Most locals know when driving by the Washington Capital’s home arena the Verizon Center you shouldn’t be surprised to see the streets crowded with fans “Rockin’ the Red”. But this slogan took on a whole new meaning this weekend when most of the usual fans were at home and replaced by young teen girls sporting bright red lipstick and homemade “Club Red” t-shirts.
After over a year since Taylor Swift’s famous “Speak Now” Tour (you can see our coverage of that here) fans in the DC/MD/VA area were quick to flock back to DC’s Verizon Center and sellout 2 consecutive nights for Taylor’s new highly anticipated “Red Tour”. The 28,000 tickets literally sold out in just minutes on Ticketmaster’s site months in advance and made it one of only a handful of venue’s Ms. Swift chose to perform two evenings in a row.
Sure Taylor still has her fair share of “hates” out there but should a newly turned “pop star” who sings, dances, plays her own guitar and lets not forget actually writes a lot of her own songs really get bashed so much? Taylor herself was even quick to joke about how she’s been hearing people “hint” that she writes to many relationship/break up songs. The crowd cheered at this and she preceded to play one of her most famous break-up hits “All too Well”. So whatever her formula is, it is very much working.
Playing hit after hit for nearly two hours including “Mean” “22” and “Trouble” was enough to win over her excited young crowd and the elaborate sets and outfits were grownup enough to keep the many 20 somethings and parents entertained as well. The opening act, british songwriter Ed Sheeran got a very well received welcome by fans and even gave a little midset shout-out to Annapolis Restaurant Nando’s Peri Peri. With over 225 restaurants in the UK and only a mere 8 in the US, which all happen to be in the DC/MD area. Sheeran said it was a highlight to be playing in the DC area and took a couple iPhone pictures of the crowd in between songs. His last song and his biggest Radio hit A-team got a very enthusiastic sing-along from the crowd.
One of the highlights of the show was an acoustic duo between Taylor herself and Mr. Sheeran on their single “Everything Has Changed” which appears on her Red album. The two artists met on a smaller stage at the rear of the venue doing an intimate performance for those fans in the back.
All images © 2013, Kevin Carroll