​taylor kicks off world tour in tokyo

The singer’s 1989 album gets its first big stadium outing. Next up North America, then Europe.

by Nick Levine
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07 May 2015, 12:20am

Taylor Swift has started her 1989 World Tour with two sold out the Tokyo Dome, a 55,000-capacity venue in the Japanese capital. Swift's setlist drew heavily from her blockbuster album, performing all 13 tracks, plus its two bonus tracks, New Romantics and You Are In Love. However, she didn't forget her previous albums completely, squeezing in renditions of old favourites Love Story, I Knew You Were Trouble and a rocky reworking of We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, which fans captured on their phones and soon uploaded to YouTube.

Although her show was epic in scale, Swift made sure to inject it with a personal touch, supplying every fan in attendance with a special LED wristband that flashed in time with the music. She also paused to deliver a heartfelt speech before performing Clean, telling the crowd: "You are not your mistakes. You are not damaged or muddy from your failed explorations. You are not the opinion of someone who doesn't know you. You are a product of the lessons that you've learned. You are wiser because you went through something terrible. And you are the person who survived a bunch of rain storms and kept walking. I now believe that being makes you stronger and I now believe that walking through a lot of rain storms makes you clean."

Fans were even afforded a glimpse at Swift's personal life when candid footage of her friends Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez and Haim all appeared on the venue's big screens. Swift will take The 1989 World Tour to North America later this month, before arriving in the UK for a trio of dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London at the end of June.

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