by Bill Paddack
It was a youthful girls’ night out (that continued way past a lot of their bedtimes) Tuesday evening at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock as a crowd of 13,566 screaming, sign-carrying schoolgirls, the Moms and Dads who brought them and maybe a few siblings hung out with Taylor Swift.
Amid ever-changing sets, themes and costumes, the country pop superstar kept them squealing, smiling and singing along as she demonstrated her prowess not only as a singer-songwriter, but also as a seasoned, creative performer who can draw thunderous applause just by standing on stage, turning her head and changing expressions.
Throughout her still-young career, Swift has admittedly focused on love and breakups — there’s “nothing more fascinating” than relationships, she told her audience — and her songs tell these stories. She belted out hits like “Our Song,” “Mean,” “The Story of Us” and “Sparks Fly” before closing the show with an encore performance of “Fifteen”
and “Love Story” as glow sticks, cell phones and battery-powered homemade signs lit the arena.
Likable rising country artist Charlie Worsham opened the show followed by hard-charging Needtobreathe, a rock band out of South Carolina.