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On May 9th, 2024, Taylor Swift kicked off her highly anticipated “Eras Tour” in Paris with a stunning performance that surprised fans with a completely new setlist. This marked the first concert after the release of her 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” and the Parisian audience was the first to experience the fresh lineup of songs.

A departure from the norm, the “Eras Tour,” which began in March 2023, typically featured a three-and-a-half-hour extravaganza showcasing songs from across Swift’s entire career. However, the Paris show deviated from this format, excluding her debut album entirely and instead unveiling a brand new section dedicated to her latest musical offering.

The concert opened with a dramatic entrance – a medley of her album titles performed against a backdrop of billowing purple and pink fabrics. This transitioned seamlessly into her iconic “Miss Americana, and the Heartbreak Prince,” setting the stage for a night of surprises.

The visual spectacle continued with the first glimpse of the diverse costumes Swift would wear throughout the show. Donning a striking orange-and-red bodysuit against a black-and-white background with a choir named “The Tortured Poets Department” the theme hinted at the dark and dramatic nature of the new album.

Swift openly declared her intention to astonish the Parisian audience with a reimagined version of her critically acclaimed “Red” album, weaving in unexpected delights for her dedicated fans. The anticipation heightened when she debuted the highly anticipated “Tortured Poets” section later in the show. This segment garnered significant online attention, with over 200,000 viewers tuning in on TikTok sensation Chris Olsen’s live stream as it unfolded.

The new section opened with a haunting melody reminiscent of “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys,” immediately drawing the audience into the emotionally charged atmosphere of “The Tortured Poets Department.”

Swift then proceeded to unveil a selection of tracks from the new album, including the poignant “But Daddy I Love Him,” a bridge section speculated to be about her rumored boyfriend Travis Kelce from “So High School,” and the powerful “Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?” Other standout performances included the rhythmic “Down Bad” and the catchy “Fortnight.” A highlight of this segment was “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived,” performed with a dynamic drum line that accentuated the song’s raw energy.

Throughout the performance of “The Tortured Poets Department,” Swift showcased her impressive vocal range while maintaining captivating stage presence. She gracefully moved within a mirrored box during some songs, while others, like “Fortnight,” brought the eerie asylum setting from the music video to life on stage.

A dramatic shift occurred after “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived,” as Swift appeared to lie lifeless on stage. Two dancers then dramatically lifted her, carrying her into a heart-shaped red box. As an instrumental jazz track played, Swift disappeared from view, presumably changing into another costume for her next song, “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart.” This juxtaposition of lively music and heartbreaking lyrics added another layer of complexity to the performance.

Following this theatrical interlude, Swift seamlessly transitioned into a more acoustic segment, playfully naming the “Tortured Poets” section “Female Rage: The Musical.” This playful title hinted at the thematic undercurrents of her new album.

The unveiling of the new material wasn’t entirely unexpected. Two weeks prior, Swift had teased fans with a YouTube short featuring her song “Fortnight.” This black-and-white video not only offered a glimpse into her life but also hinted at the upcoming “Eras Tour” with unfamiliar props and costumes like canes and top hats. These elements, along with prominent theater marquees, later appeared during the grand finale of the concert, hinting at a possible theatrical direction for her future projects.

With this electrifying Paris performance, Taylor Swift successfully surprised and delighted her fans. The unveiling of “The Tortured Poets Department” marked a significant new chapter in her musical journey, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating the official release of the album and the rest of her “Eras Tour” surprises.

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