TAYLOR SWIFT: THE RED TOUR
♦ 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10
♦ Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, Chicago
♦ Tickets, $59.50-$99.50
♦ (800) 745-3000; ticketmaster.com
Updated: September 10, 2013 6:11AM
Taylor Swift shares her feelings and personal experiences on her hit records, but the 23-year-old Grammy winner isn’t worried about losing intimacy with her fans on a stadium tour.
“I find that you have to emote a little bigger, but you can reach all the way up to the top,” she said. “Eye contact is important even if it’s from 500 yards away.”
Swift said she’s never worried about the sound being lost in a massive space. With a few shows already under her belt, she said they’ve gone pretty well.
“Everyone who comes to these shows seems so engaged,” she said. “They come to the show. They know the words. I’m singing the words. We’re singing them at the same time, and therein lies the connection. It goes beyond what size the venue is.”
Her Red Tour now is crossing North America, and in fall she’ll perform in Australia and New Zealand.
The Kansas City Star had high praises for Swift’s tour stop there recently for a pair of concerts: “... Swift was only three songs into a show that would last nearly two hours and include a dazzling blizzard of wardrobe changes, gaudy set designs, dancing, fireworks, confetti, lights, videos and other visuals and some well-placed dancing and music interludes that gave the full house and headliner ample room to catch their breaths.”
Swift, who writes her own songs, has sold more than 75 million albums. In spring she appeared on the Fox TV sitcom “New Girl.” And while she said she likes acting, she has no plans to put aside her guitar and pen — unless something really impresses her.
“I love to write music. And I love to put an album together and take two years to do it and put everything I have into it. [Except] if there was something, some script that came along that was so enticing that I couldn’t walk away from it, that I became obsessed with that the way I obsess over music,” she said. “If you see me commit to a film, it’s only because I couldn’t focus on anything else.”
On a nostalgic note, Swift’s childhood home in Pennsylvania is on the market, but fans looking to “Begin Again” in Pennsylvania may be too late.
Century 21 Gold agent Lisa Tiger says the six-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home in Wyomissing, near Reading, is in contract and expected to close soon. Swift’s parents had rented the home for many years before moving to Nashville, Tenn., when the singer was 14 years old. The Classical Revival home, listed for $799,500, boasts a grand staircase and a sun-filled study where Swift played guitar. The selling price was not disclosed as of press time.