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Rain Delays and “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)”: The Eras Tour Hits Nashville

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To all the Nashville Swifties out there – are y’all doing alright?

From May 5-7, Taylor Swift dominated news headlines as she brought her Eras Tour to Nashville, Tennessee. Here’s a recap of everything that occurred that weekend.

Drop Everything Now: Nashville Night One

We truly believe Nashville night one will go down in history books. For starters, this was the first stop on the Eras Tour that Phoebe Bridgers opened for. She invited the other members of boygenius on stage for a surprise song during her opening act. During Taylor’s portion of the show, Phoebe returned to the stage to sing “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version)” with Swift.

Later on, Taylor added a fan favorite, “invisible string” back to the setlist (in replacement of “the one”) during the Folklore set. And of course, we cannot recap night one without acknowledging the most important part: Taylor announced Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) which is set to be released on July 7th. This marks the third out of ten albums that Taylor Swift has rerecorded under “Taylor’s Version,” as she reclaims the rights to her music. With this announcement, Taylor dropped Speak Now-inspired merch on her official website, including a purple 3 LP vinyl set.

Lastly, as if night one couldn’t get any better, Taylor performed two hits for her surprise songs: “Sparks Fly” and “Teardrops On My Guitar.” Taylor truly outdid herself in Nashville. And this was only night one.

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) announcement

Eras Tour Nashville: Nights Two and Three

Sadly, Nashville night two was wedged between two climactic evenings, making it rather lackluster. Phoebe Bridgers made another appearance to sing with Taylor, and the surprise songs included “Out of the Woods” and “Fifteen.” She also invited Matty Healy of the 1975 on stage.

Night three rounded out the Tennessee portion of the Eras Tour with a bang – literally. This stop welcomed the first rain show of the tour, resulting in a four-hour delay. Unfortunately, this means that the opening acts did not get to perform. Fans flew to Twitter to update the world about the weather, which showed torrential downpour. There was fear that Taylor would inevitably cancel the show given the weather conditions. But she prevailed! Despite the delay, Taylor Swift went on to perform her setlist in its three-hour entirety. The surprise songs for the final show included “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” with special guest Aaron Dessner, and “Mine.”

If there’s any artist that is wholeheartedly devoted to their fans, it is Taylor Swift. With the rain delay, Taylor performed until nearly 2am in Nashville, refusing to skip a single moment that her fans rightfully deserved.

Who knew so much could happen in just three days?

What’s Next For The Eras Tour?

The Eras Tour will continue stopping in cities around the United States until August. If you are interested in attending, visit Ticketmaster, and see if you can snag some tickets. If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that Taylor is sure to make it a concert of a lifetime.

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