Tour Talk: It all starts tonight

It’s May 8th, Taylor Nation. Add exclamation marks time infinity here.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy that can understand the Sparkly Dressed may have a lot more to worry about that come up with a final fact, we’re happy for all the fans that will get to experience the rep tour for the first time tonight.

Here’s the last facts shared on Taylor’s instagram via @TSwiftLA:

 

At three days to this fandom’s melting point, the Enchantress shared a story that tells you the level of detail this tour has in store: the confetti is newspaper-shaped. She then proceeds to do an adorkable demonstration of how this works… With literally just one piece of confetti. Yeap.

At two days, the Blonde With The Sparkly… Oh boy, this time it will be a full range of microphones as she shows off seven different models. You almost want to collect them. Ok, if she was offering each of these and the ones from the previous tours as small collectibles I’d grab the whole set. Just something for the merch team to consider.

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(Source: Taylor Swift via Instagram)

And now, a cactus. Err… Ok, I guess. Yes, I know I am doing the running commentary but I’m a loss here. What do you want me to say about a cactus? Tay’s stumped me with that one. Definitely screams Arizona and heat. I live in Canada. I’m melting just looking at this photo.

Hope everyone’s got their costumes ready for tonight! More important than that, make sure you have downloaded your tickets since it’s a mobile ticket only night. The Phoenix Stadium has a clear bag policy meaning one bag made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC no larger than 12 x 6 x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag like a Ziploc. Lots of things to remember, but it’s all worth it. They literally should sell the bags outside.

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: A piano, merch, a rocket sled, costumes & bloopers

Three days to the rep tour, Taylor Nation.

Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who act like a grown up most of the time, we often have to prioritize other stuff over travel plans and concert tickets. Fortunately, there’s always other fans that share the experience with you.

There’s more facts as Taylor shares stories through instagram. I want to thank @TSwiftLA for their continuing coverage so we get to have a look. Here we go!

At eight days, Taylor showcased her lovely piano. As lovely as it looks, I’m sure it also folds into a suitcase for travel. The piano will be used to play two songs, one from reputation and one from before. I would guess “Enchanted” although my wish would be for “All Too Well”.

Seven days! And the fact is the new merch for the rep tour. I know we buy it, but we all know it’s a cash grab. I wouldn’t mind that hoodie though.

The rocket sled! At six days, Taylor discloses her secret mode of transportation as she slides underneath her three-ring stage. Looks fun but in practice it feels a bit scary. Hopefully she doesn’t run into traffic.

Down to five days we get a literal peek at the costumes. Yes, the Sparkly Dressed gets to retain her title as her costumes shine and sparkle. She loves her glittery stuff. Incidentally, don’t go nuts with actual glitter – the micro-small stuff can pose some health risks. Do your homework and make sure that whatever you use on your skin is safe.

And finally, at four days we get a peek at the blooper reel. She will have this playing in the background as the people are collecting their stuff and heading for the exit. This one is very welcomed as I remember the times leaving a concert… You’re kind of glad for the experience but sad that it’s over. A light hearted clip with a bunch of outtakes from their concert rehearsals would do wonders for the mood here. Oh yeah, I just reminded myself that I’m not going to be there… Yay for making hard choices when you’re an adult.

Three days. Wowzers.

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: 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)

Weekly News Update & Tour Talk: March 18, 2018

Not a lot going on at the moment, Taylor Nation.

The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone, has kept mostly to media silence except with some necessary appearances. Here at the Swift Agency, just a guy who’s steer clear of news based on rumors, we’ve already commented on the possible reasons for Taylor’s silence. At least we did get an update on what she’s been up to in her acceptance speech at the 2018 iHeartradio Music Awards when she won Female of the Year. She is, indeed, on rehearsals for her upcoming reputation Stadium Tour.

