It's '1989' in St. Paul: Taylor Swift's 3-night takeover starts Friday


Taylor Swift is about to spend three loud, busy nights in St. Paul.

The music superstar is performing at the Xcel Energy Center Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of her 1989 World Tour – events that will bring out thousands of fans. The only other U.S. city where Swift is performing more than twice during the tour? Los Angeles.

There's a kick-off party Friday at 4:30 p.m. outside gate two at the Xcel, and pre-parties at 5:30 p.m. for the two weekend shows. TicketMaster shows "not many left" on the official purchase page. On Stubhub you'll likely pay well over $100 for one.

The 25-year-old pop star's latest album, "1989," sold 3.6 million copies in 2014, Forbes says – making her one of just three artists with a platinum album last year.

Are people excited? Yes. Here's some of what's being tweeted about #1989tourstpaul.

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The Star Tribune is wondering what special guests might appear during the St. Paul run. Swift has made a habit of bringing on celebrities with local ties in each city during the tour.

Justin Timberlake, Beck, Wiz Khalifa, the U.S. women's soccer team, Chris Rock, Kobe Bryant, Walk the Moon, and a ton of others have all been brought on stage so far, according to People.

Who would fit the bill in Minnesota? Among the numerous names the Star Tribune floats are Adam Young from Owl City, Wild players Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and of course, Prince.

If you want behind-the-scenes stuff, check out her frequently updated Twitter and Instagram.

The Pioneer Press has a list of five things you should know about Swift and her concerts.

Her stop here also gives us an excuse to pull out two popular videos:

This parody by some Minnesota teachers:

And this impression Swift did of Minnesota accents:

If you're interested in Swift's opener, Australian Vance Joy, check out this Q&A with USA Today.

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