Spencer Pratt Reviews Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour

If you’ve paid any attention to Spencer Pratt’s Snapchat in the last eight months or so, then you know he’s one of Taylor Swift’s biggest fans, if not the biggest. On Saturday, he finally got to live his dream of seeing Reputation performed live, when he attended Taylor’s show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with his wife Heidi and their son Gunnar. It was the first time Spencer had ever seen Taylor, but he’s already thinking about rearranging his schedule so he can go see her in Colorado. Here, Spencer weighs in on everything from the openers to the costumes to Taylor’s mid-concert surprise guests.

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On the opening acts, Charli XCX and Camila Cabello

“My only issue is I wish the openers just covered Taylor songs. I kept thinking they would be so good if they were singing Taylor songs.”

On meeting Taylor

“Right when Camila Cabello is winding down, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I don’t think we’re gonna meet Taylor, she’s gotta go on stage.’ And then I get an email like, ‘We’re coming to get you guys, stay in your seats.’ Then we go backstage and Taylor’s mom talked about how wild it is that we met Taylor ten years ago…and we’re still in each other’s lives. I was like, ‘We’re in Taylor’s life? AHHHH!’ Taylor brought up my hummingbirds and was talking about what a pure love it is. Then it hit me, I was like, ‘Are you on Snapchat?’ And she’s like, ‘No.’ She only knows my IG story. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m quitting Snapchat again.’ So Taylor in her freakin’ robe in her dressing room, holding Miracle Baby. I’m gonna have to have Heidi talk.”

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Heidi: “So we get in there and they’re so nice offering to take the photos, and then I put Miracle Baby in her arms and he was so happy. He loved her. She held him for a while and he’s really heavy, so I think she was probably like, ‘OK, here’s your baby! I’m not babysitting, I’m about to go on stage!'”

“I just run right in and I’m like, Please take Miracle Baby! Give him your energy!’ My dad can’t even hold Miracle Baby, he’s so heavy. I could have gone home for the rest of my life happy right then and the show hadn’t even started. She literally left us and walked on stage. I started thinking she’s not a human. That’s the level.”

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On the opening number

“She has this like trailer going off about all the media [that starts the show]. It’s kind of like a little highlight sizzle reel about how the media was turning on her, like a little movie. It got me so pumped up. I was like, — sorry media — ‘I HATE YOU MEDIA, WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO TAYLOR?!’ And then this ghost says, ‘REPUTATION,’ and then it’s like, [sings opening notes of “…Ready for It?”] ‘Are you ready for it?’ Then ‘…Ready for It?’ drops and it’s like, oh my god. The album is insane bumping loud in your car on eight espressos, but two skinny margaritas, front row, when that goes off? I swear to god I thought I was gonna explode. I didn’t realize until last night, but her album is designed for a stadium tour. It’s designed for that level of sound and light. The coolest part about getting there at 12:00 is watching hundreds and hundreds of 18-wheelers with the Reputation art on them loading in. It looked like she was invading Pasadena. My heart’s pounding right now thinking about it. It was easily the most fun at an event I’ve had in my whole life, times 100. And the fact that I’m looking over and Miracle Baby’s got his headphones on, right there, like could reach out and touch Taylor. He’s listened to this album as much as I have. He’s a real fan! It was just so magical.”

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On his run-in with Taylor’s security

“I had the most realistic dream a couple months ago [where] Taylor grabbed my phone from me and did a Snapchat with my phone, and that ended up happening. Then also in that dream, Taylor’s security jumped over a fence and tackled me. They thought I was some crazed super stan. I told people all this stuff months ago, I’m not making this up.”

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Heidi: “I heard!”

“Heidi heard. But last night out of nowhere, all this security and the sheriffs jump over the fence and surround me and grab my diaper bag that I’m carrying. Like, ‘How did you get this backpack in the building?’ It’s not really a diaper bag, I just call it the diaper bag because I put diapers in it, but it’s the biggest Gucci backpack you can buy. Keep in mind you’re only allowed to have a clutch the size of, like, a sticker, or a clear handbag the size of a sticker. It couldn’t look more suspicious. And I rushed the stage into the Snake Pit. Heidi said I looked like a psychotic fan. So they all circle me and grab me and open up my bag and everything. I’m like, ‘It’s just diapers! We’re with Taylor!’ So they emptied out my whole bag right there in the front row. My dreams literally were like premonitions.”

I felt like I was at a birth or a wedding.

