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Surprise Taylor Swift street concert snarls rush hour traffic in Hollywood

October 29, 2010 |  6:01 pm


"If you're at Hollywood and Highland around 4 today, my band and I will see you there." So it was written on Taylor Swift's Twitter page Friday afternoon.

Miss Swift, haven't you learned anything from President Obama's mistakes? No matter what Angelenos think of you and your work, we are guaranteed to hate your guts if you snarl up our rush-hour traffic.

Especially on a Friday.

Swift performed her short, surprise Hollywood Boulevard concert atop a double-decker bus with her face splashed all over it. With various streets closed from 1 to 5 p.m., traffic was a mess, eliciting some "fan mail" on Twitter for @taylorswift13:

@WalkerMark10 Just sat in traffic at Hollywood and Highland because Taylor Swift was allegedly singing a song on top of a moving bus...

@TechFrog: Taylor Swift is on Hollywood blvd doing an impromptu concert on the sidewalk and causing traffic. Helicopters above following

@sylviag_: Taylor Swift is causing a traffic jam in Hollywood. Stop waving and start driving! I have places to be.

@katlenhart: I should clarify: I'm OK with Taylor Swift. I'm not OK with major-league traffic.

@brandy29:  Really?! During Friday traffic hour?! Seriously poor judgment on part of organizer. Via @TotalTrafficLA

At least she didn't use the bus to block the Hollywood Freeway, like that other band Angelenos now hate.

Swift move, literally. At least when she played for JetBlue on Thursday at JFK Airport in New York, they didn't have to close the runways.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Taylor Swift performs live for JetBlue Airways at JFK Airport on Oct. 27, 2010 in New York City. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images