As Glendale helped launch the opening of Taylor Swift’s world tour at University of Phoenix Stadium May 9, nearly 60,000 fans had nothing but praise for the nearly two-hour show.
“Amazing looking and even better performance,” Avondale’s Samantha Monfils said after the show. “I love her and this was just an incredible performance and worth every cent I paid.”
As the show opened with Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” blaring over the speakers, the crowd roared with approval as Swift got into her current single “Ready for it?”
Swift stalked around the stage, singing and sharing the theme of her latest album, “Reputation” and the lessons she has learned through the years.
Fans were treated to a state-of-the-art production on three stages, with the largest standing more than 110 feet tall. She added tons of pyrotechnics, confetti and choreography with a team of more than 16 dancers who danced, jumped and bungee-jumped on scaffolding to the hit “Bad Blood.”
The screens behind her showcased large snakes, and a floating platform carried Swift from the main stage to a smaller stage in the crowd numerous times.
Swift showcased strong performances of her hits “Love Story,” “You Belong with Me,” “End Game” and “Shake it Off,” before addressing the crowd about how to treat others while explaining the snakes on the screens.
“Well, the reason is,” she said, “a couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people were calling me a lot of things on social media. And I went through some really low times for a while because of it.”
She added that things got so bad, she thought about ending her musical career, but the snakes were there for a message everyone could use.
“If someone uses name-calling to bully you on social media,” she said. “And even if a lot of people jump on board with it? That doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead. And I think the lesson is that you shouldn’t care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don’t know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you, the people who see you as a human being.”
Seguing her final numbers from one of her biggest hits, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” into “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” she finished the show on top of a fountain while thanking the fans for “taking the time to get to know me and appreciate me, to see me as a human being.”
- …Ready For It?
- I Did Something Bad
- Love Story
- You Belong With Me
- Look What You Made Me Do
- End Game
- King Of My Heart
- Shake It Off
- Dancing With Our Hands Tied
- All Too Well
- Blank Space
- Bad Blood
- Should’ve Said No
- Don’t Blame Me
- Long Live
- New Year’s Day
- Getaway Car
- Call It What You Want
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
- This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things