Paying as much as $1,500 per ticket on the resale market, some 60,000 Taylor Swift fans attended the singer’s first concert at Soldier Field, midway through her Eras Tour, for the first of three sold-out shows Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Tribune noted a connection with fans, especially after a rendition of “Champagne Problems” when she took a seat at the piano. At that point, applause erupted, and she reportedly said, “That’s so loud.” This “exchange of genuineness and adoration puts Swift’s tight bond with her followers into context,” the reviewer noted.
The show lasted over three hours and didn’t disappoint fans. But not everyone’s a Taylor Swift fan, as Grace Russell notes in the student newspaper at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois, in her article entitled “I Said It: Taylor Swift Is Overrated.”
After describing some of Swift’s songs as mediocre or rude, Grace says she’s “sick of [Swift] acting like she isn’t one of the most famous singers of our generation. She tries to seem down to earth, but behind the scenes, she has a private jet that produces more [CO2] emissions than any other celebrity.”
For example, some of Swift’s songs shame people for no other reason than doing something Swift considers wrong. “In her song ‘Mean,’ she goes off the rails on a music critic who (god-forbid) did his job and criticized her music,” Grace wrote.