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Inside Rock in Rio USA: We found Wonderland! Taylor brings out Ed Sheeran!

May 16, 2015

Spoiler content ahead, Taylor Nation. Not the entire show :)

Taylor Swift played Rock in Rio USA, which took place in Las Vegas because reasons, last night May 15, 2015. After the wait the audience actually got what they wanted: a full 1989 World Tour concert performance. I chose this picture because it was posted by the Queen of Sparks (and taken by bass player extraordinaire, Amos J. Heller) but also it doesn’t give away the stage, just the piano and a good look at the huge City of Rock venue.

(Photo: Amos J. Heller)

(Photo: Amos J. Heller)

The Sparkly Dressed brought everything and the kitchen sink to the party. “Wonderland” was included in the setlist. Here’s the full set list for last night’s concert:

  • Welcome To New York
  • New Romantics
  • Blank Space
  • Trouble
  • I Wish You Would
  • How You Get The Girl
  • I Know Places
  • Tenerife Sea (featuring Ed Sheeran)
  • Wonderland
  • Clean
  • Love Story
  • Style
  • This Love
  • Bad Blood
  • We Are Never Getting Back Together
  • Wildest Dreams
  • Out of the Woods
  • Shake It Off

I’m giving a huge shoutout to my old friends at Taylor Talk! Here’s their full video of the Wonderland performance. It’s up to you if you want to see it or not. I’m just going to leave it here. You don’t have to click it or anything ;)

Watch on YouTube

And the surprises didn’t end there as Ed Sheeran becomes the first ever guest to the 1989 World Tour! Here’s their performance of Ed’s “Tenerife Sea”.

Watch on YouTube

As always, expect social media to be buzzing this Friday, as well as on Sunday where Taylor premieres “Bad Blood” at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Stay for the show, she’s got 14 nominations.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.
  • May 27: Elizabeth Huett‘s Birthday.
  • May 30: The 1989 World Tour – Detroit, MI – Ford Field.

(Sources:Taylor Talk, @TSwiftOnTour, Taylor Swift)

This Just In: Yahoo! Live will not be streaming Taylor’s Rock in Rio performance

May 15, 2015
(Source: RockInRio.com)

(Source: RockInRio.com)

Yes it sucks, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy doing his best imitation of responsible journalism, we’re always trying to make 100% of the facts. This one was announced and retracted. So, I’m printing a retraction because I do want to keep you informed of the latest, even when it’s not good news. Technically this is somebody else’s retraction, but nevertheless you deserve to know.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone will be playing Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas… but it won’t be a part of the Yahoo! Live livestream. Taylor is scheduled to start at 11:10pm PDT (2:10am EDT)

The only now revised statement is this one:

The Sparkly Dressed “Bad Blood” at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Stay for the show, she’s got 14 nominations.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 15: Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, NV.
  • May 15: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West in San Diego, CA.
  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.

(Sources: Yahoo! Live)

Inside 1989: A little inspirational speech before Clean (tour spoilers)

May 14, 2015
(Photo: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

(Photo: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Rain came pouring down, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who would punch a hole in the roof because it would be nice to have a skylight (and yes we are kidding when we say that). we can’t wait for the Bad Blood video. Before we move on, I did wanted to share this speech from Taylor. Yes, she does rehearse the things she says but she does write them herself, something that I know critics still don’t believe. Words are kind of her thing. The Songstress should write a book of poems.

This is the speech that Taylor used in Tokyo, Japan right before the performance of “Clean”. I’ve taken the liberty of spacing it – that’s my little contribution/interpretation. I am not a poet. I just thought it you’d appreciate the read better this way.

Maybe you lost someone you never expected you would lose. Maybe you lost yourself. That’s even worse. When you have bad days that just won’t let up, I just hope that you will look in the mirror and remind yourself of what you are and what you are not.

You are not your mistakes.
You are not damaged goods or money from your failed explorations.
You are not the opinion of someone who doesn’t know you.

You are a product of the lessons that you’ve learned.
You are wiser because you went through something terrible.
And you are the person who survived a bunch of rainstorms and kept walking.

I now believe that pain makes you stronger. And now I believe that walking through a lot of rainstorms gets you… Clean.

– Taylor Swift, The 1989 World Tour in Tokyo, Japan.