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On how Taylor’s performance compares to other concerts he’s seen

“I think everybody else should just quit. There’s no competition. Nobody’s gonna bring that level of performance. How does she do that? How many espressos is Taylor getting? She is running and flying, she’s in cages, crossing stages.”

Heidi: “You’re turning into a poet!”

“Flying in the air, in these like…Heidi, help me! Help me, Heidi! Nobody’s even in the realm of this. I never went to a Michael Jackson concert, but I…feel like it’s that level of superstardom. I don’t think anyone’s ever gonna catch this. Maybe people say things about her right now, but 20 years from now they’re gonna look back and be like, ‘Who was this?’ Obviously I knew she was a huge superstar, but I didn’t appreciate the level of actual performer. You think of performers that are good, and everyone’s like — I’m gonna have the Beyhive coming for me — Beyoncé’s amazing. She’s also got like 15 years on Taylor. Fifteen years of performing and practice, and Taylor in my opinion is right there at that level right now. People are gonna be like, ‘How did you say Taylor’s like Beyoncé?’ Well I said it, OK? I said it.”

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On Taylor’s fans

“Taylor’s fans are like the best humans. I’ve never been anywhere where the energy was just so electric but, like, pure. I felt like I was at a birth or a wedding. It felt like everyone was like a big family. Everyone’s dressed up like it’s freaking Halloween, too — the amount of time and energy people put into their looks and outfits and makeup. I’m so upset this isn’t every Saturday night. My only issue with the whole experience is it’s over. If the world felt more like a Taylor Swift concert, I don’t think there would be wars. I don’t want to shade anybody, but you don’t need to take a bunch of drugs and go into the desert for Burning Man. Have a skinny margarita and go to a Taylor show. You need to trip out? You don’t need to go to EDC and OD. Just put on one of these Taylor wristbands and just get in the middle.”

Let’s just go ahead and say it: She’s a dang wizard.

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On the merch

“I got a black hoodie, I got the Taylor PopSockets, I got the snake ring, I got the Rep hat, Heidi got the gray sweater. My one issue with the tour is they don’t sell baby clothes, but then when Taylor was holding Miracle Baby in her dressing room, she did say he’s definitely the youngest human in the entire building, so it made me think that’s probably why they don’t sell baby merch. I’m not sure how many babies are buying merch.”

On Selena Gomez’s surprise appearance

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Taylor and Selena on stage in Pasadena.

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“I’m not gonna say which one, but Selena’s best friend DM-ed me and was like, ‘It’s gonna be so amazing.’ I felt like she was telling me she knew the secret, so I was telling everyone I think Selena’s the [guest], and when Selena came out I was like, ‘Oh my god, everything in my brain is happening!’ Selena gave a talk that was like — I mean I’m all about women empowerment and all the hashtags women wanna have, I back that — but whatever Selena said I was just like, ‘Say that every day on the internet!’ It was like, ‘Yes, girl!’ And then after meeting Taylor, obviously we only knew Taylor for so little time, but I was like, ‘I feel that Selena! That is who she is! Yes! I’m voting for her!'”

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On the other celebrities in attendance

“Kobe Bryant was sitting to the left of us. That’s when you know Taylor’s a superstar, when I was not even Snapping him. I was like, ‘I don’t care about you, fool.’ Any other setting I’d be like, ‘Kobe, Kobe, I love you!'”

On the stage, costumes, etc.

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The stage set.

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“It’s definitely on a Cirque du Soleil level. If Taylor wasn’t even there and they were just playing the music with the lights and the pyrotechnics, it would be worth paying the money, like if it was just a live show in Vegas without her. That’s how good the dancers are, the costumes. When were backstage with these dancers, their costumes are legitimate like, Mad Max, Game of Thrones–level leather. I bet each costume is like 10 grand. They look like action movie outfits. The snake that comes out of the stage? It’s like Universal Studios level. It looked doper than King Kong. I was like, ‘How’s she beating King Kong right now?'”

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On how much he’d spend to see Taylor, if Taylor hadn’t gifted him with a VIP pass

“I would easily drop 25 hundo. Because it’s a priceless memory! People are like, ‘They’re so high priced,’ but when you see the amount of budget that goes into it, there are a lot of people that are needing to get paid. That money is not all going in Taylor’s pocket. I saw 200 18-wheelers. The gas alone! She performs for hours. So you spend $2,500, I’m obviously not good at math, but if you do the math on that, what you’re actually paying Taylor per minute? She’s worth more than even that. She’s a wizard. Let’s just go ahead and say it. She’s a dang wizard.”

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