”Confessions” finally caught on fire
And here’s DyeAnotherDay‘s review of Madonna’s great, second “Confessions” show.
“A very odd, subtle mix of Get Together is playing as you enter the arena. I had to strain to hear M whisper “It’s all an illusiooooooon.” She thinks of everything. I’m beginning to see lots of similarities to RIT and the “Love Profusion” mix that played quietly before that show.
Boys and girls, I am such an ass. I had a perfectly good loge seat, but when Row 12, seat 1, which about six rows from the center stage. I have never felt so alive. When the lights went out and I was sitting there waiting for Her, IT, to begin, my heart just rose into my throat.
Last night, I have to admit that the show lurched forward, stopped, lurched forward again. Tonite, Madonna turned the ignition, and her little Confessions machine’s motor started running.
• Future Lovers
Lights out. The Steven KIein video begins running — it is so elegant. A gigantic Madonna addresses the crowd: “forget your problems. Come with me.” It is, indeed, very futuristic.
As the disco ball begins its descent, it’s like watching a tennis match. The video. The ball. The video. The ball. And the SCREAMING CROWD. The ball opens like a flower and there she is. There is Madonna.
The crowd erupts at the return of Dita. In her Gaultier riding outfit, top hat, and mane of black hair, Madonna disciplines those naughtly little dancers, all decked out in ultra-kinky S&M leather equestrian gear.
Madonna does indeed sing the Donna Summer/Georgio Moroder 1976 disco classic “I Feel Love” in ending the number. Those who recognize it go ballistic with excitement..
• Get Together
Madonna returns to the main stage with two dancers and performs “Get Together.” And she resurrects those great “Music” deep-knee bends. How does she do it?.
• Like A Virgin
As x-rays are projected on the video screens, a little mechanical bull discreetly rises out of the stage right catwalk/platform. Madonna says, “Do you want to take a ride with me?”, in keeping with the equestrian theme.
After it’s in position, Madonna trots over and mounts it. Now in a see-through black lace top and bustier, Madonna virtually performs an entire yoga routine atop it, turning it into a merry-go-round, pole dance of sorts. Madonna is SO Madonna. Like A Genius.
One of the most energetic points in a very acrobatic show. There are actually a FEW cages in this show. A giant gymnastics cage is lowered from the ceiling and connects the center stage with the main stage and the dancers do some pretty impressive stunts on it. At this point I can see that the show finally ignited!
The music is a bit Live To Tell, a bit Isaac. There are clips of torture and war. It is VERY “Imagine.” Dancers are on the catwalks acting out the torture — by parents, spouses, governments…
• Live To Tell
I guarantee you, you will never again hear 20,000 people gasp like this. I was afraid to move. Of course, a girl named Madonna danced on a gondola in Venice singing about being a virgin — for almost the first time! — so what’s new, really? But it’s strong stuff, and I’m honestly not surprised that there’s been a knee-jerk reaction to it. Look — she’s not on this Earth to sing “Vogue” every night. Ironically, the only words that come to mind are “holy shit” and “Jesus Christ.”
• Forbidden Love
I nice, choreographed dance routine on the main stage while two hot male dancers to a little gay thing — similar to “TBW” in the Girlie Show. I was really enjoying this and dancing in my aisle seat (lucky moi).
Yitzhak Sinwani joins Madonna and this is a surprisingly energetic number. Nice! One of the dancers does a sort of harem dance.
Yet another cage comes out, and an explosive Sorry takes over the room. Dancers and acrobatics everywhere. Madonna plants some hot kisses on the female dancers. Her see-thru top comes off, revealing her leotard.
• Like It Or Not
Madonna works the runway between the stage and center stage with a stool that reminded me a lot of “Open Your Heart.” I marvel at the way she incorporates her persona into her every move. The crowd really eats it up. I can see Madonna is having a good, good time, and her hair is so gorgeous (for those who care about this!)
The Sorry interlude is very odd, I still can’t quite get a handle on it, but they do use the video and sync her lips with, I guess, a mix of the song.
