Taylor Swift rocks home state of Pa.

By Danielle McLaughlin
March 20, 2010

Thousands of screaming fans, a packed venue and beautiful weather was the setting for Taylor Swift’s Fearless tour that hit Philadelphia on Thursday, March 18 at the Wachovia Center. Thursday’s show was the first of two performances that Swift gave in Philadelphia.  The second performance took place on Friday, March 19.

Although the crowd of screaming fans at the Wachovia Center were there for Taylor Swift, fans seemed to be equally excited to hear her opening acts. Gloriana was the first band that played, followed by Kellie Pickler.  Both opening acts were full of energy and were the perfect start to this long awaited concert.

“I was really excited to see everyone at the concert.  I love Gloriana, Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift and I knew every song they played.  It was so amazing to see three of my favorite artists in one night,” Brittany Hume, sophomore math major, said.

When entering the stage Swift rose from the floor wearing a band uniform, which was similar to the outfit she wore in her “You Belong with Me” music video.  As cheerleaders performed a skit below Swift, she began to sing the hit song. This was only the beginning of a night filled with entertainment and fun.

Swift made sure to make it known that she was from Pennsylvania when she expressed how good it felt to be home. There were a couple moments during the show where Swift would pause and just look around at all her fans.  During an interview that played on the megatron, Swift said, “Hearing a crowd scream is the coolest sound in the world.”

By the look on her face when she would look around at the crowd, it was obvious how genuinely grateful she is to have made it so far in the music industry.

“I knew the concert would be amazing.  The thing I loved about it was it wasn’t a typical concert.  She didn’t just get on stage and sing, she put on a show with different costumes and scenery.  It was really good,” Alyssa Ciccone, sophomore education major, said.

In between several songs, different video clips played on the megatron to set up the story for the next song.  Before Swift sang, “Hey Stephen,” a video played called “Crimes of Passion.” This video was a humorous take on the concept that Swift writes songs about boys who have wronged her in the past and boys she has had crushes on.

During Swift’s popular song, “Love Story,” Swift was dressed in a red Renaissance dress.  The whole stage was set up to look like a castle.  Before Swift is finished singing, she has an onstage costume change and changed into a long white gown for the portion of the song that is about Romeo proposing to Juliet.

There wasn’t a dull moment throughout the entire night.  During one of her songs, Swift transitioned from the stage of the Wachovia Center to the total opposite end.  She said, “I thought you guys looked lonely back there so I came to sing to you.”  Swift is definitely an excellent performer and she knows how to please her fans.

“I really enjoyed the concert and especially all the sets Taylor used.  It made the concert a lot of fun and interesting to watch,” Peter Morrison, sophomore education major, said.

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