Red with passion, Red with fury

A pan look at the audience for Taylor Swift at Ford Field // Photo by Andrew Forbes

A pan look at the audience for Taylor Swift at Ford Field // Photo by Andrew Forbes

Red. Everything was red. For one night – Saturday May 4 – Detroit’s Ford Field wasn’t filled with the blue and silver of Lions’ fans. Instead, the stadium was packed with screaming concert-goers wearing crimson for Taylor Swift’s Red Tour making its first stadium stop.

Sold out, 50,000 people stood before the stage as Ed Sheeran finished his set and gave way to the main event. 

The screams were inexplicable. This new generation of sign-making took precedent as the lights went out. All that lit the venue were cell phones and Christmas light signs.

Outside Ford Field in Detroit // Photo by Andrew Forbes

Outside Ford Field in Detroit // Photo by Andrew Forbes

I’ve never heard fans that knew – and sang along – with an artist as well as the Detroit audience did with Swift. Any time she stopped, the fans continued. When she looked out to the seats everyone cheered louder.But it wasn’t just the music that defined the show. Sure, that’s why people go to a concert. But Swift entertained the audience. With multiple costume changes – many that wowed the crowd – Swift reached out to her fans during and between songs on a personal level.That’s possibly what struck me as the most unique characteristic that differentiated this large-scale concert from any other of the same magnitude. She was real. She talked of her emotions. She talked about what she’s learned from being in the public eye. She talked about being yourself no matter what others say – and it was perfect for setting up her songs but also connecting with her young and older fans.

She had a rotating stage in the middle of the stadium where she played a couple of acoustic songs during the middle of her set. Ed Sheeran stepped on to play Everything Has Changed with alongside her sparking an electrifying reaction from the fans.

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran performing 'Everything Has Changed' together // Photo by Andrew Forbes

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran performing ‘Everything Has Changed’ together // Photo by Andrew Forbes

The entertainment value – the fireworks, the outfits, and the dancers – really delivered a great all around show for the audience. But the actual performance by Swift was the anchor that had everyone on their feet for the whole set. For those of you who thought she couldn’t sing – couldn’t perform – man, were you wrong.Taylor Swift – your show was truly a success. Your performance, as well as those who played before you, made for a great Saturday night for over 50,000 people. With the exception of no encore, I heard no other complaints.Your words – your lyrics – lit up Detroit and the people who travelled to the city’s core to hear you sing.

What a show. Let the tour continue.

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