Taylor Swift's RED Tour took over the Rogers Centre in Toronto this past weekend to play two back-to-back shows for sold out crowds of over 45,000 each night. The crowd was a sea of crimson as T.Swift fans in DIY shirts, heart-shaped sunglasses, Taylor tees and copycats of the singer's most recognizable outfits. Some draped themselves in homemade signs, glitter and christmas lights, vying to grab the pop-country songstress' attention in hopes of getting an invite to her Club Red after party. From 4 year old girls in pink cowboy boots dancing around at the back of the floor to grown men trying to pretend that they didn't know the words to EVERY song, the glowstick waving former-Skydome was taken over by the T.Swift tornado.
The show was opened up by Austin Mahone and Ed Sheeran, who had the crowd on their feet in anticipation of the country queen's arrival. Appearing as a silhouette on a red curtain to the driving riffs of American Woman, Taylor kicked off the show with State of Grace. Running through a high energy 2-hour set with several glitzy RED-infused costume changes, decked out dancers, a badass babe fiddle player and elaborate set designs, Taylor went through poppy versions of her hit songs Mean, You Belong With Me, Sparks Fly, Love Story, I Knew You Were Trouble, Begin Again and 22 which was queud by a video montage of Taylor from every year up to 22.
During a quiet acoustic set on a secondary stage toward the back of the floor, Taylor put on some of her best performances of the night. Stripped down to vocal and acoustic guitar, Taylor actually gave a more impressive performance than during some of her more over-the-top, overproduced numbers. She covered her Tim McGraw duet which has been tearing up country radio, Highway Don't Care and welcomed opener Ed Sheeran to join her for their duet of her latest album, Everything Has Changed. The most impressive moment in the show showcased Taylor's skills at the piano with an emotional performance of All Too Well.
Though Swifty may have started out taking over the country music scene, she has now made a more mainstream move. The RED tour was more reminiscent of a pop princess, Britney Spears production (be it substantially less over-sexed) than of Taylor's previous tours. Taylor's image has changed as the singer has matured to take on a sexier tone than the girl-next-door image she had portrayed in the past, while still remaining family-friendly. Either way, the crowd was not disappointed and it is clear that Taylor's star will continue to rise in whatever genre she pursues.
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