1989 World Tour St. Louis: Taylor, HAIM and Nelly perform Hot in Herre

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

It’s getting hot in here, Taylor Nation.

Which means just in case there’s a fire you should put some damn clothes on! 🙂 The 1989 World Tour hit the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri with two concerts on September 28 and 29. The acoustic songs for each night were You Belong With Me and Fifteen, which was special with Abigail Anderson in the audience. These were the last two concerts in which the band Haim opened for the Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone. Taylor brought out Nelly to perform The Fix. Then the Haim sisters came out to sing… Hot In Herre. Yes, Taylor and Haim had actually planned a little choreography to sing background vocals with Nelly.

 

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

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Beyond The Agency: Elizabeth Huett to play the House of Blues in Las Vegas

(Source: Elizabeth Huett)
(Source: Elizabeth Huett)

Lizzettes and Lizards, lend me your ears!

Ok, thanks you can have them back. The beautiful and talented Elizabeth Huett will be playing Sin City on Thursday, October 1st at the House of Blues. The headliner is South of Graceland. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 7:30pm. You can get your tickets at LiveNation. I can’t make it. Hopefully someone else will.

Liz will also be appearing tonight at 3rd and Lindsey with the Damnwells. She just casually mention it an hour ago. So odds are only a few people will see/hear that. Nashville’s own Lightning 100 streamed the event (they’re on their last song for the radio stream as I type this).

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(Sources: Elizabeth Huett via TwitterLiveNationLightning 100)

1989 World Tour Nashville: Kelsea. Steven. Alison. Leona. Mick. Taylor Swift shows music city some love.

(Source: Taylor Swift)
(Source: Taylor Swift)

You make a grown man cry, Taylor Nation.

For two nights at the Bridgestone Arena, Taylor Swift showered Nashville with music in such lavish fashion that her love for the music city was undeniable. If you believe that Taylor once took this town for her own, the 1989 World Tour concerts on September 25 and 26 was a renewal of vows. She does make her home in New York, but she’s never forgotten the town where she became a star.

Kelsea Ballerini came out to sing Love Me Like You Mean It. Steven Tyler sang I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. Alison Krauss sang When You Say Nothing At All. The second night did not fall short. Leona Lewis sang Bleeding Love. Mick Jagger came out to sing Satisfaction. Essentially the whole affair was a live performance from the best hits collection.

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The acoustic song on September 26 was Fifteen.

Bonus! Here’s a picture from Eliotte Nicole’s Instagram with Mick Jagger, T-Swizzle and the band. We hear that Paul Sidoti was over the moon after playing the legendary Satisfaction guitar riff. That has to be an amazing moment.

(Source: Eliotte Nicole
(Source: Eliotte Nicole

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1989 World Tour Kansas City: Every Mile A Memory with Dierks Bentley. A voicemail to remember.

(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)
(Source: Taylor Swift via Twitter)

It’s almost like you’re there, Taylor Nation.

The Spring Center in Kansas City, Missouri was the scene for the last two 1989 World Tour concerts on September 21 and 22. The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone did had a surprise guest on the first night: Mr. Dierks Bentley came out to sing Every Mile A Memory with the Sparkly Dressed. The secret songs for each night were You Belong With Me and Fifteen.

Have you noticed that every once in a while there’s one person that sung, danced, or just geeked out shamelessly to Taylor’s music and they’re suddenly meeting Tay? She’s that approachable. However, we know that for every person that meets the Enchantress, there’s quite a huge number that don’t… Hopefully you don’t despair, and enjoy the experience of just doing what you love.

Here’s Taylor dancing with Dylan, who likes to dance to Shake It Off.

Here’s Todrick Hall from MTV singing Taylor’s greatest hits:

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And here’s Taylor meeting Todrick in Kansas City and recording his new voicemail salute:

@taylorswift auditioning to be the voice of my answering machine! Should I cast her? Or nah?

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Up next. A heartbreak and a thousand tears. Taylor Swift takes her 1989 World Tour to Nashville. To everyone attending, hope you have a grand ole time! 🙂

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(Sources: TwitterYouTube and Instagram, oh my)

Review Corner: Ryan Adams’ 1989 cover album

(Source: PaxAmericana Recording Company)
(Source: PaxAmericana Recording Company)

It’s an amazing version, Taylor Nation.

“It’s not a reimagining or a reconstruction at all,” Ryan Adams tells Rolling Stone. “It’s a parallel universe. That’s how I think of it. We’re creating an alternate universe, like in Marvel Comics.” This response from Ryan Adams is all I’m going to quote from that article, but you can read that original article here.

And just like an alternate universe where you create a different version of something, the success and popularity of that version is owed first to its original author. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who does want to sing the praises to this album, we have to start with a clarification. 1989 was already an amazing pop album with an 80’s vibe. Ryan Adams’ version of 1989 is also an amazing album, more tending to rock than pop, an amazing take of Taylor’s work. Don’t be concerned about feeling like you’re betraying Taylor. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s going to be your favorite thing for a while.

Take some time off in a quiet room, grab it from iTunes, and listen away.

When it started, Welcome To New York was a rock song that seemed more at home in a Bruce Springsteen concert. The guitars in Wildest Dreams turn it into classic rock material, the kind that you rise the volume in the radio to listen while cruising. I want to slow dance to I Know PlacesStyle has a new dimension and depth and rock flavour. How You Get The Girl jumps a lot more at you with this echo effect that jumps at you and might be my new favorite version of the song for a while. Out Of The Woods goes really out there like a different genre unto itself. This Love suddenly is a new song, it’s like you went in expecting soft illumination and it’s bright and shiny. Bad Blood becomes a ballad, with fitting angst added to it.

All throughout the album, the instrumentality has been brought forward. It’s almost like a live version. The strings have a little more presence and the drums have more of an aftertaste. It’s the dish that you love turned into a sweet and sour concoction, or your dessert of choice with some exotic tropical liquor added for zest. I love that there’s a little musical aftertaste. It’s like the songs have a kick. It’s like there’s a bit of musical alcoholic content added.

It’s not perfect. In Ryan’s 1989, Taylor’s bridges don’t have that magical epiphany at the very top, that triumphant glory that makes her your champion. But that doesn’t mean the songs don’t have power. You just can tell the difference in style. I have to say that I didn’t see positive improvement in Clean though. The original one has so much magic that this version seems like a dimmer take on that amazing song. I can tell because after listening to it I had to queue up the original one.

The album is more than worth listening to. You need to own this one. You can find it on iTunes.

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(Sources: TheSwiftAgency.com, iTunes, Rolling Stone magazine)