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Taylor Swift Executes The Reputation Stadium Tour to Perfection

Taylor Swift – Reputation Stadium Tour


“Are you ready for it?” That’s a line from the first song Taylor Swift performed Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium and was an apt way to start the massive production that is her Reputation Stadium Tour. I don’t know if anyone was ready for what Swift had planned (and executed exceptionally) throughout the night. Six outfit changes, 3 stages, fireworks, a working fountain, and oh yeah, 50-foot tall snakes were all in the game-plan for the 2-hour show.




Swift opened with “Ready For It” followed by “I Did Something Bad” both from her latest album, “Reputation” The 1-2 punch set the tone for the show using massive screens and an X shaped stage. Massive balls of fire shot up from the top of the stage during the line “they’re burning all the witches even if you aren’t one” which was a nice touch.

The show was split into 6 different acts each roughly 3-4 songs each. “Look What You Made Me Do” opened Act 2 with giant inflatable snakes emerging from the stage.



Some other highlights of the night included Shake It Off, a dance party on one of the two side stages in the arena with openers Charli XCX and Camilla Cabello that included the use of light-up bracelets that were distributed to each person in attendance. The bracelets were incorporated multiple times throughout the night, but “Shake It Off” used them to their full potential.



Swift also showed off her musicality during Act 3 with an acoustic performance of “Dancing with Our Hands Tied” and “Forever & Always” which was the randomly selected song of the night and the first time she had performed it live since 2013. Afterwards, she proceeded to the third stage on the other side of the stadium floor to perform “Blank Space” and “Dress” before hitching a ride back to the main stage via a snake-themed transportation device that soared her over the audience while performing “Bad Blood”.


Swift did a fantastic job of connecting with the audience throughout the night mentioned that it was her 13th time playing in Indiana (her lucky number) and that years ago she played a concert for the annual FFA convention in Lucas Oil and dreamed about one day playing the stadium on her own headlining tour. She also thanked her fans for sticking with her for so long. She mentioned how a lot of times in life you go through musical “phases” where you like certain artists and then move on when you grow older. However, she mentioned earlier in the night how she met a fan that was in her 20’s and the fan said “I’ve been listening to you since I was 10” and how that happens to her just about every night during meet & greets. It was a very sincere moment during the technical astounding show and was a genuine interaction with the audience.


Two other highlights were “Don’t Blame Me” featuring a guitar solo and some advanced instrumentation by her stellar band, and the final mashup of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”. The final few minutes featured a working fountain that Swift stood and danced on, fireworks, and her entire crew of backup dancers in full force.


Swift said she dreamed of headlining stadiums, but it’s clear from Saturday night’s performance she thrives in them.



Ready For It

I Did Something Bad


Style / Love Story / You Belong With Me

Look What You Made Me Do

End Game

King of My Heart


Shake It Off

Dancing With Our Hands Tied (Acoustic)

Forever & Always (Acoustic)

Blank Space


Bad Blood/Should’ve Said No

Don’t Blame Me

Long Live/New Year’s Day

Getaway Car

Call It What You Want

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together/This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things



Portugal. The Man Concert Review - Indianapolis

Saturday night at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn, the self-proclaimed “Lords of Portland” aka Portugal. The Man, took the stage in support of their latest album, Woodstock. The six-piece group started with covers of Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” and Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall Part 2” and then never looked back during the fast and loud rock show. Led by lead singer John Gourley, the band cruised through 18 songs Saturday night during their roughly 100-minute set.

Some highlights included “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue”, “Live in the Moment”, “Modern Jesus”, “Noise Pollution” and of course, their Grammy-winning, triple platinum smash hit “Feel It Still” (video below)




Overall, the band was light on chit-chat, only saying a few words here and there and mainly communicating through impressive visuals and pre-written text on the large screen behind them. The screen acted like a narrator of sorts that guided the audience through the show asking at various points “are you still us?” and “that song we know you all want to hear, we are playing next”.



What they forgoed on the talking front, they made up for with their musical ability, using many points during the night for extended jam sessions. Gourley, and guitarists Zachary Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, and Eric Howk used the time to showcase their vast musical talent Saturday night. Portugal. The Man have been a group since 2004, with Gourley and Carothers being there all 14 years, and have been using this current iteration of their lineup since 2015, and it shows. Everyone was on point, knew their roles exactly and delivered an extremely tight set. If the “Lords of Portland” come to your area, make it a point to check them out.


4/5 Stars



For Whom the Bell Tolls(Metallica cover)

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 / Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Number One

Live in the Moment

Creep in a T-Shirt / Children Of The Revolution (T. Rex cover)

Atomic Man / Gimme Shelter

Feel It Still

Modern Jesus

All Your Light (Times Like These) / A Kilo / The Home / I Want You (She's So Heavy)

Sea of Air

So Young

Noise Pollution

Evil Friends / Day Man

So American

People Say

Sleep Forever / Smile / Hey Jude



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Hey everyone, Boomer here! Just wanted to give you a preview of my new blog, “Boomer’s Music Hub”! I’m a huge music fan so on this blog we will discuss new albums and new songs from some of your favorite artists. Also, there will be concert reviews from time to time and other fun music related stuff that might pop up! While I’ve got you, just wanted to let you know if you’re a huge live music fan, we’ve got lots of concert tickets this week on WAZY! You can win tickets to Portugal. The Man, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Walk The Moon all this week on Z96.5! Stayed tuned for more updates here, including a post regarding the Portugal. The Man concert Saturday in Indianapolis!



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