When you have tens of millions of loyal, rabid, and incredibly enthusiastic fans simple arena shows just won’t do for a tour anymore. For Taylor Swift, one of the most popular artists on the planet, stadium shows are a must.
In town Tuesday for a stop on her first ever stadium tour Swift played to a packed Dome at America’s Center, where sometimes the screams from the vast majority young female crowd were so deafening one would need earplugs just to protect their ears from the screams.
At no point did the crowd let up during her two-hour performance, and Swift fed off that energy, from the opening chords of “…Ready for It?” to the final notes and confetti canon blasts of “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”, one got the sense that this was how a crowd should act at every concert.
Swift entered the show from behind the massive video screens as they split down the middle, revealing the hottest pop icon today draped in white backlight surrounded in smoke and dressed in a sequined leotard, the first of many costume changes.
Just like the last time she was here the crowd was treated to light-up LED bracelets that changed colors and flashed on and off while synced-up and choreographed to the music. If you think that is just a stupid gimmick, think again. Upon reentering the Dome floor after putting our camera gear away a good photographer friend of mine (and one of the most badass people I know) walked in, saw the interaction in full effect and proclaimed “Oh shit! Look at that!”. A true compliment of the power of visual interaction synced with music if I ever heard one.
Just like the production Swift’s stage was massive, to say the least, nearly rising to the ceiling and jutting out 30 yards. And that doesn’t even cover the two, count them two, satellite stages that were placed near the rear of the floor in the corners.
Swift was carried to the first satellite stage in a lighted cage ball as “Delicate” began. It was from there she got up close to the fans near the back and performed four songs from that stage, including “Shake It Off” where she was joined by openers Charli XCX and Camila Cabello.
Swift then strapped on an acoustic guitar and performed “Hey Stephen” as a St. Louis exclusive (She is performing a different older deep cut song at every stop), and it seemed a perfect choice.
She walked through the crowd in a fenced off corridor between sections to get to the other satellite stage, making many a fan’s night as they got extremely close to their idol.
Carried back in a skeleton of what appeared to be a python back to the main stage Swift kept the theme of snakes prominent in her show (Thank Kim Kardashian for that), but only as props, which added to the overall feel of the show.
Swift’s voice was in super-fine form and her band was spot on, who you could see occasionally when the screens were raised to reveal the and on multi levels of the monstrous stage.
Throughout the night Swift was affable to her fans, thanking them many times over again and giving little stories that set up many of the songs. She seemed to still have that humble attitude mixed in with confidence of knowing that she is a huge star that seems to find that perfect combination to make nearly every song she touches a hit.
Specific mention was to the city itself, a place Swift has visited many Thanksgivings as she said “most of my family is from here”, and added “Saint Louis has a special place in my heart with many fond memories.”
To the packed house Tuesday night, I’d say there were nearly 50,000 fans who left with many new memories they will be fond of for years to come.
Charli XCX and Camila Cabello set the night up with fantastic opening sets that got the crowd instantly involved. Charli XCX came out with two instantly recognizable hits, even if you really don’t know who she is, with “Boom Clap” and “I Love It”.
Cabello followed suit with a solid set of her own.
Be sure to check out all the photos on our gallery below the setlists.
Taylor Swift Setlist:
…Ready for It?
I Did Something Bad
Style/Love Story/You Belong With Me
Look What You Made Me Do
King of My Heart
Delicate (From satellite stage 1)
Shake It Off (From satellite stage 1 with Charli XCX and Camila Cabello)
Dancing With Our Hands Tied (From satellite stage 1 acoustic)
Hey Stephen (From satellite stage 1 acoustic, tour debut)
Blank Space (From satellite stage 2)
Dress (From satellite stage 2)
Bad Blood/Should’ve Said No (From satellite stage 2)
Don’t Blame Me
Long Live/New Year’s Day
Call It What You Want
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together/This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
Camila Cabello Setlist:
Never Be the Same
She Loves Control
Bad Things (Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello cover)
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley cover)
In the Dark
Charli XCX Setlist:
I Love It (Icona Pop cover)
Break the Rules
5 in the Morning
Fancy (Iggy Azalea cover)