TAYLOR SWIFT // LIVE AT SOLDIER'S FIELD
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Randal Hicks | WORDS COURTESY OF: Heather Mummert
On Friday, June 1st, Taylor Swift performed the first of two shows in Chicago. She performed at Soldier Field to a record-breaking crowd of over 61,000 in attendance. As with her new album, Reputation, the theme of her show was all about snakes. They were everywhere and all on stages she performed from. Shortly before she came out the video stream playing for the anxious audience showed videos and interviews with fans at listening parties for the new album around the world. Then it moved into a visual history of Taylor Swift. Next, we see the silhouette of Taylor before the ellipsis at the beginning of the lead-off track on the new album “…Ready For It?”. It gave us a powerful visual of a strong-willed Taylor and the word rep flashing throughout the song’s performance.
She moved into two more tracks off the new album before doing a collaboration of three of her older hits, “Style,” “Love Story,” and “You Belong With Me.” She then moved into the second act of the night with a costume change. She started this off with the first single off Reputation, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Followed by two more new songs all performed with her huge entourage of back-up dancers. She then changed up her look a bit in her third act. She moved out of her sparkly black costume into something that looked like it came from the 1989 tour; rainbow vertical stripes and sparkly. She kicked this off with Delicate and an acoustic version of “Dancing With Our Hands Tied” followed by “Our Song.” During “Shake It Off” she brought out both openers, Charli XCX and Camila Cabello to sing and “shake-it” with her.
She went through her hits through the next two acts. Songs ranging from “Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” off 1989 to “Long Live” off of Speak Now. She mashed this up with New Year’s Day. Shortly before the end she played a video that was narrated by herself that felt more like Beyonce’s Lemonade than a Taylor Swift original. She closed out the show with yet another mash-up, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.” It came together nicely and ended the show on a high-energy note.
Taylor did not fail to give a full energy, visual show. Exactly what we would expect when you go to see her live. She is a great performer and great at making the crowd feel part of the entire experience. From the color-changing bands that were given upon entering the venue to the different changes they make throughout the night to the music she is performing. She also let everyone know that it helped her to see all 61,000 fans in attendance that night. What you see is what you get with Taylor. She is a performer and she brought it to Chicago this weekend