BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise
Thursday, June 2, 2011
That's exactly what happened during her June 2 show at the BankAtlantic Center, the first of two Fort Lauderdale dates. Swift's imagination spewed all over the stage with elaborate sets, nine outfit changes, and a slew of gymnasts acting out her songs.
The crowd could have been a picture straight out of the height of the Beatle's fame. Girls were screaming and crying. But instead of worshipping a group of British men, here they were fawning over a young, female wunderkind who is growing up fast.
Compared to Swift's BankAtlantic stop last year, she was more sure of herself this time, bouncing and gliding across the stage like a perky ballerina. You could see it in her eyes that the year between her first headlining tour and her second, the Speak Now tour, made her more confident. But she also remained humble, staring in awe at the crowd for a good 30 seconds after the third or fourth song.
The one gripe I have with Taylor Swift's shows is that the intricate setups take your eyes away from the beautiful and accomplished young woman on stage. Half the time you don't know whether to pay attention to the ballerina in a wedding dress or her curly ringlets flinging around in time to the strumming guitar.
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The crowd: For last year's show I shelled out some hefty change to sit high in the
rafters. So it could be I didn't get an accurate reading of the crowd
from the nosebleed section. This year's crowd was young. Seriously,
there was a three-year-old sitting behind me. So either the crowd got
drastically younger, I aged more than I thought, or their parents love
them too much.
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Random Detail: Taylor Swift was definitely crying while singing "Dear John."
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