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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

welcome to the eras tour

so, along with thousands of other fans, i'd registered to be a verified fan for the chance to snag tickets to  taylor swift's eras tour.  and along with thousands of other fans, i'd been waitlisted, but i figured i'd just find tickets on stubhub or something like that like i've done with lots of other concerts in the past. 

anyway, if you were watching the news last november you'll remember what a nightmare that whole ticketing process ended up being. this, of course, drove up pricing on resale tickets to incredibly high numbers.  fans were reporting that even on concert days - all the way up to showtime and even as the concert began - the tickets were still well in the four figures.  yikes.

i'd heard that 7-10 days before show dates, ticketmaster would randomly sent text messages to verified fans who hadn't been successful during the presale.  the message would include a link and a code to buy production hold tickets that had become available, on a first-come, first-served basis.  it was the last chance to be able to secure seats at face value, and there were countless social media accounts created for the purpose of sharing up-to-date information.

on the day that everyone was anticipating such messages to be sent out, i made sure to keep an extra close eye on my phone, hoping to get lucky.  alas, 10:00 came and went (that's when those texts were typically sent out) and i had no code.  i was sad.

but then ten minutes later...

i could not click on that link fast enough.  and when i did i got this, which led me to believe that either i'd gotten supremely lucky because usually the number of people ahead of me is much higher, or that the tickets had sold out in those ten minutes and everyone had jumped out of the queue because nothing was left.

BUT.  you already know where this is going because would i be telling this story if i hadn't gotten tickets??

this, of course, meant that i needed to get busy making friendship bracelets to wear and trade with other fans at the stadium.

sadly, the old lady's schedule didn't allow her to join the bean and me for the concert.  but one of the bean's besties is a huge swiftie who'd never seen taylor in concert before, so we asked him if he could join us.  of course, he said yes.

the next thing was to figure out what to wear - i knew that dressing up in taylor-themed costumes and/or lots and lots of sparkles was a thing for these concerts.  i didn't have a lot of time to play with, but a couple of clicks on amazon and all three of us were set.  here's mine:

and the kids went with something funny from the "you need to calm down" video.

it took about an hour to get to sofi stadium, but we'd bought a parking pass ahead of time - in the orange zone, of course, because it's the easiest to get in and out of (especially if you park near an exit).  i'd heard nightmarish accounts of sitting in the car waiting to get out for an hour-plus, and i wanted to avoid that as much as possible.

we had enough bracelets for all three of us to wear and trade:

the lines for merchandise were batshit crazy, but we'd anticipated that and made sure that we got there with plenty of time to spare.

most of our bracelet trading happened as we stood in that line.

it took longer than we thought to get through it, and so by the time we finally got to our seats both of the opening acts had done their thing and now it was just a waiting game for taylor to take the stage.  those production hold tickets were really good, and this was our view from our seats without zooming in:

our glow bracelets were in the cup holders, and from what i'd seen online, they were a different size and shape from the ones handed out at other stops on this tour.  a little more research told me that this meant they'd be filming for the concert movie.  whee!

not too long after we sat down, the screen above the stage went from this:

to this.

and when that countdown ran out, the stadium went dark and then this appeared:

hi, taylor!

"lover" is my favorite taylor song.

she loves us just as much.

she brought out haim to perform "no body, no crime" with her.

i would love to wear her reputation costume for halloween...probably right along with a bazillion other people.

also, her "cupcake wrapper" dress.

but hey - we were twinning for her "22" outfit!

here's where she gave her hat to a lucky fan plucked out of the audience.

her "folklore" set was really pretty, as was the dress she wore.

here's where the filming backfired on us - one of the cameras totally blocked our view of taylor during her acoustic set.  thank goodness for all of the screens everywhere.

appropriately, "midnights" was the last era and then the show was over.

say what you will about taylor swift - you may not love her music, but she works her ass off for over three hours every night of this tour - with a lot of those nights going back-to-back.  along with her dancers and her band, they perform at 100% for every moment and the entire show is carefully choreographed and is fully entertaining whether you know every song or not.

yeah, i'm definitely a full ass grown adult swiftie.  heh.

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