Jasmine Maki, Forum News Service, Published September 03 2013
Taylor Swift brings tour to Fargodome on Friday
Her crimson costumes, scarlet guitar and songs straight from her latest album should leave her tween, teen and adult fans satisfied.
Nine-year-old Hallie Thoreson, of West Fargo, said fans can expect to see a lot of pretty dresses, scene changes and screaming young girls. The young fan will attend the concert with her mother, Jennifer Thoreson.
“I’m excited because Hallie is so excited,” Jennifer Thoreson said. “I have always loved concerts, so getting to take her to someone she likes so much makes it even more fun.”
The mother-daughter duo first saw Swift perform when Hallie was just 6 years old. They went to the Twin Cities for Swift’s “Fearless” tour in 2010.
Hallie said almost every song during the concert had a different scene or set change.
Swift’s two-hour “Red” show includes 10 costume changes along with the theatrics to match. The singer performs on two-multilevel stages with changing sets while aerialists, dancers and drummers help create an extravagant concert experience. Along with singing, Swift is expected to show off her talent on the electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar.
“She’s such an interactive performer,” said 21-year-old Brian Ashburn of Moorhead, who saw Swift perform an album-launch concert when he was an intern on “The Ellen Show” in October 2012. “I think people can expect an extravagant performance, rather than just a concert. She goes all out and has insane sets.”
Ashburn said he knew he’d go to the Fargo show the day they announced the tour. He and a couple of friends bought their tickets during the presale in December.
“All of her songs are stories, and I know that she acts out the stories at her concert. It’s like watching a play,” he said. “It’s going to be awesome.”
Alissa Heinze of West Fargo hasn’t been to a Swift concert yet, but the 22-year-old is taking her 10-year-old cousin to the concert, where they have seats in the third row.
“I think Taylor Swift is one of the few famous young women left that is still a good role model, so I am excited to see how my cousin reacts to her,” Heinze said.
‘It all looks red’
Rob Sobolik, general manager of the Fargodome, said the venue is set to seat more than 20,000 people. Small clusters of tickets are still available, but Sobolik said he expects them to sell out.
“She’s a very popular artist right now,” he said. “It’s going to be a great night and a great show.”
The set list will feature singles like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “22,” all from “Red,” the country crossover’s first full pop album.
Heinze likes the album because “it seems a little more grown up,” and as a young adult, she can relate to many of the songs on the album.
“Especially ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ and ‘22,’ ” Heinze said. “I feel like those songs pretty much describe recent events in my life.”
Swift has said she named the album “Red” “because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles.”
“In my mind, when you experience love that’s fast-paced and out-of-control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication and all of those lovely emotions … in retrospect, it all looks red,” Swift has said.
Nine-year-old Hallie said her favorite songs from the album are “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “Everything Has Changed,” which features opening act Ed Sheeran.
“I like how you can really envision (her music),” Hallie said. “And you can feel the beat.”
Ashburn said he loves jamming to the fun pop songs, but said he couldn’t choose a favorite from the album because it’s all “phenomenal.”
“(Swift) is one of the few artists that can write personal songs but also have them be catchy,” he said. “She doesn’t rely on writing about clubs and drinking and sex – something so rare on the radio nowadays.”
Other Swift hits like “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me” and “Mean” have made the set list for many of the “Red” tour shows so far, so concert-goers can expect to hear their favorites from other albums.
They can also anticipate Sheeran to join Swift on stage for “Everything Has Changed,” which she co-wrote with the British crooner.
Sheeran released his debut album “+” in 2011, which includes singles “Lego House” and “The A Team,” which earned the singer-songwriter a Grammy nod.
Heinze said she might be as excited to hear Sheeran as she is for Swift.
“I love slow acoustic music, so he is just my style,” she said. “I am really hoping they sing (‘Everything Has Changed’) together.”
By the numbers
7: Grammys won
13: What Swift writes on her hand for good luck before every concert
23: Her age
64: Stadium and arena dates on Swift’s Red Tour.
111: Shows played during her 2011-2012 Speak Now World Tour.
1.2 million: Copies “Red” sold during its first week
75 million: Song downloads Swift’s sold
If you go
What: Taylor Swift’s “Red” Tour concert
When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 7 on Friday
Where: Fargodome, 1800 N. University Drive
Info: Tickets ranging from $29.50 to $148.50 available at www.inforumtix.com.