Review: Taylor Swift connects with fans
The explosion of sound that greeted Taylor Swift on Wednesday night in Omaha quickly proved how much pop superstars on tour rely on the soundtrack inside their fans’ heads.
For the first four songs of Swift’s kickoff concert of “The Red Tour,” screams, whistles and cheers melded with her powerful backup band to create a relentless cacophony. One suspects, though, that few in the packed CenturyLink Center crowd of 13,800 needed to make out Swift’s vocals above the din. They could listen inside their brains as they reveled in the dancers, the pyrotechnics, the sexy band members and backup singers and, of course, Swift herself.
Somewhere amid all the super-spectacle, there’s a 23-year-old woman who writes catchy tunes but catches many millions of young admirers with her lyrics about living on the cusp of adulthood. Those who come to tonight’s second and last Omaha show hoping to hear those lyrics will have to wait a little while. But when Swift changed the mood halfway through Wednesday’s two-hour opener, she gave the uninitiated in her audience a taste of why she connects with her fans.