Denver hosted one of the world's most famous pop stars this past Sunday night at The Pepsi Center. Taylor Swift and her traveling production made a stop in the Mile High City as part of The Red Tour, with 24+ production trucks, it was certain to be quite the show. With crowds favoring the younger fan base, in this case 12-14 year olds, I made sure to bring my ear plugs to offset the throngs of screaming teenagers.
Openers included a gentleman by the name of Joel Crouse, who resembled a young Nick Lachey. He managed to entertain the crowd, who took no exception to his boy next door looks and catchy songs. After a short set, Ed Sheeran took the stage to an even bigger reception. Mr. Sheeran, who we last saw in Denver at the 1st Bank Center, brings his rare unique guitar slinging singer-songwriter persona. With his trademark red locks, he managed to get the screaming crowd pumped for the evenings headliner.
As the lights dimmed and the glowing RED marquee began to rise with drummers in unison a single silhouette appeared behind a red curtain belting out the lyrics to "State of Grace". With an abundance of performers joining her on stage, her concert experience plays out to an extraordinary production rivaled by only a few in the business.
Strutting up and down the catwalk she managed to give the audience almost two hours of visual and musical bliss. Playing all her radio friendly hits such as "The Lucky One," "22," and a unique mash-up of "Stay, Stay, Stay" mixed in with The Lumineers "Ho, Hey," she managed to get 18,000 plus to perform an all out sing-a-long. The crowd definitely got there moneys worth as she often performed on an array of lifted platforms and pyrotechnics. She ended the night with the universal ode to all break up songs "We Are Never Getting Back Together," leaving the audience with a show for the ages.
Setlist: State of Grace | Holy Ground | Red | You Belong With Me | The Lucky One | Mean | Stay Stay Stay (Ho Hey) | 22 Enchanted |Everything Has Changed | Begin Again | Sparks Fly | I Knew You Were Trouble | All Too Well | Love Story | Treacherous | We Are Never Getting Back Together