Taylor Swift kicked off her “Red Tour” last night, playing to a sold out crowd at Omaha, NE’s CenturyLink Center.
True to its billing, the set pulled heavily from Swift’s immensely successful fourth studio album, which accounted for 13 of the 17 songs performed, according to the Omaha World-Herald, who set the scene:
“For the first four songs of Swift’s kickoff concert of “The Red Tour,” screams, whistles and cheers melded with her powerful backup band to create a relentless cacophony. One suspects, though, that few in the packed CenturyLink Center crowd of 13,800 needed to make out Swift’s vocals above the din. They could listen inside their brains as they reveled in the dancers, the pyrotechnics, the sexy band members and backup singers and, of course, Swift herself.”
Swift still took time for a few older favorites — “older” meaning tracks from 2010’s “Speak Now” like “Sparks Fly” and “Mean.” For the grand finale, she went back to her most recent hits — “I Knew You Were Trouble” and then finally, the set closer “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Though the response was overwhelmingly positive, fans were disappointed to quickly learn that the performance would not be followed by an encore. The set did include over ten costume changes from Swift and a duet with tour opener Ed Sheeran, on “Everything Has Changed.”
Swift is set for another show at the CenturyLink Center tonight (March 14). It’ll be just the second performance of her 66-date North American trek, which wraps Sept. 21 in Nashville.
Yesterday, she set the mood for the “Red” tour by premiering the music video for her latest single, “22.”