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Taylor Swift changes her Eras tour setlist as the European tour kicks off in Paris

Taylor Swift changes her Eras tour setlist as the European tour kicks off in Paris

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Comment on the photo, Taylor Swift’s tour is expected to generate more than $1 billion in ticket sales

  • author, Mark Savage
  • Role, Music reporter

Taylor Swift has kicked off the European leg of her record-breaking Eras tour in France with a revamped setlist.

The star cut several songs and restructured the concert to showcase the music of her latest album, Oath of Tortured Poets.

Fan favorites including The Archer and The 1 have been dropped in favor of new songs like Fortnight and Down Bad.

The star also debuted several new outfits, including a sparkling red bodysuit for the opening segment of the show, and a black dress with silver tassels during the Fearless era.

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Comment on the photo, The singer will play four sold-out nights in Paris this week

Swift took to the stage at La Défense Arena in Paris shortly after 8pm local time, where she played Miss Americana and Heartbreak Prince, before greeting the sold-out crowd with “magical”.

She added that she felt “incredibly lucky” to have started the European leg of her tour in “the most beautiful, romantic city in the world.”

The 34-year-old remained on stage for more than three hours, finishing just after 11pm, having played 46 songs from her 18-year career.

The tour is centered around the different ‘eras’ she created at the time, with individual sets dedicated to each of her eleven studio albums.

To make room for the new material, he condensed sister albums Folklore and Evermore (both recorded during the Covid pandemic) into a single act titled “Folkmore.”

All songs added and removed by Taylor

Songs cut from the list:

  • Archer (Age of Lovers)
  • Long live (the era of speaking now)
  • 1 (folklore era)
  • ‘Tis the Damned Season (Forever Era)
  • Tolerating It (Era of Eternity)
  • The Last Great American Dynasty (Era of Folklore)
  • But dad, I love him
  • Until high school
  • Who is afraid of me little one?
  • Down bad
  • fifteen days
  • The smallest man who ever lived
  • I can do this with a broken heart

Surprise songs / audio collection

  • Paris (midnight)
  • Lommel (Tortured Poets Section)

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Comment on the photo, Many fans lined up throughout the night to secure the best positions in the crowd

Fans discovered changes to the lavish stadium show almost immediately after it began, with the intro music updated to include snippets of music from the Tormented Poets section.

But the first real confirmation came when The Archer was cut off 15 minutes into the concert. It was traditionally the sixth song on the setlist in earlier stages.

Swift then pulled off another surprise — moving the sequence focusing on her Red Album to an earlier segment of the show.

During those songs, the star wore a T-shirt that read: “This is not Taylor’s version” – a reference to the ongoing campaign to re-record her first six albums.

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Comment on the photo, Swift stopped to greet a fan during the red segment of the show

For the downbeat song Down Bad, she featured in a UFO tractor beam – a reference to the song’s opening lyric: “Did you really set me on fire / In a cloud of sparkling dust / Just for experiments?”

The new music largely deals with the breakdown of two relationships – with British actor Joe Alwyn and 1975 lead singer, Matty Healy.

On stage, Swift jokingly described this part of the show as “feminine rage, musical.”

The final portion of the show — focusing on the sheer pop of 2022’s Midnights album — remained unchanged, with Swift ending with the hit single Karma.

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Comment on the photo, The Eras tour arrives in the UK next month

The pop star’s tour has become a cultural phenomenon on a scale not seen since Madonna and Michael Jackson’s concerts in the 1980s.

She will play 152 stadium dates, with dates booked through December 2024.

When it ends, ticket sales are expected to reach $1.4bn (£1.1bn) – making it the most profitable tour ever, surpassing the $939m (£750m) made by Elton John on his multi-year farewell tour.

The tour will arrive in the UK on June 7, taking in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff and London.