Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ tour opened up a four-night stay at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Monday night and, as usual, the show did not disappoint. In addition to the nightly theatrics and duet with tourmate Ed Sheeran, Swift had surprises planned for the crowd.
First, Cher Lloyd came up on stage to perform the British singer’s “Want U Back”, but that was nothing compared to what Swift had planned for the end of the concert. With just a few songs left in her set, the “Love Story” songstress was ready to deliver yet another surprise.
“I certainly don’t think you’d expect us to bring TWO special guests,” Swift said to a frenzied, sold out crowd. She then introduced Sara Bareilles to the crowd as the two sang the hit “Brave”.
Just a day prior, Bareilles had teased the duet to her nearly three million Twitter followers.
In other news, I'm doing something top secret that will be announced tomorrow that will make my nieces veeerrrry happy. Hint: Singing with..—
Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 18, 2013
And once she made her appearance on stage, Bareilles returned to the social networking site to report on the night (and include a picture of her nieces with their hero).
Yup. My nieces were really happy!! I sang BRAVE with the unbelievably kind and generous… instagram.com/p/dOaJTLDGKu/—
Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) August 20, 2013
Swift was also quick to tweet about the duet.
Tonight at Staples was an absolute DREAM. @SaraBareilles came out to sing 'Brave', one of my favorite songs. And she completely smashed it!!—
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 20, 2013
You can see Taylor’s introduction of Sara and the duet here and let us know what you think in comments!
Taylor Swift – Staples Center – 8/19/13 – Setlist
State of Grade
You Belong With Me
The Lucky One
Everything Has Changed (f/ Ed Sheeran)
Want U Back (f/ Cher Lloyd)
I Knew You Were Trouble
All Too Well
Brave (f/ Sara Bareilles)
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together