Calm down? Please.
It was going to be impossible to ask that of the screaming Taylor Swift fans who took over Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield/Summerstage Thursday morning to see their queen perform a free mini-set broadcast live on “Good Morning America.”
Even early in the morning on a hot, muggy late-August afternoon, calming down was not going to be an option. And when Swift — rocking a pink get-up complete with glittery short shorts — took the stage to sit down with “GMA” host Robin Roberts for a few questions, it was hard to imagine that the shrieks would not continue ringing in ears all day long.
It was all a kind of album release party for Swift’s seventh studio album, “Lover,” which drops Friday. And once the chat with Roberts was done, Swift really got the party started for the fans — some of whom had camped out overnight — by performing her anti-hater anthem “You Need To Calm Down.”
As Swift strutted across the stage in her black ankle boots, the crowd shouted along at their loudest to the line: “ ‘Cause shade never made anybody less gay!”
Next, Swift launched into “ME!,” the ebullient first single from “Lover.” She totally embraced the line “I am your summer” in the waning days of the season.
After stopping for hugs and pics with the “GMA” crew — as well as Tiffany Haddish — Swift finished the festivities with her 2014 smash “Shake It Off.” Bubbles filled the air as Swift, at her perkiest, bounced and shimmied around the stage.
The Central Park mini-concert kicks off a big stretch, even by Swift standards. In addition to releasing “Lover” on Friday, she’s tied with Ariana Grande for the most nominations (10) at the MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on Monday. And Swift revealed to Roberts on Thursday morning that she’ll be opening the big show, where she’s up for Video of the Year for “You Need To Calm Down.”
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