The Madonna show last night was all disco beats and dancing feet. And, other than being a little short, this dance show at the iconic Roseland Ballroom was a perfect fit.
Ms. Blonde Ambition, on the sugar high of her-just released dance CD, 'Hard Candy,' shared the buzz at an intimate showcase with 3,000 of her most devoted fans - some of whom waited four days in line to get into a free show that lasted just 38 minutes.
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New York Times: For Madonna Fans, the Wait Is Worth It
Halfway through her 32-minute set on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Madonna offered a message of sympathy.
Madonna at Roseland Ballroom 'All you people I saw sleeping in the street last night,' she said, 'this song is for you.'
It was 'Hung Up,' about the agony of waiting. And as she finished the song, she added, just in case the message wasn’t clear: 'Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate to wait.'
New York may be a city of the impatient, but for Madonna’s fans, Wednesday’s show proved that seeing her for free in a 2,200-capacity hall — minuscule by her usual touring standards — was something worth waiting for. And waiting for a very long time.
The line outside Roseland, on West 52nd Street, formed 60 hours before show time. By late Tuesday it had stretched around the block as the faithful stood and sat and slept and caffeinated themselves for the chance to score one of the 750 wrist bands that would guarantee free admission.
Erica Gabriel, a 28-year-old makeup artist, waited through the night in line with friends. Once duly wrist-banded some time after 6 a.m., she returned home to prepare the elaborate, swooping hairstyle and 'stewardess-Madonna-tricky-tranny look' that she sported early Wednesday evening — as she waited on line again to receive a second wristband.
'Gays don’t camp out,' said one of Ms. Gabriel’s friends, as the group laughed, 'but we’ll camp out for this.'
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USA Today: Madonna returns to her New York club roots
Madonna is a native Midwesterner who now lives overseas, but on some level, she'll always be a New Yorker.
In the early 1980s, she made her name in the dance clubs of lower Manhattan, some 50 blocks south of the Roseland Ballroom, where she played a rare club gig Wednesday night.
The performance was meant to promote Hard Candy, her 11th studio album, which was released earlier this week. Sponsored by Verizon Wireless and broadcast, via MSN.com, around the world, the concert featured a handful of new songs, as well as hits from the recent past.
Over the course of her 40-minute set, Madonna sang, danced, played guitar, and flirted with Justin Timberlake, who made a guest appearance on 4 Minutes, her latest single.
She worked hard for her applause, even if the audience — an ecstatic mix of die-hard fans, contest winners, and celebrities, including Rosie O'Donnell and Fran Drescher — was putty in the palms of her fingerless gloves.
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