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Taylor Swift kicks off the US Eras Tour at the Super Bowl stadium


GLENDALE, Arizona. (AP) — Taylor Swift opened her U.S. concert series with a three-hour career tour.

Swift kicked off the first concert of the 52-date Eras Tour with a six-song set from her album “Lover” on Friday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where the Super Bowl was played a month ago.

“I don’t know how to deal with the way I feel right now,” Swift, who hasn’t toured since 2018, said at the start of the show.

She ended the concert with a set of seven songs from her latest album ‘Midnights’ and concluded with the song ‘Karma’.

In between, she played clusters of songs from most of her albums — and just one, “Tim McGraw,” from her 2006 self-titled debut. In the end, it took her 44 songs and just over three hours to span her 17-year career.

She hasn’t toured for her previous three albums, but this concert series aims to catch up by giving the live debut of many of those songs. When Swift announced the tour in November she called it “a journey through the musical eras of my career (past and present!)”.

Swift seemed to acknowledge Ticketmaster’s fury that tarnished the lead up to the tour when she told the crowd of over 70,000 that she understands it took “considerable effort” to be there.

After another show at the same venue on Saturday night, the tour continues to Allegiant Stadium outside Las Vegas and then to AT&T Stadium near Dallas.

It concludes with two shows in the Los Angeles area in August.


This story was first published March 18, 2023. It was updated March 19, 2023 to correct the number of dates on the tour. The number is 52, not 27.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.