Last Friday (August 23rd) Taylor Swift released her seventh studio album, Lover. Lead by singles “You Need to Calm Down” and “ME!“, Lover is a departure from the high-production, electronic bangers of her previous two albums. Instead of girl power anthems and dance-heavy beats, Lover is strengthened by vintage Taylor (think “Love Story” and “Teardrops on My Guitar“). The guitar-driven ballads that made us fall in love with her in the first place.
All 18 tracks of Lover contain star power. They impact us deeply, as we can sense Taylor Swift’s current, liberated state. No longer afraid of anything she isn’t, Swift was able to give us her best effort yet in this year’s Lover. Produced largely by Jack Antonoff, Lover puts forth a sleek, 80’s rock glisten. Campy without being cheesy—a line Swift straddles well—Lover is the dreamy, girl-and-her-guitar LP we didn’t know we needed, until now, that it’s here.
Now that Lover is safely in our playlists and music libraries, fans are beginning to wonder: When Will Taylor Swift Tour Lover? Swift hit the road to tour Reputation six months after its release. When she embarked on her 1989 tour, it was seven months after the album hit shelves in 2014. So, realistically, fans shouldn’t expect a Taylor Swift “Lover” Tour until February, at the earliest.
But Taylor Swift’s plans to tour Lover are already shaping up differently from tours past. According to an interview with Ryan Seacrest for his On Air show, Swift said she may not tour stadiums and arenas for her upcoming “Lover” Tour.
“I was so full-on planning this album release and directing the videos and putting all these different clues in these videos and trying to make this album release experience the most fun one for my fans, that I didn’t wanna plan what we’re gonna do in terms of live and I don’t want to do the same thing every time because I don’t want my life to feel like I’m on a treadmill,” she told Seacrest.
As opposed to Reputation which demanded a large-scheme production in order to pull off the affect Taylor Swift wanted on her audience, the singer feels she has more freedom with Lover to perform it in a more intimate setting.
“My goal for whatever live setting that we decide to do things in, is gonna be to try to make it feel smaller like a living room.”
We think there is good and bad news here for Taylor Swift fans. The bad: Taylor Swift isn’t planning a large-scale, arena tour for Lover—as of right now, that is. The good: Taylor Swift is planning a tour for Lover, and because it’s not an arena tour, it doesn’t require the same amount of time in order to plan it. Arena tours usually have to be scheduled a year and a half out. What Swift is envisioning is a much tighter process. And what might fans be in for? An intimate night with Taylor Swift, a girl and her guitar.
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There are no bounds to what Taylor Swift can do on her upcoming “Lover” Tour. Though she is envisioning a smaller production, fans can anticipate a concert of the highest quality. Swift’s aesthetic has shifted away from the amphibious dark and back to her cotton candy chic. The black and leather has been put back in the closet, making room for her dreamy, glittered self to appear on stage.
Fans were happy to see Swift as her bubbly self for these GMA performances of “You Need to Calm Down” and “ME!” Swift has returned to her comfort zone, and in our opinion, is better for it. So, When Will Taylor Swift Tour Lover? Fans should hear a tour announcement from Swift in November, at the latest. We are anticipating a 2020 “Lover” Tour that kicks off around the beginning of March.