It’s impossible not to read in between the lines and figure out that she’s actually sharing something that she’s told herself. It’s inspiration brought by her own life experience. Everything she shares, she enhances just right so it’s relevant to your life and mine. That’s talent right there :)

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone will be playing Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas… and on your computer screen through Yahoo! Live this Friday, May 15. The word on the street is that T-Swizzle will actually be bringing a lot of the 1989 World Tour to the stage. On Sunday where Taylor premieres “Bad Blood” at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Stay for the show, she’s got 14 nominations.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 15: Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, NV.
  • May 15: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West in San Diego, CA.
  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.

(Sources: Twitter, Tumblr, TheSwiftAgency.com)

Rock in Rio USA on Yahoo! Live: Taylor on stage (but not on your screen)

May 14, 2015

Big Swift weekend coming up, Taylor Nation!

Update: Well, Yahoo! Live just announced that Taylor’s show will not be part of the livestream. OUCH.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone will be playing Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas… and on your computer screen through Yahoo! Live this Friday, May 15. Here at the Swift Agency, we can say that at least the placeholder promo for the Pop Weekend concert plays from Canada. Fingers crossed someone doesn’t flip that dreaded region lock. If I see that “Not available in your region” warning I’ll be having a fit.

(Source: RockInRio.com)

(Source: RockInRio.com)

Taylor is part of the Pop Weekend concerts – who are we kidding, she’s a headliner. The Yahoo! Live livestream begins 6:30 pm Eastern, but you’ll probably have a to wait a little (a lot) for the Sparkly Dressed to arrive. If you’ve ever seen an award show with a Taylor performance you know they don’t let the Cat-astrophe out of the bag any time close to early to get you to keep watching.

Update: Taylor is scheduled to start at 11:10pm PDT (2:10am EDT)

The word on the street is that T-Swizzle will actually be bringing a lot of the 1989 World Tour to the stage. With a long night ahead, some songs may be cut but the rumor is that she will play a lot of the big numbers. For more than a few Swifties that live overseas, this might be their only chance to have a glimpse (and I am hoping more than that) into the 1989 World Tour.

As always, expect social media to be buzzing this Friday, as well as on Sunday where Taylor premieres “Bad Blood” at the start of the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Stay for the show, she’s got 14 nominations.

Now go get some sleep. You’re going to need it.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 15: Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, NV.
  • May 15: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West in San Diego, CA.
  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.

(Sources: Yahoo! Live)

Happy Birthday, Paul Sidoti! The Agency’s guitar player is all rock and roll.

May 13, 2015
(Source: Paul Sidoti via Twitter)

(Source: Paul Sidoti via Twitter)

He’s all about rock, Taylor Nation.

The Agency’s Paul Sidoti was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been influenced by the very great classic rock and roll bands like KISS, Van Halen, The Eagles and The Beatles. He actually started touring as a bassist with 60’s artist, Gary Lewis and the Playboys back in the 90’s. After the turn of the century, he started touring with Eric Carmen and the Raspberries.  Paul has been touring since December 2007 as vocalist/guitarist for multi-platinum selling artist, Taylor Swift. Paul actually brought a guitar that he had custom made himself to his audition for The Agency, a fact that impressed the other members of the band.

Besides playing with Taylor Swift on The Agency, he also has formed several bands. I had the fortune of seeing him play the Cleveland House of Blues with his own Eagles cover band, Tequila Sunrise, back in June 15, 2012.

He proposed to his fiance Ashley White during the Speak Now tour and also got married while Paul was still on tour.

Paul has his own site at PaulSidoti.net.

You can find more about Paul at his own Agency Profile: Paul Sidoti.

Coming up on the Calendar:

  • May 13: Paul Sidoti‘s Birthday.
  • May 15: Taylor Swift performs at Rock in Rio USA in Las Vegas, NV.
  • May 15: Caitlin Evanson performs at Lestat’s West in San Diego, CA.
  • May 17: The 2015 Billboard Music Awards are broadcast live from MGM Grand Central Arena in Las Vegas, NV on ABC at 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Taylor Swift leads with 14 nominations including Top Artist. The “Bad Blood” video will premiere at the start of the show.
  • May 20: The 1989 World Tour – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center.
  • May 22: The 1989 World Tour – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Tiger Stadium.

(Sources: PaulSidoti.netAgency Profile: Paul Sidoti)

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