re-Invention memories from Rodrigo
Our reader Rodrigo from Chile had the chance to see Madonna live in Toronto and here’s his story.
“My boyfriend and I are HUGE Madonna fans since we were kids (I’m 30 now). We
live in Chile, you know, that long shaped country in South America, literaly
the end of the world. Madonna went to Argentina once, with The Girlie Show.
That was the closest that she ever was from Chile. I was a student back then
and never had enough money to catch a plane and buy tickets.
Now the situation is different, we both have pretty decent jobs ( anyway,
I’m not rich, I’m gonna be paying to the bank ’till 2007 for this…), so
when we heard that she was going on tour again, we decided to do the
impossible to catch a show. The “plan A” was go to the Miami venues. We get
the tickets, the air tickets an a lot of butterflies in our stomachs.
So, the nightmare begins. My tourist visa for the states was rejected. I
guess I’m not good enough for America or I’m a potential ilegal inmigrant
or wathever. We was sooo devastated, I recognize that I cried a lot.
But you know, sometimes God works in misterious ways, and “plan B” started.
We were lucky enough to get tickets to Toronto on july 19 !!!! Canada was so
friendly with me, I get my visa without problems!
We took the plane on july 18 and arrived Toronto the same day of the show.
I spend a LOT of money in this crazy adventure, but you know what? It was
Of course, our seats were the cheapest ones, on section 306, almost hanging
from the ceiling, but we had a good pair of binoculars.
When the lights went down in the Air Canada Centre, my heart started beating
so fast that I thought I was having a heart attack. The Beast Within was so
scary and beautiful, we couldn’t believe those great screens. Suddenly
Madonna rises from a hole in the middle of the stage, I search for her face
with the binoculars, and when I saw her eyes, I felt like I was touching
heaven with my hands.
What can I say about this amazing show? Everything was so perfect. Even the
setlist. When I first read it I really missed Love Profusion and Ray of light
but after the show I realized that every song was in the right place.
Hanky Panky it’s not my favourite tune, but fitted perfectly. The same with
Lament (tears again)
I loved Vogue, with all the acrobatics (can’t believe she’s 45 !!!). Burning
Up was great too. My favourite moments were Like a Prayer; the crowd was
insane (“you are the best audience so far….that’s no shit!” she said),
everybody was singing at the top of their lungs. At that time we were in
tears, I’m not lying when I say that you could touch the energy with your
Mother and Father (for me, the best song from American Life) was superb.
Madonna’s voice sounded so beautiful…
But definitly the most emotional moment for me was Don’t Tell Me, and I
really don’t know why. Maybe it was the mix with Bittersweet Symphony or the
“Don’t ever, ever, ever tell me… to stop” thing, but was one of the
perfect moments of my entire life.
I catch with my binoculars the moment when she fell on her face climbing the
stairs on Holiday, that after all was a very funny thing because she didn’
mind at all.
When everything was ending and the “Reinvent Yourself” screen closed the
show I knew that all the sacrifice was worthy. My boyfriend and I left the
Air Canada Centre and walk a long time without saying a word. Was an
incredible experience for the both of us, and a moment that will stay with
Thanks for letting me share this with all of you.
Thanks Toronto, thanks Madonna !!!!!!!!”