:

  • The U stage was completely removed and replaced by a standard T-shaped catwalk
  • The overhead screen above the stage were removed, and there was only one back screen, not three.
  • Many lighting were reduced.
  • The crane at catwalk, the lifted platform on B stage and floating constellation during "Sparks Fly" was removed.

Opening acts[]

  • Ed Sheeran (North America)
  • Austin Mahone (North America, select venues)
  • Joel Crouse (North America, select venues)
  • Brett Eldredge (North America, select venues)
  • Casey James (North America, select venues)
  • Florida Georgia Line (North America, select venues)
  • Neon Trees (Oceania)
  • Guy Sebastian (Oceania, select venues)
  • The Vamps (Europe, select venues)
  • Andreas Bourani (Germany)
  • CTS (Japan)
  • Nicole Zefanya (Indonesia)
  • Meg Bucsit (Philippines)
  • Imprompt-3 (Singapore)
  • IamNeeta (Malaysia)

Set list[]

  1. "State of Grace"
  2. "Holy Ground"
  3. "Red"
  4. "You Belong with Me"
  5. "The Lucky One"
  6. "Mean"
  7. "Stay Stay Stay" / "Ho Hey"
  8. "22"
  9. Surprise song
  10. "Everything Has Changed"
  11. "Begin Again"
  12. "Sparks Fly"
  13. "I Knew You Were Trouble"
  14. "All Too Well"
  15. "Love Story"
  16. "Treacherous"
  17. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"

Notes[]

  • "Stay Stay Stay" was removed from the set list since the second show in Philadelphia on July 20, 2013, but it was performed again during the first show in Kansas City on August 2, 2013.
  • "Everything Has Changed" was removed from the set list after the North America leg, which concluded in Nashville on September 21, 2013.
  • "Begin Again" was removed from the set list after the Oceania leg, which concluded in Melbourne on December 14, 2013.
  • The 60s pop remix version of "You Belong with Me" was removed from the set list after the North American leg, which concluded in Nashville on September 21, 2013. As a result, an acoustic version of "You Belong with Me" replaced the surprise song for the Australia and New Zealand leg of the tour, and then was rotated with other songs as surprise songs during the European and Asian leg of the tour.
    • However, the 60s pop remix version of "You Belong with Me" was performed again during shows in London.
  • As the result of stage reduction during the Asia leg, "Treacherous" were removed from the set list.

Surprise songs[]

  • Indianapolis
    • Night one (04/26/13) - "Mine"
  • Lexington
  • Detroit
    • Night one (05/04/13) - "Ours"
  • Louisville
  • Columbus
  • Houston
  • Arlington
  • Salt Lake City

For the shows in New Zealand and Australia, an acoustic version of "You Belong With Me" was performed in place of the surprise song.

Special guests[]

  • March 19, 2013 – St. Louis: "Hey Porsche" with Nelly
  • March 28, 2013 – Newark: "Everybody Talks" with Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees
  • March 29, 2013 – Newark: "Drive By" with Pat Monahan of Train
  • April 19, 2013 – Atlanta: "Both of Us" with B.o.B
  • July 13, 2013 – East Rutherford: "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy
  • July 27, 2013 – Foxborough: "You're So Vain" with Carly Simon
  • August 19, 2013 – Los Angeles: "Want U Back" with Cher Lloyd and "Brave" with Sara Bareilles
  • August 20, 2013 – Los Angeles: "Closer" with Tegan and Sara
  • August 23, 2013 – Los Angeles: "Anything Could Happen" with Ellie Goulding
  • August 24, 2013 – Los Angeles: "Jenny from the Block" with Jennifer Lopez
  • August 27, 2013 – Sacramento: "The Last Time" with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
  • September 19, 2013 – Nashville: "I Don't Want This Night to End" with Luke Bryan
  • September 20, 2013 – Nashville: "What Hurts the Most" with Rascal Flatts
  • September 21, 2013 – Nashville: "I Want Crazy" with Hunter Hayes
  • February 1, 2014 – London: "Lego House" with Ed Sheeran
  • February 2, 2014 – London: "Money on My Mind" with Sam Smith
  • February 4, 2014 – London: "Breakeven" with Danny O'Donoghue of The Script
  • February 7, 2014 – Berlin: "I See Fire" with Ed Sheeran
  • February 10, 2014 – London: "Next to Me" with Emeli Sandé
  • February 11, 2014 – London: "Burn" with Ellie Goulding

