It’s been a pretty exciting start to summer in my neck of the woods…I went to Atlantic City to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and I’ve done a lot of traveling back to Pittsburgh, but for good reason. There’s always a good reason because my family and college friends live there, but most recently, the good reasons were for two concerts at Heinz Field. 🙂
I love going to concerts at Heinz Field because our stadium doesn’t have a roof so you are “outside” which is perfect for summer and it’s shaped like a horseshoe so it is completely open on one end. This is where the scoreboard is during Steelers games and where the stage usually goes for big concerts! Last weekend, I saw Kenny Chesney perform along with Chase Rice, Brantley Gilbert, and Eric Church. I heard most of Brantley Gilbert’s set and all of Eric Church’s songs, but I was most excited for Kenny! I have seen him once before, but I was probably ten years old when I attended that concert so I thought it was about time to go again! Kenny has such stage presence and really gets into his songs! It was so fun to hear his “classics” along with all my new favorites!
BUT, the big event was this past weekend when my friend Julianne and I went to see Taylor Swift. I saw Taylor perform when she was in Pittsburgh for her Speak Now tour almost four years ago (!!!) but I fell out of love with her when her Red album came out. I don’t know why! However, 1989 is an AMAZING album and I love all of the songs. I know an album is special when I like all of the songs because that never happens. 🙂 My friend, on the other hand, is a DIE HARD TSwift fan. Her parents got her two tickets for Christmas and I was lucky enough to go with her!
I’m on the left and Julianne is on the right. We were really digging the black romper look. 😉
After the longest Uber ride of our lives, which included stories of crazy passengers from our driver and lots of me stalking Taylor’s tour busses, we finally arrived at Heinz Field! For some reason, we thought it would be a great decision to eat dinner near the stadium. The four restaurants in a little cluster over there had a range of wait times from 90 minutes to four hours. I am not kidding. Who would even put their name on that list?! So we quickly remedied this problem by walking over to Rivers Casino where there were no little girls with their Moms and we sat right down to dinner! Ha!
The most exciting part of this concert for me was that we had tickets on the floor. Julianne has sat close to the stage before…I have not. I’m of the mindset that as long as I’m in the stadium/arena/ampitheatre and can see and hear the musician, that’s good enough for me. But this was so super cool and I will definitely splurge for a concert in the future now that I know what it feels like to be so close!
Almost every picture we took had other people in the background also taking pictures together. That was funny to look at as I uploaded my photos to my computer. 🙂
Shawn Mendes and Vance Joy (above) opened for Taylor and they were both SO GOOD! I really enjoyed listening to Shawn even though I didn’t recognize any of his songs. That is rare for me. If I don’t know the song at a concert, I get slightly annoyed. I like to sing along. 🙂 And I knew a few Vance Joy songs, but I came home and added some more of his songs to my library. He was so good!!!
Then our girl came out singing Welcome to New York. Because of course. Every SINGLE person around me was singing along to every song and was so into the performance, which made it so much fun! The coolest part of this concert was that every person in the stadium got a light up bracelet that changed colors and flashed in sync with the songs!
Here is what my baby iPhone captured…all those little lights are bracelets on people’s wrists!
And here is a picture the local radio station posted on Facebook. HOW COOL IS THAT!?
P.S. Another cool moment –> At one point, a ton of security guards showed up in the aisle next to us…and Taylor’s mom walked past! I didn’t snap a picture because I was too flustered. But the two girls next to me ran out into the aisle to hug her and I was surprised they felt confident enough to do that ha! Maybe since I was so close I will just tell everyone I hugged Taylor Swift’s mom. 😉 On a complete side note, I don’t have children…but what in the world does Taylor’s mom think when she sees her daughter’s name in lights and watches her perform?! I can’t even imagine how amazing that is!
The stage did some pretty cool things like rise up, spin around…and then at one point Taylor walked to the opposite end of the stage (which was raised in the air at this time) and started playing on a keyboard! Everyone was so surprised because you couldn’t tell it was on that platform! I loved that she sang and played two songs with just a keyboard and then just a guitar. It really showed how talented she is!
This is not the best quality…but about halfway through the concert, she said that she wanted to do something special for us fans in Pittsburgh because she is from Pennsylvania, too! All of a sudden, Little Big Town walked out onto the stage and they all started singing their song “Pontoon” together! It was like a throwback to Taylor’s beginning days when she was still considered country 🙂 I heard a few weeks ago when she was in Michigan, Imagine Dragons performed Radioactive with her. I’m excited to see who else pops up on the rest of her tour!
Of course, the show ended with fireworks and the song Shake It Off. I cannot say enough good things about this concert! Taylor was such a different performer than Kenny…I really felt like I was watching a show when I was watching her…and she also had a completely different stage presence. Maybe Kenny has been singing for so long that it is different for him, but Taylor was so thankful and appreciative that she was singing in a sold out stadium and we were all singing along with her. She just seemed really humble and relatable! During a few of her costume changes, short interviews with fans she has met and with her friends were played and that was really cool too because you got a peek into her life! Also, her costume changes were amazing. Shiny, sparkly dresses, black leather…and oh the crop tops. Girl can rock a crop top and high waisted short like no one else!
I love going to concerts…but I think the last time I was this impressed was when I saw Blake Shelton in 2013. What concerts have you been to recently? And was it your favorite one EVER?! Do tell!