Taylor Swift kept her highly-anticipated Eras tour going strong in Tampa, Florida on Friday night. The 33-year-old musician, who recently parted ways with Joe Alwyn, returned to the stage for the first time. She surprised her fans by bringing out collaborator Aaron Dessner, aged 46. Together, they performed their hit song The Great War, which they worked on for 2022’s Midnights album. Taylor wore a stunning magenta dress with flowing ruffles, while Aaron kept it simple with a black shirt featuring white polka dots, black pants, and white sneakers. The performance was truly emotional and touching.
During her surprise appearance in Tampa on Friday night, Taylor delighted fans by bringing out Aaron Dessner as her collaborator. As a teenager, Taylor moved to Nashville to pursue her music career and she looked stunning on stage wearing matching magenta ankle boots that were covered in glitter. Her microphone stand and mic were also adorned with sparkles, adding to the ethereal feeling of the performance. Taylor’s long blonde hair flowed over her shoulder and down her back, framing her face perfectly. Her flawless makeup included a bold red lip, making her look typically beautiful. Ed Sheeran recently praised Taylor for introducing him to Dessner, who is a member of The National band. Sheeran shared a heartfelt anecdote on Instagram, expressing his gratitude towards Taylor for linking him up with Dessner in 2021.
The duo performed their hit single “The Great War,” which was a collaboration for the 2022 album Midnights. According to the story, Aaron suggested they work together, saying that he believed they could create something great. Initially, Ed was hesitant to collaborate so soon after Taylor Swift’s folklore and evermore albums, as he felt those were her projects. However, after meeting Aaron for dinner and discussing life and music, he promised to send some instrumentals for Ed to write over whenever inspiration struck. When Ed received the instrumentals, he loved the overall vibe but had other projects to complete before he could work on them. Eventually, personal events inspired him to write diaristically about them, and he started writing to Aaron’s instrumentals. They later recorded the album in a week by the seaside, and Ed expressed his pride in the album and gratitude towards Aaron and Jon for their hard work. He also thanked Taylor, whom he affectionately referred to as Swizzle, for her continued support.
Taylor’s attire: Taylor wore a stunning magenta dress with flowing ruffles for her performance of the song.
Aaron showed off his stylish side by sporting a black shirt adorned with white polka dots, which he paired with black trousers and white sneakers. He was clearly up-to-date with the latest fashion trends.
On Friday’s show, Taylor Swift made a comeback to the stage after news of her split from Joe Alwyn broke out. The singer hinted at her breakup with Joe as she addressed the audience at the Raymond James Stadium. She humorously acknowledged her eventful life and said, ‘Is it just me, or do we have a lot of things to catch up on?’ During the concert, Taylor also played down the importance of her 2019 hit “Lover,” which is believed to have been written about Joe. The pop star casually remarked to the crowd before performing the song that it was merely a love song.