For Taylor Swift, Wednesday’s show at the Century Link Center was the first completely realized presentation of her 1989 World Tour. Though she had played two concerts inTokyo earlier in the month and another at Las Vegas’Rock in Rio last weekend, the sold-out Bossier Citydate put her fully in her element. An 18-song production that sometimes drew inspiration from vintage movie musicals like Singing in the Rain and 42nd Streetincluded every number from her latest album, 1989. Perhaps more importantly, it gave her a chance to reconnect and talk directly with core fans.
Making the hall feel small. The 1989 World Tour is all about Swift finding ways to get closer to her audience. She accomplished that in ways large and small Wednesday. Between songs, she shared stories and dispensed sisterly advice. She also had a catwalk that ran nearly the length of the CenturyLink Center floor. It rose and rotated at various times during Swift’s set, putting the singer, and sometimes her dancers, at eye level with the people in the second tier of seats.
Everything has changed. Few artists would risk jettisoning most of their early hits from their set list, but Swift performed just one full song from her first three albums. She revamped her previous material “in the vibe of 1989,” she said. So I Knew You Were Trouble took a dark, almost threatening turn; Love Story slowed down to a bass-heavy synth-pop number; and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together became a fist-pumping punk-pop number that would have done Joan Jett proud.