Starlight, starbright – flawless Madonna at the Garden
Thanks to DyeAnotherDay for another great series of “real time” posts back from Madonna’s second night in New York City. Here’s a bit of what he wrote at our Tour Forum – be sure to check it out for all the magic of last night.
“According to my email from Ticketmaster, I bought my ticket at 5:13 p.m.
En route to the Garden, the horrific storm we’d been waiting for hit with a fury and I got caught in it.
It was very intense and dramatic. I thought, “This is going to wash everything away, and tonight is going to be great.”
The scene outside the Garden was much more pleasant. The rain cooled things down, broke up the crowd a bit.
We were an orderly bunch — and they let us in without incident at about 7:05.
When I entered the arena, I immediately knew that yesterday was OVER.
First of all, I noticed that they were playing the music. Thank God! That was so weird last night and it added to the tension. But tonight everybody was bopping to those great Gorillaz tunes.
As usual, I NEED to find out what they were playing before the concert — it was great.
The crowd was super. So friendly. I had a wonderful group of new friends around me instantly. It was so exciting.
I finally got a seat pretty near the center stage. Row W. Including the double-letter rows, I was in the 23rd row.
All the crew was chilled out and smiling. But it is a very intense bunch — there are LOTS of people working on this tour. MSG staff, production people, camera crew — just scads of people.
But the vibe was fabulous. It was so, so wonderful.
I love that opening number. It’s just mind-blowing.
Cloud really puts out. He was at the edge of the stage chomping at his little bit while Madonna reigned him back. She is such a spectacle — I don’t care where you’re sitting.
Her little twirl back to the runway during “Get Together” was such a delight and she really seemed radiant tonight. The crowd was extremely responsive.
She said, “New York City, are you ready to take a ride with me? I said Are you READY?!”
She mounted that saddle with hunger. Either it was just my imagination or she has really gotten comfortable and elaborated on her routine on it. It was just dazzling — Everything was running smoothly and the crowd seemed to be delighted.
“Jump” is another spectacle. Gosh, Cloud is such an amazing performer — this section is so ambitious and acrobatic!
Madonna trots out to the end of the catwalk, performs a few little acrobatic tricks of her own, and vanishes.
The entire first act seems to last about 45 seconds — it just whizzes by so quickly.
Her voice was great for “Live to Tell.”
By this time I can see what was missing from last night. They just didn’t have room for everything and the entire second act was — sorry — just plain ugly to look at.
But tonight everything was graceful and superb. I was glad I was farther back. The video is really worth it. Everything just glides around like it’s on a cloud.
“Forbidden Love” and “Isaac” were just fantastic. Madonna seemed to be in good spirits. Her adorable little body just whirls around like a child — I think it’s her most impresive dancing of the night.
Another nice thing about being further back is that it’s exciting when she pops out to us out there — which is often. There is always something to look at in the show.
“Sorry” really rocked the room — it’s got a great dance beat and, of course, an audience will always react positively to a hit single.
At that point I knew the show was on fire.
She looked SO GREAT. Her hair was such a mess last night and she was just stumbling around, but tonight she just looked like a hot chick.
When she came out to the center catwalk for “Like it or Not” — forget it. I could tell she was into it and she is so precious – -the way her eyes just reach out to the back of the auditorium. Every time she turns around, you think — “Oh look at me.” You just think you’re making eye contact with her every second. She is so special.
The second act ended happily — no tantrums tonight.
The third act was literally the event we’d been waiting for that never happened last night.
Madonna finally seemed happy and “I Love New York” just soared. The whole floor was bobbing up and down. Just every line was so perfect. In between that and “Ray of Light” she said, “Okay, all you people who were sitting down during that last song, this is your chance to redeem yourself.”
An interesting choice of words.
She strongly urged everyone to jump up and down, and the floor needed very little prompting. This song goes over very well — the dancers are great. Their exit at the end of the center catwalk is so funny. Seth is really starting to stand out to me — which isn’t easy. Cloud and Mihran are virtually a two-man show in and of themselves.
At this point, I knew that “Let it Will Be” would be amazing. She really seemed to get into it. It’s incredible when you see little drops of sweat fly off her.
Security had a nearly impossible time controlling the crowd. Every time she went near the center catwalk, people rushed it. I did see one guy actually get thrown out.
She returns to the main stage and, actually, I couldn’t understand what she said. But this is her opportunity to address the crowd.
For those of you thinking about singing “Happy Birthday”, this is the time.
She said something like, “Part of me dies every time I sing this song.” She’s a bigger drama queen than I am.
Next up was “Paradise.” She said, “This is my friend Isaac. I met him at a bar very late one night when I had way too much to drink.” He laughed. She said, “Just kidding.”
If it’s a good night, this song will induce chills. The video is incredible and tonight it was on the spot. Overall, she seemed MUCH more comfortable with this segment than last night.
The final section really capped off the perfect night.
The dancers made jaws drop everywhere and they seemed perfectly coordinated. Madonna’s dance routine at the center stage for “Music” was joyous — she really seemed very into it.
She looked fantastic during “Erotica” and looked so incredibly graceful — not single malfunction. (In L.A., I saw her mike pack fly off during this number.)
Tonight it sounded more like “Erotica.” I think it depends on what lyrics M happens to emphasize.
You can imagine that “La Isla Bonita” is a huge hit with New Yorkers. Madonna spent a lot of time holding the mike out to the center stage asking people to sing along. I don’t know HOW she expects anyone to actually sing when MADONNA is holding the mike in front of them. She looked so gorgeous. I noticed her makeup, her blush, her gorgeous pink lipstick. She looked so fun.
“Lucky Star” really shined. It put last night to shame. When she reappears for “Hung Up,” the crowd is roaring. She spent a nice, long, satisfying time getting people to sing. Virtually anyone on the lower level of the floor gets a good look at Madonna. She just seems so available.
I thought their exit was beautiful tonight. It seemed chopped off last night, but it was nailed perfectly tonight.
When the lights came up, I felt like I’d been shot into outer space. I had forgotten what DAY of the week it was. Just drenched and ecstatic.”