Note: Please notice that this entry is going to go into concert details and video of a Speak Now concert. Please stop reading right now if you’d rather be surprised at your concert.
Hello, Swifties! Tokyo was enchanted twice with the Outspoken One who played at the legendary Budokan Hall for two dates, both of them sold out. Normally, I don’t over emphasize images. As a blogger, I can rely on my disclaimer for a minimal use of images for the purpose of commentary. However TaylorSwift.com is providing very beautiful images of the Speak Now Tour that I feel confident enough in sharing. I can’t help but highlight them in a larger format. The image copyright is retained by 13 management. I don’t claim ownership over these.
The pictures also reveal a little more about how the stage is setup. I love this stage. Taylor has opted for a clean high platform with only one straight staircase. Al’s drum set which during the Fearless Tour concerts would remain mostly at the top as a permanent fixture, is now set below. The upper level also hosts light show equipment and allows a more visible Taylor all the time. Haven’t seen an elevator. The walls of the platform are no longer screens but curtains and there’s at least one access inside right next to the staircase. Curtains are also hanged from the ceiling extending the stage’s look and feel. It seems simpler than the Fearless stage, but also larger. Taylor still uses a T catwalk that extends up front, creating both pit areas to the side. I love this catwalk because people to the sides of the stage are sometimes given a limited view due to sound equipment or just the venue’s layout and the T allows for both Taylor and the Agency to walk into view.
Lights and steam really transform this stage a lot more than before. From this angle, you can see it really seems larger. Will Taylor keep the same look, add new stuff or bring the previous stage back for the US/Canada leg of the tour is anybody’s guess. The other question that plagues Taylorgeeks like me (Like the term? I made the term up for Swifties that geek out on every single detail – we’re kind of a subgroup) is whether or not she will include a dance crew at some point. Will the Fearless Dance Crew or part of it make a comeback for the Speak Now tour? We will have to wait to find out.
Here’s some more footage from Taylor’s Tokyo concerts at Budokan.
The Outspoken One will probably be traveling soon. She’s expected at her first ever stop in the Philippines. Tokyo Swifties will be in the difficult transition from being the hosts for the Sparkly Dressed to saying goodbye. The hardest thing to do.
The Speak Now Tour concert in September 27 date has been updated to say Tacoma, Washington (it used to say Seattle – perhaps a change of venue?) on TaylorSwift.com. It also has been set for the general on-sale on February 25. I’ve also received word (thanks, Bob!) that Dallas’ Cowboy Stadium will have a presale for American Express on Sunday, February 20. So chances are high it belongs to the same batch but we’re awaiting official confirmation. No word on the TaylorSwift.com presales for any of the dates yet.
A picture of Taylor Swift has recently surfaced from her vacation time in the Bahamas. I believe this must be from last year. I decided to post this here because it’s a cute picture but it doesn’t warrant a full new entry. She’s wearing a bathing suit. Some websites need to grow up.
Going back to current events, the Forever and Always Fearless One as well as The Agency are expected anxiously in the Philippines at any time now.
Tomorrow is the general on sale for a lot of dates! See the list below. If you didn’t manage to get any seats in the presale, try again tomorrow. The sale starts at 10am local time of the venue you’re aiming for.
Coming up in the Calendar!
- February 18: Tickets for Columbus, Milwaukee, Hartford, Greensboro, Knoxville, Louisville, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Portland, New Orleans and Lexington go on sale for the general public.
- February 19: Speak Now tour in Manila, Philippines at Araneta Coliseum. Click here for ticket info.
- February 21: Speak Now tour in Hong Kong, China at AsiaWorld-Expo. Click here for ticket info.
- February 25: Tickets for Omaha, Buffalo and Tacoma go on sale for the general public.
- February 26: Caitlin Evanson‘s Birthday.