Taylor Swift shakes off cobwebs, enchants audiences with ‘The Eras Tour’


Caroline Vranas

With over 80.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify and nine number one singles, Taylor Swift has become one of the most influential artists of the 21st century.

Caroline Vranas, Copy Editor

Taylor Swift, the biggest female music artist of our time, has begun her newest tour, “The Eras Tour.” The tour is a journey through all of her albums (10 in total) and showcases the expanse of her career. 

Tickets went on sale Nov. 15 with general admission meant to begin on the 18, but after a major fiasco involving sales company Ticketmaster, general admission sales were canceled. Almost four months later, the tour has finally started. Fans lucky enough to get tickets have begun their journey to find the perfect outfit, wait for their favorite album and see Blondie, the affectionate nickname she was dubbed by her fanbase, the Swifties. 

The tour began in Glendale, Arizona, which was temporarily legally renamed Swift City for the time Swift would be in town. Swift is set to visit Chicago June 2-4 2023, performing at Soldier Field, home of the Bears. 

While the tour was meant to include all of Swift’s albums, many fans have become upset over the omission of her first album, “Taylor Swift”, in the show’s set list. Fans are also upset over the limited appreciation of some of her other albums, such as “Speak Now”, her third album which only garnered one song on the setlist, as well as “Fearless”, her second, in which she performs only three songs.  

Her newest albums–which she has yet to tour due to COVID-19–have received the most amount of love, with “Folklore” and newest release “Midnights” receiving seven songs each. “Lover”, which was meant to go on tour in 2020 before the pandemic, also received six songs. Evermore received the least amount of time from her four newest albums, with five songs. Her 2014 album “1989”, which was her first complete ‘pop’ album, has also received five songs in the setlist. 

Along with the 44 songs in her vast setlist, Swift will also be performing two surprise songs each night of the tour from her catalog of hits. No song will be repeated twice, with “Tim McGraw”, “mirrorball”, “State of Grace” and “this is me trying” already crossed off the list from her two nights in Arizona.  

Taylor Swift is also predicted to become a billionaire after this tour and may be the first artist in history to become one with music as her main source of income. In Nov. 2022, Swift became the first artist to ever hold all 10 spots in the Billboard Top 100 Hits.