Monday, April 22, 2024

Taylor Swift’s Strange Eras SetList Doesn’t Include Any of the Newly Released Songs, Or Build to a Finale


On Thursday night, Taylor Swift dropped four new singles onto iTunes. They’re all in the top 10 today Sunday, and one of them has been number 1 all week– “All of The Girls You Loved Before.”

Nevertheless, on the first two nights of Swift’s Eras tour, Friday and Saturday, none of the songs was on the set list. She didn’t play them. Also, the set list is grouped by albums, building to really…nothing. Most concerts make a turn in the last half hour to big hits, ending with the biggest one. But for Eras, the show just ends with a bunch of songs from “Midnights,” her current album. Indeed, the biggest chart hit from that album, “Anti-Hero,” isn’t the finale. It’s sixth from the end.

It’s a curious way to go, but maybe the show will take a different shape as Swift tries it out.

The next two shows are on March 24th and 25th in Las Vegas. The Eras tour has huge breaks between cities. At this rate, it could take years to go around the world!

Here are the set lists for the first two nights:

“Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince”
“Cruel Summer”
“The Man”
“You Need to Calm Down”
“The Archer”
“You Belong With Me”
“Love Story”
“Tis the Damn Season”
“Champagne Problems”
“Tolerate It”
“…Ready for It?”
“Don’t Blame Me”
“Look What You Made Me Do”
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
“I Knew You Were Trouble”
“All Too Well (10 Minute Version)”
“Invisible String”
“The Last Great American Dynasty”
“August”/ “Illicit Affairs”
“My Tears Ricochet”
“Blank Space”
“Shake It Off”
“Wildest Dreams”
“Bad Blood”
“Mirrorball” (acoustic)
“Tim McGraw” (acoustic)
“Lavender Haze”
“Midnight Rain”
“Vigilante Shit”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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