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Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' fills Heinz Field

Natasha Lindstrom
| Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Armed with dazzling pyrotechnics, lightning-speed costume changes and giant mechanical snakes, Taylor Swift lit up a nearly sold-out Heinz Field and dazzled tens of thousands of fans Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

"She put on an excellent show," said Rich Grey, of New Brighton, who attended the concert with his wife, Stephanie, and 6-year-old daughter, Skylar. "She loves her fans for sure. She made her way around that whole stadium. She's amazing."

Swift's two-hour performance as part of her nationwide Reputation Stadium Tour marked the 10-time Grammy winner's first show in Pittsburgh since her 1989 Tour three years ago.

This time, Swift brought along opening acts Camila Cabello — the Cuban-American known for her hit song, "Havana" — and British singer-songwriter Charli XCX.

Swift's highly anticipated return to the city of Black and Gold drew plenty of longtime fans proud to be known as "swifties" from across Western Pennsylvania and neighboring states — as well as many young fans eager to attend their first major concert.

Nine-year-old twins Dylan and Charlotte from Morgantown flashed big toothy grins as they held up their handmade signs adorned with hearts, animals and messages for Taylor.

"I love Taylor Swift. She's the best. Her lyrics are so, so powerful. She has powerful songs, she has a great voice," said Dylan, holding up a sign he decorated with Swift's lyrics and more than 30 hearts.

"And she actually is a strong woman, yeah," his sister, Charlotte, said as she made a fist pump.

Their mother, Lori Ludas, got the group VIP package tickets that come with a commemorative box, CD and other goodies.

"Taylor Swift is kind of like the Madonna of my generation, so this is awesome," Ludas said.

During the show, Swift and her backup dancers made their way across three separate stages as giant mechanical snakes slithered upward and flames and smoke shot into the sky.

The packed stadium lit up with colors and flashing lights shining from the LED wristbands synced to the songs provided to every fan.

At one point between songs, Swift told the crowd she wanted everyone to get a light-up band so she could see every fan, up to the highest row at the top of the field, during a tour consisting only of stadiums.

Swift also made it a point to credit the creative handmade swag and gear worn by her Pittsburgh "swifties."

"I can't help but notice the costumes, outfits and ensembles you guys have come to the show wearing tonight," Swift told the crowd.

She noted she'd seen many inventive pieces — and plenty of snakes.

Potentially stormy weather predicted Tuesday held off until the show was just about over.

Shortly before 11 p.m., light rain began falling as Swift left the stage to roaring applause and screams amid a barrage of fireworks.

"(My daughter) was going crazy over all the fire," Grey said. "Everything was excellent."

Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Taylor Swift performs the opening song of her Reputation Stadium Tour show on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Fans take photos in front of the tour trucks before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 outside Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Fans take photos in front of the tour trucks before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 outside Heinz Field.
Sara Akers, of Dallas, Texas, waits outside before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Sara Akers, of Dallas, Texas, waits outside before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at Heinz Field.
Elise Sobeck, of Moon, hangs onto an array of balloons that were intended to spell the word 'reputation' while waiting with family friend Breanna Conners (right) of Bellevue before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 outside Heinz Field.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Elise Sobeck, of Moon, hangs onto an array of balloons that were intended to spell the word 'reputation' while waiting with family friend Breanna Conners (right) of Bellevue before the start of the Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 outside Heinz Field.
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