Taylor Swift Kicks Off "Eras Tour" In 'Swift City' Glendale, Arizona
Welcome to Swift City, which has a population of 250,000 people and more than 100,000 Swifties. Glendale, Arizona, is usually called Glendale, but on Friday and Saturday, when Taylor Swift kicks off "Eras Tour" there, the city changed its name to Swift City.
Taylor Swift is not just a voice in our heads or an idea to argue about at parties. She is a real person who likes glittery pajamas and has the stamina of a ram. The audience's idea of a performer becomes a real thing at every concert, but last night's start of Taylor Swift's Eras tour in Glendale, Arizona, was even more amazing with Houdini-like moves.
After years of Swift's highly mediated virtual output influencing their inner lives, more than 70,000 people can now attest to the vibrancy of Taylor Swift the person.
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Taylor Swift's "Eras Tour" started on Friday night in Glendale, Arizona, with a three-hour show that included hits from all of Swift's 17-year career.
"Swifties," which is what her fans are called, came to the city in full Taylor Swift costumes, and the name of the place was changed to "Swift City," according to the website for Glendale, Arizona. The tour's ticket sales broke Ticketmaster, which the singer brought up on Friday when she told her audience that she thought it was safe to assume that they had put in "a lot of work" to be there.
Swift's tour is already breaking records. On the first day that tickets were available, over 2 million were bought on Ticketmaster alone. Now that Swifties have stood in line for hours, paid high resale prices, and dealt with the twists and turns of trying to get tickets to the hottest tour of the spring, they're ready for the tour and ready to spend their money.
Glendale is no stranger to big events. You may remember that it was where the Super Bowl was held last month. This time, fans are excited to see the singer, songwriter, and director start her first tour since 2018. It's a small example of the huge economic power that Swift's business, which is worth about $570 million, has.
Swift started her concert with a song from her 2019 album, "Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince," and then performed "Cruel Summer" for the first time ever in concert. She wore a corset with crystals and boots that matched.
Swift asked her audience, "Is it just me, or do we have a lot to catch up on?" as she played "Willow" and "Champagne Problems" from her pandemic-era album "Evermore." Since this is Swift's first tour since her "Reputation" shows in 2018, it's a good question.
Swift performed hits like "Delicate" and "Don't Blame Me" on a set where the "Reputation" snake slithered around. This took the audience back to that time.
Even more, throwbacks came with Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her "Red" album. Swift also sang "All Too Well" in a 10 minute version.
She then played songs from her 2020 album "Folklore" in a live concert for the first time. Swift stood on a set that looked like the moss-covered cabin from her "Folklore" music videos. She brought the moody and creative album to life by singing songs like "Invisible String," "Cardigan," and "Betty." She then played "Mirrorball" on an acoustic guitar after telling the crowd that she'll play a different acoustic song at each show on the tour.
In the style of "1989," this part of the show seemed like a big dance party, with Swift's biggest hits like "Blank Space," "Shake It Off," and "Wildest Dreams" being played.
Throughout the show, there were other nostalgic moments. For example, Swift sang "You Belong with Me" and "Love Story" from her "Fearless" period. She also sang "Tim McGraw," a song from her early days, at the piano in 2006.
She ended the show with a few songs from "Midnights," which is a hard album to end a show of this size with because it is more of a mix of Swift's old ideas than a sign of a new direction. During "Anti-Hero," a screen behind Swift showed a version of her as a kind of "King Kong" who was bigger than everyone and unfairly attacked. During "Lavender Haze," dancers held up huge cloudy puffs around her.
Swiftians, the time has finally come! Taylor Swift kicks off "Eras Tour" on Friday at "Swift City," also known as State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The first two shows of Taylor Swift's concert tour will be in the Valley on Friday and Saturday.
Swift's three-hour show at State Farm Stadium on Friday was the first night of her Eras Tour, her first roadshow in five years. About halfway through the show, she stood on a raised platform in the middle of the long runway stage and told 70,000 people a story of righteous anger and pain.