Tay­lor Swift’s pre-Su­per Bowl show might be her only one in 2017

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Tay­lor Swift’s pre-Su­per Bowl con­cert broke some news: She an­nounced it may be her only con­cert of this year; she per­formed for the small­est num­ber of fans in some time - 9,000 peo­ple is in­ti­mate for this pop star - and she sang her new­est sin­gle live for the first time.

She also made some ref­er­ences to foot­ball dur­ing the 90-minute show, telling the crowd about her early coun­try-turned-pop hit, “You Be­long With Me,” with lyrics about high school cheer­lead­ers, bleach­ers and boys.

“I felt like it might be ap­pro­pri­ate,” she said.

Swift rocked the night at Club No­madic - start­ing late Satur­day and end­ing early Sun­day morn­ing - wear­ing a sheer, short Ver­sace dress and fresh bangs.

The 27-year-old mostly per­formed songs from her Grammy-win­ning 2014 al­bum “1989” and 2012’s “Red,” in­clud­ing pop smashes like “Shake It Off,” ”Blank Space,“”Bad Blood,“”Style,“”We Are Never Get­ting Back To­gether,“”22 “and ”I Knew You Were Trou­ble.“

“It’s good to be in Houston, Texas tonight,” she yelled.

She worked the stage from the left to right, and strut­ted up the mid­dle plat­form to sing closely to her fever­ish fans at the an­nual DIRECTV NOW Su­per Satur­day Night - where past per­form­ers in­clude Justin Tim­ber­lake and Ri­hanna.

“I swear you don’t. You don’t want it,” Swift said af­ter fans begged for the towel she used to wipe the sweat from her fore­head.

Swift also de­buted the live per­for­mance of “I Don’t Want to Live For­ever,” her Top 5 duet with for­mer One Di­rec­tion mem­ber Zayn from the “Fifty Shades Darker” sound­track.

The crowd - full of Swift’s fans 18 and over - roared loudly, in hopes Zayn would ap­pear. “He’s def­i­nitely not (here),” she as­sured them.

But she asked the au­di­ence to sing along, as she stripped the song to acous­tic form, strum­ming her gui­tar.

She also slowed things down when per­form­ing songs she wrote for oth­ers - say­ing it was one of her big­gest ac­com­plish­ments of the last year. She sang a soft ver­sion “This Is What I Came For,” the EDM hit she wrote with for­mer boyfriend Calvin Har­ris (Ri­hanna’s vo­cals are on the orig­i­nal). Swift also sang “Bet­ter Man,” a re­cent No.1 coun­try hit she wrote for Grammy-win­ning group Lit­tle Big Town.


Tay­lor Swift per­forms at DIRECTV NOW Su­per Satur­day Night Con­cert at Club No­madic on Satur­day in Houston, Texas.

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