Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” exceeds expectations

Zara Lantzman, Asst. Opinion Editor

It’s been a long time coming.

Superstar singer Taylor Swift kicked off “The Eras Tour’’ on March 17 and March 18 in Swift City, AZ with the song “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince.”

This came out of left field as I did not expect this to be the opening song, and I am sure I am in the majority when I say that. I did not even expect “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” to be on the setlist to begin with.

Swift did something no artist has ever done and performed a total of 44 songs for three hours and 13 minutes, with one of the songs being 10 minutes long. That is unheard of as most artists do half of that. There is also one surprise song that will be different for each show.

Swift had 16 costume changes with zero breaks in her three-hour show. All costumes were absolutely stunning, and these were not simple costumes that take a second to put on. There were bodysuits, dresses, ball gowns, T-shirts, suits, corsets and a skirt with a top. I do not understand how she changed into half of these costumes at the speed she did. My favorite costume change moment was when Swift dove under the stage like a swimmer and emerged in a new costume playing “Midnight Rain.”

Of the 44 songs on night one, Swift played one song from her self-titled album, “Taylor Swift,” one song from “Speak Now,” three songs from “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” four songs from “Red (Taylor’s Version),” five songs from “1989,” four songs from “Reputation,” six songs from “Lover,” seven songs from “Folklore,” five songs from “Evermore” and six songs from “Midnights.”

The surprise song on night one was “Mirrorball” from “Folklore,” and the surprise song on night two was “This is Me Trying” from “Folklore” and “State of Grace” from “Red (Taylor’s Version).” The main shock was “State of Grace,” as it replaced the only song from “Taylor Swift” with “Tim McGraw.”

Because I am going to “The Eras Tour” on May 12, at Lincoln Financial Field in Pennsylvania, I had to watch “The Eras Tour” through videos on TikTok and live streams on TikTok. The performance that sent chills down my spine was when Swift performed “Illicit Affairs” from “Folklore.” The vocals from this performance make the insane cost of the concert worth it on their own.

Regardless of what Swift did or played, fans were going to have the time of their lives. Fans showed up hours early to trade friendship bracelets with each other and wore the craziest costumes. One fan even dressed up as a willow tree because of her song “Willow” on “Evermore.”

There are no bad seats at a Taylor Swift concert and that is known. Whether you have a floor seat, lower bowl, upper bowl, nosebleeds or an obstructed view, it is still an amazing seat.

When fans entered the stadium, they were given a light-up bracelet. During the performances of “Lover” and “You Need To Calm Down,” the bracelets were seen in full effect. When she played “Lover,” the bracelets lit up to form a heart together, which was seen in the upper part of the stands. When she played “You Need To Calm Down,” all of the bracelets formed a rainbow pattern as the song is about the “Don’t Say Gay” bill from Florida.

It’s no wonder more people showed up for Taylor Swift and “The Eras Tour” than the Super Bowl.