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Taylor Swift Kicks Off the European Leg of The Eras Tour & She Had Several Surprises Up Her Sleeve

May 10, 2024 2:48 pm GMT

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After a few months off the road, during which saw the release of her record-breaking The Tortured Poet's Department and it's deluxe version, The Anthology, Taylor Swift's genre-spanning The Eras Tour was back and better than ever last night during its first of four shows in Paris, France.

In case you're new here, The Eras Tour has been taking over the world since March of 2023 with a legion of Swifties packing into some of the biggest stadiums around the globe to see the larger-than-life superstar play some of her most career-defining hits and beloved fan favorites from across her discography.

However, as we mentioned earlier, her musical family has grown a little since we last saw her striding across the stage.

Around The Tortured Poet's Department's release, fans had been questioning whether the 3-hour long show would be changed to accommodate this new era in Swift's career. Luckily, we didn't have to wait too long to find out.

During the monumental show, Swift shared abbreviated performances of several tracks from the newly released album, including standout songs 'But Daddy I Love Him', 'So High School', 'Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?', 'Down Bad', 'The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived', 'I Can Do It With a Broken Heart' and the originally Post Malone-graced 'Fortnight'. Excitingly, this was the first time that any of these songs have been shared in front of a live audience, and based on reactions from attendees and Swifties at large, it didn't disappoint.

Donning a brand new outfit to the tour – one of many wardrobe changes that fans spotted during the European leg's opening night – the award-winning entertainer also shared new bits of choreography, props and plenty of easter eggs along the way during the newly added era, which she jokingly referred to as “Female Rage: The Musical”.

Upon its release, The Tortured Poet's Department shattered streaming records and quickly became Swift's best-selling album, notching two million copies sold in just the first week and claiming her 14th record to top the Billboard 200. Originally thought to be 16 songs, the mastermind surprised fans on release night with the news that it was actually a surprise double album, bumping the track listing up to 31 songs in total.

Alas, with the smattering of new song additions in the revamped version of The Eras Tour, Swift was forced to restructure and cut several songs from the show which in the last 14 months have become engrained into her loyal fanbase's minds. Among the soldiers we lost are 'The Archer', 'Long Live', 'The Last Great American Dynasty', 'The 1', '’Tis the Damn Season' and 'Tolerate It'.

Beyond that, The Eras Tour also features a new sequence of eras, finding the Red section earlier in the setlist and reputation further back. Additionally, both the Folklore and evermore eras have now been combined into one, reinforcing their tie as Swift's "sister albums".

Let's all take a moment of silence to remember The Eras Tour in all it's glory... and now let's remember that it's only going to get even better from here!

After the rest of her four-night run in Paris, Swift will head on to Stockholm for three, Lisbon for two and one night in Madrid to finish out the month of May. But no need to fear, she's booked and busy through the beginning of December as she continues rolling The Eras Tour all around the globe.

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