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Taylor Swift's 'Eras Tour'

Taylor Swift dramatically returned to the concert stage a little over a month ago, commencing her “Eras Tour.” She began at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Friday, March 17, 2023 and has since moved on to Las Vegas, Arlington, TX, Tampa, FL, Houston, and Atlanta. Her national tour thus far has proved she can still “make the whole place shimmer” and make “sparks fly,” in the words of some of her most popular songs.

This is Swift’s first tour since the “Lover Fest” tour ended abruptly due to the COVID pandemic in 2020. In the three years since, Taylor Swift has released 3 brand new albums, folklore, evermore, and Midnights, and re-recorded and re-released two albums, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version). Swift could not tour her new albums or promote them beyond social media and the occasional live performance due to the constraints of the pandemic. Instead, Swift has undertaken a 52-concert journey through her musical career from March through August of 2023 across the United States. Her 3 hour, 44-song setlist consists of songs across all 10 of her albums, including her most recent releases. She additionally sings two surprise songs a night, songs which, according to Taylor, she will not repeat for the remainder of the tour. 

The surprise song choices have been selected from each of her ten albums, from her earliest, Taylor Swift, all the way through her most recent, Midnights. Swift's fans, known as “Swifties,” have expressed mixed attitudes towards Taylor’s individualized performance picks. Some have been pleasantly surprised to hear their favorite songs live, while others who have not yet attended the concert have been disappointed that those songs were not chosen for their own show.

Besides the expansive range of songs, Swift undergoes multiple costume changes, some resembling her iconic dresses and bedazzled bodysuits from previous years, and others unlike anything she has worn before. Her latest flowy attire that she sports for performances of her albums folklore and evermore can best be described as a mix of the dresses Stevie Nicks and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) are known for from their time on tour. 

The “Eras Tour” is also lauded for its impressive production elements, which transform the massive stage into a forest, night sky, and ocean, which Swift even dives into and underneath for one of her quickest costume changes. The stage, its visuals, and her varied, rotating setlist provide a concert experience like no other- you are taken through each of Taylor’s musical “eras.”

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