Review by Micah Gummel
Photos by Micah Gummel
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I quick bit about Taylor Swift born in the city of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. At the age of ten, Taylor began writing songs and singing at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs around her hometown.
After being discovered during a karaoke performance she began showing her talent in weeknight performances of country songs with karaoke backing tracks. She was the youngest-ever winner of Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.
Fast forward to today on this Red tour stop 35 on Saturday, July 27at Gillette stadium. Supporting her latest multi-million selling album Red, so the color of crimson was in abundance on the platform, in the audience, and, naturally, on Swift.
Swift said, from the stage Saturday night, that some 55,000 people had piled into Gillett Stadium, making this stop on her nine-month “Red” tour a sell-out but not just any sellout Gillett was the first show to sell out and it sold out so fast that they set up a second show!
So the Show begins, Red lips pressed to a red-studded microphone held by red-painted fingers sang the opening verses of “State of Grace“ to kick off Taylor Swift’s Red Tour on Saturday night at Gillett stadium. Swift told the crowd of 55,000 that she sees red when she writes songs about what she calls the “crazy emotions,“ and fans of the 23-year-old singer-songwriter practically turned red from happiness and exhaustion by the time her near two-hour show came to a close.
Those at the concert couldn’t get enough of the blue-eyed, blonde-haired entertainer. Everyone was up and dancing by the second song, “Holy Ground.” When the tour-headlining single “Red“ came next, there was no turning back. The mania that Swift induced was in full force, and fans soaked up every second of it. Fans belted the lyrics and threw their arms to the sky during Billboard chart-topper “You Belong With Me.” “Mean“ allowed fans to vent their frustrations alongside Swift, who reminded them that those who cut you down do not have to have the final say.
Perhaps the most memorable part of the evening was when Carly Simon Took the stage with Taylor. Nobody writes a breakup song like Carly Simon and now Taylor Swift! The 68-year-old musical legend joined the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” crooner on stage at Boston’s Gillete Stadium on Saturday, July 27, to sing a duet of Simon’s 1972 classic, “You’re So Vain.”
Dramatic and emotional, the performance was an impressive display of Swift and her team talents. After seeing her live it’s a shame her ever-expanding songwriting skills aren’t given as much attention as her personal life. She has true talent and its shown as the actually sings, writes and plays numerous instruments.
Swift’s legions of fans don’t need to be convinced to buy tickets to this tour. But if you’re a casual fan who gets a big kick out of lavish productions, pop culture and one of the most capable backing bands on the road, then you should definitely be there when Swift paints your town Red.
State of Grace
You Belong with Me
The Lucky One
Everything Has Changed
(with Ed Sheeran)
You’re So Vain
(with Carly Simon)
I Knew You Were Trouble
All Too Well
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together