Taylor Swift to hit the road in March for 58-show Red Tour
Swift selects British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran as her opening act
In a recent interview with MSN Music, Taylor Swift lit up when asked about British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran, her songwriting collaborator and duet partner on “Everything Has Changed,” a track from her new album, “Red.” Now, she plans to help introduce Sheeran to U.S. audiences.
Swift announced Friday night that she’s embarking on a North American stadium and arena tour in March 2013, with plans to play 58 shows in 45 cities—including three in Canada—and Sheeran will be on board as the support act for the whole tour. Sheeran (pictured below) is a two-time BRIT Award winner (the U.K.’s Grammy equivalent).
“His music makes me so excited. It makes me so happy,” Swift told MSN Music. “It makes me feel like there’s someone out there who can go into these arena performances and stand there with his guitar and captivate an audience.” She added, “I can’t wait for everyone to be aware of how great he is.”
The tour launches March 13 in Omaha, Neb., with dates scheduled so far through September. The routing includes nine stadiums, including Chicago’s Soldier Field and Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium.
At Swift’s request, every date on the tour will include some tickets priced under $50. The first tickets go on sale Nov. 16.
“I didn’t think I could be any more excited about my ‘Red’ album, but then I start thinking about how I’m going to put the new show together for the Red Tour,” says Swift in a prepared statement. “I have so many ideas about how to really bring this music to life, and I can’t wait to share the new show with all my fans.”
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