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Taylor Swift in Paris: Eras Tour Kicks Off in Europe

Taylor Swift in Paris: Eras Tour Kicks Off in Europe


Seven songs from ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ made their live debut at Défense Arena.

Taylor Swift’s Thursday (May 9) performance at the la Défense Arena in Paris marked the beginning of a new era – literally. At what she called “the kick-off of the European leg of the Eras Tour,” Swift added a new section of songs from The Tortured Poets Department, which debuted on the Billboard 200 with 2.61 million equivalent album units and is currently No. 1 for a second week, in between the Australasia shows and a string of European shows through the end of August. As if to underscore the special occasion, Swift pointed out that it was the first time she had played those songs on the Eras Tour — “or as I call it, Female Rage: The Musical.”

For a truly global superstar, Swift hasn’t toured much in Europe on a serious scale, but both French fans and a significant number of concert tourists from the U.S. knew what to expect. Even the normally minimalist French swapped their black dresses for pink frills and lyric-inspired outfits. (Respect to the Best Dressed Dads: One guy in a “Dad Reputation” T-shirt, another in one that said “Look What My Daughter Made Me Do”.)

As soon as Tortured Poets-style graphics came on the screens, the applause was deafening, and it stayed that way as Swift played “But Daddy I Love Him,” “So High School,” “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?” “Down Bad,” “Fortnight,” “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived” and “I Can Do It With a Broken Heart.” The screaming only got louder for “Paris.”

Based on the first night, it seems that the European shows on the Eras Tour will not be a break with the rest of the tour so much as an evolution – as Swift releases more music, the show needs to grow as she does. Here are some new, and a few familiar, highlights.


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