Taylor Swift Shocks Fans By Switching To “Stage Dive” During The First Stop Of Eras Tour (video)
Taylor Swift captivated 70,000 fans at the premiere of her Eras Tour with elaborate sets, costumes and choreography, most notably the transition in which she appeared to jump and then fall off and swim under the stage at State Farm Stadium.
In one of the many viral videos made at a show in Glendale, Arizona on Friday, the star made a spectacular entrance between the songs “Tim McGraw” and “Lavender Haze”. After a piano performance of the hit from her self-titled debut album, Swift walked across the stage in a red sparkling dress and appeared to dive into the pit below, disappearing from view with the sound of a cannonball. (A fan is heard shouting “What the fuck?” in the background.)
Seconds later, footage of Swift swimming in a dress materialized in the background and on the catwalk before a huge tidal wave engulfed the screen. The digital wave reached a climax showing Swift in full “Midnight” mode, sitting on a purple bed in a T-shirt and leggings. Then she climbed the stairs, which disappeared into the rising cloud. A doorway opened below, and dancers emerged from it, rolling out more clouds. As they reached the edge of the catwalk, Swift rose from the stage and began singing “Lavender Haze”, the first track from her new album, Midnights.
Advanced – one might even say stunning – production values were the norm at the concert, which spanned a whopping 44 songs from all 10 albums in her discography. (3 hours 11 minutes is her longest tour after 19 songs of “Reputation” in two hours, according to fans.)
Other sets fans captured on social media included a moss-covered house reminiscent of her 2021 Grammy performance, a long dining table for “Tolerate It,” a mystical forest, and elaborate scaffolding for her performance of “The Man.” Many of the kits seamlessly intertwined digital and practical design, although Swift also performed acoustic versions of some songs on piano or guitar.
After a second night in Glendale, which has temporarily changed its name to “Swift City”, the national tour will head to Las Vegas before heading South, East, Midwest and finally West. She will conclude the 52-show tour with five nights at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. International dates have not been announced.
The tour was crashed by Ticketmaster after a record two million tickets were sold on the first day. Citing “high demand” and “insufficient” inventory, the online platform canceled its second day of sales, prompting congressional hearings and calls to investigate Live Nation and Ticketmaster’s joint monopoly on the live music industry.
Swift later wrote on social media that it was “excruciating” to “watch mistakes happen without the right to correct them.”
“I’m not going to justify myself to anyone, because we asked [Ticketmaster], several times if they can handle the demand, and we’ve been assured they can. It’s really amazing that 2.4 million people got tickets, but it really pisses me off that so many of them feel like they survived multiple bear attacks to get them,” she wrote. “And for those who didn’t get tickets, all I can say is that I hope to give us more opportunities to come together and sing these songs. Thank you for wanting to be there. You have no idea how much it means.”
Watch the clip from Friday night above.
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