Concert: Taylor Swift in Glendale, AZ
Country-pop cutie Taylor Swift spared no expense on her "Speak Now" world tour, which hit the Phoenix area on Friday (10/21) for the first of two shows at Glendale, AZ's Jobing.com Arena.
Swift's set boasts touring musicians, a supplemental stage, eight dancers, a flying balcony and oversized video screens. There are simple touches as well, such as the "TS" at the top of the elaborate, altitudinous platform. It's an artist's dream.
But perhaps leggy blonde's best prop is her hair, which she swings to the beat of her music. She stops and starts as the music does the same. She played with her flaxen mane when she was excited. She twirled it when she was nervous. Women and girls in the audience crimped their own flowing locks to best emulate their heroine.
But that's not to say that the show was all about the hair. She's a true talent who captured the hearts of the 15,000 or so fans -- mostly teenage and pre-teen girls -- who waited two years for her to return.
"She's so pretty," one young teenage girl in the crowd opined as Swift arose from underneath the stage for the opening track, "Sparks Fly." With a dramatic flair, Swift sang the first line of the song, "Drop everything now," which was symbolic for the fans. They literally did such, calling quits to the furious texting, and ending all conversations to sing along with their girl.
Swift let the hits fly, too. She didn't wait until deep in her set to play some of her most popular tunes. "Mine," for which she grabbed a red electric guitar that matched the hue of her Cover Girl lined lips, followed "Sparks Fly," and she did what every fan wanted to see -- the award-winning artist fashioned her hands into a heart.
The crowd adored Swift, and she was equally thrilled with her fans. After "Sparks Fly," she stopped and took in the cheers, glancing at various points of the arena in wonderment.
After "Mine," Swift stated the obvious, but every little word Nashville resident said was greeted with fervor. "Good evening, Phoenix, Arizona. I'm Taylor and welcome to the 'Speak Now' World Tour."
Her dancers added extra punch to the two-hour show, descending from the rafters with sparklers during "Sparks Fly." They joined Swift on stage for "The Story of Us," and elaborately portrayed a wedding party during "Speak Now." Wearing a purple party dress, Swift took a walk around one side of the arena's main floor as the band performed. Workers moved trash cans in the stairway that led from the lower level to the main floor and roped off the main floor audience so that fans couldn't bum rush the star. It didn't stop them from grabbing the singer and hugging and kissing her. But she reciprocated without hesitation.
She strolled to the supplemental stage where she performed "Fearless," "Last Kiss," the Jordin Sparks song "No Parade" (in honor of her friend and the Glendale native) and the beginning of "You Belong With Me."
Early on in the show brought out a special guest -- Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, who was playing at the new Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix that very night. The two duetted on Switchfoot's powerful hit "Meant to Live." It wasn't the only cover; she injected portions of OneRepublic's "Apologize" into "Back to December" and "I'm Yours" appeared in a ukulele-heavy "Fearless."
"This is a good rock 'n' roll moment right here," Foreman told the sold-out crowd. "I'm excited to be here."
The same could be said for the fans.
"The Story of Us"
"Meant to Live" (Switchfoot cover featuring Jon Foreman)
"Back to December"
"Better Than Revenge"
"No Parade" (Jordin Sparks song)
"You Belong With Me"
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