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Taylor Swift Fearlessly Faces 2009

03:02 PM Friday 1/30/09 | |

Country hit machine Taylor Swift has unveiled an ambitious touring schedule for 2009 that will see the 19-year-old rising star stepping center stage.

  • Taylor Swift

    Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Fla.
    February 17, 2008

    (John Davisson)


Sure Swift’s calendar is packed with appearances at places like the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Florida Strawberry Festival, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Bamajam Music & Arts Festival, Country USA, Chippewa Valley Country Festival and Cheyenne Frontier Days.

But it’s her headlining itinerary that really rocks. Venues are forthcoming, but the singer’s Fearless Tour 2009 has plans to stop in cities across the U.S. and Canada like St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Winnipeg, New York City, Dallas, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago and all parts in between.

Joining in on the fun will be “American Idol” alum Kellie Pickler and newbie quartet Gloriana.

As if that’s not enough, Swift will head Down Under in March for a handful of shows.

Not bad for someone who topped Nielsen SoundScan’s all-genre year-end music sales chart as 2008’s top-selling artist but can’t even buy a beer yet. And you can bet your best pair of boots she’s rarin’ to hit the road.

“Headlining my own tour is a dream come true!” Swift said. “This way I can play more music every night than I ever have before.

“Having written my own songs, they are all stories in my head and my goal for this tour is to bring those stories to life. My favorite thing when I go to a concert is having lots of changing things to look at, so I’ve been working really hard to make this show as multidimensional as possible.”

Swift will play five different guitars, as well as the piano. Multiple costume changes and a fairy-tail castle illuminated by more than a million lumens of light will also play a part in the three-act evening.

Although the singer probably doesn’t have to worry about money these days, she’s apparently feeling the pain some folks are experiencing with the tanking economy.

“I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to come see my show, so we have affordable tickets available for every date we do this year,” she explained.

Tickets for Swift’s show at Staples Center in Los Angeles go on sale Feb. 6. Venues and onsale info for other tour stops will be announced in the coming weeks.