In Paris on Bastille Day, Madonna performed to 80,000-strong followers at Stade de France, and treated 60 Thais there on invitation from True Move H and H Music application to an unforgettable two-hour performance.
When the sun finally set, Madonna graced the stage, and attacked all senses at once with her interlude performance that incorporated a religious, ritualistic undertone in terms of hooded figures and red velvet roped cult leaders who had been led astray by Miss MDNA herself.
Girl Gone Wild nicely set the pace of the show, and Madonna went shooting happy and gun crazy in Revolver and Gang Bang where she battled attackers with blazing guns, and nicely timed visual effects added further jaw dropping excitement. The brimming violence might seem overdone for some, but Madonna smartly fashioned bullets and bloodshed into a struggle to uphold one's true identity by whatever means.
The dark atmosphere quickly evaporated when Madonna switched to cheerleading/drum majorette manoeuvres with bright colours and lighting, and launched into Express Yourself with a cheeky infusion of Lady Gaga's Born This Way as well as repeatedly drumming the phrase 'she's not me, she's not me' into our psyche.
Turn Up The Radio and Give Me All Your Luvin' fit the mood of the cheery drum troupes with dancers dressed as top drummers hoisted up above the stage.
Many have criticised the overwhelming numbers of new tracks from her latest album, MDNA. For an artist with such an extensive catalogue of global hits, Madonna has a large pool of resources to choose from, and it would be too much of a retreat to thrive solely on old favourites.
This tour is, after all, called MDNA, and artists should always be confident to showcase their new works.
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