Taylor Swift: City of Lover Concert
Concert | Concert Film | May 15, 2020
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To celebrate the album’s release, Taylor held the City of Lover concert, a one-off concert at the Olympia music hall in Paris, France, on September 9, 2019. Prior to the event, tickets were not available for the public, but were reserved to fans who had bought the album to enter online contests from a select 37 countries around the world. Due to the event’s secrecy among selected fans, there were no widespread promotional campaigns for it.
The title of the concert is based on the nickname of Paris as the “City of Love”. There were a total of approximately 2,000 attendees, all of whom had won tickets to the concert through online contests or album purchases. The concert’s set list is primarily made up of songs from Lover, including the singles “ME!“, “You Need to Calm Down“, “Lover“, “The Man“, and the album tracks “The Archer“, “Death By A Thousand Cuts“, “Cornelia Street“, and “Daylight.”
The special also offered some insight into the creation of Lover, with Taylor breaking down the themes streaking throughout the album and stripping down their live presentation. “A lot of these songs on this album that just came out, I’ve never played live before,” Taylor remarked early on. Although the stadium shows wouldn’t be happening anytime soon, Taylor’s fans got to watch her play some of her favorite Lover songs on acoustic guitar, grand piano or as the full-band spectacle that they’re used to experiencing.
Television and Releases
The ABC TV special received positive reviews in the American press, although some critics felt that the 42-minute run was rather too short. Chris Willman of Variety lauded Taylor’s storytelling abilities through both her songs and her conversations regarding behind-the-scene conception of her music. Willman was also impressed by her simplistic appearance in a black dress and black boots, and the minimal lighting, which fostered an intimate setting. Alexis Lanza from North by Northwestern was similarly positive, but questioned whether Taylor only including the Lover songs was the result of the ongoing masters controversy with her former record label.