Six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood wrapped her international “Blown Away Tour” last week having performed 112 shows in 110 cities before one million fans across three continents and six countries since its launch last spring.
After wrapping her 110-city “Blown Away Tour” in Abbottsford, BC on Thursday night, Carrie made an eager detour before heading home to Nashville. Saturday night she had an opportunity of a lifetime when she was asked to join the Rolling Stones on stage in Toronto as a surprise guest performing "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)."Carrie's headline arena tour played throughout the United States as well as Canada, Ireland, England, Northern Ireland and Australia, boasting mostly sell-outs in 2012 and all sell-outs during the 2013 leg.
Concert review critics praised Carrie throughout the tour's run. “Thousands of fans on their feet throughout the opening number, singing along with every word, clapping their hands to the beat; that's what it looks like when a bona fide star in the prime of her career comes through town,” said the Yakima Herald. The Hamilton Spectator shared, “the highlight of the show was the vocal display she put on for the show's finale, ‘Blown Away.'” “Underwood gave a passionate nearly hour-and-forty minute performance, which kept the sold-out crowd enchanted throughout the evening,” stated the Lansing State Journal and the Charleston Gazette claimed, “her powerhouse vocals, shining stage presence, ostentatious and ever-changing wardrobe and extravagant concert accoutrement kept the audience's attention for the duration of her set, which featured a solid mix of fan favorites both old and new.”
Interesting by the numbers details on Carrie's “Blown Away Tour” include bringing 9 buses and 16 trucks with 89 tour personnel to each city, including support acts, who traveled over 605,000 total miles through the life of the tour. Her state-of-the-art stage production included 575,424 individual LED lights in 3,000 square feet of video walls,23,063 feet of lighting cable (which is 4.36 miles!) with 172 different colors used in the show's lighting. Carrie and her band flew 150 feet above the audience at every show at a speed of .3 feet per second on a B-stage that weighed 5,890 pounds. To create the “Blown Away” tornado at each concert, 450 CO2 tanks and 222 Nitrogen tanks were used. Over 2,600 pounds of confetti were diffused into the air and 408 beach balls were blown up to toss to the fans. Backstage, tour personnel consumed 22,636 bottles of vitaminwater® and smartwater®.
Carrie's two previous headline tours, 2008's “Carnival Ride Tour” and 2010's “Play On Tour,” performed for a combined total of nearly 250 shows with 2.2 million fans in attendance. She wrapped 2008, 2010, and 2012 as the top female country touring artist.
Charitable contributions from tour proceeds were made to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross, as well as local charities in Atlantic City, New Jersey and Des Moines, Iowa.