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Taylor Swift Sells Out 2 Nights At Philips Arena

Country-pop star Taylor Swift performed Saturday evening on the first of two sold out nights at Philips Arena on her Speak Now World tour. This was a make-up from a show previously scheduled on July 9. Needtobreathe and Danny Gokey were the openers.
Twenty-one year old Taylor Alison Swift was born in  Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989; she is a country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress. In 2006, she released her debut single “Tim McGraw”, then her self-titled debut album, which was subsequently certified multi-platinum. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless, and the recording earned her four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Fearless and Taylor Swift finished 2008 at number-three and number-six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. Fearless topped the Billboard 200 for 11 non-consecutive weeks. Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009. She released her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010, selling 1,047,000 copies in its first week. She has been listed in the 2012 Guinness Book Of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist for her album Speak Now, and Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the photo gallery. What did you think of  the concert?  How many times have you seen Taylor play? What is your favorite Taylor Swift song?

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(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta ConcertPhotography Galleries.)

23 comments Add your comment

Mom To Jane

October 2nd, 2011
7:47 am

One of the best shows I’ve ever seen….well worth the wait. What an amazing woman Taylor Swift is! I’m so happy that my daughter has chosen her as a role model. Thank you, Taylor Swift!

Mom to Allie and Sophie

October 2nd, 2011
8:25 am

Surely Taylor felt the love… I have never seen that kind of response to a performer before! Thank you Taylor for making it so personal for the fans, and coming off stage to shake hands. It was something my kids will never forget! You are a class act! 1 Timothy 4:12

Mom of Three

October 2nd, 2011
8:54 am

Truely an AWESOME show! You made the night SPARKLE for my older girls. I can’t wait to be there again tonight with my 3 year-old. And I can’t thank you enough for being an AMAZING person and role model. Long Live!

Dad of Two

October 2nd, 2011
9:11 am

Thought I’d give the dad’s point of view – INCREDIBLE. She genuinely cares about her audience – and from the sounds of the crowd last night, the feeling is mutual.

Buck Freakinwild

October 2nd, 2011
9:30 am

I took my 10 year old to see her favorite artist last night. Not my cup of tea, but for my daughter- anything ya know? Actually very entertaining. The sets, the stage, the props, the choreography- well done. The sound of all those people screaming was deafening. The fans brought it and Taylor returned it two fold. I’d have to say that for the genre (again, not my kind of show) it was an A+ show. Oh and Usher coming out and doing a song was pretty cool too. Highly recommend the show- go tonight if you can (might wanna remember the ear plugs),

Rico

October 2nd, 2011
9:55 am

Taking my daughter and her friends tonight. What time did Taylor Swift actually start?

Chris.

October 2nd, 2011
10:11 am

Rico – she came out at ~ 8:30pm

Ray L.

October 2nd, 2011
10:14 am

Took my wife and daughter. I sat in the car and read for 4 hours because I could care less about the concert, however my 8 year old daughter thinks Taylor hung the moon. (I tried to explain to her Taylor is just a person and not any better then her but that did not sink in). She got her heart broken because she made a poster like Taylor’s fan page said to do in hopes of meeting her. She was then told she was not allowed to have it on the floor so there went any hopes of getting picked to meet her. Evidently the posters interfere with the movie making. Yes I understand the rules but an 8 year old doesn’t. I then waited downstairs (yes dad will do anything for his girl) by her tour trucks with other fans to give my kid one more opportunity but wasted another 2 hours. She cried the whole way home to Buford. My wife and daughter did enjoy the expensive concert though and were 6 rows back from stage. My personal opinion is she wants a hero, go to the airport and thank a soldier, but I’ll save that for when shes older. Never understood idol worship anyway.

Kim

October 2nd, 2011
10:26 am

Bringing my 8 year old tonight. What time did it end last night?

Ray L.

October 2nd, 2011
10:31 am

Around 11. Then there is the LONG traffic delays.

KC

October 2nd, 2011
11:12 am

Going to see Taylor in concert is more than just an artist on stage with a guitar. I have never known of so much talent radiating from one individual. She pulls things from everywhere. One minute she’s rapping with Usher and the next minute she’s singing with a string section while ballerinas dance around her. She is, in my opinion, the greatest performer of this generation and an amazing role model for our youngins’.

