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Taylor Swift satisfies inner child (Cincinnati OH - U.S. Bank Arena 3/28/2010)

Discussion in 'Concert Reviews' started by ChrisKellieFan, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. ChrisKellieFan

    ChrisKellieFan Kellie Fan

    Taylor Swift satisfies inner child

    By Megan Fingerman

    Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

    All right, I’ll admit it. I was one of the thousands of screaming girls at the Taylor Swift concert Sunday, March 28 at U.S. Bank Arena. What can I say? I am a 10-year-old girl at heart.

    Swift brought her Fearless tour to the Cincinnati area with opening acts Gloriana and Kellie Pickler.

    With a short set, Gloriana sang songs that were unrecognizable due to the band members’ inability to hold their microphones at far enough distance from their mouths.

    On a better note, Kellie Pickler was amazing. Beyond her excellent vocals, Pickler had great stage presence and acknowledged fans by waving during each song she performed and accepting a few bouquets of flowers from fans swarming the stage.

    Between each performance, a large projection screen displayed text messages fans sent to Taylor, everyone hopeful for floor seat tickets. I was not fortunate enough to be chosen.

    When Swift finally took the stage, everyone (including the guy sitting behind me) screamed like school girls. Luckily, glass bottles were not permitted in the arena — they would have shattered from the squeals.

    Starting off strong with “You Belong With Me,” Swift captivated the audience as the lyrics could be heard from every voice in the arena as loyal fans sang along and eventually took the lead as Swift aimed her microphone toward the audience.

    The best part was Swift actually knew where she was. She welcomed Cincinnati to her Fearless tour and took us on the ride of our lives: through her breakups with “White Horse” and fairy tales with “Love Story.”

    Each song was performed with character and meaning as she acted out ballroom dancing in “Love Story” and anger and pain in “Forever and Always,” giving the audience the true meaning and feeling behind each of her songs.

    My seats were in the nosebleeds, but the view is not what made the show spectacular. The authenticity and stage presence Swift held showed she was confident (sometimes too much) in her work and her singing abilities.

    Contrary to the rumor mill (E! and TMZ reported Swift was a terrible singer), she did a fantastic job with vocals and stage presence.

    A funny moment came when a noticeable smudge from Swift’s bright red lipstick was smeared above her upper lip. I guess she was pulling a Steven Tyler by practically eating the microphone as she sang.

    The ups and downs of Swift’s life in her lyrics made this concert extremely successful. I might have been one the oldest people in the arena — besides the parents — but I was surely at the top of the list when it came to enjoying the show.

    As Swift sang her final song, “Should’ve Said No,” I walked out to the concession stand to purchase Taylor Swift memorabilia. T-shirts, CDs, calendars and many other items were lined up behind the counter.

    After dropping $40, I continued to the car, replaying the concert in my head, feeling fulfilled and excited.

    After almost one year with Taylor Swift’s album “Fearless” playing loop in my car, I can finally swap it out and move Swift to the back of my mind.

  2. KP_NUTZ

    KP_NUTZ New Member

    Very nice comments.

    I'm glad mention is made of Kellie's fans swarming the stage, because most reviewers have assumed wrongly that Taylor sells all the seats and have expressed surprise when Kellie gets a loud reception, etc..
  3. Robert

    Robert Administrator


    Very true, John.

    I have been smiling inside every time I read an article in which the reviewer seems quite surprized that Kellie is as good as she is. "Chalk up another convert!"

    I think the ones that don't give Kellie props are those who arrieved at the concert late. That's the only explanation I can think of for such an oversight.

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