Taylor Swift sings her opening song of The Eras Tour, “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince.” After the opening song, Swift delivered an incredible three and a half hour long performance with costume, set and design changes throughout the show. 
Taylor Swift sings her opening song of The Eras Tour, “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince.” After the opening song, Swift delivered an incredible three and a half hour long performance with costume, set and design changes throughout the show. 
Photo credit: Francie Wallack

Review: Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour changed my life

Nov. 1, 2022. To you, this may sound like a random day. For Swifties, we remember this day as the start of a new era: The Eras era. “I’m enchanted to announce my next tour: Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour,” Taylor Swift said in an Instagram post. “I can’t WAIT to see your gorgeous faces out there. It’s been a long time coming.”

Each Eras Tour performance is three and a half hours long and is comprised of 46 songs, 44 of which are part of the set list. Every night, she adds two additional acoustic “surprise songs.”

Although the tour started March 17, Angelenos like myself had to wait five dreadful months for the tour to reach Los Angeles. Swift played six concerts in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium. I attended the sixth show, which was not only the final show of the Los Angeles leg, but of the entire United States leg. GAYLE and HAIM opened the show.

During the concert, Swift brought fans through different eras from her career. She opened the night with her “Lover” era. Swift’s entrance to the stage in itself was remarkable. Multicolored fabric wings sheltered the center of the stage and raised to reveal Swift in a vibrant leotard. When Swift sang the first note of the opening song, “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince,” a rush of adrenaline overcame my body.

Golden sparks fell from the sky as her guitarists transitioned to the “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” era, my personal favorite. While performing one of the album singles, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” Swift left fans with an emotion I can only describe as warm and fuzzy.

Swift plays the guitar while singing “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” This was the first of three songs performed during the era. (Photo credit: Francie Wallack)

Following “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” was the “Evermore” era, an album written, produced and released during the pandemic. My favorite song from this era (and the entire concert) was “Tolerate It,” a soulful ballad about the pains of one-sided relationships. With its intricate set and skillful background musicians, “Tolerate It” seemed less like a concert act and more like a scene in a broadway musical.

After “Evermore” came “Reputation,” an angsty yet intimate album that had the crowd on their feet from beginning to end. Swift, dressed in a black one-legged bodysuit with red bedazzled snakes sewn up the sides, was elevated on center stage while belting the highly anticipated high note in her hit song, “Don’t Blame Me,” which was truly astounding.

When I thought the show couldn’t get any better, Swift proved me wrong. The stadium lit up with shades of purple, and Swift began singing “Enchanted (Taylor’s Version),”  signifying the start of the “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” era. During this era, Swift debuted a brand new blue gown. An essential component of concert was the use of multicolored light-up wristbands, which glowed to the beat of the songs, enhancing the ambiance.

A dancer then wheeled a red box onto the stage and repeatedly opened the box, each time releasing snippets of songs from Swift’s album “Red (Taylor’s Version).” After performing the first three songs from the era, Swift changed into a floor-length bedazzled coat, preparing to sing  “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).” Like the name suggests, this stirringly emotional song spans 10 minutes. I remained standing and screaming for the entirety of this incredible performance.

Taylor Swift sings "22" while dancing with her crew. "22" was the first of four songs Swift performed from her "Red" era.
Taylor Swift sings “22 (Taylor’s Version)” while dancing with her crew. “22 (Taylor’s Version)” was the first of four songs Swift performed from her “Red (Taylor’s Version)” era. (Photo credit: Francie Wallack)

SoFi Stadium was quickly transformed into a serene forest, with the “folklore” cabin from her performance at the 2021 Grammys  resting peacefully on the stage. Swift, in yet another new blue dress, sang “illicit affairs” a gut-wrenching song that had fans feeling her emotion as if it was their own.

After enduring the emotional rollercoaster that was the “folklore” era, we fans were in need of some major thrill. So, what did this call for? “1989,” Swift’s first official pop album. Once again, Swift debuted a brand new blue outfit. If you’re wondering the significance of the blue outfits, now is the time for an explanation.

According to Swift, it has been her lifetime dream to own her music. In 2019, she announced she would be rerecording her music she does not own, and so far, she has rerecorded three of these six albums. Blue represents “1989,” which she has yet to rerecord. After explaining to fans that she had been planning something exciting for a long time, a dazzling image of Swift appeared on the main screen: the new album cover for “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” Swift announced the album would be released Oct. 27, 2023. Cheers filled the stadium, and Swift began singing the first surprise song, “New Romantics,” a song from “1989” that she will soon rerecord.

The “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” album cover is displayed on the screen at SoFi Stadium. Following Swift’s surprise announcement of the rerecording, she shared the new album cover and release date with fans. (Photo credit: Francie Wallack)

After singing “New Year’s Day,” the second surprise song, Swift dove into a hole in the stage to prepare for the final era, “Midnights,” where she sang “Anti-Hero,” “Mastermind” and “Lavender Haze.” Swift finished the unforgettable night with “Karma,” my favorite song from the album.

In my very biased opinion, this show was the most memorable of the tour so far. From the surprise announcement of “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” to the new outfits debuted, the attendees of night six in Los Angeles truly won.

Despite there being 80,000 other fans in the stadium, Swift’s emotions and performance style made it feel like a private concert in which she was speaking directly to me. Aug. 9, 2023, will forever be remembered as the best day of my life.

  • Engaging
  • Set design
  • Technical Quality
  • Enjoyment
  • Impact


Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour radiated joy, sadness and pain in a breathtaking three and a half hour long performance. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that was extremely fun and emotional.

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