Sao Paulo! Hablas espanol? ”NO!”
MadonnaTribe Community member Ragnarok attended the final show of the Sticky and Sweet Tour last night in Sao Paulo and here is what he posted on our Forum about whar he calls “such an incredible and emotional moment”.
“After the December 20th show, my boyfriend and I got a brief 2:30 hours of sleep and woke up at 5:50 to get in line at 6:30 AM, to make sure we got the best spots we possibly could during the show. We were in line from 6:30 to 4:30 PM, when the gates of the stadium finally opened (under heavy rain).
We ran in as fast as we could, but because of the rain, security didn’t let everyone in at the same time – they let a certain number of people in, then stopped the line for a minute and let some more people in until everyone was inside. This means that I never got to do what I’d been hoping to do which was to run as fast as I could once the gates opened and get a spot right in front of the barriers. Still, we managed to watch the show from the 5th or 6th row at the end of the catwalk, a spot more amazing than I could have hoped for – during the show, I could see everything from the outline of Madonna’s muscles to every stray hair on her head to the veins in her arms. I seriously never thought I’d ever be that close to one of my idols.
We stood under the rain inside the stadium for a few minutes when some of Madonna’s crew and dancers came onstage. They interacted with us for a while, taking pictures, and after a short period, none other than Madonna herself came onstage. It was an amazing moment. She was wearing casual black clothes and was talking to people from the crew, apparently concerned about the rain considering she looked up at the sky while talking fervently sometimes. She had her back to the audience and ignored our screaming her name and cheering. Every slight turn of her head towards us got people screaming. Someone (probably Nathan Rissman) had a camera and was filming everyone. Madonna and a few other people spoke directly to the camera for a while, but they had no mics so we had no idea what they were saying.
Eventually they broke out the ropes and did a jump-off. Madonna jumped rope with her dancers and even Guy Oseary.
The circular screen came down to the stage because parts of it weren’t working. The crew worked relentlessly on it, but every time they fixed one broken part of the screen, another part stopped working. While they were doing this, Madonna decided to grant us with a soundcheck. She started with Candy Shop, then did Human Nature, then Miles Away, then Don’t Cry for Me Sao Paulo and then part of Into the Groove, then finally jumping rope to Daft Punk’s “One More Time”. Those of us in front of the circular screen could only see her silhouette for most of the soundcheck – we only got a clear view of her in the moments when she moved to the sides of the main stage – but we were all still excited and singing alongwith every song. Guy Oseary showed up and took pictures of us when we were singing along to Miles Away.
Madonna asked us to pray for the rain to stop, talked to us for a couple of minutes and left the stage, leaving the crew to continue working on the screen.
Ant Boogie and Tony, M’s dresser, both showed up and talked to the crowd. Ant Boogie took pictures of us as well.
Paul Oakenfold started his set at 8 PM – after the rain had stopped, fortunately! – and he was mostly well-received by the crowd (or at least by the people around me). Hamutsun Serve, Mihran, Paul and another dancer whose name I don’t know (I think it was Hypnosis) all showed up at different times, sometimes in pairs or trios, onstage to dance to the songs Oakenfold was playing and to take pictures of the crowd.
As soon as Oakenfold left, the crew got onstage to remover the sheets covering the stage and dry everything up. This took them no less than two hours. There is no way it could take a group of at least 6 or 7 people 2 hours to dry just the catwalk – my guess is they were stalling, at Madonna’s request.
At sometime between 10 and 10:15, the stadium lights went off and after a few minutes, the Candy Factory video began. The crowd was DEAFENING.
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I don’t think I can really describe how I felt when Candy Shop began and the circular screen turned around to reveal Madonna on the throne. All I could do was scream in disbelief and cry a few tears. My brain could hardly process the fact that I was there, just a few feet from the woman who is possibly the biggest idol I’ve ever had, and she was dancing and singing and she looked stunning. I can’t believe how anyone could think she’s anything less than incredibly gorgeous.
Beat Goes On started and she said, “All right, one more time, Sao Paulo!” and it was AMAZING. Just hearing her say that made me unexplicably emotional. When the bridge started and she marched to the end of the catwalk, towards me and my boyfriend and everyone around us, we went wild – it was incredible. This was the second of many times during the show where I cried, but again, this time it was just a couple of tears. The same happened to my boyfriend.
We sang along to the first two songs so loud that it was difficult to hear her voice, and she seemed to realize that when she started Human Nature. All through the first two songs she had this unbelievably happy look on her face, all wide eyes and wide smiles, but when she stood at the mic with her guitar, she seemed really surprised at how loudly we were singing along. She got super excited and gave us one hell of an energetic performance of that song.
When Vogue began and she fixed her hair and put her mic in her pants and smiled, I cried a few tears again. I do wonder right now if I didn’t overdo it with all the crying, but I’ve been a Madonna fan since early childhood and seeing her in concert was something I thought I’d never get to do in my life, so last night was really no less than a dream come true for me. I saw the Saturday show but I was way up there in the stands so that just can’t even begin to compare to what I experienced last night.
