Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

Are You Ready For It? Yes, they were!

If you have ever attended a Taylor Swift concert, you know that it isn’t just a concert, it’s an event.

Hundreds of fans arrived to the venue hours early, dressed in elaborate, and highly creative outfits – trying their best to attract the attention of Taylor Swift’s team in the hopes of being winning that golden ticket – an invite to an intimate meet and greet with none other than Taylor Swift herself. Flashy pants, jackets that lit up, hats that would make the Mad Hatter himself jealous were all on display. One fan even trapped herself inside a birdcage and still managed to shake hands and take pictures with other fans before entering the venue.

The once country music singer-songwriter, now turned-bona-fide-pop-megastar began the evening with the snarling sounds of Joan Jett, "I don't give a damn 'bout my reputation.” As the Jett’s song came to its close, fans were treated to the stunning, silhouetted image of one of today’s biggest superstars. Taylor was ready for it!

Swift’s story is a fairy tale come true. Taylor admitted that her Southern California area debut was at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood in 2006 in front of about 40 people or so. Her show at the Rose Bowl marked her 41st appearance in Southern California.

Swift delivered 21 songs in a visually stunning show, combining new hits – “…Ready For It?,” “Gorgeous,” “Dress,” “End Game” and “Getaway Car” - seamlessly with the classics that made her a star – “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me” and “We Are Never Getting Back Together” – somehow making them all feel brand new and fresh.

Despite that fact that there were 60,000+ fans crammed into the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, state of the art video projection, three stages, 3 giant snakes and a chariot that transported her across the stadium, Taylor Swift still somehow made her enormous Reputation Stadium Tour feel small and intimate for her fans.

Taylor loves surprises and mid-show, Taylor teased her fans, “This is the 2nd of two nights, so we gotta’ go big…right? How about TWO surprise guests tonight?” Fans were treated to duets with Troye Sivan and Swift BFF, Selena Gomez.

But, after all the confetti cleared and all the snakes were put away, it was Taylor Swift, all alone with her acoustic guitar that truly stole the show. It was a moment from the heart, a moment in which each and every fan forgot they were sitting in the Rose Bowl and felt like they were one of those lucky 40 people, sitting in the Whisky A Go Go.

Photos by Kevin Estrada