”Don’t make me use the F word. My daughter’s in the audience tonite”
M-Tribe friend and community member DyeAnotherDay just got home from another night at The Garden. After showing an amazing shot of Madonna he took from the catwalk at last night’s show (see below), here’s some of what he posted in the Forum about this experience of being “relocated” at a Madonna concert.
According to Ticketmaster, I got my seat at 5:17.
I was feelin’ good on my walk to the Garden. My feet hurt from the other night, but I was inspired by Donna De Lory‘s blog about walking around Manhattan for 100 blocks.
So sort of walked slowly and limped up to the Garden.
I was groovin’ to the Gorillaz tunes, looking forward to my seat.
I saw M’s “Erotica” dance partner sitting on the floor and I told him I thought he was great. They’re all so nice. Guy Oseary was there. Lenny Kravitz was there.
It was a nice Sunday crowd.
So I get to the floor… and the usher looks at my seat and says “Oh, follow me sir!”
Apparently, my seat did not exist. So she plopped me down right against the main catwalk! My heart started pounding. Have fun, she said!
It was SO FUCKING HOT. So COOL!
I sat there, trying to believe it… until about 8:45, when three other people arrived – all with the same seat.
Let me tell you, I cannot believe people who wander to their seats with beer, popcorn, and programs three minutes before showtime.
We were instantly surrounded by a number of stressed out security guards and three people who looked like they were about to explode with tears.
It was NOT a great way to start the evening.
The way the ushers treated everyone was amazing to me. Just standing there lying to their faces. One whispered to me, “Here honey, follow me, I have a MUCH better seat for you.” Like an idiot, I left my seat and let her relocate me. I got there, and was like, “UM, no way.” She at that point thought I was someone else. I mean they’re just frantic, scrambling, people are screaming at them. Lenny Kravitz is standing there taking pictures. Madiva is there — wearing THE EXACT SAME THING she’s worn for every concert!!! (He’s slipping.)
Finally, as the lights went down, the ushers, security — all these people — let us all just share the space at the edge of the catwalk.
The lights went out. The disco ball starts coming down and this time it looks like it’s going to land on my head.
Once again, a first act that seems to streak by before you know it. I continue to be amazed at the detail in this show, the way the dancers GIVE so much when the entire crowd is obviously looking elsewhere.
Tip: if you are lucky enough to get near the stage, make eye contact with the dancers, because they appreciate it and will really groove with you.
During “Get Together” a BUNCH of glitter and confetti came down. I was like, WTF.
Madonna usually lies down on the runway for this and twirls around, and she got away from the runway immediately.
I realized that someone from the audiece threw it at her. What an idiot. He could have had face time with Madonna and instead she ran away from him.
It was like that the whole night. Just a stupid, drunk, hyper, Sunday crowd.
“Like A Virgin” was amazing, as always – and “Jump” is so absolutely wonderful and rousing. I love that song.
She comes to end of the catwalk — I could practically TOUCH her — busts a few moves, and dissapears. Again, the first act seems to last just a couple of minutes, the time streaks by so quickly.
The second act was great. The fire during “Live To Tell” made the room rumble.
The crowd was very wild — it was a Sunday, and I’m sure many of them had been drinking all day! I looked around and saw that everyone was dancing during “Forbidden Love” and “Isaac,” which are so upbeat and fun.
I noticed that Tony Villanueva – M’s dresser – is always available for her. He ran around within the catwalk or around the crowd whenever she was out on the runway or catwalk.
Everyone loves “Sorry,” and “Like it Or Not” brings down the house, just as you would expect it would.
Before “I Love New York,” someone threw a green camouflage jacket onto the stage.
She said, “Okay, don’t make me use the F word. Because my daughter’s in the audience tonight.” I noticed there were very few “motherfuckers” tonight.
She continued, “But DO NOT throw fucking shit on my stage, okay? It makes it unsafe for my dancers.”
Believe it or not, I saw someone throw a bottle cap onto the stage. The whole night was like that.
“I Love New York” rocked the house — lots of fun — and of course you can’t go wrong with ROL either. When the dancers were near me, I screamed for Mihran a couple of times, but he remains extremely focused.
For “Let It Will Be”, she, again, was right in front of me. It’s so amazing to be so close to her. She is such an incredible human being.
She returned to the stage, and broke into a few bars of some number I didn’t catch at the beginning until I realized with the help of fellow fans in the Forum that is was no other than “New York, New York“.
She said, “New York is just so intense, you guys give me such energy… you never know what will happen.”
“Drowned World” and “Paradise (Not For Me)” were both very lovely, and the sound was great.
I could watch “Music Inferno” every night. I thought that Cloud was going to skate right into me. It was such a delight watching Madonna and her two dancers do their little mash-up right in front of me. I don’t know how people take pictures during this — it’s just mind-blowing.
“Erotica” was terrific. I especially enjoyed it since I had just talked to her dance partner before the show.
A catwalk seat comes with difficulties. It is so distracting. There is CONSTANTLY something happening… people with flashlights, crew members, camera people, photographers, security looking at tickets, people crashing the catwalk, and on and on and on. Tonight was very intense, but it came with a lot of unpleasantness.
I noticed that “La Isla” was different tonight! On Thursday, this was Madonna’s big sing-along. But tonight she didn’t do that much, and Jason instead seemed to recreate the “La Isla” dance from the Drowned World tour. I don’t know if it was spontaneous, or if I just noticed it from my seat.
New York loves “Lucky Star” — and it really hit the spot tonight.
M defintely had some sort of problem before “Hung Up.” The intro seemed to go on an eternity. I actually started looking around the area. The room is just pounding with music. FINALLY, I spotted her running onto the little platform that had already risen — normally she rises out of it with the dancers.
Her outfit looked kind of lopsided. Her glasses didn’t fit just right and she kept adjusting her outfit.
But it was a lot of fun, great to dance to.
A very draining night.
Thanks to DyeAnotherDay. If you want to send in your report or your pictures from the show as well, and anything you would like to see featured here, please drop us a line by writing to our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!