“So now, here we are on the last night of the U.S. leg of the Eras tour, in the eighth month of the year, and the ninth day,” Swift began.
“Notice there’s some new outfits in the show,” she continued, calling out what eagle-eyed Swifties already noticed. Throughout the show, Swift had switched her wardrobe to an all-blue set of costumes, beginning with a sparkling blue gown to perform “Enchanted” and “Long Live,” followed by more blue looks as the set list progressed into the “Folklore” and “1989” tracks.
Finally, Swift broke the big news.
“There’s something that I’ve been planning for a really, really, really, ridiculously embarrassingly long time. And I think instead of just like telling you about it, I think I’ll just sort of show you something I’ve been excited to show you,” she said as the crowd erupted with glee. The new 1989 album art appeared on the screens behind her, featuring a sky blue backdrop and a brightly-smiling Swift.
Swift then launched into “New Romantics” (the only song from 1989 she hadn’t yet played on tour) and “New Year’s Day,” the second secret song. As she played the final notes of the latter, the news went live on her social media channels.
“Surprise!! 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is on its way to you,” reads the post, which revealed the new album cover to the rest of the world. “The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways, and it fills me with such excitement to announce that my version of it will be out October 27th.” (The re-release date holds special significance too, as 1989 dropped on the same date in 2014.)
Surprise!! 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is on its way to you 🔜! The 1989 album changed my life in countless ways, and it fills me with such excitement to announce that my version of it will be out October 27th. To be perfectly honest, this is my most FAVORITE re-record I’ve ever done… pic.twitter.com/JFYOWhBxhj
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 10, 2023
“To be perfectly honest, this is my most favorite re-record I’ve ever done because the 5 From The Vault tracks are so insane. I can’t believe they were ever left behind. But not for long!”
And not only did Swift announce the re-record in the stadium and online, but the roof of SoFi Stadium also lit up with the announcement, per KTLA’s helicopter feed.