Taylor Swift fans have the best night at Vancouver concert… like ever
BC Place was burning red Saturday night as Taylor Swift wowed 42,000 screaming fans at the Vancouver stop of her Red tour.
“I write a lot of songs about my feelings and I just realized that 42,000 of you just signed up for two hours of hearing about them,” a smiling, winking Swift told her audience in the first minutes of the show.
And hear about her feelings they did.
The sea of “Swifties” flooded the stadium wearing red, custom t-shirts and body paint; many girls – and some guys – were even dressed as the singer at the sold-out show.
Swift, 23, burst on stage singing State of Grace, delighting her fans as the two-hour show began. The set-list included most of the hits from her most recent Red album, as well as fan favourites from her past three albums.
The production included a full fleet of drummers, flags and fireworks. Halfway through the show Swift travelled down the floor aisle – with dozens of security guards lining the rows – and sang three songs at a smaller, back stage.
On the way back she walked through the floor seats and greeted her screaming fans with high fives and hugs.
The megastar was unabashedly giggly, slightly goofy and girly, a combination that has sold her millions of records and allowed her to travel the world touring her three career productions.
For Selena Yorke, an 11-year-old girl with a rare degenerative disease, the concert was a dream come true.
After months of campaigning on Facebook and Twitter to meet Swift at her concert, Selena, who suffers from Friedreich’s ataxia, got the fairytale phone call of her dreams.
One of Swift’s representatives had seen Selena’s story on AM/BC with Jill Krop and set up a meet and greet.
Selena’s mom, Carianne, said the meeting was a dream come true for her daughter.
“Taylor was very, very nice. She’s just genuine and real,” she said. “Taylor told Selena ‘you’re so pretty’ and Selena said ‘you’re so pretty too, I’m so glad to meet you.’ She just had a huge smile on her face and Taylor gave her a hug.”
Carianne said the concert was a great experience.
“It’s probably the best show,” she said. “Her concerts are definitely worth the ticket. She puts on such a good show.”
Selena mirrors her mom’s reaction.
“It was the best thing ever,” she said.
And as far as concert-goers are concerned, that was the general reaction from fans.
“It was the best night of my life,” said one fan leaving the concert.
“The best night… like, ever.”
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