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Taylor Swift At Lincoln Financial Field

By Lisa Marie Latino

Edit note: The following outlets have picked up this story: Cosmopolitan,  People Magazine, Billboard, E! News, Perez Hilton, GlamourBuzzfeed, Bustle, Elite Daily, Time, and countless others!

Still high from my special Bruce Springsteen experience only a few days ago, my sights turned south…as in South Jersey and into Philadelphia, for Taylor Swift’s next stop on her Reputation Tour.

Reputation, her multi-platinum album that introduced Taylor as a pop star badass, was easily my favorite in 2017 (and in a year that also saw Kelly Clarkson release an album, that says something). So when my cousin, Melissa, put a group together to go see her on July 14th at Lincoln Financial Field, I was an immediate “yes.” Little did I know that this particular concert would be the most unique stop on her 36 city itinerary.

The weather for the concert was a summer’s dream, so much so that we extended our tailgate through the two opening acts, Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. As it neared Taylor’s scheduled start of 8:45 PM, we cleaned up and headed inside (where this New York Giants fan tried her best to ignore all of the looming Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles signs). We received our synchronized light-up bracelets, and took our seats just in time for Taylor’s first song of the night, “…Ready for It?”

— Hip New Jersey (@HipNewJersey) July 16, 2018

One thing that was evident throughout the night was Taylor’s gratitude for the beautiful life and opportunity that she has been blessed with. She recalled how she would dream of performing to packed audiences as an 8-year-old girl growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania, and how tonight was “more beautiful than I ever imagined it.” She also spoke nostalgically about her summers growing up at the Jersey Shore, specifically in Stone Harbor. Despite some of the hate she has attracted for this “earnestness” from pop star peers and press alike, I would like to think that every time she thanked her crew members, or law enforcement officials, or gaggles of fans, it was genuine.

Taylor continued to breeze through her setlist like the pro that she is, dazzling the sold-out crowd with “I Did Something Bad”, a mashup of her hits “Style,” “Love Story,” and “You Belong With Me” and the delicious revenge anthem, “Look What You Made Me Do.” However, the song that made the biggest splash was “Delicate”, and not because it’s one of my favorite songs ever, by any artist…

Halfway through the song, while suspended in mid air, Taylor commented that she was…stuck. The big, beautiful ball of light that was meant to tranport her to the other side of the stadium couldn’t move. While the crew got her down safely, she was left to improvise for the anxious crowd as producers backstage scrambled to figure out the next move.

Like the showwoman she is, she put to doubts any lip syncing suspicions and launched into acapella versions of “Our Song” and “Wildest Dreams”.

Once the crew figured out that a mechanical snake could get her to at least one side of the stadium, the show went on as scheduled with, appropriately, “Shake It Off.”

Yes, production problems are a nightmare (this EP’s heart and stomach went out to everyone backstage!) but it made an already-memorable show even more special. Fans got two bonus songs, and Taylor handled the situation like the pro that she is.

Tickets are still available for Taylor’s shows at MetLife Stadium on July 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Grab your girlfriends or your kids and treat yourself. I can’t promise that these shows will be as wild as mine, but it will still be wildly entertaining.

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band Miss NJ

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band & Miss NJ – Weekend Recap

This weekend was jam-packed with “good news” for #HipNJ! While you were busy with Mother’s Day festivities, here’s what you may have missed around the Garden State: 

Pequannock-born Derek Jeter and his family entered Yankee Stadium for his number retirement ceremony to the classic voice of Hoboken native Frank Sinatra! No New York Yankees player will ever again wear the iconic 2 that  DJ’s sported throughout his career. Thanks for the memories, Captain! #Re2pect 

 

All ready to hit the #MissUSA stage!!!! 💄| @flawlessbyamin 💁🏾| @lalbertluiz

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In other news, Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg was named runner-up in the 2017 Miss USA competition! However, if it were up to some viewers, she would have taken the big prize home. NJ.com has more.

 

FIGHT 🔥 WITH 🔥 #Metallica #WorldWired #MetAtMetLife

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Enter Sandman! Metallica rocked out MetLife Stadium for a Mother’s Day concert extravaganza. The legendary heavy metal group has been very vocal on how friends in New Jersey helped them get their start!

Finally, congratulations to Rutgers University‘s Class of 2017! They celebrated with a inspirational commencement speech by E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt.

The Big Blue, Blink-182, and Some Brilliant Olympians: Weekend Recap

New Jersey refused to let the harsh heat wave and nasty storms crash its party! Here’s what happened in our favorite state this weekend.

Friday August 12th

It was complete chaos at MetLife Stadium as the New York Giants “kicked off” the weekend with their game against the Miami Dolphins. Bad storms resulted in an hour-long rain delay before the game even started as well as some soaking wet fans. However, Mother Nature proved herself not to be a complete inconvenience when the storms left a vibrant rainbow over the stadium.

Saturday August 13th

New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh posted a video on his Instagram of him and a few of his teammates goofing around and turning up in their shared house in Jersey City. The video went viral over the weekend, reaching over 69,500 views in just 48 hours, and the number is still rising! If you want to watch your favorite players jump into a pool while wearing flag pants or hit a TV with a baseball bat, check out the video below!

Y'all know what day it is… #SaturdaysAreForTheBoys #RipHarambe @barstool_sports @saturdaysare4theboys ??

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NJ native English Gardner sprinted her way into the spotlight throughout the Women’s 100 Meter Dash events this weekend. The twenty-four-year-old track star managed to place second in the semifinals and tenth in the final round. Sure, she didn’t bring home a medal, but this Voorhees resident is definitely one to watch in the future! #TeamUSA

The job isn't done the war isn't over I just reloaded and I'm ready to seize what's mine ! #winwithme

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Sunday August 14th

Blink-182 pleased the Garden State’s “inner 90’s kid” when they played at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The band performed various hits from their new album California which they released this past July. The list of special guests, including A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects, and All Time Low, made the show even more nostalgic for everyone!

Tonight was wild, such a great crowd. ?? Photo By @justwilliet

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