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Taylor Swift may have just wrapped her only concert of 2017. Performing at a pre-Super Bowl concert in Houston this weekend, Saturday’s concert marked only the second full-length show since Swift wrapped her 1989 World Tour in 2015, with her 2016 concert for the Formula 1 US Grand Prix also taking place in Texas, or more specifically, Austin.
Speaking to the energetic crowd, Swift said, “I have to be really honest with you about something: As far as I know, I’m doing one show in 2017. And as far as I know, this is that one show. So what I’m trying to tell you is, by coming here tonight, you’re essentially attending 100 percent of my tour dates for the year, so thank you!”
Saturday’s performance was a celebration of Swift’s new partnership with US companies AT&T and DirectTV, who in November launched a Taylor Swift Now! TV channel that exclusively plays Taylor Swift content.
The concert opened with Swift’s friend Ruby Rose acting as DJ, playing to the crowd of 9,000 fans at Club Nomadic. Opening her set with “New Romantics,” Swift played 17 of her biggest hits, including her latest single “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”
Written with producer Jack Antonoff for the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, Swift turned her Zayn Malik duet into a solo acoustic performance, a remake Swift teased last week with a rehearsal video. Swift informed fans that the former One Direction member would not be joining her on stage, saying, “I don’t want you to think Zayn is going to come out, because he’s definitely not. I saw a lot of phones go up in the air. The only one you have here is me, I’m so sorry.”
In addition to “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” Swift made a second debut performance later in the show, covering two songs she wrote for other artists. Performing for the first time Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” Swift then went into an acoustic rendition of Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s “This Is What You Came For,” which Swift wrote before she and Harris broke up in 2016.
The pre-Super Bowl concert, which will air in the US on DirectTV, included Swift recreating her famous 2014 Grammy performance of “All Too Well,” complete with a bedazzled piano and hair flip. Swift, whose partnership with Coca-Cola restricts her from headlining the Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl Halftime show, closed the show with tracks from 2015’s 1989, including “Wildest Dreams,” “Bad Blood,” “Out Of The Woods” and “Shake It Off.”