Houston Jilted by Taylor Swift's "1989" Tour

Taylor Swift at Minute Maid Park in November 2011
Taylor Swift at Minute Maid Park in November 2011
Photo by Marco Torres

That high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston now in the early planning stages can't get here soon enough for fans of Taylor Swift, who this morning announced that next year's world tour behind her brand-new album 1989 will include just about every major city in the continental U.S. except this one right here.

Announced this morning, the tour begins in Bossier City, La., a four-hour drive, on May 20, 2015, and dips down to LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge before resurfacing in Detroit a week later. The tour hops over to Europe in June before hopping back to North America, where it visits mostly football stadiums and scattered basketball arenas, including two dates in July at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston. Other cities visited include Fargo, N.D., as well as Nashville, Kansas City, Omaha, Phoenix, Toronto, St. Louis (two shows apiece), and the lone Texas stop to date next October 17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Of course, Houston fans are used to being bypassed on tours, but this one smarts a little; like not being invited to a party thrown by the most popular girl in school. It's not that demand isn't here -- Swift sold out Minute Maid, handily, in November 2011, and did the same at the smaller Toyota Center last May -- so other factors must be at play. (Perhaps she is now reluctant to venture onto Beyonce's home turf.)

Predictably, her Houston fans have flooded Twitter with teary-eyed, despondent emojis. The only consolation they have right now is a) Austin didn't get a stop either; and b) if the price of oil continues to fall, at least it'll be a pretty cheap road trip.

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