Review: Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center, 9/27/11

Categories: Last Night

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center
TAYLOR SWIFT at THE PEPSI CENTER | 09.27.11
Imagine, if you will, a crapload of glitter, teeny tiny dresses, one billion pairs of cowboy boots, free mascara (courtesy of sponsor Cover Girl), and thousands of screaming girls all stuffed into a giant bottle of love - that was the Taylor Swift concert last night at the Pepsi Center. The dream-like set was sparkly and glamorous, and showed off just the right amount of cheesy teenage fantasy to mesmerize thousands of doe-eyed girls and their trying-too-hard, bedazzled-up moms.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift fans last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

The stage itself was adorned with velvety red curtains that opened up to a Disney-esque staircase where Swift looked right at home, riling up the minis with "Sparks Fly," "You Belong With Me" and "Mean." She dedicated "Live Long" to "the craziest fans" she's ever met and clearly knew how to pull at the heartstrings of the pricey ticket buyers' 'tween offspring.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

And the fans weren't the only ones Taylor gave a shout-out to -- after taking a little jaunt out into the audience and climbing up on a gummy tree perch in the middle of the screaming crowd, she announced that there was a special Denver guest in the audience with his children.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

And really what better way to pay your respect to a band than by playing one of their songs, right? We're sure Joe King from The Fray couldn't have agreed more. We have to give Swift some props for performing "How To Save A Life" pretty damn well. Sure it was the predictable choice (unlike her rendition of "Lose Yourself"), but we'll take it.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

Taylor Swift does have mad musical skillz; she not only rocked out on the piano and guitar, but she busted out the banjo and even a ukulele. Although it was sometimes difficult to hear her wispy voice over the blood-curdling screams of little girls, Swift belted out her love songs with gusto.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

Swift is definitely suited for smaller venues, but having a fabulous band that backed her up with force made up for the struggle. Her two lead guitar players had insanely spiky hair that sort of made it seem like they meant to show up for an '80s Ratt concert, but who are we to judge? We were just concerned that the staged pyrotechnics could have caught one of them aflame.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

If you were looking to bare your heart and soul to your true love sitting next to you, there probably wasn't a better time to do it than in the encore, in which she took to a flying balcony to sing "Love Story." Better then than earlier, when she was singing her slam on John Mayer ("Dear John"--subtle!), which is supposed to come off as empowering to her teen fans, but just kind of made her seem a smidge desperate.

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Chip Kalback
Taylor Swift last night at the Pepsi Center. See more pics in the full Taylor Swift Returns to Denver slideshow

Actually, all her love songs make her seem a bit desperate, but we're guessing that's just what teenage girls and their middle aged moms want and need. So sing on girl. Sing on. And thanks for the free mascara.


CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: I generally despise blondes and everything they stand for.
Random Detail: Taylor Swift really, really loves glow sticks and sparkly things...
By The Way: and she's constantly amazed at the adoration she purposefully inspires.



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Faith
Faith

I too paid a lot of money to take my mesmerized tween to this concert and you know what? It was worth every penny to see my child adore an artist who actually writes her own music, plays multiple instruments, and doesn’t just stand there singing, but actually puts on a ‘show!’  It is also a phenomenal thing when, in this screwed up society, my daughter looks up to a girl who is not naked in photos, does not take multiple trips to rehab, and is not selling herself out to the Hollywood drama!   Make fun of her pop sound all you want, but the girls can write like nobody’s business when it comes to the emotional weirdness of relationships in the average teen and young adult American female’s life.  She nails the good, bad, awkward and graceful moments of relationships.  And to note, as a classically trained musician, Taylor certainly can maintain tone and pitch beautifully…especially when she is jumping and dancing around the stage as she does!   Let her sing, let the girls adore her and if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it.   Lord knows I could have a field day with what you call ‘journalism,’ grammatical errors and all.  Since I don’t like your uninformative, biased and resentful articles, I won’t read them anymore. 

Guest
Guest

I took my 3 kids to this concert (paid an incredible amount of money and the glam and fairytale like theme made it worth it)... I loved the concert, yet this article described it to a tee.. However, the bs at the end of your article :"CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Personal Bias: I generally despise blondes and everything they stand for.Random Detail: Taylor Swift really, really loves glow sticks and sparkly things...By The Way: and she's constantly amazed at the adoration she purposefully inspires."

you should of just kept that to yourself. It ruined the article.

Querida_blt
Querida_blt

I love this review! Funny and honest, just a touch of tongue in cheek yet still gushing where it was merited. Bravo Steph!

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

At least your friends liked it; The watermark of a true writer.

You know what I despise ? Mediocre journalists with a vendetta. You are the worst writer I have ever read on here, honestly. 

Oh..." crapload " what a million dollar adjective that is ! What wit ! What imagination ! I bet you were stuck on that lede for hours.

Querida_blt
Querida_blt

You need to get a crapload of a life Ryan

Mari
Mari

Crapload is a noun.

RyanJohnSmith
RyanJohnSmith

What exactly do blondes stand for ? I take offense with this being blonde myself. That comment comes off as jealous.

I don't think I've ever read a review that picked on pre-teen girls and their mothers as much as this one does.

Did you not get hugged enough ?

Take a valium.

gregb511
gregb511

What a snarky review. Did you really not enjoy Taylor Swift and her wonderful show? Something is desperately wrong with you.., you need psychiatric help and definitely have no merit as a reviewer of shows. I go to a lot of shows (far more than you) and was not anticipating the quality and dimensions of the Speak Now tour. Taylor Swift is brilliant. She is a singer and song writer and musician. She is a beautiful girl turned lady. The show was brilliantly staged. Taylor was interactive with her fans. And gave the performance of a lifetime. You were not there to critique her songs which by the way are pretty darn great...how many albums has she sold?? You are an inadequate newspaper critic with NO talent even as a journalist. Sorry loser. Taylor gets an A+ for her show. You get an F for your review. You really went to this show???

AlarTruve
AlarTruve

Was it just me or was this review desperately trying to put down a perfectly nice talented young performer? Your pathetic "houlier than thou" attitude is not doing any favors to your journalistic credibility.

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