Review: Taylor Swift charms diehard fans at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa
Arguably the hottest concert of the year -- or at least the one with the hardest ticket to get -- came through Tampa on Saturday, as the most powerful woman in pop, Taylor Swift, came to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in support of her pop-centric album Red.
The sold-out crowd of 16,134 squealed, screamed and wriggled their way through 17 songs, with Swift playing the part of the cool, cute, reliably wise and benevolent big sister.
Sean Daly was in the house, and he writes:
Credit Swift for learning from past tours, and maybe some bad press. She doesn't really do the "wonder gaze" anymore, that is-it-all-a-dream Cinderella schtick. (Confession: I kinda miss it.) Now she's flirtier, more knowing, egging on the screams with a calculated blink of her doe eyes. ...
She also kept things artistically fresh, including a shoo-be-dooing girl-group rendition of You Belong With Me. Swift has all but ditched any last vestige of her country roots, but her pure pop transformation has felt organic (e.g. the fun dance-off 22), which proves she was never that Nashville anyway.