Fans’ predictions that Taylor Swift might use her 8/9 date at L.A.’s SoFi Stadium to announce a re-recorded version of “1989” proved correct.
Swift took a moment out at the show to reveal that “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” will be arriving Oct. 27, just before giving a long-awaited performance of “New Romantics” as one of the night’s two acoustic “secret songs.”
“So now, here we are on the last night of the U.S. leg of the Eras tour, in the eighth month of the year, and the ninth day,” Swift began, teasing the ecstatic sold-out crowd.
“Notice there’s some new outfits in the show,” she continued, calling out what eagle-eyed Swifties already noticed. Throughout the show, Swift had switched her wardrobe to an all-blue set of costumes, beginning with a sparkling blue gown to perform “Enchanted” and “Long Live,” followed by more blue looks as the set list progressed into the “Folklore” and “1989” tracks.
Finally, Swift cut through the crowd’s screams of anticipation and broke the big news.
— SoFi Stadium (@SoFiStadium) August 10, 2023
“There’s something that I’ve been planning for a really, really, really, ridiculously embarrassingly long time. And I think instead of just like telling you about it, I think I’ll just sort of show you something I’ve been excited to show you,” she said as the crowd erupted with glee. The new 1989 album art appeared on the screens behind her, featuring a sky blue backdrop and a brightly-smiling Swift.
Swift then launched into “New Romantics” (the only song from 1989 she hadn’t yet played on tour) and “New Year’s Day,” the second secret song. As she played the final notes of the latter, the news went live on her social media channels.
“Surprise!! 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is on its way to you,” reads the post, which revealed the new album cover to the rest of the world. “The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways, and it fills me with such excitement to announce that my version of it will be out October 27th.” (The re-release date holds special significance too, as 1989 dropped on the same date in 2014.)
The post continued: “To be perfectly honest, this is my most favorite re-record I’ve ever done because the 5 From The Vault tracks are so insane. I can’t believe they were ever left behind. But not for long!”
And not only did Swift announce the re-record in the stadium and online, but the roof of SoFi Stadium also lit up with the announcement, per KTLA’s helicopter feed.
1989 (Taylor’s Version) Vinyl Features:
– 21 Songs
– Including 5 previously unreleased songs from The Vault
– Collectible album jacket with unique front and back cover art
– 2 Crystal Skies Blue vinyl discs
– Collectible album sleeves including lyrics and never-before-seen photos
Pre-order the album HERE.
Reprinted from Variety: LINK