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Swift fans anxiously awaiting tour tickets

Billy Strings, Donnie Baker, Andrea Bocelli also touring

Taylor Swift is readying for her first tour in four years.

Chris Hupe

Whatzup Features Writer

Published November 9, 2022

Fresh off a blockbuster album release, megastar Taylor Swift will tour for the first time in four years. 

The Eras Tour features 27 dates at 20 stadiums, beginning March 18 in Glendale, Arizona, the tour will make its way Soldier Field in Chicago for two shows, June 2-3, Ford Field in Detroit on June 10, with opening acts girl in red and Owenn, and Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati on July 1 with Muna and Gracie Abrams serving as openers.

Swift last toured in 2018. Her 2020 shows were canceled due to the pandemic, with dates in the U.S. and Brazil rescheduled for 2021 that were also eventually canceled. 

Her latest album, Midnights, sold 1.578 million units in its first week and became the first album to top 1 million units since her 2017 album reputation. If that’s not enough to prove her status of music royalty, Swift also made history as the first artist in the 64-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart to have a song at every spot in the Top 10, with every track from the standard version of Midnights also making an appearance on the Hot 100, claiming 13 of the top 15 spots. 

While it seems like she’s been around forever, Swift is only 32. At some point, we might have to accept the fact that it’s Taylor Swift’s world, and we’re just living in it.

Strings to visit Cincinnati

Grammy Award-winning progressive bluegrass guitar phenom Billy Strings will play 17 dates as part of his 2023 Winter Tour. 

Strings’ winter loop begins with three nights in Atlantic City in February and ends with a three-night finale at Andrew J. Brady Music Center in Cincinnati, March 16-18. 

Strings is due to release his fourth album, Me/And/Dad, Nov. 18. The record features 14 versions of bluegrass and country classics recorded with his father, Terry Barber.

Donnie Baker in Decatur

The Bob & Tom Show favorite Donnie Baker is set for two shows at Union Township Hall in Decatur on Dec. 9. 

The Indiana native has been an integral part of the popular radio program since 2005 as redneck Donnie Baker, Floyd the Trucker, and hyperactive traveling salesman Kenny Tarmac. 

The recurring characters made him a listener favorite and propelled Baker into a sought-after personality in the standup world. 

For this special night in Decatur, Yergy’s State Road BBQ will be on site to serve hot and delicious pork. 

“If you don’t believe in God after that, you’re an atheist!” Baker posted on his Facebook page. 

Baker will also appear the following night for one show at the Lions Club in Portland, though there is no word on whether they will have barbecue.

Bocelli coming to Chicago

Andrea Bocelli will be returning to North America next year and will stop by Allstate Arena in Chicago on May 20. 

The lauded Italian tenor has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide and was once named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine. 

To get fans into the holiday spirit, PBS stations across the country will air Bocelli’s “Concerto: One Night in Central Park” in November and December. 

The upcoming tour dates will see Bocelli singing songs from throughout his catalog, in addition to new songs from his latest studio album, Believe.

Road Notes covers concerts within driving distance of Northeast Indiana. Send your news items to info@whatzup.com.

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