Madonna fans flock to show
No matter how many times Madonna reinvents herself, her fans still love her.
They showed their undying affection for the one-time Material Girl Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, lining up early for her “Re-Invention” tour performance – the first of six shows here. Her 19-city world tour will end in Lisbon in mid-September.
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“She brings back a lot of good memories to people,” said John Torres, 24, a lighting designer from Park Slope. “She’s timeless. People respect her and listen to her, regardless of where she is in her career.”
The 45-year-old artist has undergone a number of reincarnations over the years… from writhing sexpot to cowgirl-rocker to electronica hip-hop artist. Now, as a writer of children’s books who says she prays every day, Madonna has adopted a new stage image, mixing her shows with proven 1980 hits and new-found messages of politics and religion.
Her last album, “American Life“, bombed, and many see her “Re-Invention” tour as an attempted comeback.
Wearing a T-shirt that proclaimed “Madonna’s Fans Do It Better,” Kirsty Morrison, 32, a gymnastics coach from Astoria, dismissed critics who think Madonna has become passe: “She changes; she keeps you interested,” Morrison said. “I love her new music, especially live. I know a lot of people haven’t gotten into it.”
Delvin Gonzalez, 27, an English teacher and makeup artist who came from San Juan to see her, said Madonna is “very powerful” despite her changes. “I think she grows with every single album,” he said.
Alex Garcia, 32, a cellphone salesman who moved to Astoria three years ago from Medellin, Columbia, said this was his first chance to see Madonna in person. “I have been waiting for this day since I was 11 years old,” he said.
Despite reports that the Garden shows had been sold out, thousands of tickets… ranging in price from $50 to $300… were still available, according to ticket brokers.
Article by Brian Boyd and Pete Bowles, Newsday