Phoenix concert article with quote by M-Triber jomo13
Annemarie Moody and Larry Rodgers from The Arizona Republic compiled a very cool article about Madonna’s devoted fans at the Glendale Arena “Confessions Tour” concert.
MadonnaTriber Eamon McGowan aka jomo13 is among the fans quoted in the piece: here’s an excerpt – please click on the Full Article link below for the complete story.
“As expected, Madonna turned up the heat in Glendale on Thursday night.
The pop icon played her first show in Phoenix since her 1985 “Virgin Tour” to an almost-sellout crowd of about 14,000 at Glendale Arena, with a second show scheduled for Saturday.
As the temperature dropped from highs in the low 100s outside the arena, the temperature inside the venue climbed, from 75 degrees at 8:15 p.m. to 87 degrees by 10:20 p.m., near the show’s end.
“Let’s heat things up… let’s take our clothes off,” Madonna told the crowd.
Los Angeles resident Eamon McGowan, 31, was dressed in a disco outfit, like the one Madonna would wear during her performance.
He has seen her perform nine times.
“I’ve been a fan since I was 11 years old. I saw the video for Material Girl and thought, ‘Oh my God, is that the same person?‘ She’d changed so much. If that woman can make that kind of transformation, she must be something special.”
Stefanie Black, 30, of Flagstaff said the heat zapped her energy.
“I was kind of tired at the end,” Black said.
It was a different story before the show. Despite reports that the arena could be as much as 10 to 15 degrees hotter than the normal “comfort zone” of 70 to 75 degrees, fans waiting to get in were more concerned with spending two hours watching Madonna perform.
“By the time the show starts, no one is going to be paying attention to how hot it is,” said Keith Broxterman, 38, of Scottsdale.
Fan April Henry, 35, of Phoenix said she didn’t dress any differently for the show.
Anthony Caruso, 33, of Scottsdale, chose to wear a T-shirt and shorts instead of jeans because he “read in the paper that it would be warm.”
Madonna opened the show by descending in a giant disco ball covered with $2 million in crystals onto the stage.
She started with Future Lovers from her new dance-themed album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. Backed by a four-piece band and three backup singers, she spent much of the two-hour concert performing songs from her latest CD.
The 47-year-old superstar employed 15 talented dancers in tight choreography and teased the crowd by dancing onto catwalks stretching out on the arena floor.
Several costume changes included an equestrian outfit, an all-white disco suit paying tribute to the film Saturday Night Fever and an ABBA-inspired leotard.
As she waited outside the arena before the show, Marge Neus, 28, of Albuquerque, said that the great thing about Madonna is “that you either love her or you hate her.”
“That’s rare these days in the music industry. She has a message, and she makes people feel emotion.”
Pam and Ken Darschewski of Gilbert paid about $100 per ticket to take their two daughters, Kendahl, 9, and Emma, 7, to the show.
“She’s so versatile,” Pam said of Madonna. “She’s able to change, and she keeps things interesting. She’s even written children’s books.”
Pam, a fan since the early 1980s, said she missed Madonna when she played Arizona State University’s Activity Center (now Wells Fargo Arena) in 1985.
“There’s probably no one else I’d spend that kind of money to see. It cost an arm and a leg and a kidney,” she said.
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