Taylor Swift: Eras Tour Rundown

Claire O'Connor, Entertainment Editor

Taylor Swift performs in Glendale, Ariz. on March 17, 2023. Swift performed at the State Farm Stadium for two nights to sold out crowds. Photo by Claire O’Connor.

Event of the year: Taylor Swift: The Eras kicks off Taylor Swift’s comeback stadium tour after Covid-19, March 17. Named The Eras Tour, this tour explores the 10 different albums or “eras” of Swift’s career, even getting Glendale, Arizona to rename itself to “Swift City.”

Each show consists of two opening acts with interchanging artists and a 44-song setlist with two surprise songs that last over three hours minus the openers. This is incredible considering that Swift takes no real breaks during her performance besides to change clothes and switch eras.

Swift is touring in 20 different cities with between two to five shows in each city. The opening acts feature: Paramore, Beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, Girl In Red, MUNA, HAIM, GAYLE, Gracie Abrams, and OWENN. Overall, the show spans from March all the way to August.

Swift explores her 10 eras during the show. Self-titled (Taylor Swift), Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation, Lover, Folklore, Evermore, and Midnights. The majority of the three-hour setlist focuses on her four latest albums since she could not tour them due to the pandemic.

The Eras Tour starts with the Lover era with Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince. After singing five more songs from the album, she moves on to Fearless, playing two of her most popular songs Love Story and You Belong With Me.

Evermore follows and the on-going joke of Evermore being Swift’s least favorite album is debunked when she plays five songs from the era and when she says herself that she actually loves Evermore. Then Reputation has four songs and after that Speak Now only gets Enchanted.

Many fans were concerned about the fact that Speak Now only got one song to its era, but her debut album got no songs, causing debate. However, with a three-hour setlist and minimum breaks between and separate tours for both already, it’s understandable.

Red starts next with four songs including All Too Well (10 Minute Version). The real focus of the tour seemed to be Folklore with eight songs in total. Swift describes her love for the different way she wrote the album since she made up most of what the songs were about.

Following the Folklore Era is 1989. She played some of her most iconic songs including Shake It Off, Bad Blood, and Blank Space. Then comes the surprise acoustic and piano songs. Every night she plays a different song from her discography, not in the setlist.

That’s not the only part of the tour that is a surprise though. In Arlington, Taylor changed one of the songs that was a part of the Folklore section, keeping everyone now on their toes for future changes. Finally, The Eras Tour ends with the most recent album, Midnights.

The Eras Tour really is one of a kind and an incredible feat for the artist. Over three-hours, 17 years of music, and 10 albums, Swift really pulled this off.