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On Saturday night, the 25-year-old pop-music queen took care of business at San Diego’s Petco Park, where she performed a sold-out concert for a mostly ecstatic audience of about 44,4710, predominantly female fans. Taylor Swift expertly delivered her epic, stadium-sized spectacle with well-honed precision and unflagging enthusiasm

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Taylor Swifts Puts on a show in San Diego

Two surprise guests; Avril Lavigne and Jamaican singer OMI.

Some of the barely kindergarten-aged concertgoers in attendance were able to experience something amazing. Their excitement level and desire to stay up way past their usual bedtimes was gradually matched by their growing fatigue.

The show lasted nearly four hours.

Attendees also had to contend with the long lines to get into the stadium, even midway through Joy’s performance, and the atypically sweltering evening temperatures, which were still in the high 70s when Swift left the stage at 10:53 p.m. It’s no surprise, then, that some young fans were heavy-lidded, even before the eye-popping show concluded with an extended version of “Shake It Off,” Swift’s exuberant, dance-happy anthem of self-affirmation.

Taylor Swift worked extra hard for her money. The hot weather provided for a sweltering night, during which perspiration ruled, both on and off the enormous stage and its hydraulically-equipped catwalk.

Fireworks marked the conclusion.

Taylor Swift performed 10 of her latest release’s 13 songs Saturday. The show began with “1989’s” opening track, “Welcome to New York,” which Swift co-wrote with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder to celebrate her move from Nashville to the Big Apple. Its 1980s-styled synth-pop flavor provides an aural template for much of the album, even if the song’s wide-eyed lyrics seem naive at times. But that naivete is ingeniously counter-balanced by “Welcome’s” subtly recurring musical allusion to the chord sequence of “Sweet Jane,” a 1970 classic by the Velvet Underground, one of the most quintessential New York bands ever.

In an era when bumping and grinding on stage is standard for many young female and male pop stars alike, Swift often manages to seem innocent, even when surrounded on stage by bare-chested male dancers.

Taylor Swift exhibited a coughed at times and noted that she was coming down with a cold.

But, her vocals on her “1989” selections sounded exactly as they do on the album. She also had three female backing singers and a band, who seemed to do the heavy lifting for her as often as not.

Despite all her fame, fortune and success – Swift somehow still regards herself as an underdog.

Where her three previous arena concerts in San Diego placed a greater emphasis on her music, Swift’s move to stadiums has come with a concurrent increase in visual stimulus. Perhaps, though, with a bit more stimulus than she needs, although the illuminated, color-changing bracelets given to each concertgoer made for a breathtaking visual panorama for much of the evening.

Taylor Swift’s ability to sell out stadiums ensures she’ll be mounting similar outdoor concert treks in the future.


Article by George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribue