In Dublin, Taylor Swift dedicated an acoustic song to Stevie Nicks, describing her as a personal hero.-TT

To the legend in the VIP tent of the Eras Tour, you look like Stevie Nicks.

The Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter watched the three-hour plus show Sunday on the final night in Dublin, Ireland.

During the surprise, acoustic set Swift honored her by belting “Clara Bow” from “The Tortured Poets Department.” The 16th track mentions the rock-and-roll icon in the second verse: “You look like Stevie Nicks / In ’75, the hair and lips / Crowd goes wild at her fingertips / Half moonshine, a full eclipse.”

“This one is a pretty easy one because I’ve never played this one live before,” Swift said in her sunset orange dress. “The reason I want to play this tonight is because a friend of mine is here who is watching the show and who has really been one of the reasons why I or any female artist gets to do what we get to do. She’s paved the way for us. And she’s mentored so many artists that you don’t even know she’s doing it.”

Swift added how Nicks has mentored her and so many female artists. “Just to be a guiding hand, I can’t tell you how rare that is,” Swift said. “She’s a hero of mine and also someone that I can tell her any secret and she would never tell anybody. She’s really helped me through so much over the years.”

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Swift mashed up “Lucky One” from “Red (Taylor’s Version)” before heading to the piano to play “You’re on Your Own Kid” from “Midnights.”

A decade plus friendship

Nicks’ friendship with Taylor Swift has extended about a decade and a half. In 2010, a curly haired blonde with a guitar performed a three-song mashup with Nicks at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. In December when Swift was named the 2023 Time Person of the Year, Nicks was quoted in the article: “I don’t give Taylor advice about being famous. She doesn’t need it.”

In April, Nicks wrote the introductory poem on “Tortured Poets” album booklet that reads in part: “He was in love with her / Or at least she thought so. She was broken hearted / ~ Maybe he was, too ~” She’s also the main character of verse two in “Clara Bow,” when the Eras Tour star sings.

Also in the VIP tent was actress Julia Roberts and Bridgerton actress Florence Hunt. When Swift performed “August,” her boyfriend Travis Kelce walked into the Aviva Stadium with his best friend Ross Travis. Fans captured video of Kelce hugging Roberts and leaving the backstage area with Swift when the concert wrapped.

 

There are 43 shows left on the massive Eras Tour. Swift will head next to Amsterdam, Netherlands for a three-night stint starting July 4.

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