10.04.2012

Madonna Concert

I have to be honest. I wasn’t terribly excited about seeing her Tuesday night. I mean, it’s Madonna, and she was on my concert bucket list, but I haven’t been a huge fan of her music since the '90s. I’ve enjoyed a few hits since, but never rushed out to get an album.
 
My sister, two friends and I got to our seats around 7:50 for a concert starting at 8:00. Perfect timing. But French DJ Martin Solveig didn’t take the stage until 8:45 to get the party started. He mixed some of his own songs (you know Hello), some of Madonna’s, and some current hits. Not a bad way to start a show. I kinda prefer DJs to random opening bands these days. When he was done with his hour long set, we waited. And waited. And waited. Madonna didn’t start until 10:40! I was bored and tired and because 17,000 people were on their phones, it took forever to send a text or tweet. I just kept thinking that she was backstage being a diva.

 
Oh yeah, I forgot my frickin’ camera! These pictures from my phone are all crappy!! The videos are so far away it’s hard to tell what’s going on, but I have to share them because to give a little impression of the show. The jumbo screen is in the top left corner.

There were four parts of the show with 5-6 songs in each section. She kicked it off in a really weird controversial way. Of course. There were monks chanting, confession booths, crosses, cemeteries and other religious imagery, some cool slacklining, and a whole lot of violence. She wore a black catsuit and carried all kinds of guns. During the song Gang Bang (which I actually really like), she kept shooting the dancers coming into her motel room while blood splattered all over the screen, Dexter-style, yelling “Die bitch. Die bitch. Die bitch.” Um… The entire audience was just sitting there, staring. I mean, how do you root and cheer for that?

 




It got better. The second act was light and fun. She came out in a cheerleader uniform with a drum line suspended from the ceiling and sang upbeat songs. Then it got really musical. She changed into a leather dress and beret, played guitar, featured Basque folk music and dances (I think that’s what it’s called, I could be totally wrong), and sang stripped down versions of Open Your Heart and Holiday.
 
 






The third act was old school Madonna. My favorite! She Vogued in a cone bra, hung out with strippers during Erotica, stripped off her own clothes for Human Nature, and performed a sad, jazzy rendition of Like A Virgin with only a man playing piano on stage.

 
She came out in a Joan of Arc kind of outfit in the fourth act, which featured Chinese martial arts and Indian countryside for a few songs. She brought out the chorus for Like A Prayer and closed the show with a rave for Celebration.
 
 




I gotta say, I’m officially a fan. It was easily the best pop show I’ve ever been to. I loved her sets, costumes, dancers, lights, stages, mixes, routines, interludes, everything! The entire production was awesome and I will see her in concert every time she tours until she retires. She didn’t have that fake concert whiny/shouty voice. She didn’t stand on stage basking in applause. She didn’t even have a hint of her fake British accent. She was surprisingly normal and seemed genuine. She worked her ass off dancing around on stage, kicking, squatting, climbing, fighting, etc. She looked amazing! So, so pretty. We all know pop stars can’t pull off crazy choreography and sing at the same time. Madonna didn’t pretend to by lip syncing. She sang when she could, sometimes entire songs, sometimes just the verses while she busted a move to the choruses and she played guitar for at least four songs. She kept it real, y’all and I’m so surprised by how much I loved it. She is the Queen!

 

10 comments:

hotpants™ said...

I'm glad you shared this because she comes off as such a bitch these days. I'm glad she continues to put on great shows for her fans.

lil desiqua said...

I love DJ Martin Solveig mixes! And his song "Hello" that was out last summer (I think? Maybe earlier)! That opening sounds a bit off-color, but definitely attention grabbing! Sounds like an awesome show overall!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

She is so weird, but she can still rock it. I can't help but love her. So cool you got to experience this, even if she did take her sweet time.

Christianna said...

She would be a crazy show to see! Sounds like you had a blast?! When was the concert over? Like one in the morning?

Melanie Montgomery said...

I'm not a fan of Madonna. I feel like she carries a little notebook in her purse everyday just writing down ways to shock and offend people. That concert seemed like a lot of fun though! I probably would have enjoyed it.

Jodie said...

I'm a fan of Madonna herself, but she does have some amazing songs! I would go for her old school stuff. I can't believe it started so late!! What a night!!

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

That is so cool!! I would love to see Madonna, although I haven't been a fan either. I loved her in the 90's.

Julia P F said...

She will always be amazing. So weird that " my" Madonna is so different from today's

Karen Peterson said...

I'm torn between really wanting to see Madonna in concert and not wanting to contribute financially to her weirdness.

Sami said...

Your recap is great! I actually knew she wouldn't be coming out until 10 bc I had heard that but she didn't come on until 10:45 at our show either. It's fun to see your views because I missed alot of it bc we were so close! You got some great shots :) The Vogue part was my favorite too!