I had the honor of attending Taylor Swift’s 1st of 4 SOLD OUT shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, with my 6-year old daughter Peyton. While I had seen Taylor in concert before, this was the first concert my daughter ever attended, and I couldn’t think of a better artist to take my daughter to see, than Ms. Swift.
We were fortunate enough to have backstage passes to “Club Red” to meet Taylor before her performance, and we were treated to a lovely backstage tour from Taylor’s Mom, Andrea. Us, along with several other media guests, were taken under the stage to see everything from the number of speakers, cables and instruments used on a tour of this massive scale, and we even got to sneak a peek into one of the MANY “quick change” rooms underneath the stage, where Taylor switches quickly from one costume to the next during the “RED Tour”. Her fastest outfit change during this tour is 4 SECONDS. Yes, 4 seconds. It happens actually on-stage during one of her many hit song performances. Velcro anyone?
The hundreds of people she employs to put on such a production is a sight to see. Everyone backstage has a role, and genuinely looks happy to be a part of this young woman’s life, and her team. She truly is a lovely young woman with a great head on her shoulders. Inside “Club Red”, guests are treated to a fun experience including 50’s style seating, M&M and Skittles dispensers, truffle fries, sodas, water and other fun items to nosh on, surrounded by a background of red drapes, black and white pics of Taylor thru the years, and a fun photo booth to hop in and document the moment! When Taylor walks in to greet her guests, it’s as if she’s known each and every one of them for years. My Peyton was no different, as she bent down to her level to ask for a hug.
After a few minutes chatting with Taylor, we ventured to our seats in the venue and were instantly enveloped in a hard-to-describe “energy” throughout the building. Neon glow sticks and light wands peppered the venue, and the audience was filled with 20 somethings dressed in boots and dresses, as well as the occasional red-themed tutu. Signs were painted and glittered with words to Taylor Swift songs, and Mom’s and Dad’s were escorting little ones to their seats. You could tell that every parent that came, myself included, took delight in seeing the joy on their childs’ faces as they were about to witness the biggest star around… THE Taylor Swift!
While I don’t want to give away the entire set list, or the many “surprises” that come along with seeing the “RED Tour”, on opening night Monday, Taylor’s opening song, “State Of Grace” gave way to a deafening crowd. She followed up with “Holy Ground” to the beat of colorful flying drums, followed by “Red” and a jazzy doo-wop version of “You Belong With Me”. The rest of the evening was high energy, full of brilliant lights, crowd interaction and some funny home videos across the massive TV screens.
The “RED Tour” is worth seeing. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Taylor Swift puts on one of the best concerts I’ve been to in 30+ years of attending concerts. There was no lip-synching, no stunt doubles, and no lack of energy from this beautiful young woman who stormed onto the music scene less than a decade ago. She’s all grown up now and has proven that with an imaginative spirit, hard work, talent, good morals and a great team, you can do ANYTHING. I put my arm around my little girl in her seat, gave her a tight squeeze as I watched her bounce around to the music, and wished these exact same dreams for MY little girl.