Disneyland is no longer the most magical place after experiencing Taylor Swift‘s concert last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. From her opening song, “Welcome to New York” to her final song of the night “Shake It Off,” I found myself paying attention to every aspect of the show because of it’s rich detail at every angle. The many colors of light, the multiple set designs taking me to different places during each song, the consistent wardrobe changes, the fresh choreography, the band, the dancers that at one point became acrobats, the props ranging from LED umbrellas to flying lamp posts and even the videos playing in the background throughout each song coalesced. There wasn’t a single item or individual on stage that didn’t affect the full experience of the show. I remember thinking out loud after “Blank Space,” the third song, that “I will never enjoy Disneyland’s Fantasmic as much after this.” I’ve never seen such detail at any other concert I have ever attended which confirms to me why she continues to sell out her tours 10 years later. I’ve always heard about Taylor Swift producing the best shows but never had the opportunity to experience them for myself until last night.
During night 3 of her 5-night stint at the Staples Center, Swift introduced each surprise guest with a back-story as to why she extended an invitation to join her on stage during any date of her 1989 World Tour. Just a small example of how truly involved she is with everything going on in her world tour.
The first guest of the night was a country artist who inspired her to become a country singer, Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks. Together they sang “Goodbye Earl” from the 1999 album Fly.
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The second surprise guest of the night was non other than Ellen Degeneres who graced the catwalk wearing a silver sparkly outfit with a tutu during the 12th song, “Style.”
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Alanis Morissette, known for always expressing her raw feelings in her music, was the final surprise guest of the night and together they sang “You Oughta Know” off the 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.
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Taylor finalized her set with 18 total tracks ranging from her 2008 album Fearless up until her latest release 1989. The ‘1989 World Tour’ continues up until December. Be sure to get tickets if the tour comes your way, it’s by far my favorite concert I have attended and wish to attend the final night of the Los Angeles stop. Hopefully one day i get the opportunity to pick Taylor’s brain regarding everything that goes on during her tour preparations and designing process along with speaking with her about music.