So, our last night in NYC we went to see Madonna and her Confessions on a Dance Floor Tour.
Yes, Morty and Dith are right now going, "noooooo!!! my eyes! MY EYES!" ....which is exactly why they were never ever considered in the first place to see her with us. They can thank me later.
We had the chance to go - and we took it. I've never seen her live* before so really didn't know how it would all go down. I had heard that she had been starting almost an hour late and insisted that the AC in the arenas be turned off as to not hurt her voice. Considering that NYC had been experiencing 100 degree days and we had the absolute top row, it presented no problem whatsoever.
It twas a tad warm.
That being said - what a frickin' spectacle!!
That is not to say it wasn't entertaining - it was. There was a lot to take in. You could easily be watching something else on stage and miss where she went and how she got there. Having never seen Cher (nor ever wanting to), this is what I consider the gayest thing I've ever done (shut up!). I assume it was something like Cher mixed w/Cirque du Soleil. The entire production was about two steps away from being a semi-permanent Vegas show (exhibited mostly in that horrible song 'La Isla Bonita' from two decades ago!). Maybe the songs would have meant more had I really ever listened to her last disk - which comprised of most of the concert. I will say - the songs 'Jump' and 'Get Together' seemed to stand out for me.
Her little mirrored crucifix was smirky - but hasn't she run that catholic thing into the ground eons ago? Does she even identify as catholic anymore? And let me tell you right now, Jesus didn't have an elevator to get off his cross - and he didn't do it in Prada footwear (I'm guessing!). But it was the first time I've heard anyone clap along w/a cantor! Sorry - but she can't (shouldn't be allowed to) co-op every religion.
David and Duck went with us - and poor poor Duck. He was a trooper and said he enjoyed the concert, but personally, I think he was morty-fied. The entire things was scripted out to the last comma - save maybe one comment on playing New York and it lasted 2hrs to the minute (yes, Duck and I both checked our watches).
I wondered aloud to Denton at the concert - 'what do they do w/all this shit when the tour is over?'.
Part of the video montages are oh-so political, but Madge is hardly one to rally against Shrub (though everyone should). If we all think that the GOP et al are elitist snobs, you might want to check out 'Madonna By the Numbers' below. Finding this on-line wasn't all the hard - and trust me, it is only a fraction of what they break down. Excessive doesn't' even begin to cover it (i.e. mink & diamond eyelashes?). And is there anyone who believes the part about her not wearing 'foundation'? Yeah - I didn't think so.
- 1 Â½ Tons weight of Madonna's disco ball rocket ship at start of show
- 400,000 Watts of power used for run of show nightly
- 2 Million dollars worth of Swarovski crystals embellishes above disco ball
- 5000 Square Feet Size of Madonna's four stages (standard is 2600 square feet)
- 1000 Hours rehearsal over 12 weeks
- 27 Number of Performers including Madonna, Band, and 22 Dancers
- 253 Massages provided to dancers
- 0 foundation used on Madonna's skin
- 1 bottle of balancing cleansing oil (Shu Uemura Green Tea) every week
- 1 bottle of Yonka moisturizer used up every three weeks
- 106 Crew members in Madonna touring party
- 40 Foot turntable in center of main stage
- 16 Miles per hour when turntable revolves
- 1 "Discofied"Crucifix
- 70 Tons of equipment on top of main stage
- 24 Semi Trucks used to move equipment from city to city
- 2 Private Planes to transport
- 18 Vans and Cars to transport
- 200 Tons in weight of entire show (equivalent to a battle ship)
- 600 Outfits in total for the entire show
- 4000 Swarovski crystals embedded in said belt
- 2 Changes of eyelashes (one mink, one mink with diamonds for disco section)
All that being said - I admit I had a good time. I'll never see something like this again.
I will also say - getting out of Madison Square Garden from the the upper deck is horrid. Egress in MSG sucks. Unlike many arenas, MSG doesn't run their escalators downward - not that it would have mattered. We ended up taking the stairs. Oy. A sea of people and all going nowhere. David said something about 'what if there was a fire....' which was just a nice way of saying what we were all thinking (I confirmed later): 'this is what I'm guessing the North Tower' probably looked like'.
*Live is a term meant to convey living/breathing, not necessarily actual singing - as at least some background vocals were pre-recorded.