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • While Swift performed "Love Story" in Chicago, Illinois, a bug flew into her mouth.
  • In Nashville, TN, Swift performed while sick.
  • In San Antonio, Texas, Swift sneezed amid her opening lines in the tour. Shortly afterward, she added "I sneezed, it's a live show, ladies and gentlemen."

Tour dates[]

Date City Country Venue Opening acts Attendance Revenue
North America
March 13, 2013 Omaha United States CenturyLink Center Omaha Ed Sheeran

Brett Eldredge

27,877 / 27,877 $2,243,164
March 14, 2013
March 18, 2013 St. Louis Scottrade Center 28,582 / 28,582 $2,346,203
March 19, 2013
March 22, 2013 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena 14,686 / 14,686 $1,162,733
March 23, 2013 Columbia Colonial Life Arena 12,490 / 12,490 $996,114
March 27, 2013 Newark Prudential Center Ed Sheeran

Florida Georgia Line

38,065 / 38,065 $3,565,317
March 28, 2013
March 29, 2013
April 10, 2013 Miami American Airlines Arena Ed Sheeran

Brett Eldredge

12,808 / 12,808 $1,010,175
April 11, 2013 Orlando Amway Center 25,617 / 25,617 $2,054,128
April 12, 2013
April 18, 2013 Atlanta Philips Arena 25,471 / 25,471 $2,048,023
April 19, 2013
April 20, 2013 Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum 14,080 / 14,080 $1,132,095
April 25, 2013 Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena 15,336 / 15,336 $1,247,605
April 26, 2013 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse 13,573 / 13,573 $1,082,042
April 27, 2013 Lexington Rupp Arena 17,003 / 17,003 $1,342,699
May 4, 2013 Detroit Ford Field Ed Sheeran

Austin Mahone
Brett Eldredge

48,265 / 48,265 $3,969,059
May 7, 2013 Louisville KFC Yum! Center Ed Sheeran

Florida Georgia Line

15,135 / 15,135 $1,246,491
May 8, 2013 Columbus Nationwide Arena 14,267 / 14,267 $1,155,170
May 11, 2013 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center Ed Sheeran

Brett Eldredge

27,619 / 27,619 $2,489,205
May 12, 2013
May 16, 2013 Houston Toyota Center 12,467 / 12,467 $961,422
May 21, 2013 Austin Frank Erwin Center Ed Sheeran

Florida Georgia Line

11,916 / 11,916 $935,631
May 22, 2013 San Antonio AT&T Center 13,974 / 13,974 $1,105,253
May 25, 2013 Arlington Cowboys Stadium Ed Sheeran

Austin Mahone
Florida Georgia Line

53,020 / 53,020 $4,589,266
May 28, 2013 Glendale Jobing.com Arena Ed Sheeran

Joel Crouse

26,705 / 26,705 $2,239,370
May 29, 2013
June 1, 2013 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena 14,007 / 14,007 $1,139,360
June 2, 2013 Denver Pepsi Center 13,489 / 13,489 $1,076,069
June 14, 2013 Toronto Canada Rogers Centre Ed Sheeran

Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse

87,627 / 87,627 $7,863,310
June 15, 2013
June 22, 2013 Winnipeg Investors Group Field 33,061 / 33,061 $3,175,430
June 25, 2013 Edmonton Rexall Place Ed Sheeran

Joel Crouse

25,663 / 25,663 $2,379,870
June 26, 2013
June 29, 2013 Vancouver BC Place Stadium Ed Sheeran

