Taylor Swift Brings The Eras Tour to Arlington


Swift singing “Karma” for her finale song at night two of The Eras Tour in Arlington. Photo by Caroline Carmichael ’24.

Caroline Carmichael, Sports Editor

Were you “Ready For It?” On March 31-April 2, Taylor Swift took the stage for the Eras Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It had been a long time coming since Swift had not performed in concert since the 2018 Reputation Tour. 

Swift sang 44 songs from each era as well as two different surprise songs each night throughout a three-hour time window. She entered the concert as thousands of screaming fans awaited her presence. This concert further proved Swift’s abilities to put on a spectacular performance. 

Swift started with her album “Lover,” and sang a total of six songs, including “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince,” “Cruel Summer,” “The Man,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “Lover,” and “The Archer.” 

The album “Lover” is like Taylor’s love letter to love in general. She started the concert off with this era which expressed a loving attitude towards the fans. I would rate this era a 9/10 because I think she picked some of the best songs from this particular album. 

The next era featured is “Fearless” where Swift sings “Fearless,” “You Belong With Me,” and “Love Story.” 

These are three of my personal favorite songs, so this set was one of my favorites. Swift wore a fringe dress that helped to top off her performance in this era. I think this particular performance was one of her best, but I might be biased since I love this album. I would rate this a 1o/10, and although she did skip some of my favorite songs, the essence of this performance was amazing. 

Then Swift moved into “Evermore,” and she sang “‘tis the damn season,” “willow,” “marjorie,” “champagne problems,” and “tolerate it.” 

My absolute favorite song on “Evermore” is “champagne problems.” Swift wrote this in 2020 during the pandemic to describe things that seemed like problems during normal life, but now they just seemed silly in a time where no one could leave their houses. I definitely think this particular era continued with a light attitude. I would rate it a 9.2/10. 

Next is “Reputation” where Swift sang “…Ready for It?,” “Delicate,” “Don’t Blame Me,” and “Look What You Made Me Do.” 

In my opinion, “Reputation” is one of Swift’s most powerful albums. She seemed to be asserting her dominance in this era. She definitely left out some of my favorite songs, but I do really like the ones that she picked to perform. It was especially cool to see a majority of the crowd filling in Kendrick Lamar’s rap part in Bad Blood. I would rate this era a 9.7/10 because it was really well-showcased and the lighting and pyrotechnics really topped it off. 

“Speak Now” was next, where Swift only sang “Enchanted” from this particular era. 

I personally think that “Speak Now” is one of Swift’s best albums and that it deserved more recognition during her concert. The “Enchanted” set and costumes made it seem like a fairytale. “Speak Now” seemed to transport me back to my childhood. This may have been one of the loudest parts of the concert as a whole in terms of the crowd’s signing. I would rate this era a 10/10 because of how amazing and fairytale-like it was. 

Swift next moved into the “Red” era. There was an extended intro featuring clips of songs from “State of Grace,” “Everything Has Changed,” and “Red,” then she moved into full songs of : “22,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and the full 10-minute version of “All Too Well.” 

My very first concert was the Red Tour at AT&T Stadium, so this album holds sentiment for me. She left out some of my key songs, but I think this was one of her best eras in the show. It really captured the essence of the album. Plus, one may think that a full 10-minute song might be too long, but she kept the crowd engaged for the full time. I would also rate this one a 10/10 just because this album holds a special place in my heart and the performance was extraordinary. 

“Folklore” is the next featured era, and here Swift sings “the one,” “betty,” “the last great american dynasty,” “august,” “illicit affairs,” “my tears ricochet,” and “cardigan.” 

“Folklore” is one of Swift’s more chill albums in my opinion. It was almost to me as if it was a break in the chaos of the surrounding albums. I still found this as an enjoyable era even though it is not one of my favorite albums. Ultimately, I would rate this era a 9.0/10. 

The next era that Swift moves into is “1989.” She sings “Style,” “Blank Space,” “Shake It Off,” “Wildest Dreams,” and “Bad Blood.” 

“1989” definitely carried a lot of energy during the concert, as I think it was Swift’s most energetic and lively. It definitely brought the ecstatic attitude and atmosphere back into the concert. I would rate this era a 9.6/10 because it was very well performed, and Swift chose to sing some of the top songs off of the album. 

Swift then moved into her surprise song section. On March 31, she played “Sad Beautiful Tragic” and “Ours.” Then April 1, Swift played “Death by a Thousand Cuts” and “Clean.” On the last night, April 2, she played “Jump Then Fall” and “The Lucky One.” 

Since I was at the April 2 concert, I got to hear “Jump Then Fall” and “The Lucky One.” I personally was hoping for either “Never Grow Up” or “The Best Day,” but obviously neither of those two happened. “Jump then Fall” is not necessarily one of my favorites, but I do really like “The Lucky One.” I would ultimately rate this section of the concert a 7/10 because it could have been better. 

The next album that Swift moved into is her recently released album “Midnights.” She sings a total of seven songs from this particular era. Those songs include “Lavender Haze,” “Anti-Hero,” “Midnight Rain,” “Vigilante Shit,” “Bejeweled,” “Mastermind,” and the finale is “Karma.” 

“Midnights” is Swift’s newest album, and it was definitely cool to see how the crowd knew all the words even though it had been out for a short amount of time. I think this era can relate to some of the others because of the attitude shifts that take place. Swift did a really good job capturing the essence and emotions of this era. I would rate this era a 9.8/10. 

The concert ended with rainbow confetti flying around the whole arena. Thousands of fans continued to scream despite Swift’s exit from the stage. I think the crowd as a whole remained in shock from the performance they had just witnessed, and everybody as a whole was not ready to face the post concert depression that would soon hit. Overall, the concert was an amazing event that I (and most likely everyone else in attendance) would like to experience again.