Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour had its very first guest appearance on March 25 at her second Las Vegas show. At the concert, Swift invited her friend and collaborator Marcus Mumford, lead singer of Mumford & Sons, to join her on stage to perform “Cowboy Like Me” from her “Evermore” album.
Mumford, who also appears on the album version of the track, shared a video from the performance on his TikTok and wrote in the caption, “you’re a bandit like me @taylorswift.” In the live version, he sang a verse from the song, but on the album version, he only sings harmonies.
you’re a bandit like me @Taylor Swift #erastour
♬ original sound – marcusmumford
After the show, Swift wrote on Instagram, “Last night in Vegas Marcus Mumford showed up and surprised the crowd with ‘Cowboy Like Me’ so like 🤩🤯😝! Thank you to @marcusmumford and that glorious crowd. See you next weekend in Texas!”
Before Mumford performed with her, Swift told the crowd a story about how the musician came to even be on her album. According to fans at the event, Swift said that in 2020, after the release of “Folklore,” she still had ideas for more songs and wanted to write a second album, “Evermore.” The problem was that most recording studios were still shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So her friend and collaborator Aaron Dessner called around to people he knew to see if they had a space Swift could use, and Mumford offered his home studio.
Apparently, Swift really wanted Mumford to be on her song but was too afraid to ask him. However, he walked into the studio while she was recording “Cowboy Like Me” and started humming a harmony, so she eventually asked for his assistance. The singer added that five or six songs on “Evermore” were recorded at Mumford’s house.
The Eras Tour has only just begun, with Swift set to play dates in the US now through August (international dates have yet to be announced). Of course, fans are speculating who else Swift might invite to perform on stage with her. She has songs with Haim and Phoebe Bridgers, both of whom are set to open for her at later dates during the tour, so it seems likely they’ll join her at some point. Swift also has songs with artists like Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Lana Del Rey, Bon Iver, The Chicks, Kendrick Lamar, Zayn, and Ed Sheeran, so it’s possible any of them could pop up during her tour.
Swift fans also have hopes that the singer will record a new song or remix with Harry Styles when she releases “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” which features songs allegedly inspired by their relationship.
Swift’s Eras Tour set includes two surprise songs every night, so there’s lots of opportunity for live collaborations. We’ll just have to wait and see.