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Swift kicks off tour in Omaha

Thursday, March 14, 2013 – Taylor Swift kicked off The RED Tour last night with a sold-out show in Omaha, Neb.

Swift, along with special guests Ed Sheeran and Brett Eldredge, played to a capacity crowd of more than 13,800 fans at the CenturyLink Center for nearly 2 hours. Swift relied heavily on "Red," as 13 of the 17 songs came from that disc.

The show featured two multi-level stages, costumes, dancers, aerialists and changing sets. Swift plays electric guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic guitar and changed costumes 10 times over the course of the evening.

Swift and Sheeran did a duet on Everything Has Changed.

The Omaha World-Herald lauded the show's "super spectacle" that "turned the arena into a massive dance party," while also praising Swift's connection to her fans. "The audience told her how much they related to the songs: They started singing along immediately. For Swift, now is the time to celebrate her ability to sing in the center ring of her own circus. If she keeps writing so skillfully about her feelings, she'll still be around when the red fires of youth fade to quieter shades."

Swift is back in Omaha tonight for her second show.

The North American portion of The RED Tour will play 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces spanning 6 months in 2013.

The set ilst was:

State of Grace

Holy Ground


You Belong With Me

The Lucky One


Stay Stay Stay/Ho Hey (The Lumineers cover)

22 (moved to B-Stage)

I Almost Do

Everything Has Changed (with Ed Sheeran)

Begin Again

Sparks Fly

I Knew You Were Trouble

All Too Well (on piano)

Love Story



We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

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