Taylor Swift is blessing Austin with her presence mere days from now, and just like all of Austin, she’s revving up for her performance this weekend at the Formula One Grand Prix.
Nearly two years to the day after her latest album “1989” was released, she’ll take the stage at the Circuit of the Americas for her only concert performance this year. It’s a pretty exclusive event, and Austin fans are stoked – and so is T-Swift herself. She posted a few teaser videos from rehearsals for the show on her Instagram account on Tuesday.
The teasers have given antsy fans a sneak peek into her setlist, so we know now for sure that she’ll at least play “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” on Saturday night.
And this guitar riff sounds a lot like “Fifteen.”
One huge question still remains: Will she debut new music at Saturday’s show? All signs point to yes, as she’s been releasing new albums pretty much every other October since her debut album in 2006 (except in 2008, when “Fearless” dropped in November), so it seems pretty likely that new music is on the horizon.
Will she do a Beyoncé-style unannounced album drop? That doesn’t seem as likely, because, as my colleague and fellow web producer Maribel Molina wrote in a very long email thread among Statesman Swifties, “I’m a little more doubtful about there being a new album solely on the basis that I really think a surprise album goes against #brand. The advertising/marketing behind any TS album (especially 1989) is always really big and infectious.”
There’s also the argument that she left the Austin and San Antonio areas out of last year’s explosive 1989 World Tour, so this weekend’s show is a great way to make her Central Texas fans happy (at least those of us who didn’t make the pilgrimage to Arlington or Houston last year…#guilty).
Not to mention her longtime touring promoter is based out of Austin, so it’s hard to imagine that doesn’t have at least something to do with Formula One’s huge headliner.
There’s no way to know exactly what’s going to happen Saturday night, but one thing’s for sure: Taylor always knows how to surprise us.