Austin Mahone
Joel Crouse

41,142 / 41,142 $3,974,410
July 6, 2013 Pittsburgh United States Heinz Field 56,047 / 56,047 $4,718,518
July 13, 2013 East Rutherford MetLife Stadium 52,399 / 52,399 $4,670,011
July 19, 2013 Philadelphia Lincoln Financial Field 101,277 / 101,277 $8,822,335
July 20, 2013
July 26, 2013 Foxborough Gillette Stadium 110,712 / 110,712 $9,464,063
July 27, 2013
August 1, 2013 Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena Ed Sheeran

Florida Georgia Line

13,368 / 13,368 $1,075,576
August 2, 2013 Kansas City Sprint Center 26,412 / 26,412 $2,093,172
August 3, 2013
August 6, 2013 Wichita Intrust Bank Arena Ed Sheeran

Casey James

12,231 / 12,231 $983,882
August 7, 2013 Tulsa BOK Center 10,949 / 10,949 $868,955
August 10, 2013 Chicago Soldier Field Ed Sheeran

Austin Mahone
Casey James

50,809 / 50,809 $4,149,148
August 15, 2013 San Diego Valley View Casino Center Ed Sheeran

Casey James

10,872 / 10,872 $948,541
August 19, 2013 Los Angeles Staples Center 55,829 / 55,829 $4,734,463
August 20, 2013
August 23, 2013
August 24, 2013
August 27, 2013 Sacramento Sleep Train Arena 12,795 / 12,795 $1,138,103
August 30, 2013 Portland Moda Center 13,952 / 13,952 $1,084,760
August 31, 2013 Tacoma Tacoma Dome 20,348 / 20,348 $1,584,049
September 6, 2013 Fargo Fargodome 21,073 / 21,073 $1,661,578
September 7, 2013 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center 28,920 / 28,920 $2,320,937
September 8, 2013
September 12, 2013 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 13,650 / 13,650 $1,109,253
September 13, 2013 Raleigh PNC Arena 13,941 / 13,941 $1,088,612
September 14, 2013 Charlottesville John Paul Jones Arena 12,689 / 12,689 $997,216
September 19, 2013 Nashville Bridgestone Arena 41,292 / 41,292 $3,336,545
September 20, 2013
September 21, 2013
Oceania
November 29, 2013 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena Neon Trees 30,799 / 30,799 $3,100,290
November 30, 2013
December 1, 2013
December 4, 2013 Sydney Australia Allianz Stadium Guy Sebastian

Neon Trees

40,930 / 40,930 $4,096,060
December 7, 2013 Brisbane Suncorp Stadium 38,907 / 38,907 $3,895,810
December 11, 2013 Perth nib Stadium 21,827 / 21,827 $2,364,080
December 14, 2013 Melbourne Etihad Stadium 47,257 / 47,257 $4,547,250
Europe
February 1, 2014 London England The O2 Arena The Vamps 74,740 / 74,740 $5,829,240
February 2, 2014
February 4, 2014
February 7, 2014 Berlin Germany O2 World Andreas Bourani 10,350 / 10,350 $755,006
February 10, 2014 London England The O2 Arena The Vamps N/A N/A
February 11, 2014
Asia
May 30, 2014 Shanghai China Mercedes-Benz Arena N/A 12,793 / 12,793 $1,864,934
June 1, 2014 Saitama Japan Saitama Super Arena CTS 20,046 / 20,046 $1,837,147
June 4, 2014 Jakarta Indonesia MEIS Ancol Nicole Zefanya 8,130 / 8,130 $1,481,473
June 6, 2014 Manila Philippines Mall of Asia Arena Meg Bucsit 9,775 / 9,775 $1,511,662
June 9, 2014 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Imprompt-3 16,344 / 16,344 $2,524,080
June 11, 2014 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Putra Indoor Stadium IamNeeta 7,525 / 7,525 $998,608
June 12, 2014 Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium Imprompt-3 N/A N/A
Total 1,702,933 / 1,702,933

(100%)

$150,184,971
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