Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do LIVE (reputation Stadium Tour)
Country ingenue turned pop superstar Taylor Swift brought her spectacular new “Reputation Tour” to the Bay Area this weekend, playing two packed shows at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Her performance on Friday showed two things for certain. Taylor Swift is having fun again and she does not like being called a snake. The only thing more prominent than the singer herself during her current costume-change filled spectacle are the massive, vicious looking snakes that symbolically appear throughout the set.
Kim Kardashian famously called Swift a snake in 2016 in reference her reaction to Kanye West’s song “Famous” which Swift was not so elegantly mentioned. Not only did the insult catch on with people who flooded social media with echoes of the sentiment, the incident deeply effected Taylor personally.
For Swift – four-time multiplatinum-album-maker, seven-time Grammy winner and billion-time gossip-blog subject – being famous is a lot like walking around with a cat on your head. "I can have issues with it," she says. "But at the end of the day, I can't be ungrateful, because I chose this. But sometimes – sometimes – you don't want to have a camera pointed at you. Sometimes it would be nice if someone just said, 'Hey, I think it's really cool that you have that cat on your head. I think that's interesting.'"
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do Live - Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA - 5/11/18
It's 1300 hours in the San Fernando Valley, and Project Sparrow is in full effect. In a nondescript parking lot at a soundstage in Van Nuys, California, a Blackwater-esque platoon of personal-security professionals stands at the ready. Every doorway and stairwell is guarded, and every window is blacked out. The occasion: a Taylor Swift video shoot.
Taylor Swift teamed up with DirectTV to provide fans with exclusive tour footage, behind-the-scenes videos and more through a subscription service called Taylor Swift NOW. The service provider just shared a new commercial teasing the subscription -- in which Swift rides on a unicorn/cat hybrid called a caticorn.
The video opens with a DirectTV spokesperson asking about outdated cable packages that aren’t well "tailored," which is followed by Swift appearing in a rainbow-printed ensemble atop the aforementioned mythical creature. The "Bad Blood" singer replies to the actor with a sprinkle of glittery fairy dust before inviting him on a magical journey to explore all that Taylor Swift NOW has to offer.