I have to admit, it was not without some curiosity -- and an NJ Transit bus full of cynicism -- that I found myself en route to MetLife Stadium to see Taylor Swift on Friday night.
The companies that hold major contracts to provide extermination and bed bug prevention services at the city’s movie theaters have a luxury box there and my buddy just so happens to be the theater manager who signed off on their contract.
So he had an invite, and I was the plus one; I was getting in for free and getting the best brisket sliders this side of the Meadowlands. At this point in my life, that was more than enough to make Friday night an event.
But something strange happened Friday night, something unexpected.
Somewhere between the LED bracelets that were given to every concertgoer that night and the mind-blowing, surprise appearance of our World Cup soccer high priestesses, I started to like, admire and get -- I mean, really get -- TayTay.
That’s because hers is a world filled with possibility, positivity and sensitivity -- three things many of us find in short supply on a daily basis.
Here’s how she won me over:
I SEE THE LIGHT(S)!
Taylor Swift is all about her fans and making those fans feel like there is no one more important to her. Swift did that on a mass scale -- 60,000 fans each night -- at her two sold-out shows at MetLife this weekend, and is doing it throughout the tour. How? With a nifty, LED bracelet that lights up on TayTay’s demand via radio waves from her concert production crew, her fans automatically got a crucial supporting role. The bracelets flashed in synch with each track on the night’s set list. No one has ever used the technology on this grand a scale.
The TayTay bracelets also save lives. I’m not kidding. Three fans were driving home from a show in Louisiana when they got into an accident. Their phones were dead and they used their bracelets to flag down help.