After fighting tooth and nail to get a presale code for Taylor Swift’s tour and not even getting one, I had pretty much-lost hope of being able to see Taylor live. However, one fateful day my best friend face-timed me out of nowhere and told me we were going to see Taylor Swift in Houston on her last night here. I was over the moon. I’m so excited to share my experience and how lucky I feel to have attended.
The Eras Tour was hands down the best concert I’ve ever been to. I’ve been a fan of Taylor my whole life, except for the brief period when she was dating Harry Styles, to which my jealous preteen self apologizes. This made seeing her in concert a dream come true. Our seats were all the way in the 600 section and my fear of heights was raging the entire time, but it was still such an incredible show.
Swift performed songs from all of her “eras,” or all of her 10 albums, in a three-hour show with no breaks. Even if someone isn’t a fan of hers, it’s almost impossible not to admire her endurance and showmanship. Each song had many background dancers, pyrotechnics, and visual effects. The entire stage was a screen, so during one song the stage looked like a guitar, which was super cool. One of my favorite moments of the show was when she entered the “Reputation era” and the entire stadium erupted in cheers when a single image of a snake, which is the reputation symbol, flashed across the screen.
Every era holds a special place in my heart, but her album Red especially means a lot to me. I remember being in the 5th grade when she released this album and jamming out to it with my best friend. I had Taylor’s exclusive Keds shoes collab that she released alongside the album so hearing a lot of these songs live was just so surreal. At every show, she plays two “surprise songs” that she won’t play anywhere else during the tour. At the show I went to, she played “Begin Again,” which is from Red, and “Cold as You” which is from her debut album.
I cried about three times throughout the show, especially when she sang the song Fearless. I went through a period a few years ago where I listened to that album so much, so hearing her play that song as well was incredible.
I could go on and on about how amazing this concert was and how grateful I am for what I view as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m so extremely grateful to my best friend’s mom for buying us these tickets as a Christmas present. It was so incredibly generous.
All in all, if you somehow have the opportunity to see Taylor Swift live, I would recommend going. It is so worth the battle in the Ticketmaster queue and the crazy amounts of money. However, I wouldn’t recommend going into credit card debt for it. Her show is an entirely choreographed performance and I am so incredibly lucky that I was able to attend.