‘Sparks Fly’ at Swift concert
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Sparks definitely flew Tuesday night in Bossier City during Taylor Swift’s sold out “Speak Now” concert. Between the sparkles on Swift’s short, golden dress and the sparks from the show’s fireworks, there was plenty to illuminate the scores of tween and teen fans.
Wearing her blonde hair in her trademark ringlets, the young starlet seemed to appear out of nowhere for her first song “Sparks Fly.” Fireworks dripped from the ceiling, and even with her frequent hair flipping, Swift didn’t miss a note.
Expecting a show that would mainly appeal to a younger audience, it was a nice surprise to realize the talent of Swift’s nine member band.
For the second number, Swift joined her band by picking up her red electric guitar and performing the song “Mine.” The pop-country star took a moment to introduce herself and address the audience before moving on to her hit “The Story of Us.”
Swift played just about as many instruments as she had wardrobe changes, at one point even playing a banjo for “Our Song.” But it wasn’t just the outfits that changed.
For a few songs, the set took us back in time to a porch in the country, and then before the audience knew it, they were swept away to a wedding ceremony for the song “Speak Now.”
The video screen kept up with set changes adding backdrops unique to each song.
Snow, like confetti, fell for the first sounds of “Back to December,” and Swift emerged from underneath the stage sitting at a white piano. Her raw emotion was so evident in the song that for a moment you forgot that you were one of 12,000, and not in a more intimate setting. Toward the end of the piece she broke in with a few lyrics of One Republic’s hit “Apologize.”
Swift brought the energy back to the crowd for the feisty number “Better Than Revenge,” where she did her best to keep up with the dancers. She seemed slightly winded toward the middle of the piece, but regained her vigor to belt out the final lyrics.
Throughout the night, Swift praised her fans and even ventured into the audience to shake hands. She made her way around the arena to the fans in the back and gave them an up close performance including a cover of Britney Spears’ “Lucky.”
Despite the show’s set changes, incredible dance routines and skilled band, there was no question who the star was. Swift was electric, on key and genuinely engaged with her audience. The show was full of sparkles, but really only had one star.