(PCM) Fandom comes in all shapes and size and knows absolutely no bounds. The sky was truly the limit with the pure fandom that was on display during Taylor Swift’s “1989 World Tour” stop in Philadelphia, PA, as she performed back to back sold-out shows at Lincoln Financial Field. It speaks volumes to the generational appeal of Swift’s music and more importantly acceptance! We are all individuals united in the beauty of music and it is a union that will last a lifetime. It also says a heck of a lot about Swift’s character as a musician as well, she clearly understands her fans and they without a doubt understand her as well.
We, as fans, have all grown and matured along with Taylor Swift throughout the trajectory of her career and her songs have the ability to speak to her multitude of fans in a variety of different ways. Watching her interact with the 50,000 or so fans that were in attendance for the show was absolutely magical and her inspiring speeches throughout the evening are something that is going to stay with me for quite a lengthy amount of time. In fact, I found myself literally fighting back tears as she perfectly described many of the struggles and obstacles that we all must overcome when facing everyday life. It could be likened to getting advice from your best friend or that one person in your life who just “gets it”.
Several times throughout the evening Swift stopped to humbly thank her fans for taking time out of their lives to attend the show and they more than reciprocated with screams of pure joy and adoration belting out each and every word to all of their favorite songs throughout Swift’s mesmerizing performance. The beautiful bond between artist and fan was on full display and without a doubt unbreakable.
I also have to note that the production for this show was top-notch. From the show opener “Welcome To New York” to the final moments of the upbeat pop gem “Shake It Off” Swift’s performance was visually spectacular. The entire production was perfectly choreographed with Swift surrounded by a flurry of male back-up dancers and each audience member was given a light-up wristband that was perfectly synced to light-up along with the songs that she was performing. It created an amazing ambiance throughout the entire stadium.
Taylor Swift has the amazing ability to be able to pull off sexy in the most adorable and classy way possible. She looked fantastic during her many costume changes throughout the night and my absolute favorite look of the evening was the special light-up glowing dress during the song “How You Get The Girl”. It was visually stunning paired along with the dancers glowing umbrellas.
Hailing from Wyomissing, PA, Swift referred to the Philly shows as being her “hometown shows” and again thanked the fans for their unwavering loyalty over the years. She reflected on the first time that she performed in Philadelphia, singing the national anthem at a 76’s game at age 12. It is amazing to see just how far she has truly come and that the dreams of that little 12-year old girl definitely came true.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift show without a few surprises along the way. Each night of the tour thus far, Swift has brought out another artist to perform a song with her during the set. This night, Taylor introduced us to singer/songwriter Rachel Platten who came out to perform the hit “Fight Song” with Swift much to the crowd’s delight. Platten’s inspirational anthem is currently #2 on iTunes and is well on it’s way to becoming a break-out hit for the summer of 2015. But that was not all the surprises that Swift had in store. She also had actress Mariska Hargitay come out to walk the lengthy catwalk stage during Swift’s hit single “Style”.
We also loved the way that Swift remixed many of her past hits to fit the style of “1989” which was especially apparent with early career hit “Lovestory” and a rocking version of “We Are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together”. It was just brilliant!
To open the show Swift brought along singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and one of my personal favorites Vance Joy. Vance Joy is still riding high off the success of his break-out single “Riptide”, but has also just released a video for the song “All I Ever Wanted” which is also beginning to pick up on the airwaves, along with the single “Mess Is Mine”. We can’t even imagine what the experience has been like for Joy to be chosen as part of the “1989 World Tour” and he did an absolutely fantastic job of gearing up the crowd and hooking them in with his soulful melodies and boyish charm.
Overall, we found that our own fandom for Taylor Swift grew in leaps and bounds after this show and if you have a chance to make it out to any of the remaining “1989 World Tour” dates we highly recommend checking it out and shaking the night away with Taylor Swift!
All photography credit: Matt Christine