The first and only female solo artist to have won the Grammy for Album of the Year dropped four unreleased songs in her three-hour-long concert.
Up until now, Swifties couldn’t get over how Taylor Swift seamlessly kicked off The Era Tour at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The first tour in nearly five years was truly jaw-dropping—with all the spectacular special effects that were creatively conceptualized and put into reality.
A celebration of all her musical eras past, present, and future (with four new songs dropped), the crowd of 70,000 people roared in excitement and anticipation as the American singer-songwriter emerged from the clouds of chiffon, clad in a Versace bodysuit and Christian Louboutin boots.
ICYMI, Here’s a Quick Run-Thru of Taylor Swift’s The Era Tour
On March 17, the celebrated pop superstar Taylor Swift officially started the most anticipated The Eras Tour. Along with her, the concert featured renowned artists, including Paramore, Girl in Red, MUNA, Haim, Gayle, Owenn, and Gracie Abrams.
During the kickoff, Taylor Swift unexpectedly performed a 44-song setlist, which summarized her seventeen-year career in the music industry. As the 33-year-old icon puts it: “I don’t know how to process this… how I feel about how much I missed you and how happy I am to see you. You don’t know what it means to me to be able to say to you, ‘Welcome to The Eras Tour’.’’
Aside from barely leaving any song unsung all through the albums she released, from Fearless to Reputation to Midnights, what really made the concert totally out of this world was the costume changes that came thick and fast, not to mention the transitions between songs.
Taylor Swift is scheduled to play on 51 more dates, including the second round in Glendale. She has yet to announce the UK tour dates, while a lot of Swifties in Asia are already posting on social media how excited they are for her other tour schedules.
The Era Tour Song Setlist
On the first day of the show, Taylor Swift’s Era Tour broke records and made history— earning her the title of the female artist with the highest-attended concert in the US, with around 70,000 people attending her first concert in five years. This record was previously held by Madonna, for having around sixty-three thousand people at the Anaheim Stadium in Los Angeles in 1987.
The songs played in The Era Tour are as follows: Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince, Cruel Summer, The Man, You Need to Calm Down, Lover, The Archer, Fearless, You Belong with me, Love Story, ‘Tis the Damn Season, Willow, Marjorie, Champagne Problems, Tolerate It, Ready for It?, Delicate, Don’t Blame Me, Look What You Made Me Do, Enchanted, 22, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, I Knew You Were Trouble, All Too Well (10 Minute Version), Invisible String, Betty, The Last Great American Dynasty, August, Illicit Affairs, My Tears Ricochet, Cardigan, Style, Blank Space, Shake It Off, Wildest Dreams, Bad Blood, Mirrorball, Tim McGraw, Lavender Haze, Anti-Hero, Midnight Rain, Vigilante S—, Bejeweled, Mastermind, and Karma.
The setlist also included four new songs that were first heard during the concert. This included Taylor’s versions of Eyes Open, Safe and Sound, and If This Was A Movie. Aside from the three aforementioned new versions of the official soundtrack of 2012 The Hunger Games movie and the rerecorded version of the 2010 Speak Now single, If This Was a Movie, a totally new song was also introduced titled All Of The Girls You Loved Before—an unreleased track that was considered for the 2019 Lover album.
Indeed, the exhausting wait, including the emotional rollercoaster experienced during the pandemic as heightened by the songs released by Taylor Swift, made the concert worth the wait. The Era Tour was indeed the culmination of the singer-songwriter’s growth as an artist—and how her fans matured with her through time.
Are you a Swiftie as well? What’s your favorite part of the concert? Are you manifesting for a concert tour in Singapore too? Keep posted for other information about Taylor Swift’s upcoming concert schedule!
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