Ray L.

October 2nd, 2011
11:31 am

Yes, talent. Performer. Like I explained to my daughter regarding performers (they are just that), Keep your perspective. Hero’s (soldiers, police, firemen) will give their life for you, performers take your money. Keep it in perspective and enjoy the show.

Sarah M

October 2nd, 2011
11:36 am

This is the second time I’ve seen Taylor in concert. I’m 18 and Taylor is still my favorite performer! She truly cares about her fans and gives wonderful theatrical shows that are enchanting and incredibly fun. She’s an amazing role model for every girl, and her concerts are some of the best experiences!!!

George C

October 2nd, 2011
12:02 pm

Great show!!! She is super talented and very beautiful. Be prepared to stand the entire time. People in front of us stood the entire concert and it was hard for Granddaughter to see. I did think the sound system could have been better. But her performance was a knockout.

allison

October 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Ray L sounds like you need to settle down and enjoy life! It’s entertainment!

Ray

October 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Allison, I do enjoy life, probably way more than most. I enjoy and use the outdoors probably way more than most as well. Just can’t see obsessing over “stars” or sports teams or “jocks”, this type of stuff. I used to when I was a kid so its ok for kids, and you too. Just want my kid at some point to realize these people are nothing special, at all, and are making a living sucking away your cash. I would rather her invest her money in her own future and not some idols future. Yes I paid big money for her to go but it is not a habit we readily do. You want entertainment, there is a world full of it that you can do that involves getting off the couch and getting involved. When people start OBSESSING over famous people then they need a reality check. Like I said, the real heros or idols are in the combat zones and fire houses and the police beats throughout the world. Just my opinion, hope you enjoy the show, take your credit card you will need it. By the way woundedwarriors.com could use the same amount of support Taylor Swift gets. I signed up. Money well spent.

tammy b.

October 2nd, 2011
8:50 pm

omg, chill out. Her fans just love Taylor so much and there’s nothing wrong with that. you don’t know how much Taylor loves her fans and the things she does for them. I can go on and on all day with the thoughtful things she does but I will not. you don’t know how much she donated with different foundations/charities in her entire career. do not say she just get money from her fans. geez, don’t buy tickets if you don’t want to but your family apparently enjoyed the show so…

she’s a great entertainer/musician/songwriter/role model.

Mary

October 2nd, 2011
9:32 pm

Mr Cohen—–your photographing skills are so good. Your
pictures really stand out so much better than any other photographer.
I am so glad you did this concert…pics are gorgeous!
Great work! Thanks

Ashley

October 3rd, 2011
10:10 am

Ray L. – you should write to Taylor or have your daughter write….maybe you will get a response. I think honestly you could have adjusted your expectations and helped your daughter adjust hers. Not every concert-goer is going to be able to meet the artist, even if you sit on the floor. I think that’s another important lesson for a kid to learn…you won’t always get what want, but it doesn’t have to ruin your entire day. I definitely agree with you on the heroes point. But she is an entertainer and this is what she does. Loosen up a bit. It’s okay to be a fan of someone/something. Doesn’t mean you don’t value and appreciate the real heroes in the world today. Like you say, you just have to keep it in perspective.

Ray

October 3rd, 2011
3:49 pm

That was my point to my daughter, don’t expect to meet her but also don’t put her on a pedestal. I know everyone can’t meet the stars a concerts and should not expect to. As her daddy I still had to try and make my girl have fun and do what I could to make it happen (the poster thing was a bummer for her). I just want her to grow out of this insipid idol worship at some point, I will let her have her fun for now. I want my daughter to realize who the real heroes are and its not movie stars and singers or sports players. I am glad my wife, daughter and so many people had fun but so did I, sitting in the car reading my book.

Matt

October 5th, 2011
7:07 am

Beauty attracts, verse sell. Taylor writes the lyrics that kids were thinking but they did not know how to express. Amazing show. Ray, you should listen to the lyrics. Really helping our kids get through some tough times. Most shows are a band on the stage and nothing more. We got a lot more than we thought was going to happen.

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