Only a handful of performances remain on the North American leg of Taylor Swift’s 2013 Red Tour, an excursion that began back in March and has included more than 50 concerts in just over five months. The tour, designed to promote Swift’s “Red” album, which has sold more than 3.7 million copies since its release last October, hasn’t entirely been a solo effort, however. Along the way several surprise guest musicians have graced the stage alongside the pop singer, and even though the tour is drawing to a close, the excitement continues to build as more and more artists join forces with the young Nashville star.
Swift’s four concerts at the Los Angeles Staples Center in particular exhibited an explosion of star power. Seasoned celebrity Jennifer Lopez joined Swift on stage for a rendition of JLo’s 2002 hit single “Jenny from the Block,” a tune Swift confessed she used to sing into her hairbrush when it was on the radio.
Prior to that night’s performance, Swift had also welcomed Tegan and Sara to collaborate on their song, “Closer,” Cher Lloyd—made famous on the British “X Factor”—to perform Lloyd’s “Want U Back,” and fellow British songstress Ellie Goulding to share a rendition of “Anything Could Happen.” The Staples Center crowd also saw pianist Sara Bareilles take to the stage to duet her song “Brave” with Swift.
Earlier in the Red Tour, Swift stopped in St. Louis and brought out hometown hero Nelly to help perform his single “Hey Porsche,” the lead single from his forthcoming album “M.O,” while Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump met up with Swift in New Jersey to sing “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark.” The long-awaited reunion of Fall Out Boy was announced earlier in the year, and the highly anticipated fall arena tour will kick off Sept. 5 in Uncasville, Conn., and continue on a rapid course through Sept. 29, hitting 17 North American cities along the way.
As for Swift, she’ll headline shows in Sacramento, Calif. (Aug. 27), Portland, Ore. (Aug. 30), and Tacoma, Wash. (Aug. 31) to close out the month, before embarking on the final weeks of the tour. A trio of concerts at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will bring it to a close, Sept. 19-21.
Guest artists aside, one permanent fixture on the Red Tour has been budding artist, Ed Sheeran, who himself has been making headlines as of late. It was announced on Aug. 19 that “The A Team” singer would be teaming up with Christina Aguilera on “The Voice” this fall, in addition to booking a pair of fall solo shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Oct. 29 and Nov. 1.