• I Love NY
The video screen projects the New York skyline. Once again, this keeps the crowd after the rocking Sorry. Madonna spills her tea-colored water in a Volvic bottle all over her jacket, but laughs it off. “New York is a state of mind,” she tells the crowd.
• Ray Of Light
The dancers all join Madonna in classic New Wave gear. Black outfit, white tie. Tight choreography.
• Let it Will Be
A word to all you Madonnamaniacs (that means you, tb), if you want Madonna to stick her tongue out at you, be at the center stage. She completely lets go in the center stage for this, and there is no barracade, just a completely overwhelmed security guard or two — boy, does the crowd around her go wild. You cannot get closer to Madonna. It’s The Pit of TCT, and you don’t have to win a contest. Just be on the floor about in the middle of the floor. I have decided that the best seat for this show is roughly the 15th row. I was in row 12 and missed a lot of the action on the center stage.
• Drowned World
Seated on the edge of the stage, Madonna finally rewards the front rows with an intimate number. Her voice is very good, by the way. Really, she looks beautiful.
• Paradise Not For Me
She is joined by Yitzhak Sinwani for the duet. It’s very special. You need to really take a journey on a Madonna concert.
• Disco Inferno
Don’t diss this song! If you liked “Hollywood,” you’ll love it.
Last night, Cloud made a spectacular entrance. Just fabulous. And tonite… I watched him lose his balance on his roller skates, and he fell. I felt bad for him. I wonder when one of them will go into the audience. He was visibly unhappy. Then he fell again. Welcome to “Truth or Dare,” my dear.
John Travolta only WISHES Gaultier had designed HIS suit! But they probably didn’t even have the FABRIC that they have today — I noticed how beautifully cut it is, and how it moves. Madonna has a good time.
I’m beginning to hear the You Thrill Me aspect to this song. The white suit comes off and Madonna does a spectacular tango with her Die Another Day partner from the RIT in a pink and lavender skinsuit.
And… again… Madonna’s sound pack flies off her and the problems start. They can’t fix it. She misses the entire opening to LIB, and I can see she is distracted, trying to confer with Stuart, and shooting looks of hell at the entire crew. But smiling at the audience.
• La Isla Bonita
It’s funny how people have been talking about ABBA, Giorgio Moroder, and Donna Summer… but I noticed a striking resemblance between her pink and lavender jumpsuit and the one that Debbie Harry of Blondie used to wear. It is VERY Studio 54 — even without the Travolta suit. There is a trace of “Heart of Glass,” the landmark 1978 Blondie video that marked the moment when rock and roll and disco shook hands and called it “dance music.” The way Madona celebrates this moment in time is inspired and drives this whole show and I’m sure will continue to be revealed as the tour progresses.
The entire troupe still does a rousing version, but I can tell they’re all distracted, trying to smile, looking everywhere, bumping into each other.
• Lucky Star
Madonna works all catwalks during this, signalling that the concert is wrapping up. She does completely blend “Lucky Star” with “Hung Up.”
Madonna dissapears briefly, and returns in the glasses, the Gucci jacket, and the leotard for an exact replica of “Hung Up” from the U.S. Grammy show of February 2006. It’s amazing the way the crowd howls at this.
Cloud has a funny moment. He is pointing at Madonna’s ass and mouthing “Wow!” She sees him and looks down at her ass, thinking that she has split a seam or something, realizes that he was just workin’ it, and they both completly crack up laughing hysterically. It was very impromptu.
But he’s still having problems. There is something itching his collar and he keeps missing moves, scratching his hair and neck. (The room was ridiculously hot.)
• Hung Up
Once again, as “Hung Up” winds down, the dance troupe is slowly lowered into the stage as they dance and the video screen surrounds them. The room is definitely loving it, but I can tell they are all working hard and the fun dropped out for them right during “Music” tonight. Again, “Have you confessed?”
Even with the problems, I felt the show finally is coming together and it really did take off, despite the tech problems in the last three song. I was really riveted during the drama, and dancing during her best numbers. The first three acts positively burned seamlessly.
Special thanks to DyeAnotherDay.