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Review and photos: Taylor Swift sparkles in tour debut in Tampa




After months of hype and debate, Taylor Swift's much-anticipated spring tour kicked off Thursday at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

More than 15,000 wild-eyed fans packed in to watch the 20-year-old country-pop singer-songwriter perform a setlist full of hits like You Belong With Me, Love Story and Today Was a Fairytale (featuring a surprise onscreen cameo by Taylor Lautner!)

As for Swift's performance on the mic? Sean Daly was there, and he writes in his concert review:

If you're still wondering: No, there weren't any caterwauling catastrophes a la her unfortunate Grammys duet with Stevie Nicks. ...

To shush the haters who claim she's all studio sheen, Swift played a short acoustic set on a small stage in the back of the venue. For Hey Stephen, Fifteen and White Horse — all cozy diary entries from a prodigious talent — she performed and picked unaccompanied. Is she Streisand? No. But what she lacks in vocal chops, she more than makes up for in star power.

Click here to read Sean's full Taylor Swift concert review, including how exactly that Twilight werewolf fit into the show. And after the jump, get more photos of Taylor Swift's concert in Tampa.

Photos: Luis Santana, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:17pm]


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