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Taylor Swift Nashville 2015 Recap

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Taylor Swift Nashville 2015 Recap

Nathan Armstrong

*Note: We were not able to obtain a photo-pass for this show. All photos included were taken from our review seats with an arena-permitted, non-professional, point & shoot camera.

Taylor Swift is a master storyteller. Everything she does creatively and musically is done to tell a larger story. All of her albums have been stories in a big book. The 1989 World Tour is no exception; it's a story.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Taylor kicked off the night letting Vance Joy and HAIM open. Vance Joy has a very singer/songwriter vibe; HAIM was there to pump the crowd up. Both had incredible performances and I would recommend checking them out.

Taylor began her set with the opening "1989" album track, "Welcome to New York". You have to be at one of the shows to experience how incredible the production and visuals are on this tour. Having covered quite a few shows at Bridgestone, it's incredible to see how each stage setup makes the arena feel a different size. Taylor's setup made Bridgestone feel almost like a stadium. After "Welcome to New York", Taylor welcomed the crowd and explained that she would take them through a story tonight and the story would include surprises. The first stop? New York. She went right into another popular album track "New Romantics".

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

One of the elements of the show I was very impressed with were the backup dancers. Taylor changed outfits several times and each time she did, they did as well. Every one of them was synced to a tee. Incredible choreography.

After "New Romantics", Taylor played her hit "Blank Space" and did a remix of "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her fourth studio album "Red". She then played "I Wish You Would" before descending below the stage. A few second later, she reappeared, this time wearing a light-up dress and singing "How You Get the Girl". The dress and her backup dancer's umbrellas seemed to be controlled by a lighting system as they changed colors during the song. I'll also mention here that when fans came into the arena, each seat had a clear bracelet taped to it. The bracelet changed colors during the show coordinating with the song. For some songs, half the room was one color and the other half was another. Taylor mentioned at one point during the show that she wanted each person to wear the bracelet so she could see every single person.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

After finishing the neon light filled "How You Get the Girl", Taylor changed again and performed "I Know Places". After "I Know Places", Taylor walked out on the runway and told the crowd it was time for the first surprise guest. She noted that each special guest had their choice of which show to be at during the 1989 World Tour and they chose Nashville. Taylor introduced Leona Lewis and they sang Leona's hit, "Bleeding Love" together. The crowd went nuts. Taylor thanked Leona and she exited the stage.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Taylor grabbed an acoustic guitar and the runway ascended over the pit. Taylor announced she would be playing "Fifteen" and dedicated it to her best friend Abigail. Taylor and Abigail met in high school and are still best friends. Abigail was in the pit and it seemed as though Taylor sang the song directly to her.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @NathanArmstrong via point & shoot camera from seat.

After "Fifteen", Taylor talked to the crowd for a while about social media and how people can be mean in comments on social media. She stated that nobody needs to worry about what people think of them and encouraged the crowd to be themselves. She then played "Clean" while rotating around the arena on the elevated runway.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot camera from seat.

After performing clean and receiving cheers from the crowd, Taylor walked to the other end of the runway where she began to play "Love Story" with a keyboard built into the runway. The crowd stood to their feet and danced as Taylor continued to rotate around the arena. Towards the end of the song, the runway descended back to it's base and Taylor walked off stage.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot camera from seat.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot camera from seat.

Taylor popped back on stage in a glittery dress and did "Style". Her backup dancers had roller-skates in their shoes so they skated up and down the runway as Taylor sang. She then changed again and performed "Bad Blood" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" in a black outfit. "Bad Blood" had a hip-hop feel to it as she seemed to play the version from her music video feat. Kendrick Lamar.

Taylor played an electric guitar during "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" as she transformed the arena into a rock show leading the way for her next special guest. Taylor brought out Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones and they performed the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)". The crowd jived along and the entire arena seemed to love the performance. Two legends on one stage. Only in Nashville.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot from seat.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot from seat.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot from seat.

Photo credit: @TimGSimpson via point & shoot from seat.

Taylor closed out the night with "Wildest Dreams", "Out of the Woods" and "Shake It Off". During "Wildest Dreams" she sat at a piano and played the beginning of "Enchanted" before singing the entirety of "Wildest Dreams". The piano then descended and confetti fell as she performed "Out of the Woods". Taylor descended after "Out of the Woods" and returned again with the last outfit of the night. She played "Shake It Off" as the crowd danced, more confetti fell, and Taylor's band, crew, and backup dancers took a bow. Taylor took a final bow and left the stage. 

If you are able to see a show on the 1989 Tour before its conclusion in a few short weeks, I would highly recommend it. You are buying tickets not to a concert, but to be a part of a story. Taylor's story.

- @NathanArmstrong

 

Feel free to share the below Instagram-ready photos from the show with the following photo credit. Please do not crop or manipulate the photos in any way. We also encourage tagging the artist when posting.

(📷 @NathanArmstrong + @901Music via point & shoot camera from seat)

Feel free to share the below Instagram-ready photos from the show with the following photo credit. Please do not crop or manipulate the photos in any way. We also encourage tagging the artist when posting.

(📷 @TimGSimpson + @901Music via point & shoot camera from seat)