10 Days of Taylor: In 2008, a teenage Taylor Swift wowed the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
(Welcome to 10 Days of Taylor, our epic countdown to the epic finale of the most epic pop tour of all time: Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour, stopping Halloween Night at Raymond James Stadium. For all of our Taylor Swift coverage, click here.)
Was the Taylor Swift face born in Tampa? You know the one -- that wide-eyed, gob-smacked, jaw-agape look she used to display whenever she'd take home an arm full of trophies at some star-studded awards show?
When the then-18-year-old Swift played the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Jan. 26, 2008 -- months before her Grammy-winning album Fearless was even announced -- the Taylor Swift face was everywhere.
"Mostly, Taylor Swift thrashed around stage like a pajama partier hopped on Red Bull and cookie dough," the Times' Stephanie Hayes wrote in her review of the show. "But sometimes, she'd stop. She'd take deep, heaving breaths, grasp her heart and stare at the sold-out crowd filling the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. She'd mouth the words you weren't supposed to see. 'Oh my God.'"
That's it! That's the Taylor Swift face! We got an early look!
For Stephanie's full review of Taylor Swift's 2008 concert in Tampa, click here.