Minnesota is getting a full dose of Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour. It would be very easy to sum up Taylor Swift’s opening night performance at the Xcel Energy Center (St Paul, MN) with the statement “Standing in the presence of a performance master-mind”, but that would not do justice to what unfolded Friday evening. About a quarter of the way through “Welcome to New York,” the opening number on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, she took off her sunglasses and gave the crowd this look. It’s the look the young, wide-eyed ingenue gives the twinkling skyscrapers in her coming-of-age movie right after she steps off the Greyhound, except in this case the skyscrapers were the fans in the sold-out Xcel Energy Center wearing light-up plastic bracelets that glowed varying colors and pulsed to the beat of her songs. I overheard a young fan ask her mom, “Do you think Taylor is controlling these with her mind?” Though I chuckled to myself, I couldn’t point to evidence to the contrary. The look of the pulses was a theatrical wonder, and there would be many more where that came from. I have never seen a pop star play more consciously or effectively than Taylor Swift did. She conducts herself in the audience of award shows as if there’s always a camera on her, ready to cut away, and she performs as if her face is always in close-up. In this sense, she really is the essence of a perfect pop star for the era of the selfies. She is definitely the girl who is perpetually ‘giving that look’, acutely aware of her angles. But in a very strange way, isn’t that how we all live now, too?
Welcome to New York
I Knew You Were Trouble
I Wish You Would
How You Get the Girl
I Know Places
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
Out of the Woods
Shake It Off
Taylor Swift continues her 1989 World Tour at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday and Sunday. Both days are sold out, but if you are vested in attending one of the shows, local ticket agencies appear to have a wide selection of tickets.
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