Atlantic City Heat Wave by Barney
Thanks to Barney for another great report – this time about some interesting facts and tidbits from Madonna’s one-night-only concert at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday night.
Be sure to check more great pictures from the show taken by Chris at Barney’s website neishaverse.com.
Once again Madonna snatched someone’s hat during “Let It Will Be“, however she wore it all the way till her little monologue before “Drowned World.” She even asked the crowd “Do You Like My Hat?” Unlike both shows in Philadelphia, she actually returned the hat to its owner. Much like PhillyHatGuy’s report about the 2nd Philly show, this gentleman was NOWHERE near the catwalk, until just before “Let It Will Be” Both myself and my good friend RemixDubBoy were scoping out the catwalk prior to the song to see if such a hat would surface. Once again this guy was rushed to the stage by security moments before said song begun! So much for this being a spontaneous act of hat-napping!
Madonna did make many more requests to get people to stand in this show, I do not think the crowd at the Jersey shore was showing her the enthusiasm she had expected. She pointed out a man in a green shirt that was clearly bored off him ass. They showed him on the monitors, and he didn’t even care that Madonna singled him out. He still stayed right in his seat, arms folded! He had no time for Madonna or her comments, and was not getting out of his seat!
Madonna messed up “Paradise Not For Me” in the first few notes, and the band halted the song. She gave a little comment to Isaac before they started the song over again. Another interesting fact was how this song ended. As the LED Video wall lowers between “Paradise” & “Music” the displayed image was now a new video display. In the past the screen showed nothing more but a burst of blue light. This show featured flower petals floating through the air, almost like snow flakes. Was very beautiful, and a MUCH nicer video transition.
The balloons during “Hung Up” did not all fall at the same time. One of the huge bags that hold the balloons were prematurely released just before Madonna did her little “Ride on her Boombox.” Then when the Balloons usually released, only half the arena got showered with balloons. Then a few minutes later a thirds and final balloon shower took place.
Another interesting thing about this event, not really performance related.
Two of the staff remembers came up to me prior to show time, and clearly saw my video camera. I was sweating bullets (from fear, and the stupid lack of air conditioning!) thinking my collections was about to have a gap in it. They laughed it off, and said they could have cared less is I recorded the show or not. Apparently the vast majority of the staff of Boardwalk Hall wanted Madonna out of the building and did not wish many kind words on her because of the Air Conditioning situation. The building management and Madonna’s crew were in a much heated (no pun intended) argument about the Air earlier in the day, when the venue got its first notice about her Air Conditioning Shut Down requests. The building management felt Madonna was being unfair to all of the paying guests, and the employees who had to endure the high summer heat, while dressed in formal uniforms. The one staff me member was very pleased to hear Madonna only had one show in town, and prefer she not come back.”
Thanks to Barney and Chris.