Once upon a time, Taylor Swift was born in 1989 and embarked on a world tour to sing to the masses.
She brought her friends Shawn Mendes, Vance Joy, and HAIM to warm up the crowd.
Taylor then welcomed us to New York as we welcomed her to DC.
Her entire set (all 2 hours and 15 minutes) was a glorious celebration of the album that’s sold 5 million [and counting] copies around the world. She performed every song off the album, as well as a few non-1989 songs. Those older songs that she performed were re-stylized as you’d never heard before.
“I Knew You Were Trouble” was performed in a sultry, more mature version… “Love Story” was performed on the keyboard… and Taylor came charging at the crowd with an electric guitar for an edgy rock version of “We Are Never Getting Back Together”.
One very cool aspect of the show was that when every attendee entered the venue, they were handed this weird looking white rubber bracelet. That weird looking thing turned out to be pre-programmed to pulse different colors that synchronized with the songs.
As Taylor is often known for doing, she brought out a very special surprise guest to sing a duet with. I won’t ruin it for you, though. Watch for yourself here!
Now, there was actually a pretty major technical difficulty during the show.
See this elevated platform that Taylor is standing on?
Earlier in the day, it had rained (luckily, the most we got during the show was a short-lived drizzle). Apparently, that messed up some of the mechanics of the platform. Taylor was supposed to elevate above the crowd and around the stadium while singing “Clean”, but she was stuck right where she was.. only slightly elevated. After the song was over, the platform was stuck and could not be lowered. So, she asked someone from the tour to bring her keyboard to the edge of the platform so she could sing the next song.
It was a technical difficulty that she played off very well, joking about how she would have to rearrange the choreography for the whole show and even if there was a major downpour that started right then and there, she would go to the parking lot with a guitar and there would still be a concert tonight.
I must say, my favorite thing about Taylor Swift is that she humanizes the celebrity status. She uses her platform for good. I mean, she’s literally the biggest pop star in the world right now and there were at least 3 times during the show when she would talk to the audience about healthy relationships and positive self-esteem and friendship. She has 5 homes throughout the world and she opened up her living room to fans for the 1989 Secret Sessions in each of them (LA, New York, Nashville, Rhode Island, London).
Even if you aren’t a fan of her music, I promise that by the end of one of her concerts, you will be a fan of her, and you will certainly live happily ever after.
I attended the show with my friend, Christa, who wrote an awesome review with some more details for Eye On Annapolis here!