Taylor Swift, worldwide famous pop singer, held two sold-out shows at Soldier Field June 1 and June 2 for her reputation tour. On her second country-wide stadium tour, she reinvented herself by bringing darker, more mature and confident music – and a lot of snakes.
Swift embraced the snake theme from her sixth studio album, “reputation,” by featuring a huge snake and a throne made of snakes during her hit song “Look What You Made Me Do,” snake visuals in the majority of her songs, and a pod in the shape of a snake that took her from the main stage to one of the two side stages, which were in the middle of the pit.
After her the release of her previous album, Swift had a public feud with singer Kayne West and reality television star Kim Kardashian, which ended in Kardashian calling Swift a “snake.” In “reputation,” Swift turned the tables and made snakes the main element in her concert.
Although Swift proclaimed her “old self to be dead” and started her show with her other hit “…Ready for It?” she performed some of her older songs.
Swift sprinkled in country hits like “Should’ve Said No,” “Love Story” and “You Belong With Me” that earned her notoriety as a country star and led her towards a career in pop.
With a diverse group of dancers and back-up singers, Swift out-performed herself by moving through her biggest stage yet with relentless energy and unwavering vocals. The crowd sang along to every song, even when it started to rain toward the end of the show.
The 28-year-old thanked her fans as the rain started falling when she said “there’s no one else I’d rather dance in the rain with.” In her piano under the pouring rain, she sang a medley of “Long Live,” a song dedicated to all the fans that have been with her through her career, and “New Year’s Day,” the most intimate song in her most recent best-selling album.
Swift’s strongest talent when performing was her ability to move from singing a slow ballad like “Dress” to bringing the crowd to their feet with a sassy hit like “Bad Blood” – from her previous album 1989. She also performed her quirky and colorful “Shake It Off” from that same album with Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX, the two opening acts accompanying her on the tour.
From splashing in a prop fountain while dancing under the rain in her last act to playing an acoustic surprise song, “22,” Swift proved her reputation doesn’t matter to her anymore. The 52,000 person crowd followed her every word and had a fun, intense and wonderful time.