GLENDALE, Ariz. – Are you ready for this?
The Swifties of “Swift City,” formerly known as Glendale, were sure to be on Friday night as the world-famous entertainer kicked off his highly anticipated “The Eras” tour at State Farm Stadium.
Swift’s final tour of 2018 also kicked off in Glendale and from punny highway signs to renaming restaurant menu items, the Valley showed a sense of pride that the star has chosen to start over.
Since Swift’s Reputation world tour, the artist has managed to release four new albums and reissue two of his previously recorded albums. She told her fans on Friday night that they had a lot to catch up on.
As if that weren’t enough, Swift dropped four unreleased songs at midnight before her kickoff concert.
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State Farm Stadium, which hosted the Super Bowl last month, was set to welcome up to 70,000 fans again.
Fans began gathering in the parking lot and plaza around the stadium around noon Friday, donning sparkles, bright colors and homemade outfits that some took months to put together.
Once the show started, opened by Gayle and Paramore, Swift told her fans she would take them down memory lane as her setlist featured songs from the last seventeen years of her music career.
Swift’s scene and visuals transformed as she navigated her impressive catalog of songs, from brightly colored rainbow lights to dark autumn scenes. Her outfits matched each theme, and fans were given LED wristbands upon entering the stadium, making fans part of the musical journey.
The sold-out show had fans screaming until they lost their voices and cried tears of happiness.
On Saturday, Swift will take over State Farm Stadium for a second night, officially setting a stadium record, becoming the first artist to sell out two nights on the same tour.
On Monday, the mayor of Glendale officially declared the town a “Swift City” to celebrate the launch of Swift’s tour.
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