Swift announced on night 2 of the Tokyo leg of her ‘Eras Tour’ that she would be performing 2 songs that she has never sang live
Taylor Swift fans in Tokyo were momentarily convinced that the musician would perform two new songs from her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” months ahead of its release.
On Thursday night in Japan, Swift announced to the crowd her intention to play two “brand new songs” that she had never performed live before. As she held her guitar, preparing for the acoustic set of the evening, the audience erupted in excitement at her announcement.
“I’ve been pushing myself to play songs that I’ve never performed live or haven’t done on this tour for sure. So, I’ve chosen two brand new songs that I’ve never played before,” Swift stated.
Seeing the enthusiastic reaction of her fans to the announcement, Swift quickly clarified, “Not ‘brand new’ as in from a new album. I’m so sorry, I just realized what you thought I said. They’re not on the new album. Oh my god, I am so sorry.”
At the 2024 Grammy Awards on Sunday, Taylor made a surprise revelation after winning her 13th Grammy, a fortunate number for the singer.
“After accepting the Grammy for the Best Pop Album of the Year, Swift exclaimed, “[The way I can celebrate] is by telling you a secret that I’ve been keeping from you for the past two years, which is that my brand new album comes out April 19th. It’s called The Tortured Poets Department and I’m going to go post the cover right now backstage.”
Since the award show, Swift has unveiled the track list for the upcoming album — and fans have speculated that some songs may be about her ex-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
In a surprising move, she unveiled the titles for the songs in an Instagram post on Monday, just one day after announcing the upcoming music.
For her previous album, “Midnights,” the pop star gradually unveiled each track.
“The Tortured Poets Department” includes tracks like “Down Bad,” “But Daddy I Love Him,” “I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can),” and “My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys.”
The latest image of the album also featured the phrase, “I love you, it’s ruining my life.”
Fans are speculating that the new album will center around her breakup with Alwyn, with titles like “So Long, London.”
The indie actor, hailing from London, had previously inspired her song “London Boy” from her “Lover” album. “So Long, London” is also listed as track five, a position typically reserved for Swift’s most vulnerable and personal songs on an album.
Some of Swift’s previous track five songs include “Dear John,” “You’re On Your Own, Kid,” and “All Too Well.”
Alwyn and Swift’s breakup became public knowledge in April, shortly after Swift launched “The Eras Tour,” but few details were disclosed.
“They had a lot in common and fell in love while she was taking a break from the world during ‘Reputation,'” a source told People magazine at the time. “Then, the pandemic hit, and they were locked down together, allowing their relationship to continue growing in this sheltered environment. But he didn’t truly ‘know’ her beyond that bubble.”
Things have turned around positively in Swift’s love life. She has been openly sharing her relationship with NFL star Travis Kelce, a departure from her much more private relationship with Alwyn.
Swift is getting ready to conclude the Tokyo leg of her “Eras Tour” and will then fly to Las Vegas to support Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11.
Following the big game, Taylor will continue her international shows and head to Australia for a performance in Melbourne on Feb. 16.