Taylor Swift turns 28 on Dec. 13, 2017. Less than five months later, on May 8, 2018, she’ll launch the fifth concert tour of her career.
“Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour” begins in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium. From there she goes to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on May 12; the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on May 18 and May 19, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington on May 22; Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver on May 25, and Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on June 1 and June 2.
Europe is next. The continent will host half a dozen Taylor Swift concerts. She returns to the States on June 30 for additional stops—destinations include Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nashville, and New Orleans. She has two concerts plotted in Toronto on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4.
The second leg of her North American jaunt is scheduled to end Oct. 6 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Keep an eye on Taylor’s Twitter feed for additional U.S. shows.
She’ll finish the fall with five gigs in Australia and New Zealand. Those dates are sure to produce some fodder for her Instagram account.
When it’s all said and done, Swift will be far south of 30 and a veteran of five major concerts tours—an impressive feat.
Yet, how does it stack up to the accomplishments of other divas? Below, Musicology-101 looks at the touring resumes of five other legendary female singers.
Although she toured in 2003 and 2004, Beyoncé’s first official worldwide solo outing occurred in 2007. It started when she was 25. “The Beyoncé Experience” spanned 97 dates and supported her second studio offering, B’Day.
Her very first solo tour, “Dangerously in love Tour,” consisted of just 10 dates, all in Europe. It received little love from critics. In 2004, she participated in “The Verizon Ladies First Tour” with Alicia Keys, Missy Elliott, and Tamina.
Due to “Dangerously’s” short length, and “Ladies First’s” crowded marquee, we decided to highlight “The Beyoncé Experience.”
Queen Bey’s former group, Destiny’s Child, embarked on three headlining tours as well as several more in support.
Britney Spears was just 17 when she undertook her first headlining odyssey, “…Baby One More Time Tour.” Her itinerary featured 56 concerts.
Spears’ fifth pilgrimage went down in the middle of her 23rd year. It began March 2, 2004 and ended June 5, 2004. In total, Spears endured 54 performances in Europe and North America.
She was on the road again promoting her fourth studio album, In the Zone. If you’re wondering why her studio albums and concert treks are off, Spears toured twice behind …Baby One More Time.
Christina Aguilera turned 20 in the middle of her first headlining campaign, “Christina Aguilera in Concert Tour.” Her schedule included six legs and 82 shows.
Her inaugural concert circuit started in mid-May of 2000 and ended Feb. 1, 2001. Headlining acts included a bunch of artists you’ve never heard of, and one you have, Destiny’s Child.
How old was Aguilera during her sixth concert voyage? We’ll let you know when it happens.
The diva has only hit the road four times. Her last roadie was from November of 2006 through October of 2008. It started a month before her 26th birthday.
Madonna was 26 when she launched her first musical crusade. “The Virgin Tour” spanned from early April to early June of 1985. The trek supported her first two albums: her self-titled debut and Like a Virgin.
Critics were “meh” on the production but fans bought concert tickets in droves. And why wouldn’t they? Her opening act was The Beastie Boys!
Mariah Carey’s initial headlining tour, if you can call it that, was just six shows long. It started on Nov. 3, 1993 and ended on Dec. 10, 1993. Carey was 24.
Her fifth headlining excursion, “Charmbracelet World Tour,” lasted from mid-June of 2003 through late February of 2004. She turned 35 the following month.
The “Charmbracelet World Tour” grossed more than $6 million and was #83 on Pollstar’s top 100 concert tours of the year.
There is some debate as to when Carey was born, 1969 or 1970. For this article, we choose the 1969 date.