She’s not just for teenage girls. People of all ages have caught on to the hype that is superstar and musical sensation Taylor Swift. The 33-year-old pop star recently finished the last leg of her “Eras Tour” with six stops at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The three-hour concerts included a set of 44 songs from different “eras” of Swift’s discography. AARP caught up with some older Swifties outside the stadium from Aug. 4 to 8 to ask them about their first concert memories and what brought them to “The Eras Tour” and to snap pictures of their bright, sparkly outfits that not “Only the Young” can pull off.
Amber Tellez (right), 46, and her daughter Charlotte Mitchell (left) are from Monrovia, California. Tellez, whose first concert was New Kids on the Block, logged on during a professional training class to get the Taylor Swift tickets for her daughter as a Christmas present. They are wearing Taylor Swift T-shirts and plenty of friendship bracelets.
Debbie Holt, 62, whose first concert was Journey, attended “The Eras Tour” with her four daughters and daughter-in-law. Holt’s daughter got the tickets online. “I would have told her to spend more money. I had no idea. She only spent $100 on each ticket. I would have spent lots more money than that.”
Matt Pobst, 43, who won tickets to his first concert, 311, over the radio in the late ’90s, went to “The Eras Tour” with his daughter Taylor. She convinced her father to shave and bedazzle his head for the concert. They’re both wearing jewels.
Kim Hightower, 61, (center) says her first concert was KC and the Sunshine Band. She went to “The Eras Tour” with her daughters Kendall (left) and Lyndsey (right). Kim admires Swift’s work ethic, commenting, “She works hard. She writes her own songs. She plays. She is good to the fans. She donates. It’s her work ethic.”
(From left) Peyton, 13, Shenee, 44, and Bryan Morgan , 46, are from Sacramento, California. “The Eras Tour” stop in Los Angeles was Shenee and Bryan’s third Taylor Swift concert and their daughter’s very first concert.
Friends Kathleen Holtzer (left), 48, and Keri Evilsizor (right), 50, were sorority sisters at California Polytechnic State University. They recall seeing Toad the Wet Sprocket together. They went to “The Eras Tour” with their children (not pictured).