Madonna – 6/23 – MSG Thoughts
MadonnaTribe Forum member nycboi1981. is back from another Madison Square Garden re-Invention tour show.
His review goes something like this:
“While I enjoyed Sunday’s concert more, I have to say that she is still blowing the roof off of Madison Square Garden every single night, and I’d be surprised if there were any roof left by the time she wraps the New York leg of the tour tomorrow night.
Sorry for the clunky writing… I just got home, still on a high!
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So, nothing beats standing but a few feet away from Madonna, during “Holiday” with confetti blanketing the sky, the crowd, the senses.
It’s almost like being in your own personal dreamworld… is this getting too gooey? Well, I was almost crying! She was practically in reach (okay, maybe that’s a bit of embellishment), and she’s smiling, and making eye contact, and there’s confetti everywhere.
Maybe I’m just easily moved… but there’s nothing like it in the world! (Of course, there was one scary moment when some freak decided to throw a black t-shirt up at Madonna while she was out on the “Titanic”-looking walkway. It got stuck on one of the lights/mechanisms and she looked visibly afraid/angered… wouldn’t you be?!) Other than that, though, perfection!
Tonight, I was determined to keep the energy up for my favorite set of the evening: “Hanky Panky“, “Deeper and Deeper“, “Die Another Day” and “Lament” (I adore her vocals and choreography in these numbers… she seems more connected with the material than anywhere else).
Sunday night (and tonight), I noticed complete sections of the crowd taking beer, bathroom and ciggy breaks during this set. So, my friend and I, and a few crazy people started shimmying, doing the charleston, the black bottom and other such dances in the aisles! We at least kept our section of the floor bumpin’! There also was this really awesome guy up on the rightside loge seats who was practically a stowaway dancer from the tour! Madonna must have spotted him throughout the evening, because his energy was highly addictive!
I stopped a few times during the evening mentioning to my friend that tonight was the most extroverted I’ve been in my life, but Madonna just cascades 1000% off of that stage, you just can’t help but be caught up in it.
Umm… I am leaving so much out, but I feel like I’m going to crash. Let’s see… OH! The crowd was DEAFENING during “Like a Prayer“, I swear, it was like being in the largest temple in the world with oodles of people chanting like crazy – this buzzing in the ears and in the body. The cheers and the clapping and the positive energy just blossoming from every corner. Also, “Don’t Tell Me” received a similar kind of ovation, which got so loud and crazy that Madonna repeated her final “Don’t…… ever tell me……” “Don’t ever tell me…… to stop” (I hope I’m remembering correctly).
Last, but not least – when Madonna comes out to do “Into the Groove“, “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Crazy For You“, she honestly looks like a bright eyed 20-something year old. The long hair and the twirling dervish-type choregraphy, the longing in the voice (which has never sounded this powerful, though Sunday’s concert left a bit more of an impression), the jumping up and down. Hell, it could be Madonna’s first appearance on “American Bandstand” back in the 80s.
She becomes that, the fun, break loose, escapist Madonna of the nostalgic Super Mario Bros. days gone by. Though the inclusion of her mature, gorgeous music of today, coupled with the elegant, creepy, grandeur of her “Bedtime Story” video and opening, “Beast Within” visuals inform the crowd that Madonna has become better than ever… nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever eclipse the fact that she is still a girl from Detroit out to rule the world. Cliched, but so is this: she’s a legend. plain and simple.
Still on a high… not thinking clearly – but there you have it! Cheers!
P.S. – “Music” landed much better tonight than it did on Sunday. For what reason, I don’t know… but the joint was jumpin’, and I absolutely loved Madonna’s vocals on this. I think so many people were dancing in the aisles, that many weren’t even looking towards the stage! Talk about infectious
And Oh! I just remembered a cute little moment during “Mother and Father“, she must have missed a lyric or an entrance or something (I don’t quite remember), but she said something like this at one point: “Wow, this song needs subtitles!”
Review by nycboi1981 thanks for sharing this with The Tribe.