This fan from Nashville was unable to get tickets to Swift's concert, however, he did find a way to sing along to her music live.
Securing a ticket for Taylor Swift's Eras Tour is no easy feat, as fans worldwide can attest to the formidable challenge it presents. In a fascinating turn of events, a dedicated fan made headlines after assuming the role of a security guard to gain entry into one of Taylor Swift's concerts in Nashville. In the TikTok video posted by @missamericana8, the fan, David Perrigo, can be seen standing behind the stage barrier in a security guard jacket and singing along to Swift’s 2015 single, “Style.” The concert was being held at the Nissan Stadium, as reported by NME.
Swift performed three days at the venue earlier this month as part of the US leg of her tour. Talking about his experience at the event, Perrigo told News Channel 5, “Friday night, I was next to the stage and then Saturday night, I had almost a better view.” Also, he shared that he got scolded for singing along. “I actually got reprimanded by Taylor's security, saying that I was going too hard and I needed to take it down a notch,” said Perrigo.
His boss reportedly warned him that they had a strict no-phone policy, so he could not record his video in front of the stage, reported PEOPLE. However, Perrigo was excited to see his video online and showed it to his co-workers. “My wife jokes that I sing Taylor Swift songs with such passion for someone who’s never been broken up with,” he shared. “I showed someone at work, like, ‘Hey, this video got 10,000 views,’ and then by that night, it was over one million. I was like, ‘OMG, this is out of control.” Now when he looks back on his time working as a guard, he feels it was “a blessing” that he didn’t get tickets. "I've been to all sorts of sporting events, this was the loudest I've ever heard it," he continued, adding that "the fans were so unbelievably loud."
Many on social media were thrilled to watch Perrigo's dedication to seeing Swift's show. @fdfjugggg commented, “I’m convinced half these security guards just got the job because they couldn’t get tickets.” @jordanrose.f wrote, “He was just so excited to be there and I’m happy for him.” @zachm0822 shared, “It doesn't matter who you are. You know you'll vibe to some Taylor Swift.”
‼️ | The reason why @TaylorSwift13 was yelling at the security guard:— Taylor Swift Facts (@blessedswifty) May 14, 2023
— “They fully kept putting their hands on us to physically push us off of the barricade instead of just telling us to move.” pic.twitter.com/dx1RfeOyXW
Taylor Swift's Eras Tour has made headlines for several more reasons. On May 13, at the singer’s Eras concert in Philadelphia, Swift called out a security guard at the Lincoln Financial Field Stadium. According to the fan, the security guards at the venue were allegedly “putting their hands on us to physically push us off of the barricade instead of just telling us to move,” as reported by Vulture. While Swift was performing the song “Bad Blood,” she called out the guards and said, “She’s fine” and that “she wasn’t doing anything.” Later, she yelled, “Hey, stop!” without missing a beat of the chorus of the song.
TikTok user Caitlin Gabell (caityg33) posted a video on Sunday morning claiming that she was the fan and explained the whole incident in detail. She alleged that the security guard was “harassing” her and her friends. “Taylor noticed that I was having fun and that he didn’t like it, and she didn’t like it, and he basically got escorted out,” Gabell said. She also shared that Taylor Nation has offered her and her group free tickets for Swift’s next concert.