Taylor Swift Wows Star-Studded Nashville Crowd
Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' tour hit Nashville Saturday (Sept. 12) with a spectacle rivaling that of many of today's top rock acts, and taking a wildly enthusiastic high-decibel crowd along for the ride (take that, Kanye!). After opening sets by Gloriana and Kellie Pickler, the Pennsylvania-born teen appeared, giving props to her adopted hometown repeatedly throughout the two-hour-plus show, which started with a video montage of Garth Brooks, Miley Cyrus, and others weighing in on what it means to be fearless.
Dressed in a shiny band uniform, Taylor kicked off with 'You Belong With Me,' while a bevy of cheerleaders tumbled about the stage, sending the crowd into a non-stop frenzy sustained throughout the show. Ripping off the band uniform and morphing into ultra-glam Taylor, replete with sequined dress and matching guitar, she quickly had the crowd singing along to every word of hits such as 'Our Song,' and 'Teardrops on My Guitar.'
Ticketholders seated farthest from the stage in the Sommet Center were treated midway through the show by the singer's appearance at the back of the arena, wearing a gorgeous aqua dress and performing an acoustic version of '15.' Glowsticks and cell phones lit up the venue as Taylor offered her first hit, 'Tim McGraw.' The time seemed right for the already amped, capacity crowd to roar their approval as Taylor surprised them by bringing out Faith Hill for a duet on "The Way You Love Me," and excitedly acknowledged that Faith's hubby, the actual Tim McGraw, was also in the house.
Tim and Love And Theft made comical appearances in a pre-taped video segment, a spoof of the TV show 'CSI,' (on which Taylor guest starred earlier this year). And in another nod to Music City, Taylor donned a Nashville Predators jersey for a portion of the show, especially fitting since the Sommet Center is the NHL team's home ice.
Pint-sized Taylor lookalikes in the audience were no doubt thrilled when the stage was later transformed into a grand castle with elegant dancers in regal garb swirling about during 'Love Story.' Princess Taylor even handed her tiara to a lucky girl in the crowd at song's end. The young superstar rounded out the night with rousing versions of 'Picture to Burn,' and the show closer, 'Should've Said No,' which featured Taylor and her backup singer taking turns banging on both ends of a massive drum, 'Stomp'-style, before getting poured on by her now-trademark rain shower, which magically spelled out the word "No."
At just 19 years old, Taylor Swift, who encouraged the mostly pre-teen/teen audience by noting that "it's cool to be different," also reminded us that it's pretty cool to be the biggest star on planet Earth right now!