“TAYLOR SWIFT ROCKS DETROIT”
On May 4th, the force was definitely with Ford Field in Detroit. There were tons of people with some creative outfits including red tutus with glow sticks on them, red morph suits, and people dressed like French Fries with their sign that read, “We Love Tater Swift”.
The first opening act was Brett Eldredge who had an outstanding country performance and ended it with his hit song, “Don’t Ya”. A ten second countdown blasted through and out pops Austin Mahone singing “Say Somethin”. I actually got the pleasure of meeting Austin Mahone last year and let me just say, he’s a cutie! He melted the hearts of some teenage girls with his original song “Heart in My Hand” accompanied by guitar. Mahone was a crowd pleaser while singing his single “Say You’re Just a Friend” and he even rapped Flo Rida’s part! His performance was a great opening to the powerful voice of Ed Sheeran. As the lights flickered, the crowd grew loud as Sheeran, with his ginger-ific hair, started singing his soft song “Give Me Love”. He had everyone on their feet when he started singing “You Need Me-I Don’t Need You” and switching into “It’s So Cold in the D” after taking a picture of the Detroit crowd. During his performance, Sheeran snuck in a snippet of “Thrift Shop” and had everyone singing! Sheeran ended his set with his first single in the United States, “The A Team”. He had everyone put anything that glows in the air and Ford Field shined.
Now, for the moment that 50,000 people have been waiting for, the class act, the woman, the Taylor Swift! The lights grew dark and the shadow of Taylor Swift, while opening with “State of Grace,” peaked through the red backdrop. The curtain fell and there stood Swift in a classy fedora singing her lungs out. The screams beckoned through and once Swift was finished with her song, she stood there in awe while looking out into the crowd. She told the crowd that they looked like a Christmas tree with all the colored glow sticks being held in the air. Swift then started singing “Holy Ground” and paused after the song to say something to the Detroit crowd.
“Now Detroit, there’s going to be one color that you see throughout this show and it’s not because the Red Wings are in the playoffs,” this had Ford Field screaming like no other! She then went on with her story saying this color represents her feelings and how she tends to look at things on the other side of the color spectrum, and that color is RED. Swift blasted into the song cleverly named off her album, “RED”. A quick costume change into a sort of flapper attire, Swift put a twist on her oh-so-famous song, “You Belong with Me,” giving it a 1920s feel. Taylor Swift is known for her theatrical performance and made this known with her songs throughout the show, “Lucky One,” and “Stay Stay Stay”. Taylor Swift is very wise for her age, having a story for every song she put on. One of her stories was her saying that no matter what anyone says, she is always going to write break-up songs, but not all of her songs are about break-ups.
Swift cleared this up while putting on a fan-loving show with the song that always makes you want to dance, “22”. She came out into the audience and stepped onto the stage in the back of Ford Field. It was giving the last row seating, first row view. She sang a few songs on that stage with just her and a guitar, including the song, “Ours”.
The whole crowd was singing along and this goes back to her quote towards the beginning of the show saying, “This crowd is very lyrics proficient. We seem to have 50,000 fans that know every lyric to every song”. Ed Sheeran popped onto the stage singing, “Everything has Changed” with her and she then concluded it with “Begin Again”.
Swift sprung into the song, “Sparks Fly” while travelling through the crowd touching almost every hand (including mine, I had aisle seats and I was freaking out). As if Swift didn’t already have the crowd to their feet, she started singing “I Knew You Were Trouble,” with her fierce on-stage costume change from dress, to a lingerie outfit. She then brought out her piano for a little medley with the song, “All Too Well”. Swift then continued her theatrical performance with “Love Story” involving one of the dancers as the leading man, aka Romeo. She calmed down the crowd with her love song, “Treacherous” but jumped the crowd back up with her finale song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. Her circus-themed performance was absolutely phenomenal! She stepped onto a platform that transitioned into the crowd and confetti fell from the roof and everyone was screaming and singing along!
She told the Detroit crowd that “I didn’t always have 50,000 people wanting to hang out with me on a Saturday night,” and that it was the tours first Stadium show.
This was my first Taylor Swift concert and I would definitely pay to see another one! She is such an entertainer and her voice is very good live. If you haven’t seen Taylor Swift in concert, don’t fret, because she did promise the Detroit crowd that she would come back for another tour stop!