Taylor Swift tells security to fire fan at Philadelphia show – Variety

There was almost bad blood between Taylor Swift and stadium security during the singer’s show in Philadelphia on Saturday, as she paused singing “Bad Blood” to repeatedly ask for a guard or guards. to fire a fan as a confrontation developed.

As usual with anything on a Swift show, there were tens of thousands of cameras trained on her, and a 25-second clip of the singer’s interjections on Twitter had amassed over 3 million views. Sunday morning. Video of what happened between the fan and the security guard was harder to find; attendees of the Lincoln Financial Field show offered reports alternately saying the fan was confronted for being too close to a barricade or was pulled away for taking pictures (which are not prohibited on the tour).

Swift isn’t known for breaking character to comment on what’s going on with a mid-song audience on the Eras Tour, so the exchange stood out and quickly gained momentum among international Swifties.

“She’s fine,” Swift tells security for the first time during the number. Then: “She was doing nothing. The singer shouts, “Hey! Stop!” And again, after the next scheduled use of the word “hey!” in the lyrics, she again orders security to “stop,” before resuming her singing and choreography.

Representatives for Swift could not immediately be reached for comment on what was happening that caught the singer’s attention.

The reaction on social media was hugely supportive of the singer, for being attentive to what was going on in the audience during her performance. The news also caught the attention of a much smaller number of commentators who said a performer shouldn’t question safety during a show.

The performance was otherwise uneventful during what Swift called her “hometown” shows on the tour. (She grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, before moving with her family to Tennessee in her early teens.)

The “surprise songs” from the Saturday show, played for the first and possibly the only time on the tour, were “Forever & Always,” which she said was a request from Lena Dunham, and “This Love,” the old song played acoustically on the guitar. , the latter at the piano. The night before, when it opened in Philadelphia, the surprises were “Gold Rush” and “Come Back…Be Here.” The first song had never been performed live before, and the second was only getting its second concert appearance, having been performed once in Toronto in 2018.

His three-night stand in Philadelphia continues Sunday with a wrap party at Financial Field. The Eras tour has started

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