Moscow memories from Dimon
Here’s a Moscow review by our community member Dimon taken from our English forum.”The show in Moscow was a blast. Me and my girlfriend came to the venue at about 11 a.m. There was a line of some 100 people when we arrived, the police blocked the entrance to the Luzhniki arena so everyone had to wait for the opening of the gate. They said that they would let people in at 2 p.m. but they actually did it at 4. When they asked people to come in everyone started rushing about and pushing each other. By that time there were several thousands of people in the huge endless line.
After several hours of waiting outside the Luzhniki complex we had to make our way through several police cordons on outside the actual stadium. When near the arena I heard the sound of Madonna rehearsing I Love New York and You Thrill Me. I could not believe that I was listening to her live singing. When we finally ran into the stadium, we ran towards the stage the size of which stuck my imagination. I knew it was going to be large, but I did not think it was going to be THAT large. When we were running we heard Madonna there rehearsing Get Together. I saw her there rehearsing!!!!! For the first time in my life. When the song ended I screamed her name at the top of my lungs when there was no noise in the stadium. She obviously heard me. I could see her talking to some people on stage. A moment later she took a mic and said: ‘See you at 9 o’clock when the show starts‘. And off she went.
Paul Oakenfold started playing at 7 and finished at 8. That was a good set but no Madonna remixes in it. Instead he played a couple of remixes to the songs of Russian artists. His set gave me another impression of the sound that I would enjoy during Madonna‘s show. When Oakenfold was playing the famous Satisfaction track I could feel my internal organs shaking because of the T-bass. J
When Oakenfold ended his set, we started waiting for Madonna. I thought the show would start at 9 but it started at 9:30. When the lights finally went out and Madonna and horses images appeared on the screens the crowd including me blew up with roars and screams. When she appeared from the discoball everyone in the crowd went wild. I never saw anything more beautiful than that… Madonna standing underneath the discoball petals in shimmering lights and smiling at little Muscovites.
I will not be describing every single song she did you know all about it without me but I must say that it was the best show Moscow has ever seen. Immaculate, beautiful, so full of energy, so full of beauty and perfection. When Madonna was playing I had a feeling that her show was the most important event happening at this moment in the whole world.
Everyone cheered when the crystal cross rose up on stage. It was one of the most impressive moments in the entire show after her opening number. Simply amazing.
You probably read in the news that many of the seats were empty. It is true, many of them were empty, but the dancefloor was full. There was absolutely no use to be sitting there on the stadium stands because they were so far away from the stage and the people sitting there did not see anything happening on stage. They could only watch the show on the screens.
The Russian crowd was especially wild during sorry and Hung Up. I myself was screaming my lungs out on ILNY and ROL.
It was the Best.Experience.I.Have.Ever.Had.In.My.Entire.Life.”
Thanks to Dimon