Taylor Swift unearthed another pair of deep cuts on the first night of the Eras Tour in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, when the singer performed the live debut of “Suburban Legends,” as well as the first performance of “Stay Beautiful” in 15 years. .
Before the “Surprise Songs” part of the setlist, Swift told the audience that it was her goal to explore things in her catalog that she had not yet played on the Eras Tour.
“I wanted to play something to honor the fact that so many Brazilian fans have been with me since day one,” Swift told the crowd at Nilton Santos Stadium. “For those of you who were there when I was releasing my first album, I wrote this when I was 14 and 15, so I wanted to play something from my first album. I don’t remember the last time I played that song.”
With acoustic guitar in hand, Swift played the first “Stay Beautiful,” from her self-titled debut LP, for the first time since 2008.
From the first release to the last, Swift then switched to piano for the first live version of “Suburban Legends,” one of the Vault tracks from her recently released album. 1989 (Taylor version).
Ahead of her performance in Rio de Janeiro, which is facing record temperatures and “excessive heat” warnings this week, Swift took to social media and said she was “overwhelmed with grief” after a fan died before her Eras Tour show began in Brazil on Friday, probably due to cardiac arrest due to the heat.
“I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it’s with a broken heart that I say we lost a fan tonight before my show,” Swift he wrote in a statement shared to her Instagram Story. “I can’t tell you how devastated I am about this. I have very little information other than the fact that she was incredibly beautiful and very young.”
She continued: “I won’t be able to talk about it on stage because I feel overcome with sadness when I try to talk about it. I want to say that I now deeply feel this loss and that my broken heart goes out to his family and friends. That was the last thing I thought would happen when we decided to bring this tour to Brazil.”
According to ABC newsIn the days leading up to Friday’s show, Rio’s heat index – a combination of temperature and humidity – reached around 137 degrees.
The suffocating conditions were felt inside the stadium as fans begged for water inside the venue.
Video footage taken during the shows, Swift paused the performance to indicate to fans that they needed water in the audience and at one point she could be seen throwing water into the crowd. “There are people who need water right here, maybe 30, 35, 40 feet away,” she said. he said while in the middle of a set. “So whoever is in charge of giving it to them, just make sure it happens. Can I get a signal that you know where they are?