Swift also responded to her Kim Kardashian feud with giant snake props
Swift kicked off the tour in Glendale, Arizona on Tuesday (May 8). She will play a handful of North American shows before heading to the UK and Ireland in June. The singer will then return to North America, playing dates from June to October, finally concluding the stint in Australia and New Zealand in October and November.
The singer played to almost 60,000 fans for her Glendale show at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The two-hour performance included eight costume changes, three stages, huge screens, glowing wristbands and more.
Halfway through the gig, Swift welcomed Charli and Camila onto the stage to help perform her ‘1989’ hit ‘Shake It Off’. Watch footage of that beneath.
Swift also utilised plenty of snake imagery at the show, with giant snakes adorning the stage. Many fans took this as a reference to her feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on,” Swift explained to the crowd. “I guess with the snakes, I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name-calling to bully you… it doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead.”
During Swift’s performance of ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, a video was shown of Tiffany Haddish answering a phone and saying “Sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, because she’s dead!”. See in the clip below.
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Swift played the following songs:
‘…Ready For It?’
‘I Did Something Bad’
‘You Belong With Me’
‘Look What You Made Me Do’
‘King Of My Heart’
‘Shake It Off’
‘Dancing With Our Hands Tied’
‘All Too Well’
‘Should’ve Said No’
‘Don’t Blame Me’
‘New Year’s Day’
‘Call It What You Want’
‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
‘This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things’
Ahead of the tour’s opening night, Katy Perry sent a literal olive branch to Taylor Swift as an apparent offer of reconciliation.
Swift will play UK and Ireland dates as part of the ‘Reputation’ tour in June. See those in full below. Tickets are available here.
Friday June 8 2018 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium
Saturday June 9 2018 – MANCHESTER Etihad Stadium
Friday June 15 2018 – DUBLIN Croke Park
Saturday June 16 2018 – DUBLIN Croke Park
Friday June 22 2018 – LONDON Wembley Stadium
Saturday June 23 2018 – LONDON Wembley Stadium
Swift’s sixth album ‘Reputation’ was released in November 2017.
NME wrote at the time: “Tay ploughs over the media and former friends with her exhilarating, tank-like sixth album”