Everyone was insanely excited during Vogue – us, who were singing at the top of our lungs; Madonna, who was doing the same and smiling a lot; and the dancers, who couldn’t get their smiles off their faces.
DAD was amazing as usual, as were Into the Groove and Heartbeat. During ITG, she said, “Let me hear you make some noise” and we screamed and she said, “Come on Brazil, it’s my last show! You can do better!” and we screamed even louder if such a thing was possible.
Borderline was great, her vocals were perfect. During She’s Not Me she did the usual “This is for the ladies” and “Ladies, have you ever had a best friend who…” bits. What an incredible number. Her vocal delivery was perfect – really angry and powerful, and again the crowd was wild. She kissed the Open Your Heart dancer on the lips and when she kissed the bride, we went nuts. This was no extended peck on the lips – they wrapped their arms around each other, Madonna grabbed the girl’s ass with her hand, and I saw tongue during that kiss! She also yelled “PUTA!” (Portuguese for “bitch”) before the usual “BITCH!” yell.
Music really got everyone going again, it was a great moment.
Now the Gypsy section was where the waterworks really took off. During Devil I looked at my boyfriend and there were tears streaming down his face. Halfway through the song I started crying, too, but this time it was full-blown sobbing. An incredible moment in the show.
Before Spanish Lesson, she said, “Let’s get this party started, Sao Paulo! Hablas espanol?” and the crowd replied with a loud “NO!” I’m not sure she heard the joke but whatever. I liked this performance a lot. The choreography was beautiful, as were all the outfits.
Before Miles Away she said, “Oi, Brasil!” (“Hi, Brazil!”) and asked us if we wanted to sing the song with her. We did, of course!
La Isla Bonita was awesome, but sadly, no Gogol Bordello. I suppose that’s okay though since I really liked the guys who played with her during the whole tour. Apparently, during Doli Doli, one of the skirts the dancer was wearing was the Brazilian flag, but I was too busy paying attention to Madonna and I didn’t even see a dancer on the stage!
Now, I’m sure that, with words, I will NEVER be able to do justice to the amazing, indescribable moment that was You Must Love Me. Madonna began by thanking everyone who worked on the show, and then thanked her three children who she said were watching the show. She started to get teared up and we started chanting “WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU!” as loud as we could, so loud that she tried to speak to us but it was simply impossible to hear a word she was saying. She had to raise her finger in a motion to request that we let her speak for us to stop, but she was very clearly moved by the whole thing. She said she was very happy to end her tour in Sao Paulo and that she felt like the luckiest girl in the world, but also the tiredest girl in the world. By the time she sang the song she wasn’t just teared up, she was crying, tears running down her face, and I lost it. It must have been almost a year since I cried that hard over anything. I was almost out of breath from crying so much, and all around me, everyone was crying a lot as well. This was a particularly special moment because for a few seconds she looked right at me and locked eyes with me and she was crying and I was crying too and it was amazing. It was truly a heartwrenching performance – her voice was shaky and tiny at times and she looked so lost and emotional. When the song ended she had to wipe her face with her hands. The crowd was amazing for the entire duration of the song, listening intently but clapping and screaming fervently at any chance we got.
It was so emotional for me that I cried through the entire Get Stupid video and the first half of 4 Minutes. It wasn’t until the end of 4 Minutes – great performance by the way, much better than last night (at least for me) that I managed to really calm down.
Like a Prayer really brought the house down. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw her doing that routine, throwing her hair as she came down the catwalk, and dancing so passionately the whole way through. That remix is just unbelievably awesome. Everyone was singing and jumping.
Ray of Light was the most physically exhausting moment for me, because we were jumping up and down and singing along for basically the entire duration of the song. Madonna seemed to really love it!
She walked around the stage during the request section, but by far the most raucuous response she got when she asked “Have you had enough?” was from the people at the end of the catwalk where I was, and so she went there to choose someone to request a song. The guy she picked requested Sorry and everyone shouted their disapproval. She looked surprised, a little confused and very amused, and agreed to not sing Sorry. Instead she said “What about Like a Virgin?” A lot of people said yes, a lot of people said no, and she pleaded with us, nodding her head as if to say “Come on, please?” She said she wanted to sing Like a Virgin because that was how she was feeling – shiny and new. So she started singing and the entire stadium sang along.
Hung Up also got everyone jumping up and down and singing along at the top of their lungs, but after the whole show and especially Ray of Light, a lot of people simply didn’t have the energy or enough breath left in them to work that hard. When the dancers came in, they were all naked except for Brazilian flags wrapped around their waists.
Give It 2 Me had no soccer shirt and no coming down from the stage again, but it was still amazing. At the end of the song, does she usually jump on the dancers and hug them and such? Because she did last night, and the dancers were all jumping on her, and she French kissed a girl dancer and they all dogpiled her.
I couldn’t believe it when the show ended. Definitely one of the best nights of my whole life.
Special thanks to Ragnarok.