“Oh, New Jersey, I feel absolutely fabulous right now.”
Taylor Swift brought her blockbuster Eras Tour — set to gross an estimated $590 million in ticket sales and become the biggest trek of her entire career — to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, for three nights on Friday (May 26). The first sold-out show at a huge venue.
The tour (which began in March in Glendale, Ariz., and moved to Chicago after the Jersey dates before wrapping up in California in August) is a three-hour marathon of Swift’s impressive catalog of pop, folk, and country classics, which largely Spread Over became a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as a deep-cut fan favorite.
After a powerful opening set from GAYLE and a crowd-pleasing performance from the ever-reliable Phoebe Bridgers, Swift took the stage to thunderous applause.
Swift told the crowd at the top of her set, “With the wonder of a hundred birthday babies I dream of one thing – MetLife’s first night.” And clearly, her Friday night concert to the New Jersey/New York crowd was worthwhile for her—not only did she debut three new outfits, but she also brought out three guest artists—and the MetLife attendees offered an advance screening of the music video for “Karma” about an hour before it went online.
From her brilliant surprise song choice to the catchy new threads Swift surprised the audience with, here are the best moments from Taylor Swift’s first night of her Eras Tour at MetLife.
New Fit #1
For Lover In the eponymous segment of the night, Swift debuted a new outfit – a silver leotard with dark purple outlines and tassels. This clearly gives Swift plenty of room for movement during the more choreography-heavy moments.
New Fit #2
during Evermore The standout “‘Tis the Demon Season,” which proves a song doesn’t need to sound loud to elicit a high-decibel audience response, saw Swift take the stage in another fresh outfit. The new dress was a rich, deep gold, with shimmering dots of light arranged in vertical lines. Almost looking like it’s lit up from within, this might be the most memorable look of the tour.
While attendees were fitted with wristbands that periodically sparkled together throughout the night, there was also a moment when spectators took matters of glitter into their own hands. During “Marjorie”, a song about Swift’s late grandmother, thousands of people flashed their cell phone lights and booed her up. Swift apparently said after the song, “You guys were telepathically communicating with each other to create a special moment for me.” “My grandmother was also a singer, and I know she would have loved to sing at MetLife. But he has a voice in that song, so he just did it.
New Fit #3
During “Enchanted”, the only song to represent Speak now – who receives (Taylor’s version) The release comes July 7th, and there’s likely a big setlist look to follow — Swift pulled out yet another new dress. It was a poofy tulle outfit that came off like an elevated version of a Disney princess’ ballroom gown; The look blends beautifully with the heart, the romantic longing of the fairy tale song.
phoebe’s victory lap
After Swift spoke of how her re-recording gave her an opportunity to delve deeper into her past, she accompanied opening act Phoebe Bridgers, guitar in hand, for a duet on a song Swift wrote when she was 22. Thi – “Nothing New,” the duo’s collab is on Red (version of Taylor). Bridgers had already delivered a knockout set on her own, and she was clearly delighted to join Swift on stage for their victory lap duet.
“Karma” is a video premiere
MetLife’s Friday rush was graced with another first: about an hour before her “Karma” music video premiered online. Swift explained, “Early in the year, when I was just starting to train for this tour, Ice Spice contacted me.” “She reached out and said, ‘If you ever want to do a collab, I’d love to.’ And she didn’t know at the time that when I was training for the tour, I was just listening to her music every day. All day.” The two eventually entered the studio. Swift said, “I not only fell in love with him, but I decided that he was the whole future.” “I’ve been around so many artists and so many artists just starting out, but I’ve never been around an artist who is so willing and curious and focused on what he wants.” Following that introduction, the delightful, playful “Karma” video made its world premiere to an intimate audience of several tens of thousands of enthusiastic fans.
Acoustic Wonder #1
“I know you want to hear this song,” Swift teased before delivering her stunning acoustic debut. And she wasn’t exaggerating. The pick was “Getaway Car”, a fan favorite, and for the song, frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff joined her on stage. Welcoming Antonoff to “Jersey’s own”, Swift said, “He’s been one of my best friends – he feels like a member of the family.” In addition to singing lead on some lines, Antonoff assisted Swift with some loud acoustic strumming. Prestige highlight.
Acoustic Wonder #2
Midnight is the most recent album to drop before Taylor’s Eras Tour, so it’s no surprise that it takes up a good chunk of the setlist. Still, the standard Eras Tour setlist doesn’t include one of the album’s best songs — but Friday night’s crowd was in for a treat. “This is one of my favorites MidnightBut I haven’t played it yet,” Swift said before performing a gorgeous rendition of “Maroon” while seated at an upright piano with a floral design.
masala on stage
If the “Karma” video premiere wasn’t enough, Swift one-upped herself at the end of the night by bringing out Bronx-bred rapper Ice Spice to deliver a casually confident verse on the “Karma” remix . “Make as much noise as you can all night,” Swift said as Spice, who was waiting below, was hoisted up to the stage – and the crowd certainly complied. As the “Princess Diana” hitmaker performed for the biggest crowd of her young career, she looked at ease and a little awkward. The two held hands as they strutted around the stage, and when the confetti erupted at the end, they put their arms around each other, drenched in enthusiastic response.