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Chuck Arnold

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May 27, 2023 | 12:16 am

When Taylor Swift broke into “Cruel Summer” — her second single from the “Lover” era at MetLife Stadium Friday night during the first of three concerts on her Eras tour — it was as if she was laughing inside.

It was the hottest ticket — the cheapest seats were going for thousands on Stubhub — as the season kicked off Memorial Day weekend.

And Swift knows the curse well.

With the next phase of the Eras Tour — Swift’s first concert tour since her 2018 “Fame” tour — kicking off in March, there’s no settling in for Swifties.

And this was the perfect summer jump over Memorial Day weekend that fans won’t forget.

Glitter, sequins, cowgirl hats, and feather boas flooded MetLife as Sweetface dressed in eras representing all 10 of the idol’s studio albums.

And even Swift was feeling the vibe as she walked the giant catwalk on stage like a Victoria’s Secret model troupe.

Even she had to admit how “powerful” she felt in that first moment. She then flexed her left bicep and kissed him surrounded by business-suited dancers before launching into “Man.”


To the extent that her girl-next-door appeal has catapulted her to the kind of pop superstardom that few have, she's a very responsible chick.
To the extent that her girl-next-door appeal has catapulted her to the kind of pop superstardom that few have, she’s a very responsible chick.
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And this was the perfect summer jump over Memorial Day weekend that fans won't forget.
And this was the perfect summer jump over Memorial Day weekend that fans won’t forget.
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To the extent that her girl-next-door appeal has catapulted her to the kind of pop superstardom that few have, she’s a very responsible chick.

Yes, there were some extremely emotional responses — people who seemed to be singing every word all night — from old-school Swift songs like “You’re Mine” and “Love Story” that still held every element. The beauty of the country.

But as Swift enters her “fame” days in her “preppy” days — wearing a one-armed, one-legged catsuit — as a 33-year-old woman who embraces her sexuality, to quote another old pop trick, it’s not so pure anymore.


Yes, there were some extremely emotional responses — people who seemed to be singing every word all night — from old-school Swift songs like “You’re Mine” and “Love Story” that still held every element. The beauty of the country.
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Glitter, sequins, cowgirl hats, and feather boas flooded MetLife as Sweetface dressed in eras representing all 10 of the idol's studio albums.
Glitter, sequins, cowgirl hats, and feather boas flooded MetLife as Sweetface dressed in eras representing all 10 of the idol’s studio albums.
Getty Images courtesy of TAS

And while Beyoncé may not be in the dance class, she sure knows how to work a big step. When Stadium slows down the pace and strips down to ballads like “Lover,” she manages to feel intimate.

At three and a half hours, the show is too long for all but the real Swifties—and an endurance test for everyone. But that just goes to show you how many hardcore fans Swift has.

As if Swifties needed another reason to get (bad) blood racing for the concert, she dropped a new song, “You’re Losing Me,” available exclusively for fans on the “Midnights (Til Down Edition)” CD. On-site merchandise stands.

The love-gone-wrong story in the song refers to Swift’s breakup with her longtime boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn, who is said to have shaken up her mid-journey romance with lead singer Matt Haley in 1975.


And even Swift was feeling the vibe as she walked the giant catwalk on stage like a Victoria's Secret model troupe.
And even Swift was feeling the vibe as she walked the giant catwalk on stage like a Victoria’s Secret model troupe.
Getty Images

And while Beyoncé may not be in the dance class, she sure knows how to work a big step. When Stadium slows down the pace and strips down to ballads like “Lover,” she manages to feel intimate.
Getty Images courtesy of TAS

At three and a half hours, the show is too long for all but the real Swifties—and an endurance test for everyone.  But that just goes to show you how many hardcore fans Swift has.
At three and a half hours, the show is too long for all but the real Swifties—and an endurance test for everyone. But that just goes to show you how many hardcore fans Swift has.
Getty Images courtesy of TAS

For good measure, the “Anti-Hero” singer also released a new single, “Karma,” featuring young rapper Ice Spice and “Snow on the Beach” remake singer and co-writer Lana Del Rey.

All together now… BOOM.

But Swift doesn’t need to brag about herself — or this tour — any more than she already has in the Ticketmaster-crash and mortgage highs.

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