Taylor Swift Launches The Eras Tour


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Taylor Swift beginning the Eras Tour on March 17, 2023 at State Farm Stadium.

On March 17, 2023, Taylor Swift kicked off The Eras Tour at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The first night of the tour set a record with over 69,000 people in attendance. The sold-out concert broke the record for the highest attended concert for a female artist in the United States. 

During her previous tours, Swift only had one or two opening acts that would start the show. To keep the Eras Tour unique, Swift chose nine musicians for various dates to perform along with her while traveling the United States. 

As fans on opening night were waiting for Swift to come on stage, they watched opening acts, GAYLE and Paramore, put on an incredible pre-show, performing their own smash-hit songs. The other guest performers such as Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, MUNA, Gracie Abrams, beabadoobee, and OWENN are scheduled to perform on the later dates of the tour. 

The Eras Tour was created to give a feeling of nostalgia to Swift’s fans by spending time in each of her album “eras”, representing the songs and memories she made over the years as a young and popular artist. 

Swift opened the show with her song “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” from her album named Lover. She came up from underneath the stage in a bejeweled pink and blue bodysuit, sparkling knee-high boots, and of course, a glittery pink microphone. “Tonight, we’re going to be going on an adventure, one era at a time!” Swift told the crowd

The Lover era consisted of six songs, then the singer quickly transitioned into her Fearless era, the album she released in 2008. She sang her most popular songs from the album including fan favorites “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me”. 

Taylor Swift holds up her iconic “heart hands” during the Fearless era at State Farm Stadium. (Photo Credit: John Shearer)

As the show continued, it became clear that the eras were intentionally performed in non- chronological order, making the show unpredictable and even more exciting for the audience. 

The artist went on to magically transform into her seven other eras, known as evermore, Reputation, Speak Now, Red, folklore, 1989, and Midnights (her newest album). She sang multiple hits such as “22,” “Blank Space”, “Enchanted”, “Anti-Hero”, and more.

Since Taylor Swift hadn’t been on tour since her album Reputation was released, her fans were finally able to see her perform live in concert, making it quite an emotional night. 

In the past two years or so, Swift joined the social media platform TikTok, making connections with her fans through videos she would see about her albums. 

When in the evermore era at the concert, she informed her fans about her recent TikTok use: “It’s an album I absolutely love, despite what some of you say on TikTok. I’ve seen it, I’ve seen all of it.”

Before she moved into the “Midnights” era, Swift decided to spend time alone with the crowd, playing an acoustic session on guitar and piano. She announced that she would be singing two songs from her past albums on each night of the tour. The “Swifties”, Taylor’s fanbase, call these the “surprise songs.” On the first night in Glendale, the surprise songs were “mirrorball” from folklore, and “Tim McGraw” from her self-titled album Taylor Swift

In total, the concert was three hours and fifteen minutes long, not including the openers. Without any intermissions, Swift performed a setlist of 44 songs while changing outfits for each and every era she traveled through. 

As she arrives in each city, Swift brings excitement and delivers the fans a wonderful show. The Eras Tour is just the beginning of another successful year for the pop star.