MDNA at Yankee Stadium is a Holiday!
What a show it was…
“Because you were standing in the rain…
…and I haven’t had an holiday this Summer…”
Madonna performed “Holiday” as a special treat for dealing with the rain at Yankee Stadium last night.
No need to say, the stadium went wild!
Here is a breakdown of last night’s memorable show, from our longtime Community member DyeAnotherDay.
Madonna is standing at the top of a flight of stairs that lead out into Yankee Stadium and she looks very unhappy.
Let me rewind. Her concert has been threatened by TORNADOES for the entire day – the U.S. Open was cancelled and the fact that this concert went on is a miracle. A LOT of people –50,000 of them – are standing in driving rain, all of them are either under umbrellas or ponchos. Her entrance for “Girl Gone Wild” is genius tonight. We ARE all in a horror film.
“Revolver” is a non-event. Madonna is clearly horrified, and her audience is OVER it.
Which brings us to the stairs. As she desends it, I don’t like her face. She looks unhappy and I have this feeling that tonight is going to be awful.
When she arrives at the point of the catwalk, there is a dancer waiting for her with an umbrella. I wonder what’s going to happen and Madonna just grabs the moment to really deliver it all. She is just great.
She spits out the song, it’s so real, she is so committed to this concert… I can’t tell you….
I see her walk the runway and her face takes on this contorted, totally pissed look. This is why I move Heaven and Earth to get near the stage. I see Tony pressed against the catwalk and I clearly see M shriek at some guy, “Whipe. The. Fucking. STAIRS.”
She vanishes. She is visibly dropping out of sight for prolonged period for the first half of the night.
When she reappears, the show has clearly caught onto this crazy fire. “Express Yourself“… like, who cares, right? She has won us over. She is gorgeous – her hair is blowing in the wind.
And it happens. After “Open Your Heart,” She is SO THERE and breaks into the 100% real “Holiday” to a wildly berserk crowd.
By this time, the show is a piece of cake. The mob is just eating up “Vogue,” “Candy Shop,” “Human Nature.”
The rain is still driving down. Someone has placed an umbrella on the stage for her, and she maneuvers it for a while as she moves into “‘Virgin.” Everything is so real tonight. Nothing seems performed or contrived.
The last act is very happy. “Addicted” and “Sinner” are very pleasant, but the whole event shifts back into mania-drive with ‘Like a Prayer,” and Madonna has really formed a connection with the entire night and lets go — this song soars SO beyond the cliche — and “Celebration” is like a dessert.
When it was over, I stumbled off the floor – everyone seemed to look like we had all experienced something together.
Thanks to DyeAnotherDay.