Last night was Taylor Swift’s final show in her sold out “Red” tour and I was lucky enough to be in the audience whilst she played to a packed O2 crowd.
Whilst many fans will claim to be a fan of an artist before they “became famous” in an effort to get some sort of street cred, I can honestly say that I was a fan of Taylor Swift before the majority of people in the UK had even heard of her. Back when she was just a young country singer who played guitar and wrote her own songs.
Now she has become more mainstream and poppier and an idol to many tweens, her concerts have become some sort of bizarre fancy dress competitions (there was even a girl dressed up as a pumpkin – glad I didn’t have the seat next to her!) for young girls (and even their parents).
Anyway, The Vamps, a wannabe OneDirection boyband were the support act. The lead singer looked about 14 years old and due to their cover songs, I am pretty sure there are a whole generation of young people out there who think that they, and not The Killers and Simon & Garfunkel, wrote ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Cecilia’.
Thankfully they weren’t on stage for that long and then it was time for the main act.
State of Grace
You Belong with Me
The Lucky One
Burn (with Ellie Goulding)
I Knew You Were Trouble
All Too Well
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Interspersed with the multiple costume changes and neverending monologues (luckily Taylor is genuinely very engaging and could probably recite the telephone directory and still keep her crowd engaged) was some really good music. ‘Red’, ‘Mean’ and ’22’ were highlights for me from the first half.
Then Taylor took to the “B” stage allowing those of us at the back of the arena to get a better view. I was so glad she played ‘Sparks Fly’ which was my favourite song from her third album, and one of my favourite songs of hers overall. You’ve got to hand it to the set designers – it was really cool to see the small stage lift up in the air and rotate. Then a little basket came down from the ceiling, lifted her up and transported her back to the main stage.
There she was joined by Ellie Goulding and they sang ‘Burn’. I like Ellie Goulding but am not a particular fan of that song so personally I wish they had chosen another song, like ‘Lights’. Still, it was a great performance.
‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ rounded out the concert with no encore which I think surprised some. Personally I think ‘Starlight’ would have made a great encore “… I said, “Oh my, what a marvelous tune”, It was the best night, never would forget how we moved. The whole place was dressed to the nines, And we were dancing, dancing, Like we’re made of starlight …”
Overall, I preferred her ‘Speak Now’ tour mainly because I prefer that album. Whilst there are fantastic songs on all four albums, I am still waiting for the day where she plays some of the gems from her debut album (Tim McGraw, Teardrops On My Guitar, Should’ve Said No).