Taylor Swift and company rolled through Denver this past Friday night with her largest touring production to date. The Reputation Tour as it is billed featured some of the most extravagant production we have even witnessed. A sold out crowd of 58,000 screaming fans of all ages saw her rip through songs from all of her catalogs with a huge emphasis dedicated to her recent album Reputation. The tour brought openers Charli XCX and Camila Cabelo to open things up and they managed to get the crowd primed and ready for Swift as they each belted out their own hits that have topped the charts in recent years. Flanked by a huge screen (it hovered way above the stadiums upper deck) and and X shaped catwalk along with two side stages towards the back, you were guaranteed to catch an up close and personal view of the action. Her setlist was grouped into six acts each featuring 3-4 songs each. The opening act barred the classic Joan Jett anthem "Bad Reputation" followed by a video introduction. As the house light dimmed Swift emerged from the middle of the parting stage with nothing but fog emitting her silhouette. She opened the night with "...Ready For It" off her latest album sending everybody into a frenzy (the theme of the night).
Some of the loudest cheers came during her second act with "Look What You Made Me Do", which was preceded by a video interlude and actress Tiffanie Haddish intro leading right into her most popular song off her latest album. Probably the loudest cheers and participation came during this specific act with "End Game", and "King of my Heart" to end the act.
After a brief intermission we saw Swift take to the air in a chariot that hovered above the crowd from the main stage to one of the smaller stages towards the back of the stadium. As two inflatable snakes rose above she welcomed Camila and Charli XCX to join her on "Shake It Off" joined by a half dozen dancers they managed to turn up the performance as she continued to dazzle without missing a beat.
The rest of the night featured amazing pyrotechnics and towering flames as she sang other crowd favorites such her classic country songs like "Dancing With Our Hands Tied", and "Teardrops on My Guitar". As the night came to end she finished strong with "Blank Space", "Bad Blood" and last song "Look What You Made Me Do".
All in all everybody in attendance shared the same sentiments as they walked out of the show, amazing and beyond words for what they had just witnessed. We would agree.
Words and Images-Robert Castro