Atlanta fans have set a new high bar for being a “good crowd” on the Eras Tour after two different stadiums full of them managed to bring Taylor Swift to tears on back-to-back nights over the weekend. So, you know, keep that in mind if you have tickets to an upcoming show.
On Friday night, fans gathered to illuminate the stadium with cellphone lights during Taylor’s performance of “Champagne Problems,” turning the stands into an impromptu sea of stars, basically. It was legitimately beautiful:
It was also, apparently, legitimately unexpected and emotional for Taylor, who wept as she thanked the audience after the song.
“I don’t even know what to say. I love you so much. It was beautiful,” she said in what sounded like very sincere disbelief at what had just happened — which is fair enough. , since what had just happened was about 80,000 strangers spontaneously gather to make a moment happen. “Who organized this? Did you just do this? What was the plan? It was so beautiful. Thank you. God, I love you. I got out. It was really cool.”
Since there’s no more precious currency for a Swiftie than Taylor’s happiness and approval, other fans naturally saw the teary-eyed TikTok videos of Taylor thanking the crowd and thought, “THIS. I NEED THIS.” Come in: The Saturday night Atlanta crowd saw the Friday night crowd’s ability to make Taylor’s eyes gleam with tears and collectively responded, “Hold our beer.”
On Saturday night, 80,000 different people (presumably mostly) recreated the Cell Phone Lights/Sea of Twinkling Stars waterfall, but during a different song. Instead of showering her with that love during “Champagne Problems” (a song about a failed relationship she wrote with her ex Joe Alwyn), they did it during “Marjorie,” a song about Taylor reflecting memories of her grandmother after her death.
Cue: Taylor’s tears.
“How could you go do this to me?” Taylor asked the crowd through a laughter/still almost crying combination that only happens during moments of true emotional overwhelm. “It was a song about my grandmother who passed away. I just completely…like my knees got weak, honestly. Like, physically, I felt that physically. It was so beautiful on your part to do this.”
Does the first crowd to make Taylor so emotional she cries at full throttle get a prize? 80,000 handwritten thank you notes covered in cat hair and stained with tears? Will she smash the piano she plays on stage and give every fan that night a sparkle to remember the night? A song inspired by the feat (“80,000 Teardrops on My Guitar”? “This Is Me Crying”? “I Need to Calm Down”? I Could Go On, But I’ll Stop)? Let’s up the ante, because coordinating emotional flash mobs seems like an Eras tour ~thing~.