Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ kicks off with a time-travel twist

Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” commenced on Friday evening in Glendale, Arizona. The concert was a three-hour long extravaganza that featured chart-topping hits from all 17 years of the singer’s illustrious career.

Fans of Taylor Swift, known as “Swifties,” arrived in droves wearing costumes inspired by the singer, and the city where she performed changed its name to “Swift City,” as reported on the Glendale, Arizona website. The ticket sales for her tour caused Ticketmaster to crash, which Swift acknowledged during her performance by thanking her audience for making the effort to be there.

Just to be upfront, I have to admit that I’m a big fan of Taylor Swift. Luckily, I was able to snag tickets to her second-to-last concert in Los Angeles this August. But for those who missed out, here’s a roundup of some of the most exciting moments from her show on Friday based on posts from fans on social media.

Swift kicked off the night wearing a dazzling corset and matching boots, and began with tunes from her “Lover” era. Her opening song was “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” a track from her 2019 album. To the delight of her fans, she also performed “Cruel Summer” for the first time ever during a live show.

During her recent concert, Taylor Swift performed some of her pandemic-era hits like “Willow” and “Champagne Problems” from the album “Evermore.” She acknowledged that it’s been a while since she had a tour, with her last shows being the “Reputation” concerts in 2018. The audience was taken back to that time as she performed chart-topping songs such as “Delicate” and “Don’t Blame Me” on a set featuring the “Reputation” snake. She also performed some catchy tunes from her “Red” era, including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble,” as well as the ten-minute version of “All Too Well.” Fans were treated to live performances of songs from her 2020 album “Folklore,” where Swift stood on a set resembling the moss-covered cabin seen in her music videos. She sang “Invisible String,” “Cardigan,” and “Betty,” among other tracks, bringing the moody and imaginative album to life. Swift also announced that she would play a different acoustic song at each show, performing an acoustic version of “Mirrorball” during this particular concert.

This segment of the show was reminiscent of Swift’s “1989” era, and it felt like one big dance party. Her performance included some of her most popular songs such as “Blank Space,” “Shake it Off,” and “Wildest Dreams.” Throughout the concert, Swift took us down memory lane by singing some of her classic hits from the “Fearless” era, including “You Belong with Me” and “Love Story.” She also played “Tim McGraw” on the piano, a song from her earliest days in 2006. As the show progressed, Swift played various tracks from her record-breaking 2022 album, “Midnights,” which included “Anti-Hero,” “Lavender Haze,” “Mastermind,” and “Bejeweled.” She ended the concert on a high note with her electrifying hit, “Karma.” With over 40 songs on her setlist, Swift’s fans were undoubtedly thrilled that their anti-hero Taylor Swift had returned to the stage, making their wait well worth it.

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