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Monday, August 15, 2011

Taylor Swift at the Scottrade Center, 8/14/11: Review, Photos, Setlist

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PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • Photo by Jon Gitchoff

Critic's Notebook While the show stuck a little too close to a few notable stereotypes at times -- fairly tale romances, female revenge, the victim archetype -- the audience really cashed in on them. There were three children dressed as princesses within ten feet of me, and one of them was male. The conversations that filled the spaces between sets revolved around two major themes: 1) comparisons to the last time the Jonas Brothers were in town and 2) complaints that boyfriends wouldn't accompany women to the show. The teenager to my right was taking notes about the show on a Hello Kitty notepad.

Overheard "What is that emo dude doing onstage?" Swift's backing band follows an almost gothic punk aesthetic, so basically the opposite of her own.

During "Mean": "Sometimes I feel like this song is about my boyfriend. He wouldn't even come with me tonight, and he told me he doesn't understand my relationship with Taylor."

I'll spare you the details, but an overly affectionate couple in front of me also rehashed the details of their first make-out session out loud. It was apparently set to "Love Story."

Setlist: 1. "Sparks Fly" 2. "Mine" 3. "Story of Us" 4. "Our Song" 5. "Mean" 6. "Back to December" 7. "Better Than Revenge" 8. "Speak Now" 9. "Fearless" 10. "Last Kiss" 11. "Just a Dream" (Nelly cover) 12. "You Belong With Me" 13. "Dear John" 14. "Enchanted" 15. "Haunted" 16. "Long Live"

Encore 17. "Fifteen" 18. "Love Story"

PHOTO BY JON GITCHOFF
  • Photo by Jon Gitchoff

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