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And yes, it’s a large-venue-big-cities-only tour. She’s been getting some flak for the stadium venue and ticket price upgrade. Taylor has adopted Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program where fan club members boosted their place in line via… shopping. I’m sorry, I don’t think this is/was a good plan.

Positively, a lot of scalping was cut down. This has a predictable side effect when combined with the ticket rise: shows are not sold out on the first day. This has been heaven to detractors of the Swift brand which immediately claimed failure. The outcome that both Ticketmaster and Taylor Swift are hedging their bets on is that the shows will sell out at a slower rate, but more seats will be taken by actual fans that otherwise would’ve been sold at ticket reseller sites. It’s a bit of a gamble.

The bigger gamble for fans like me, is the lack of smaller venues. I’m not crazy about large stadiums. However, I recently got a peek at the VIP invite via Just Jared and the stage’s general shape is revealed. You also got to see this if you hunted for tickets through Ticketmaster (although I’m not sure it showed up for all city shows).

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Based on that shape of crossed catwalks reaching into the audience from the corners, I have to guess that is a rather large stage. It could potentially give Taylor the ability to walk further and be seen up close by more of her attending fans. This could explain why this is a large venue only tour… She might need the extra space.

That also means, that the amount of fans getting a close up are multiplied and might make it worthwhile. I’m rather optimistic about this. Plus, Taylor usually adds some sort of more-than-meets-the-eye feature (the catwalks for RED and 1989 had some sort of transformation). I’m guessing that it’s her way to compensate since the walking-into-the-crowd segment and the B stage performances are getting really hard to pull. You can’t rise to fame without getting stalkers and security concerns are not just for the star – they’re for the audience as well.

Currently I don’t have tickets or plans, but chances are that I will buy into the hype… A bit unsure to be honest. Like so many other fans, I don’t feel like a good fan for skipping it. As I usually do when I feel conflicted, I listen to a lot of music and see how much gravitational pull the new album has for me. Perhaps I will wait until news start leaking out when the first tour concerts comes along. We’ll see. No, I will not be going for that VIP ticket. That must cost an arm and a leg.

The Sparkly Dressed gave us two clips of her rehearsals for the Delicate video this past week. Have a look. Yes, I’ve heard the comparisons to an ad from Kenzo.  My reference is a lot older: Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice video with Christopher Walken.

Watch on YouTube

Watch on YouTube

Coming up on the Calendar!

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

(Sources: Taylor Swift via YouTube, Just Jared)

Tour Talk: Camila Cabello and Charli XCX are the opening acts for the reputation Stadium Tour

This is a reputation stadium tour update, Taylor Nation 🙂

The Blonde With The Sparkly Snake Microphone broke her media silence to announce the opening acts (or two of them at least) for the reputation Stadium Tour. They are pop artists Camila Cabello and Charli XCX.

They’ve got a tough ‘act’ to follow.

The Sparkly Dressed had Kellie Pickler and Gloriana as her openers back in the Fearless Tour (2009-2010). Christian rock band NeedToBreathe opened during The Speak Now Tour (2011-2012). Ed Sheeran was her opener during the Red Tour (2013-2014). Finally the 1989 World Tour (2015) had Vance Joy as the opening act. And here’s an update about what they’re all up to today.

Kellie Pickler joined Dancing With The Stars and won back in 2013 with partner Derek Hough. Kellie started to host a daytime show called Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron in November 2017.

Gloriana disbanded. They lost band member Cheyenne Kimball in July 2011. Rachel Reinert departed in January 2016. Tom Gossin started touring solo in 2017.

NeedToBreathe still tour, they opened for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul2Soul World Tour 2017. They had their song “Multiplied” nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015.

Ed Sheeran has 13 Grammy nominations and four Grammy wins. He’s still putting out music and of course, cooperated with Taylor Swift as recently as the “End Game” song and music video.

Vance Joy recently released his second studio album in February 23, 2018. He won the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award for best male singer back in 2015.

Coming up on the Calendar!

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

(Sources: Taylor Swift via Twitter)