During her ‘Eras’ tour concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last week, Taylor Swift unveiled the fan-favorite track ‘Suburban Legends‘ for the first time. The performance took place at the Estádio Nilton Santos on November 17, where Swift treated the audience to the ‘From The Vault’ track from her recently re-recorded ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’, marking the debut live performance of the song.
In addition to ‘Suburban Legends,’ Swift also delivered a heartfelt rendition of ‘Stay Beautiful,’ a track from her debut album. Notably, this marked the first time she performed ‘Stay Beautiful’ since 2008.
The concert was intended to be the initial show of three in Brazil as part of Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras’ tour. However, the joyous occasion was marred by tragedy, as a fan named Ana Clara Benevides Machado, 23, passed away before the show due to collapsing from extreme heat.
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The news left Swift “devastated,” as she expressed on Instagram, stating, “I can’t believe I’m writing these words, but it is with a shattered heart that I say we lost a fan earlier tonight before my show.” Overwhelmed by grief, Swift decided not to address the incident during the performance, conveying her deep condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
In response to the extreme heat conditions in Rio de Janeiro, where temperatures reached a record-breaking 39.1C, Swift made the decision to postpone the second of the three scheduled shows. Prioritizing the safety and well-being of fans, performers, and crew, she stated, “The safety and well-being of my fans, fellow performers and crew has to and always will come first.”
The following day, Ana Clara Benevides Machado’s father, Weiny Machado, shared a heartfelt tribute to his daughter, describing her as a happy and intelligent girl on the brink of graduating in Psychology. He expressed his profound pain, emphasizing the need for an investigation into the circumstances, particularly regarding reports that fans were not allowed to bring water into the venue despite the high temperatures.
Machado insisted on finding out whether there was negligence in providing assistance and whether fans were genuinely prohibited from bringing water. Despite acknowledging Swift’s efforts to distribute water to fans, he emphasized the need for accountability. “Nothing will bring my daughter back, but I hope that, if negligence is confirmed, someone will be punished, so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.“
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