Photos: Taylor Swift at the Xcel Energy Center on September 7. Photos by Jeff Rutherford.
Maybe I’ve been biased by the fact that Taylor Swift’s live show includes a number where she cavorts with sexy dancers costumed as a press corps, but having seen her perform, I’m now inclined to cut her a break with respect to her long parade of pouty breakup songs. The culmination of that parade, I now understand, is that hundreds of thousands of teenage girls have been able to witness the spectacle of confetti guns firing upwards while paper hearts drop downwards and a circus menagerie jumps around an arena as a mobile arm lifts Swift into the center of it all and she bawls, “WE! ARE NEVER! EVER! EVER! GETTING BACK TOGETHER!” If those young fans can channel even a tiny fraction of that chutzpah to aid in their inevitable future breakups, Swift will deserve a Presidential Medal of Freedom.MORE »