Taylor Swift in concert at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC Friday night, Sept. 13, 2013.
RALEIGH — At 23, Taylor nhanh, swift is not the hormonally buffeted teen she was in 2006, when her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” launched her career toward its currently Alpine heights. While nhanh, swift still appeals to the teen- and ’tween set, many of the 14,000 những người hâm mộ in sold-out PNC Arena on Friday have grown with her from adolescence to adulthood.
The songs from Swift’s current album, “Red,” which composed 11 songs of the 16-song set, reflect her maturity while still obsessing over romance, disappointment and the pursuit of dreams. T-Swizzle made the point early, entering to Guess Who’s “American Woman” in lieu of Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” which opened her 2011 “Speak Now” tour.
The two-hour hiển thị was a theatrical tour de force. It featured dancers, drummers, acrobats, backup singers, costume and scene changes, deus ex machina delights, and a horseshoe stage extending into the audience, allowing nhanh, swift to connect intimately with her fans.
From start to end, the six-time Grammy winner was brilliant, engaging, and in complete control. And without a single twerk, Taylor was, refreshingly, the anti-Miley.
Red was the color of the night. nhanh, swift told her những người hâm mộ the color expresses her emotional extremes – the “crazy emotions” symbolized bởi “bright, burning red.” She wore glittering red dresses and red sequined shoes, played a sparkling red đàn ghi ta, guitar and performed to red-dressed những người hâm mộ immersed in the arena’s red decor of the Hurricanes/Wolfpack team colors. As good as nhanh, swift gave, the audience gave back.
One of the show’s highlights featured trang chủ phim chiếu rạp of nhanh, swift at various ages, from toddler to now, that led into the anthemic “22.” As the crowd sang along, nhanh, swift was carried to the back of the arena. There, she performed a four-song set, including a duet with talented opening act Ed Sheeran on “Everything Has Changed,” a track from the “Red” album. A caged platform ferried her above the crowd back to the front, as she performed “Sparks Fly.”
During “I Knew bạn Were Trouble,” nhanh, swift was accompanied bởi masked, black-clad dancers with choreography that would have made the late Bob Fosse proud. The concert’s most intimate moment followed with “All Too Well.” Sitting alone at a (red) piano, nhanh, swift shared that she often writes in the wee hours, and she tries to write what she feels. This song, she said, is her memory of what it feels like to experience a “sad date.”
Judging from the thousands who sang along, the dating game can be a mournful affair, indeed.
The hiển thị closed with an extended version of “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” Dressed in the red sequined áo khoác of a circus ringmaster, nhanh, swift sang defiantly as a cast of court jesters, nàng tiên and stilt-walkers danced and twirled, and red and white confetti poured from overhead. The light-hearted romp was the spectacular ending to a hiển thị featuring one of pop music’s most gifted, charming and deserving icons.