Oops, I Forgot the Words to ‘Imagine’
After seeing Madonna’s “Re-Invention” tour on both coasts – New York and L.A. – I’m looking for ways to re-invent my job so FOX News will fly me to other locales along “Esther’s” tour route. (I mean, is a quick hop across the pond for a Paris show really too much to ask?)
Whatever your feelings about Madonna (given name), Madge (nickname) or Esther (kooky Kabbala name) – and let’s face it, all three can be irritating – “Re-Invention” is simply one of the best stadium shows I’ve ever seen.
It works on every level: 20-odd years of hit songs (some with terrific new arrangements), innovative choreography (not the same tired moves you see from Britney, Janet, etc.), creative costuming (from Scottish kilts to flapper girl skivvies), cutting-edge videography and perfect pacing.
There was only one difference between the New York and L.A. shows I saw – in the land of fair-haired hotties, Madonna made like a blonde and forgot the words to John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Oh, the musical sacrilege! What made it especially amusing was that she mentioned before she started the song that the lyrics are wonderful, important, timely – blah blah blah – so much so that she wished she had written it – and then, mid-song, she drew a blank!
To be fair, she had been ill, and had canceled the previous show. But let me tell you, the face value on my ticket was $300, and if I’d had actually paid for that ticket (rather than shamelessly accepting a complimentary one), I would have wanted every darn word of every song. (I did pay in New York, where my ticket price was a “cheap” $105.)
It’s funny, only Madonna could put together a show in which one minute she’s singing, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can” (words she actually remembered) and in the next she’s belting out the virtues of being a Material Girl!
Review by Lisa Bernhard, FoxNews
Thanks to MadonnaTribe Team member rayoliteuk