June 26th, 2013. The best day of my life. The day I wrote my last final exam of the school year. The day before the last day of school.
The day I saw Taylor Swift in concert.
Ok, so I know what you’re probably thinking; You WHAT?!?!?! OMG, this girl is so lucky! She saw Taylor Swift in concert! But it wasn’t really that exciting…
Alright, you got me! It was SUPER exciting, the greatest “late-birthday present” ever, and my first “real” concert. I know I saw Carly Rae Jepsen last year, but that was small, compared to this concert. Being a Taylor Swift fan since about 2008, I naturally enjoyed this experience 🙂
So, you may be wondering HOW I became a fan of Taylor. Well, it all started in 2008. Her music (think: ‘Teardrops On My Guitar’) was playing on Radio Disney at the time, but I didn’t really think twice about her. She was ‘just another Disney girl’ to me (who would’ve thought a fourth grader would think of Taylor Swift as ‘another Disney girl’?! I know I’m crazy that way!). But that all changed when a girl at school performed a cover of ‘Our Song’ at the talent show that year; I thought she was pretty good, however I had no clue who originally did the song. Gosh, was I ever surprised to find out it was Taylor Swift a few years later 😀
But I wasn’t REALLY obsessed with her until 2009. My friend introduced me to ‘Love Story’, one of her newer songs, and we both became diehard Swifties (not that she wasn’t a fan of Taylor before ;)). We spent HOURS in my room singing that song everyday after school, destined to become famous pop-stars! I still remember that moment: she printed off the lyrics to ‘Love Story’, and told me, “This is how the song goes. Just follow along with the lyrics.” Maddie and I also shared a mutual love for the Jonas Brothers, Hannah Montana, and all the other Disney stars at the time. We sang their songs, watched their music videos on Disney Channel, and generally went crazy about them.
This obsession became even more “crazier” (see what I did there? 😉 Haha!) when the Jonas Brothers released their 3D Concert Movie. Of course, I wanted to see it in theatres in 2009. But unfortunately, I never got the chance (“Mom, this is the only opportunity I’ll get to see them in concert, even if it’s just a concert movie! And you’re saying we can’t go?!?!?”) So, I was stuck with watching their music videos on TV, and watching the official movie trailer. One day, when I was watching the movie trailer, I noticed something. In the commercial, the Disney rep doing the voiceover said, “With special guests, Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift.” I knew who Demi was from previous experiences (ahem, original ‘Camp Rock’ movie, anyone?!?!), but this Taylor girl was new to me at the time. I soon realized that this was THE Taylor Swift. The girl who sang ‘Love Story’. The girl who, apparently, sang a duet with the Jonas Brothers. That made me love her even more.
So, my parents got me some Taylor Swift CDs for Christmas in 2010 (‘Speak Now’ and the Christmas EP. Ironically, I also got a Jonas Brothers CD for Christmas that same year), and that was it. I was officially a self-proclaimed ‘Swiftie’. I collected her CDs, found out information about her (Did you know she dated Joe Jonas for a short time in 2008?), and other things that showed how crazy I am. But I couldn’t help it. I can relate to her music, even though I’ve never dated anyone. Her songs, ‘A Place In This World’ and ‘Mean’, are part of my life story in music. And even though I’m not ‘Fifteen’, I can relate to that song as well.
I bet you can just imagine my excitement when a few months ago, a commercial for her concert tour came on. Until then, I had lost hope that she would perform in Edmonton, because the closest tour date appeared to be Vancouver (WHY do all the concerts always happen there?!). Well, I guess I didn’t read the list of tour dates close enough! I screamed, and asked my mom and dad to PLEASE buy the tickets for my birthday. It took a while, but when I came home from school, it was official; I was seeing her in concert on June 26th 😀
The day came, and I had to go to school for 2 hours. Ugh, why did the Math final have to be the same day as the concert? But on the bright side, my parents were picking me up early that day! 😀 When I got home, I got ready for the concert (in my adorable outfit that I picked out a couple WEEKS in advance), and Emma and I were on our way to Edmonton! (Oh, did I mention that Emma and her mom got tickets for the concert, too? :D) Well, when we got there, my excitement level was at about 1000 by 7:00 pm, the start of the concert.
The first opening act, Joel Crouse, came on, and I immediately fell in love. I had no idea who he was before the concert, but I’m happy to say that his cover of Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ is officially on my playlist! That’s not just because it’s the only song I can remember from his performance 😛 He actually reminded me of someone…
I sang along really loud, and couldn’t help but say, “He reminds me of Nick Jonas,” after. Everyone thought I was crazy, but it’s true. Watch this video, and you’ll see what I mean:
(This video is from the Toronto concert on June 14th)
Set list: Don’t Tell Me, Summer Love, Ruby Puts Her Red Dress On, Someone Like You (Adele cover), If You Want Some
After Joel’s performance, I was in for the surprise of my LIFE! Guess who was the 2nd opening act on this tour? 2 words: Ed. Sheeran.
I couldn’t believe this. I mean, I KNEW he was opening for Taylor, but still, I couldn’t believe he was standing there, on that stage at Rexall. It was just… amazing. I screamed my head off, and remember shouting “I LOVE YOU, ED!” a million times. And don’t even get me started on his performance of ‘The A Team’!
Ed Sheeran; the reason I started losing my voice before Taylor even performed!
Set list: Give Me Love, Be My Husband, Lego House, You Need Me I Don’t Need You/Thrift Shop (Macklemore cover), The A Team, Everything Has Changed (performed this with Taylor Swift during her set)
Headlining the Tour: Taylor Swift
The whole point of this lengthy post is to recap the awesome experience that was the RED Tour. And who released an album called ‘RED’? Who is the person I’ve been talking about for this whole post?
Taylor Swift. I might’ve obsessed over the opening acts on this tour, but Taylor IS headlining this tour, after all. If I hadn’t become a fan of her, I wouldn’t have gone to the concert.
Now, I have to be honest here. I’ve heard stories about people who have gone to any one of Taylor’s concerts. They said her live performances weren’t always… the greatest. But this time around, her live performance was pretty good. And the stage show wasn’t too bad, either.
Actually, the whole concert was AMAZING! Emma and I were dancing and singing the words to every song. We even screamed “I LOVE YOU, TAYLOR!!!” in sync, several times throughout the show. I actually lost my voice after the concert, but it was SO worth it!
Set list: State of Grace, Holy Ground, Red, You Belong With Me, The Lucky One, Stay Stay Stay/Ho Hey (the Lumineers cover), 22, Fearless (acoustic), Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran), Begin Again, Sparks Fly, I Knew You Were Trouble, All Too Well, Love Story, Treacherous, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
• Some of the greatest moments were when she was performing the songs acoustically. Just her and the guitar. Like this performance of ‘Fearless’ below:
• When Joel Crouse was performing, I shouted, “I LOVE YOU, JOEL! Really, I do!” Emma’s friend (who joined us at the concert) said, “You know he can’t hear you, right?” I replied with, “Yeah, I know.” You only live once!
• The stage effects. The final performance of ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ was practically the same as Taylor’s performance at the 2012 MTV EMA’s. If you watch this video below, you’ll understand:
Overall, the Taylor Swift concert at Rexall was one of the best experiences of my life. To finish this post off, here are a few pictures from the concert.