Swifties Celebrate as Taylor Swift Kicks Off Long Awaited Eras Tour


Alex Chizzik, Staff Writer

Ever since Taylor Swift released her new album titled Midnights in August, her fans, also known as “Swifties,” have immersed themselves in her new music. A tour was certainly expected following the album’s announcement, but Swift shocked fans across the world on November 1st when she appeared on Good Morning America and announced her upcoming Eras Tour. Unlike previous tours/shows put on by other artists, Swift’s Eras Tour would feature songs and moments from all the albums that Taylor Swift has ever created and produced. She told Good Morning America that the Eras Tour would be “a journey through the musical eras of [her] career.” Swift has not been on tour in five years since her Reputation Tour, and has released three new albums since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic (Folklore, Evermore, and Midnights). 

The long awaited tour kicked off in Glendale, Arizona last Friday, and fans are ecstatic for the continuation of the shows. The Eras Tour was much anticipated, and Swifties even broke Ticketmaster when the tickets went on sale. The set list features 44 of Taylor Swift’s biggest hits, from all ten albums and time frames in her career. The tour consists of 52 dates in the US, which started last Friday and will end on August 9th in Los Angeles. Although international dates have not yet been announced, fans all around the world can expect them following the great success of the US shows. 

The tour originally only had 27 dates and ranged across 20 different cities. However, this wasn’t enough for Swift’s fanbase. Swift tweeted on November 4th, “UM. Looks like I’ll get to see more of your beautiful faces than previously expected… we’re adding 8 shows to the tour.” Still, this was once again not enough. Swift and Ticketmaster then added to the list, giving fans across the country a total of 52 Eras Tour dates. Taylor also announced that she would be bringing along a wide range of artists that would open for her tours, including Paramore, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, girl in red, Muna, Haim, Gayle, Gracie Abrams, and OWENN.

After the first show, fans were both shocked and thrilled to discover the 44-song set list, which is over three hours long. Fans who attended posted video footage and photos of Swift’s amazing intro, vocals, special effects, and more all over social media. Fans are calling the concert a “three-hour musical marathon,” through which Swift showcases how she has evolved and grown as an artist. Opening the show, Taylor told the crowd of 80,000, “I can’t even go into how much I’ve missed you.” She also said, “I don’t know how to process all of this and how it’s making me feel right now… let me start by saying you’re making me feel fantastic.”

Many Swifties who did not attend the first show are very interested in Swift’s outfits. Swift has a total of 15 costume changes throughout her first performance. The set opens with songs from Lover, her seventh studio album. One of the fan-favorite outfits from that night consisted of a pink and blue Versace bodysuit, and silver sparkly Christian Louboutin knee-high boots. Another was a long silver and gold Roberto Cavalli fringe dress for her Fearless set, and a Roberto Cavalli one-legged black bodysuit with red sequined snakes in reference to her 2017 album Reputation. For her Speak Now costume, Swift wore a pink crystal Zuhair Murad ball gown before changing into a red sequined coat and romper covered in sequins just in time to perform a fan favorite, “All Too Well (10 Minute Version).”

There are still many more outfits, songs, and shows to come, and Swifties everywhere are awaiting shows in their own cities after seeing endless posts about the Arizona shows on social media. All there is left to do is get excited, pick your tour outfit, and listen to as much Taylor Swift as you can!