It has been several years since I last saw Rascal Flatts, so when I saw they were coming to the Arco Arena, I definitely wanted to make the show. Being a member of their fan club, I was able to get VIP tickets, although I wouldn't know where I was sitting until I got to the arena. I had heard that they offered really good seats to their fan club members, and this was definitely the case, when Dianne and I picked up our tickets for the show, and saw we were in the seventh row, just off the center aisle.
We made our way to our seats, and saw that there was a rear stage as well as a walkway that shot out from the main stage in an "M" shape. In between the two outter sections of the "M" shape was the pit where people stood to watch the show. I really prefer to have a seat to sit in, even though I knew I would be standing up a lot as well, but I could never have stood up for both shows without being able to sit some of the time, so the pit is not for me.
We also saw there was a metal walkway that would come down and join the rear stage with the front walkway, and later would see Rascal Flatts use that to move back and forth at various times during the show.
But first up was Taylor Swift. I had seen her about a year ago, when she played a small casino alone, and I thought she was great. She has a wonderful stage presence for someone so young, and I was anxious to see what a year of touring with Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts had done to improve that.
Taylor started her show with "I'm Only Me When I'm With You," and the crowd was on its feet and singing along. She had on a beautiful blush pink sequinned slip dress, and her traditional cowboy boots. I noticed even more confidence as she sang, and she would flip her hair back and forth, which really reminded me of Miranda Lambert.
Taylor remarked "Thank you for making this a six week No. 1 song!" as she lead into "Our Song." From there she went on to sing "Teardrops on My Guitar."
One of my favorite moments from Taylor's show was when she sang "You Should Have Said No." She strapped on her sparkly guitar and was shaking her head, and towards the end of the song, moved back to the main part of the stage to battle with the other woman, via some drums. This is my interpretation of it, anyway. She would bang on the drums, and then the other girl (her fiddle player) would do the same. It was really cool to watch, and you could feel the energy of the crowd increase with each beat on the drums.
For "Rascal Flatts," Taylor asked the audience to hold up their cellphones when she tells them, because it looks really pretty. It was where she said "He said the way my blue eyes shined, put those Georgia stars to shame that night, I said, that's a lie." After performing the song, she got a standing ovation, and was clearly overwhelmed.
She ended her set with "Picture to Burn," and I was just so impressed with her growth as an artist. Anytime she's in the area, I'm definitely gonna be there.
- I'm Only Me When I'm With You
- Our Song
- Teardrops on My Guitar
- You Should Have Said No
- Rascal Flatts
- Picture to Burn