Live Earth review and story by Daniel
MadonnaTribe team member Daniel has just posted his review of live Earth on our forum. He managed to have his Live Earth programme signed by Mr Guy Ritchie himself. Here’s what Daniel has to say about last night:
“Just back from the concert and I can confirm what everyone suspected…Madonna was the star. Some of the acts were met with looks of puzzlement, or polite indifference during the day (Corine … you know I mean you!). Hey You was more like Who You? in the venue – somehow the choir didn’t really come through from where I was. Ray of Light got the crowd jumping, but there were some who resisted her charms: it wasn’t the spontaneous rapture that had greeted the Foo Fighters…it really did feel like being ordered! La Isla Bonita – what can be said that hasn’t been already – totally magical, utterly surprising, very ambitious given that she’d already taken a risk with Hey You. And Hung Up – so she is saving the environment by recycling her performance: frankly, there aren’t many better performances that I’d pay to see over and over!
Guy watched some of the later acts including the missus from the VIP area, and I sent a couple of people his way for autographs to soften him up before getting my own. Every time I’ve met him he’s been more cautious around guys than girls (alpha males, what you gonna do with em…!), so I made sure I sent some female company his way first. He signed a couple of Madonna pictures: one as Mr Ritchie and one as Guy Ritchie. I just got the program itself signed, as I think 3 in a row making him feel like Mr Madonna would have sent him over the edge! He didn’t seem to leave the VIP area to go pep her up before the performance, so there may be friction tonight hehe. I have some duff photos of the signatures.
General observations on the day: only a few of the acts seemed Wembley sized. Metallica, Foo Fighters, Duran Duran (maybe). Black Eyed Peas just got on my nerves: who wants to watch 5 random people rapping seemingly unconnected songs and posing every once in a while. That Ray Bailey woman is clearly the devil – how much blandness can one human being force upon the unsuspecting public! Actually, Wembley did a good enough job itself with it’s £8 worth of a sloppy slither of tasteless fish and pile of chips.
I’d never have been there if Madonna hadn’t been headlining, and she was well worth it. It just goes to show that despite many music critics acting like Snow Patrol or Bloc Party or Kasabian are the greatest, Madonna can go head to head with them all and come out on top. Only the Foo Fighters were in the same league judging from the crowds reaction but I know that M will have tailored her performance to look better than them on broadcast. She seemed a lot more into the performance than some I’ve seen from her and it made for an amazing end to the concert.”