Tour Talk: The rep tour facts so far

She’s ready for the rep tour, Taylor Nation. Are you?

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who honestly has another life and a job besides this one, we often rely on other updater accounts to get you the news. I can promise the commentary will always be original. I want to thank @TSwiftLA for their complete coverage of Tay’s instagram facts. Take it away Taylor!

Yes, Taylor will always have to include a variety of songs from her previous albums which means she must face an uphill battle every time she puts out a new tour. Her expanding music catalog includes so many hits she has to strike a delicate chord between her classics and highlighting the new album. You know she will play “Shake It Off” but the chances of hearing “All Too Well” are almost zero. On the other hand, is there still space for “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” when Taylor’s most critically acclaimed album is 1989? I think her classic tracks will only be heard on the b-stage, but the most experimental tracks (think Speak Now) won’t get the live treatment again.

The stages are BIG. I have said this before, but they are also the reason behind this tour becoming a stadium-size-venue only thing. Taylor is going to have a lot of room to move and walk around. Although that means a lot people in medium good seats will occasionally get a great view of her performance, it also means that the definition of front row does get slightly deluded as you won’t always have her upfront. That will only be momentarily and you know she’ll have stuff for you to look at from every angle.

I don’t want to over hype the rep room, because I know people already obsess about it. This perk, which is not included with any ticket regardless of vip status and not guaranteed no matter how much noise you make or glitter your costume has, is not necessarily going to be part of your concert experience. I know people like to make signs, but the bigger the sign the more people will be annoyed at you when you obscure their view. Please try to be considerate to others.

I think the experience from higher seats will be enhanced with the stage floor also being a screen. It won’t necessarily make nosebleeds desirable, but it’s a thing and you know Tay always tries. The idea to enhance everyone’s concert experience also means the production costs go up, the requirements for the venue go up, insurance goes up and unavoidably the ticket prices go up specially if you are going for the regular sale. Some people did take advantage of the boosts to nab a good ticket early and I wish that money was not involved in the equation, but we’re all living in the real world.

And finally, at nine days (eight today) they took a break and hit the pool. Well deserved for all parties involved. Looks like everyone’s excited. Except Meredith. Meredith could use a little silence and a break from all the noise y’all are making. Just kidding. Looks like a great start and I hope most of you make it. Enjoy your week as we’re looking forward to eight more tour facts!

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 8: Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour begins in Glendale, AZ.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram via @TSwiftLA)

Tour Talk: Taylor gives us a peek at the rep room!

10 days until the rep Tour, Taylor Nation.

Spoilers? Taylor decided to give us a little tour of that backstage area that you’ve probably heard about. She put this out on her Instagram story, so I think it’s fair game.

It was the T-party on both the Fearless and Speak Now tours, Club Red during The Red Tour, Loft 89 during The 1989 World Tour and for the rep Stadium Tour it will be known as the rep room.

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Okey, now that looks like some serious Thulsa Doom temple / Cobra green room kinda of place with those snake lamps! Give yourself 10 geek points if you get the Thulsa Doom reference.

And now, the throne…

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This is definitely going to be a photo op for everyone, specially when they bring in the live snakes. Just kidding, there won’t be any snakes. I think. Not sure. Tay has the final say on that one.

And now for something completely different, a Burton-to-this-Taylor reference…

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Of course the real appeal of this room is that you’ll get to meet the Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone. So I can imagine people who started to make signs might want to do a little editing.

Taylor always has people going around picking up the craziest fans during the show, but the criteria is not set in stone. You basically have to stand out in the crowd. From what I’ve seen in past tours, they won’t always go for the loudest fan. I know most people don’t want to hear this, but don’t focus on getting into the rep room. Focus on enjoying the concert and have a good time.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 8: Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour begins in Glendale, AZ.

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

Tour Talk: Taylor counts down the 13 days till the reputation Stadium Tour

Today it’s 12 days until the rep Tour, Taylor Nation.

And you know that the Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Mike was going to make something of it, as she has herself stated. You have to look up Taylor Swift’s instagram stories to have a look (that link only works once). In the meantime she’s posting pictures of her rep tour prep each day as well.

13 days til Reputation Stadium Tour 💋

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12 days til Reputation Stadium Tour!!!

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I want you to know that if you can’t make it to a tour concert, you are not any less of a fan than anybody else. As much as it’s fun to be there, I know the amount of effort, time and yes, money, that it takes – and I know it’s a lot more if you live far away from where the tour goes. Sometimes life does get in the way, and you just hope there will enough pictures, clips and perhaps one or two articles 😉 that you can read about and follow from a distance. I will do my part to get you those 🙂

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 8: Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour begins in Glendale, AZ.

(Sources: Instagram)

Sugarland’s Babe (feat. Taylor Swift) is out now.

She’s still a little bit country, Taylor Nation.

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(Source: Big Machine Records / Universal Music Group)

The Forever and Always Fearless One might still be kicking it. Here at the Swift Agency, just one guy who believe there’s still something left from the old Taylor, we believe T-Swizzle’s country roots might run too deep to just die.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone has a song she co-wrote with Pat Monahan from the group Train called “Babe”. Now Sugarland has not only added that song to their upcoming album Bigger but invited the Enchantress to do some vocal work.

The result is some background vocals by the once Princess in Red. Incidentally, the word on the street (ok on social media) is this song was coined back during the Red Era. The song came out at midnight yesterday (April 19, 2018) but yours truly desperate needed sleep (I did wake up at 5am to have a listening session).

You can get the song on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music or you can listen to it below (audio only).

Watch on YouTube

Yes, it would be cool if they did a video for it! Are we being greedy wanting Tay to participate? Perhaps. Well, one can dream.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 8: Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour begins in Glendale, AZ.

(Sources: iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music)

Weekly News Update: A September cover. Sugarland’s upcoming single.

You can sing any song you want, Taylor Nation.

The Sparkly Dressed put out two acoustic performances on Spotify. One was her own song “Delicate” and the other was a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”. By sheer coincidence I’ve been in a little of a disco/funk/classic r&b lately. “September” is at the top of my playlist. I’ll be honest here, I prefer the original version. I still appreciate that Taylor made her own cover of it, and even got some words of appreciation from one of the song’s writers.

“Taylor Swift is the absolute cherry on top of a very soulful and happy sundae,” commented Allee Willis in an interview for Billboard. Willis will be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

The Blonde With The Sparkly 1989 Microphone (this nickname gets longer with every era…) has recently being stretching out her songwriting skills. She co-wrote a song with Pat Monahan from the group Train. The song “Babe” was picked up by recently reunited duo Sugarland for their new album Bigger. Taylor’s collaboration is not only as a songwriter. She also performs on the track. “Babe” comes out next week. You can read more about it on Rolling Stone.

Coming up on the Calendar!

  • May 8: Taylor Swift’s reputation Stadium Tour begins in Glendale, AZ.

(Sources: Spotify, Billboard, Rolling Stone)