Some of you may remember that Mary Ann’s big Christmas gift last year was a pair of tickets to the Taylor Swift concert in August. Poor girl had to wait eight months to finally get her Christmas present!
But the wait was well worth it!
I got to go to the concert with Mary. It was held on 2 August 2013 in the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Neither of us has ever been there, so we weren’t exactly sure where to park, enter, etc. So we
decided to leave extra early to make sure we didn’t miss any of the action. We arrived a good 1.5 hours or so ahead of time and found parking without any problem. But the lines to enter the arena were long! I couldn’t believe how many people had come early to stand in line, even with assigned seats. This was part of Taylor’s Red Tour, so there were plenty of people dressed up in red–including Mary Ann! But some of the fans were crazy–some even dressed up like Taylor Swift. Some had all sorts of signs, posters, etc. to take into the show with them. There were flashing lights, glitter posters, balloons. . .you name it. It was like a HUGE party!
And, of course, there were plenty of Taylor Swift items to buy. . .flashlights, posters, hats, shirts. . .even perfume. And there were life-size cutouts of Taylor Swift where you could get your picture taken with her. It was crazy!
In my day, concerts were pretty much all the same. There would be a warm-up group or artist that would sing for MAYBE 30 minutes, followed by a short break.
Then the main artist would come out, do about 45 minutes of great music, take a 20-minute intermission, then end with another 45 minutes. Of course, if enough people lit their lighters and screamed loud enough and long enough, the artist or group would always favor the audience with another tune or two.
But apparently things have changed. At least for Taylor’s Red Tour.
There were actually two warm-up acts. First was a group called Florida Georgia Line. They were pretty good and went for almost an hour. Then there was Ed Sheeran, who went for another 45 minutes or so. To tell you the truth, I was bored. If the music wasn’t so loud, I probably would have fallen asleep. Most of the fans loved both of the warm-up acts, but the Sheeran guy was not entertaining to me at all. I don’t know about Mary Ann, but I easily could have skipped his act and been totally happy.
But then came the big show. And I mean SHOW! Taylor Swift’s performance was a major production–dancers, costumes, props, sets. . .wow! It really blew me away! And the music was awesome! I have to admit that I didn’t know a single Taylor Swift tune before going to the show. I was going mainly because I love being with Mary Ann. But NOW I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan!
And boy, does she ever know how to play an audience. For instance, near the beginning of her show she said something like, “Let me tell you how you go about planning a world tour. First, you write down all the cities where you want to go. Then you ask yourself, ‘Where can we go to sell out two performances in two nights?’ Then you say,
‘WE’RE GOING TO KANSAS CITY!‘” Of course, everyone went crazy with that. And she continued to connect with the audience throughout the night. It was really cool.
And the music certainly matched the production! She sang for two hours straight–no breaks, no intermission. And she must have had a dozen different costumes. It was
amazing. . .she’d run back behind the set and emerge within seconds in a totally new costume to fit the songs she was singing. Wow. Among other hits, she sang State of Grace, Holy Ground, Red, You Belong with Me, The Lucky One, Mean, Stay Stay Stay, 22, Everything Has Changed, I Knew You Were Trouble, and, one of my new favorites, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
Now, more than a month later, I keep having Taylor Swift tunes go through my head. And every time someone says something like, “You will never, ever. . .,” I break into a song. Same with when
someone says, “He got into trouble. . ..” Trouble, trouble, trouble.