”Madonna is truly the queen!”
This is our Community member crazed3009‘ San Jose May 30th review:
“OMG! This is all I could say after the show! This was the best show ever, Madonna is truly the queen! I just got back and its like 11:50pm.
So me and my friend arrived at the HP Pavilion around 5ish and the crowds were low, kind of a real surprise. There was a merchandise table set up next to the entrance with confessions merchandise. I didn’t buy anything cause the dogtags were inside only. We waited from like 5 PM to like 6:45 PM until they let us in. That line grew in length so damn quickly and not to mention so many cuteys. There was this one protestor, sad little man, who protested something that Jesus loves us and it was best that we don’t watch Madonna cause it’s against Jesus or something. I didn’t really listen to him cause me and my friend were laughing our ass off to everything he said. Anyways, we finally got in and I immediately ran to the merchandise stand and stood amazed at the prices. Damn their expensive. I got myself a dogtag with the Confessions Tour logo and the tour book.
We got food and stuff like that waited until like 8:30 PM. Lights went out around that time, or I should say that half the pavilion lights went off. All the screaming began starting here, ending then, starting here, ending then.
Like six minutes later, all lights died and the pavilion was dark! The queen was finally ready!
The introductary video was magnificant with the horses and of course Madonna! The first thing I noticed was the huge ass bass. Damn, that bass was grand and strong. The huge disco ball came down and with lights shining on it, the whole audience was filled with a dream feeling! It opened up and there she was. With no time to waste, she went right into Future Lovers and boy was her voice strong. I mean, if the bass was a little softer, her voice would be clear, but I can’t complain.
Then came Get Together with nothing that hasn’t been reported. She danced and boy was she hot. Next came Like A Virgin and boy were the crowds around me hooting when she danced on that carousal thing. I remember that at some point of the show she said the San Jose crowd was much better than the lifeless crowd back in Vegas! We were told that San Jose was the SHIT!
Well anyways, after Jump, the interlude video was totally emotional with the confessions of three of the dancers.
Once again, it would have been more emotional if we could hear their voices but who cared then, we just stared at their splendid dancing to the beat. Before we knew it, there was Madonna, rising on the cross. I was expecting Forbidden Love to stir up the crowds with the two guys holding hands but I guess the people around me weren’t that interested. The life was mostly on the floor i have to say. Isaac rose on the right catwalk and everyones looked in amazement. I would say his trumpet was a bit too close to the mic cause girls behind me were screaming and clogging their ears. Isaac was beautiful and so was the dancing by that girl dancer in the cage. After was my favorite song, Sorry! I was not sure, but something told me she was not singing live. Her real voice appeared to come on only at the end cause you can hear her catch her breath with each word. Next came Like It or Not which had its own feeling, but I wasn’t much of a fan for this song until now. Not many props except a chair.
The Sorry interlude mix was the best. It can never match up to bootleg recordings of it. You have to experience the beat live to appreciate it. Of course everyone was amused by the blinking eyes of Bush, hell everyone laughed at him. Before long, from the sides on the screens were the designs of cities for the introduction to I Love New York, and boy does she ever. That furry feathery outfit she wore seemed snug and uptight, but can’t complain. She totally rocked on the guitar for that song and Ray of Light. She complained that her right side was more energetic than the left, and I had to agree. We were totally dead until she told us to live it up. THe most random song I would have to say up to now would have to be Let It Will Be. She acted like a total drunk girl out going crazy, but yet she was totally beautiful doing it. Fisting the air here and there and kicking side to side.
Finally came the downhill climb of the show with peaceful songs like Drowned World/Substitute for Love and Paradise. Paradise was unique in its own way. I was sort of annoyed by the vocalized parts of it but all is well. Another interlude was clippings from commercials, performances, and music videos before the Music Inferno started. Boy did this get everyone off their seats and dancing their ass off. For once I didn’t have to make my friend get up! Those dancers are so awesome roller-skating on the stage, and I would like to say that everyone was safe and nobody got hurt since nobody fell (that’s what I saw at least). Erotica was beautiful after she stripped her pants off. I totally love the new mix. My friend even liked it since he was practically disgusted by the old version and the video he saw not too long ago. She ran to the sides to change her shoes for La Isla Bonita and a tropical feeling settled on the pavilion.
Now was the final climax of the concert. Lucky Star was fascinating. She laid on the floor and said something like it was night night time or time to go nitey night. It was cute. Her voice had an innocent child-like appeal to it throughout the performance. Nothing like her album voice. Her cape flashed and boy did it wow the crowds. For those who think the huge disco ball has no use other than for the intro, boy are you wrong. It twirls around and around above with multiple lights hitting it while Lucky Star flowed into Hung Up. THe audience was glittered with rainbow beauty! Soon it was her goodbye, she rose from the floor and started Hung Up after two dancers during the interlude ran into the audiences on the sides. It was stunning they would actually do that. Madonna was totally cool now. To my memory, I could not recall if she swore at us for now singing “Time goes by, so slowly.” She stuck the mic in front of some audience members and you could hear them sing it. I remember a guy doing it and you immediately knew he enjoyed it. Her ending was like that of her Re-invention Tour. She stood there posing with the dancers as the see-through video screen came down. It took some time before the words Have you Confessed appeared. Either it was planned that way or it was an error. Anyways, it was sad having to leave. THe show went by so quickly. I would say the show ended around 10:45ish. Not bad for a concert, nearly 2 hours.
You could see ushers that worked at the pavilion trying to get everyone to leave. In the halls they gathered together making people leave if they weren’t buying anything. The lines were so long for merchandise. There were things not on fanfire. There were two photos each $5, a baseball cap, a $10 poster, $5 blinkies (little midget badges that flash colors) and some plastic keychains. Overall, I give this concert a 10 out of 10 and if I had the cash and time, I would probably go back tomorrow, but can’t. Got to live the moment and realize that eventually it must end.”
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