Videos: Traffic Be Damned, Taylor Swift Shuts Down Hollywood Blvd. For A Concert
Taylor Swift: pop singer, cat lover, traffic-starter. Angelenos were ensnarled in bumper-to-bumper traffic yesterday during peak L.A. rush hour as Hollywood Boulevard shut down for an outdoor performance with the singer on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The 24-year-old performed tracks on stage like "Shake It Off" and "Out of the Woods" to promote her upcoming "1989" album that's getting released on Oct. 27. Over 15,000 fans, came out to check out her performance. And as you'd imagine, the Swifties were out that night staring adoringly at the singer, in what looked like a sea of sparkling, lit smartphones:
Here's her performance of "Shake It Off":
And "Out of the Woods":
Before she got on stage, Swift sat down with Kimmel and they reminisced about the old days, especially one particular story where she and her mom visited his show 10 years ago:
"Taylor came to our show with her mom and her guitar, and somehow she got a hold of the guy who books the bands here, Scott Igoe, and she asked if she could play a song for him," Kimmel said. "And he said, 'No, you can't be in the greenroom, we serve alcohol here. You're too young. You have to go.' So he threw her out. He threw Taylor Swift out of our building!"
Igoe had to stand on stage awkwardly while they retold the story. But Swift said she doesn't hold any grudges. "All's well that ends well," Swift said. "I think of it like this: You probably would have gotten in more trouble with Jimmy had he wandered out and been like, 'Why is there this random 14-year-old tiny child sitting here with a guitar case? What's happening here?'"
You can watch the interview here: