Taylor Swift Shares her Love for Nashville on Reputation Stadium Tour

Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography

With over 50,000 fans including best friends, co-workers, siblings, moms and dads, couples, and music lovers of all ages were found at the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour at Nissan Stadium. And they weren’t just there, they came dressed for the event in their favorite Taylor Swift swag. Some even went as far as sparkles, wings, adorning 13’s, snakes and lights. Nissan was full of true Swift fans.

“I moved to Nashville when I was 13,” Swift told the crowd from the stage. “My first memory of this stadium is my mom and I got tickets to CMA Fest, and I remember thinking this was the biggest place to play. It was incomprehensible. Years later, I got to play 15 minutes at CMA Fest. I thought that was the best it was going to get. Tonight is my first time headlining this stadium. It’s my hometown show, and it means so much to me and family and friends. This crowd is gorgeous.”

The Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour will play 53 shows in 36 cities spanning seven countries and four continents over seven months in 2018. Swift’s setup includes three stages including a main stage that is 110-feet tall and a curved video wall that stretches the width of a football field. The tour started in May and to date has made more than $190 million in the U.S. and an additional $11.1 million in Canada. At this point it is enough to be the highest grossing U.S. Tour by a female in history.

Taylor has truly outdone herself – every little detail was taken into account, all the way down to facial expressions. It was a dramatic scene of dancing, acrobats, elaborate costumes, floating transports across the stadium, elaborate stage props, massive inflatable pythons, fireworks, confetti, and two hours of hits. Swift has spared no expense to show her fans how much love and appreciation she has for them and return still spreads her message to fans of staying true to themselves and to keep moving forward.

“How do you say thank you to the city of Nashville?” Swift asked. “I came here at 11 years old with a CD of karaoke music and my mom drove me up and down Music Row. I would scamper into record labels and say, ‘Please, call me.’ This is the city where I learned how to write songs. Every single thing I do, I learned in Nashville.”

Swift wanted to connect with her fans and to see them all. She found a very creative and magical way of doing this through interactive LED wristbands that were given to to everyone as they entered the stadium. Once Swift hit the stage, the bracelets lit up and synced with the show to give her fans an interactive experience of being a part of the show.

Swift launched Nashville’s 24-song set with “…Ready for It” backed by more than a dozen dancers. She followed with “I Did Something Bad,” that was perfectly synced with red fireworks and fireballs that erupted from the top of her set.

The massive snakes uncoiled during “Look What You Made Me Do” as the screens showed 3D snakes of gold, bronze and more.

While she shifted her music from country to pop  when she released her “1989” album, Swift gave Nashville a taste of several of her country hits including “Love Story,” “You Belong with Me” and “Should’ve Said No.” She delivered an acoustic version of “Better Man,” a Grammy-winning song she penned that was released by Little Big Town.

“The concept for this song hit me because I was dating a guy who moved away, and it was going to be over for us. So I started thinking of things that I knew would remind him of me,” Swift remembers. “The first thing that came to mind was that my favorite song is by Tim McGraw.”

And Swift had extra help on her earliest hit “Tim McGraw” when Faith Hill and Tim McGraw emerged to sing it with her.

She met opening acts Charli XCX and Camila Cabello on one of her secondary stages near the back of the floor seats for “Shake It Off.” Followed by a trip into the crowd to the third stage to insure that fans on all ends of the stadium felt the love and appreciation that she had for them coming out to support her music. She played “Blank Space” and “Dress,” then climbed into rib cage of a snake to fly over their heads back to the main stage.
Swift sang “New Year’s Day” on a grand piano and closed a few songs later with versions of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things” while dancers put on a display on a three-tiered water fountain.

Confetti and fireworks signaled the end of her show. Swift, her band and dancers gathered for a group bow and then she ran along the edge of the stage waving excitedly to fans before she disappeared under the stage.

Swift has truly been able to hone her craft not only as a singer, but as a performer. She takes the stage and owns it with a little sass but also humble to her roots. Her ability to incorporate so many elements and make her performance not just a show but an experience is what makes her stand out and garners her a reputation of being one of the best. This is a tour that can turn anyone into a Taylor Swift fan.

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Review by Amanda Andrews
Photos by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Charli XCX performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Charli XCX performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Charli XCX performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Camilla Cabello performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Camilla Cabello performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Camilla Cabello performing at Nissan Stadium during Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography
Taylor Swift performing at Nissan Stadium during her Reputation Stadium Tour, August 25, 2018. Photo by Alexandra Arielle Photography