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Taylor Swift Wants To Outdo Herself On Red Tour

November 13, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Billboard reports that Taylor Swift plans to make her Red tour big and outdo her previous Speak Now tour.

The tour begins on March 13 in Omaha, Nebraska. She says her fans will decide what songs she plays. The album Red has sold 1.55 million copies since it was released on October 22.

She said: “Of course, you know the tour will be a big representation of this record. 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.

Tickets will go on sale on November 16 for a tour which contains 58 dates at mostly arenas and nine stadiums. It is currently announced through September 21 with Ed Sheeran, who is a guest on the song “Everything Has Changed”. He will be the opening act. Swift says is planning a large production.

She added: “I like for it to be big — as big as possible. If we can make a show that dazzles people more than the last tour, then I’ll have done my job in the right way. I just want to be able, in this economy, to make a show that for fans is definitely a guarantee that they will be entertained enough to warrant them leaving their house, spending their evening with me, parking their car, waiting in line, maybe buy a T-shirt. I want them to be so happy that they decided to spend their time with me — I think that’s my biggest objective. And the element of surprise is still really important in a concert and showing scenes and images and visuals that are magical. I really like to take people to a different world and change things up constantly, never showing them too much of the same thing too many times in a row.

The Speak Now tour earned over $123 million and played to over 1.6 million fans during 2010-2011. It’s likely, given the success of the album, that ticket sales will be strong.

Swift said she’s not assuming anything about the tour. She said: “I don’t naturally feel like I am entitled to win. If I put out a song I don’t expect it to go No. 1 within hours. I got used to having to fight to get the song up the charts and having to wait and having to hope people would hear it; that’s kind of where my mind stayed. And so when we have something like (‘Red’), where all the songs that we’ve put out…have all gone to No. 1, it is absolutely mind-blowing to me that the fans are that reactive and that they’re that fast and that there are that many of them who are so clued in. It’s not something that I’m ever going to get used to.

Swift’s episode of VH1 Storytellers is airing now. She also has performances on The X Factor (November 15) and the American Music Awards (November 18). She will co-host The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night on CBS on December 5 and will perform in New York City’s Times Square as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.

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