Were there any 13-year-old girls in Tacoma who did not go to the Taylor Swift concert Saturday night?
No doubt there were a few, but you’d never have guessed it from the crowd at the Tacoma Dome.
Thousands of adolescent girls converged on the Dome, giddy at the chance to see the country-pop megastar in person. A good portion of them did their best to emulate her looks: hair down, bare legs and cowboy boots.
“The cool thing about Taylor is, it’s all demographics,” said Holly Quinn, who hosts “The Morning Show” on KMPS Radio and was in front of the Dome with her crew Saturday, tapping into the pre-concert enthusiasm.
“Taylor sets a good, positive role model,” Quinn said. “It’s great to see the support.”
Swift, who at 23 has seven Grammys and has sold more than 26 million albums, was in Tacoma as part of her summer Red Tour. It will continue through the United States and then to Australia and New Zealand over the next 31/2 months. The Tacoma show was sold out.
Tom Furtwangler of Seattle, one of the few grown men in the audience, came to the concert with his 14-year-old daughter, Claire. He said his daughter is crazy about Swift, and he understands the attraction.
“She likes that Taylor writes her own songs, and I do, too,” Furtwangler said. “In some ways, she’s more of a real deal than some of the other people you could go see with a 14-year-old. There’s a level of authenticity that is unusual for sort of a teen pop phenomenon.”
“I like her songs, and she’s pretty,” said Teayona Hoard, 9, who traveled from Spokane with her father to attend the concert.
Hoard’s favorite Swift song? “I Knew You Were Trouble.”Rob Carson: 253-597-8693