Taylor Swift Debuts the ‘Eras Tour’


Emilio Moore

Taylor returns to the stage for the first time in 5 years with the Eras tour.

Isabelle Larabee, Contributing Writer

On March 17, 2023, Taylor Swift debuted her long-awaited “Eras Tour” in Glendale, Arizona, which was informally renamed “Swift City” for the duration of her two consecutive concerts at State Farm Stadium. Over 70,000 of her fans, known as “Swifties”, were in attendance for each show, proving just how momentous Swift’s comeback was after several years without touring. The Eras Tour marks five years since Swift’s last, and includes a setlist of 44 songs from her ten studio albums. Swift premiered songs from her four most recent albums—Lover, Folklore, Evermore, and Midnights—for the first time on tour, while also including some of her most famous classics.

The show is roughly three hours long, and begins with the unexpected opening song, “Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince”, somewhat of a deep cut from her album Lover. The song’s key refrain, “It’s been a long time coming,” played as Swift emerged from under pinkish-purple butterfly wings and sang, “It’s you and me, that’s my whole world,” a line that Swifties took as a personal address. While performing, Swift wore a bedazzled bodysuit and shiny, knee-high boots—both matching the dreamy, yet bold energy of the album. 

The Eras Tour marks five years since Swift’s last… over 70,000 of her fans were in attendance for each show.

Fans then reminisced on Swift’s groundbreaking album from 2008, Fearless, which closed out with a performance of her hit single “Love Story”; before transitioning to songs from her 2020 project Evermore, such as “Willow” and “Champagne Problems”. The switches between different albums define this tour as the Eras Tour, with each one aptly representing a different era of Swift’s music. 

Every song and every era adopted its own unique touch; whether that was Swift’s outfit, an acoustic guitar, or a decorative set. Similar to her songs, Swift’s performance for the Eras Tour is like flipping through a story book, with each song representing a different page and each era representing a different chapter. Yet, they all come together to tell the same story about who Swift is. Piper Ulmann ’24 told the Register Forum that, to her, the Eras Tour is “a culmination of all the hard work and impressive things Taylor Swift has done…[it’s] like her capstone project.” 

 Swift will wrap up her tour in Inglewood, California on August 9, 2023, having performed a total of 52 shows in 20 different U.S. cities, allowing both U.S. and international fans to experience a one-of-a-kind concert that pays tribute to the evolution of Swift’s music and self. When asked what the Eras Tour means to her and other fans, Olivia Huang ’25 told the Register Forum, “We get to see Taylor Swift perform in her natural environment. [It’s] a new era [of] so much more Taylor Swift content.” Although the Eras Tour feels like a conclusion of her 17-year dominance in the music industry, it’s clear that the Taylor Swift era is far from over.