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Taylor Swift’s “Eras Tour” kicked off Friday night in Glendale, Arizona during a three-hour show played by hits from every era of the Grammy-winner’s 17-year career.
“Swifties,” as her fans are known, descended on the city in full Swift-inspired clothing and the location itself changed its name to “Swift City,” according to the Glendale, Arizona website. Ticket sales for the tour even broke Ticketmaster, something the singer called attention to on Friday when he told his audience that he thought it was safe to assume he had gotten “a lot of money” for them to be there
Full disclosure: This CNN writer is a Swiftie. I managed to secure tickets to Swift’s penultimate show in Los Angeles this August, but here are some highlights of her performance on Friday, based on social media posts from people who attended.
Donning a rhinestone-studded corset and sandals, Swift began her concert with her “Beloved” moment by opening with “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” a song off her 2019 album, and then performed “Such Summer” for the first time in the game.
While performing “Willow” and “Champagne Trouble” from her pandemic-era album “Evermore,” Swift asked her audience, “Is it just me or do we have a lot to catch up on?” It’s a fair question, because this tour is the first for Swift since her “Name” show in 2018.
Listeners were taken back to that time, when Swift played hits like “Delicate” and “Don’t Blame Me” on a set where “Fame” snakes around.
The time “Red” brings even more throwbacks with some of Swift’s more catchy tunes like “We Are Getting Back Together” and “I Know You Were Trouble.” Swift also performed a ten-minute version of “All Too Well.”
He then performed songs from his 2020 album “Folklore” for the first time in a live concert. Swift stood on set decorated like a moss covered “Fiction” booth found in the distributor of her music videos. The moody and imaginative album was brought to life when she sang “Invisible Sea,” “Cardigan” and “Betty,” among others. He then performed an acoustic version of “Mirrorball” after telling his audience that he would play a different acoustic song at every show throughout the tour.
In true “1989” fashion, this part of the show appears to be a big dance party, as it includes some of Swift’s most popular hits like “Blake Space,” “Get Away” and “Wildest Dreams.”
There were other nostalgic moments throughout the show, Swift singing through her “Anxiety” moment with “You Belong With Me” and “Love Story.” He also sang “Tim McGraw” at the piano, a song from his debut in 2006.
As the concert drew to a close and currently, Swift performed several songs from her 2022 album “Midnights,” including “Anti-Hero,” “Lavender Haze,” “Mastermind” and “Bejeweled,” she and turned off the music. shows with the high power hit “Karma.”
Swift’s set list covered more than 40 songs, probably proving to her fans that the long wait for their hero Taylor Swift to return to the stage was worth it.