The Luck of Madonna strikes again – Philly 07-04-04
Me and a few of my friends have this “Luck of Madonna” I call it. Ever since “Ray of Light“, we’ve always seemed to have it happen when the odds are stacked against us. July 4th, 2004, Philadelphia, PA, that luck once again “Reinvented” itself.
Ray of Light: we got into Roxy: No big deal if you knew to be there because she was going to be there.
Music: We all get into Roseland somehow. Some paid money, while me, I won twice on Z100(shhh) and ended up giving my 3 extra tickets to a die hard Madonna fan in Atlanta and two in NYC.
Drowned World Tour… Sh*tty MSG seats. She cancelled my NJ show where I had better seats. And then my friend and me ended up getting 5th row front section floor seats at MCI in DC because they magically popped up on Ticketmaster like 3 days before the show.
American Life: We froze outside all day and night and got in for the concert at Tower Records in the Village. We also were one of the lucky 150 or so to get in to have Madonna autograph something of ours. I was one of he last people that she signed for before she had her notorious pissy fit where she walked out of the signing and left fans who had waited all day and night for her and were supposed to get an autograph as per what the sheet of paper we were given said.
She signed an American flag I brought. Liz Rosenberg was all happy, nice, and excited about the flag saying “What a great idea!” While Madonna said “I have.. to go home.. and put.. my kids.. to bed…” in a very pissed off way to Liz. Needless to say I was too in awe to care what her mood was at that point. I left with my flag, and minutes later, she left, leaving many fans who had froze their ass off for her, outside crying.
Along comes the Reinvention Tour… We all know what it was like to scramble for fan club tickets, some wasted a lot of money on VIP Tickets only to get seats that weren’t as good as seats that popped up on Ticketmaster 2 weeks before the show. So… 2 weeks before the July 4th show I go on Ticketmaster and Section 2, Row 5, Seats 20 & 21 come up for Philly. That’s center floor section, 5 rows from the stage… Of course I buy them even though I have two seperate tickets for Sec 1 and 3, Row 14 that I bought when tickets went on sale figuring my “Luck of Madonna” wouldn’t happen this time.
July 4th, 2004 – We get to Wachovia early, around 4:30pm, not knowing what holiday traffic would b like gettin to Philly from the Meadowlands in NJ. My BF and me meet up with my crazy and wild Madonna fan Kelli who me and some of my other “Luck of Madonna” friends met standing in line at Roseland.
Kelli paid to see her at Roseland, but for the DW Tour, ended up winning a Madonna-look-a-like contest and saw her again front in Philly last tour. She REALLY looks like Madonna. Even the people last night thought she was Madonna. Kelli had Sec 1, Row 8 seats for Philly. My BF and me had Sec 2, Row 5. So we parted ways when we got onto the floor. My BF and me went to our seats. Well… We tried. But… OUR SEATS WEREN’T THERE!!!
There was a empty spot in the floor and a big X on it where two more seats would have fit. OUR SEATS! I asked the people next to the X what their seat #s were and they said “18 and 19. They said “Go up to customer service, they’ll take care of you and give you new seats!”
What happened to Terry‘s seats? Did the Luck of Madonna leave the guys yesterday night?
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As my BF and me stood their with our Pepsis and Nachos sort of like “uh oh” a few things ran through my mind.
They would A) Give us similiar seats in the same area
B) Shaft us and try to give us worse seats where I would explode and give them beyond hell. C) This was a good thing… And it would be made up to us very well.
SEC 3, ROW 1, Seats 5 and 6! OMG!!! We got bumped to the front row! Not middle, but even closer to Madonna right side facing the stage which is even CLOSER to Madonna!!! The middle has a recessed area where the mixers and sound techs are while the right and left sides come out more. The Luck of Madonna, strikes again.
For my BF who has never seen Madonna perform it was a wet dream come true. She looked us in the eye and pointed right us for about 10 seconds and sang to us on one occasion. I mean, it was us she was pointing at. We were front row, and given the fact she was 5 feet away it couldn’t be mistaken.
I almost could have reach and and connected fingers like E.T. with her! In the same section were a whole bunch of people who were bumped to the front and second row. They were people who had seats in the second level. All of them were dressed like Madonna. Look for a man in a brown cowboy hat, brown jacket, and brown mustache. He looks for people who dress like and great fans and bumps you up to the front! As for Kelli… The Luck of Madonna was with her too. The woman behind us got 4 tickets from the cowboy. He didn’t hear her when she said she only needed 3. She gave us one of the tickets to get Kelli up to the 2nd row right behind us.
It turns out the seats we were bumped to, were the seats Kelli had for DW when she won the look-a-like contest!! Luck of Madonna, yes??? I was able to sneak my camera in, but out of the two security guards that were in the immediate front of the stage, left and right, one was right in front of me.
Some guy who took a picture from the middle second row he ran up to and warned him about the camera, so.. I wasn’t about the make the flash of my $500 camera go off in this guys face, possibily lose the camera and possibly be kicked from my front row seat. And the guy who threw the hat on the stage was not only screamed at by arena security, but one of the tour’s security people. So, as you can see… If you really believe, and you do good things for others, it will come back to you in the end. The Luck of Madonna.
Now for my review of the concert:
Madonna was NOT in a good mood for most of the concert. Being in the front row you can see a lot of what goes on when the lights dim. Something was up big time with Madonna’s ear mic. She complained about it throughout most of the show to Stuart.
Stuart would look across to the other guy playin the other keyboard and they would smile at each other as Madonna bitched. Stuart would try to mouth what was up with Madonna’s malfunction to the people at the mixers in front of the stage and Madonna would mouth things to them too. She would turn to Stuart while she was singing sometimes and give him a dirty look or in a pause between lyrics and he’d just smile back, then look at the other keyboardist on stage and they’d both smile at each other. This went on throughout more then half the show. Madonna went on, but you could tell she was very pissed. She was performing, but she wasn’t cracking a real smile and was visablly irritated.
It wasn’t until she got into Imagine that she started to lighten up. She thanked the crowd for spending Independece Day with her. She told the crowd that we should remember that “This country was originally founded on the basis that ALL men are created equally… We tend to forget that” (or something to that effect).
She said to a built buff guy in the front row who took his shirt off “I wish I could take my shirt off. I don’t do that anymore.” and she started laughing as if reminicing about her past.
She was in her Italians Do It Better shirt and I knew this was the sign that she would soon be giving away her shirt. She pointed to the guy she wanted to change shirts with and was like “Want to trade shirts? You give me mine and I’ll give you yours!”
She took off her shirt, he threw her his shirt she caught it (if I remember correctly) and she threw him hers. She really liked that interaction with the fan, goin to put the tshirt by one of the keyboardists and Stuart and her were smiling and talking when she went back to do that.
She said at one point “I didn’t know you people from Philadelphia were so wild!” When she she spun around with the others girls on the stage and enventually got out of the spin, she realized she wasn’t face the front of the stage but the side and then starting cracking up.
By then, nonworkin headphone or not, Madonna was having a good time. (ABOUT TIME!!) And when Madonna has a good time, we all have a good time! The show was awesome, the Luck of Madonna was awesome, and a lot of people who came together for the love of Madonna and spent Independence Day with the woman who has taught us how to laugh at ourselves and accept others for WHO they are and not WHAT they are, went home happy happy happy! And for some.. Like once again, we were being looked out for by someone, or.. Maybe it was just The Luck of Madonna.. Now… I just hope she doesn’t cancel my NJ show where I have section 3, Row 3 tickets. 🙂 Enjoy the show!
Special thanks to Terry aka kidqwik for sharing this exciting story with the tribe