Taylor Swift graced the stage in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during her ‘Eras’ tour, treating fans to an unforgettable performance that included the debut of the fan-favourite track, ‘Suburban Legends.’ The Estádio Nilton Santos came alive on 17th November as Swift took the audience on a journey through her musical evolution, even reaching back to her debut album with a rendition of ‘Stay Beautiful.’
The excitement was palpable as Swift, in a surprising move, showcased ‘Suburban Legends’ from her recently re-recorded ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version).’ Swifties erupted in joy as they witnessed the pop sensation deliver the song live for the first time.
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However, amidst the celebration, a tragedy took place. The 17th November concert, intended to be the first of three in Brazil, took an unexpected turn. Ana Clara Benevides Machado, a 23-year-old fan, collapsed from the extreme heat before the show and, despite prompt medical attention, passed away an hour later. The news cast a shadow over the event, leaving Taylor Swift “devastated.”
In a heartfelt Instagram post, Swift expressed her grief, conveying the profound loss and the difficulty of addressing it on stage. The singer postponed the second Rio de Janeiro show, prioritizing the safety of fans, performers and crew amidst record-breaking temperatures in the Brazilian city.
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The loss of Ana Clara Benevides Machado prompted swift action from her father, Weiny Machado, who called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. Questions arose about the alleged prohibition of bringing water into the venue, raising concerns about negligence and the well-being of concertgoers.
The following day, she delivered a powerful performance, honoring the memory of Machado. Before the poignant debut of ‘Suburban Legends,’ Swift reached into her earliest catalogue, reviving ‘Stay Beautiful’ for the first time in approximately 15 years. She dedicated the song to the loyal Brazilian fans who have been with her since the beginning, praising their beauty and expressing hope for its enduring nature.