Madonna 2012 Tour

'You like it cold in here Cleveland, don't you?'

madonnalicious reader Andy went to see the MDNA show in Cleveland on Saturday 10 November and shares these highlights from the show with us:

Went to the MDNA show in Cleveland last Saturday night...It was fantastic!

She commented on the temperature in the arena, saying 'You like it cold in here, don't you Cleveland? I'm freezing my ass off.'

She commented, 'Wow, I think I got a better response here than Detroit!...I think that might be true! I think I might stop crying!'

'Are you upset about the elections? I'm sorry, I had to say that. I always have to ruin a good time.'

She noticed there was some open space in the Golden Triangle. She said her manager wasn't doing his job and demanded that he fill up the open spaces until everyone was on top of each other, staging a 'protest' and refusing to go on with the show until 10 more people were let in.
Once the space was filled, she went on saying 'If we can put a man on the moon, we can overcapacitate the triangle. That way it will get warmer and I will get warmer. Do you want me to catch a cold? Fuck no! That's what I love about my fans: they're very concerned about my health, my well-being, and my happiness. Thank you! From now on, for the rest of my tour, I want the triangle to be full, motherfuckers! Don't make me get angry.'

Her tattoo was the same Hebrew letters as it was in Detroit.


NYC are you ready for your second dose of MDNA?!

Madonna and the MDNA tour pay a return visit to New York City tonight for the first of two shows at the famous Madison Square Garden. Back in September Madonna played two nights at the Yankee Stadium, now it is time for a more 'intimate' setting indoors at the Garden!

Please send any pictures/videos from the shows to madonnalicious@gmail.com - large amounts of pictures/and or video clips can be sent via www.wetransfer.com - we especially love videos of her speeches!


Singing 'Like A Prayer' with Madonna in Pittsburgh

madonnalicious reader Ramon shares his experience of singing along with Madonna during 'Like A Prayer' in Pittsburgh last week:

I want to share with you this amazing experience: I went to see Madonna last Tuesday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It's a 6 hours trip from Philadelphia where I live but totally worth it for seeing The Queen.
I had the amazing opportunity of singing Like A Prayer with Madonna in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center on August 28, 2012. Then I got to see her again in Pittsburgh and as she was walking down the catwalk she recognized and pointed at me and gave me her microphone to sing Like A Prayer again...for the second time. Having the rare chance of singing with Madonna is amazing and twice incredible! I feel much more connected and in love with her. I have no words to describe the immense joy and happiness she has brought me by singing with her.
Here is a photo of me singing with her in Pittsburgh.


Fan Story: 'Like A Prayer' in St Paul

madonnalicious reader Phillip has this story to tell of his 'Like A Prayer' experience with Madonna at the two St Paul shows:

I attended both Madonna concerts in St. Paul on November 3 and 4. My partner and I won Golden Triangle tickets both nights! She started late, around 10:45 on both nights. I will never forget either night!
On the first night, I was already loving this concert, especially when Madonna told the crowd to 'Vote No' on the Minnesota marriage amendment! (It failed to pass, so thanks Madonna!)
Then during 'Like A Prayer,' I was standing on the side of the catwalk, and she walked right past me, looked at me, then did a double take. She looked right at me, smiled, and walked right back in front of me and squatted down and put the pic in my face. I sang the whole chorus to her. She actually stopped singing and just watched me and smiled.
I didn't want to rock the boat, so I didn't reach out to touch her, but to my complete shock, as I finished the last line, SHE reached out her hand and gave my hand a squeeze and nodded at me! Guy Oseary was filming the whole thing, and laughed at my reaction, then came up and patted me on the shoulder and said, 'congratulations!'
We were given Golden Triangle tickets the next night. Again, during 'Like A Prayer,' she walked right past me, but then saw me! Her face lit up, she gave me a look, and completely turned around and came right back over to me! I couldn't believe she actually remembered me and liked me singing with her enough to do it again! This time, she actually held my hand for about 3 or 4 seconds while I sang! It was so amazing! If any madonnalicious readers have video of 'Like A Prayer' from either night, I'd love to see it!!! My queen made my dream come true!!!


Madonna Turns Gig Into Election Party

Pop superstar Madonna broke the news of Barack Obama's election win to fans at her show in Pennsylvania on Tuesday night and turned the gig into a victory party.
The incumbent U.S. president won a second term in the White House after a day at the polls, and news of his victory broke while the Material Girl was on stage at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Madonna started her gig late at around 10.45pm local time, and the show ran into the early hours of Wednesday morning, during which she halted the performance when she was informed of Obama's triumph.
The singer yelled to the audience, 'Do you know what just happened?' before leading the crowd in a chant of 'F**k yeah!'
When she heard a chorus of boos after revealing the news, she added, 'I love you too, but I want a president with a moral compass.'
Madonna then did a 'happy dance' to celebrate during a rendition of her hit Holiday, before dedicating her song Masterpiece to the president.

From contactmusic.com


Fan Story: 'U R The One' in St Louis

Here we have another great fan story from the MDNA shows - this one is from madonnalicious reader Martha who got the chance to write on Madonna's back before Like A Virgin at the St Louis show on Thursday 01 November:

My sister and I decided to go 'all in' this year and purchase the Ultimate VIP Ticket Package for MDNA in St. Louis. There were so many confusing reports about stage configuration when tickets went on sale, that we just didn’t want to mess with disappointment. The VIP party was a great way to relax while waiting for M to go on stage. With all the merchandise, parking and food, I would say the 'Row 2-10 Packages' at $675 are actually not a bad deal.
Sometime during the party, I went down to scope out our seats. They were 'Section 3, Row 1, Seats 15-16.' We had been to New Orleans in Row 3 and were curious to see if we would be part way along the catwalk, etc. We knew only Sections 1 and 4 were toward the very front stage/GT area. When I made my way to the usher and she walked me to those two glorious seats at the very tip of the triangle stage I could not believe it. There were no chalk seat numbers, so I asked again if she was sure. I ran upstairs to tell my sister the good news.

The concert was amazing from those seats, of course. Whether she was on the mainstage and we were getting an awesome view of all the visual elements she had planned or she was on the catwalk and we were able to see her up close and personal, it was just the best seat in the house. During the long speech, she was very interactive with the fans in the Golden Triangle. Before Like A Virgin, when she was stripping off her shirt, she was out on the very tip of the stage near us. I remember videoing her striptease without even realizing she had nothing written on her back.
Then she began chatting about how she usually has something written and tonight she needed inspiration. I had a Sharpie clipped to my shirt (for sign-making) and my sister shouted to her 'She has a pen!!' (about me) That is when the banter on the video starts with 'I have my own pen' and 'Mine is bigger than yours.' I remember when she said that last line giving her just a really bright smile like 'Good one, Madonna.' What happened next was all like a dream to me. I shouted into the mike because I’m so used to shouting at an M concert. She mocked me; it was hysterical.
It was like everything she said I was hearing 10 seconds too late. When she went to hand me the towel I was reaching for the marker because it took me a second to realize that not only was I going to be writing a message, but actually wiping off HER SWEAT. I must say that despite how hard she works up there, the sweat was simply a light glimmer of moisture on her flawless skin. I’ve seen many messages on her back and wasn’t sure if she would direct me to the top or bottom, so I was carefully wiping away both above and beneath her bra line and mike pack.
My mind was racing with ideas of something powerful to say about the universe in general, but when she directed me to write how I felt about her, it became simple. She was actually pointing and chatting and in my way because I knew immediately what I wanted to write. It was the same message she and I had sung to each other in 2004 at the Re-Invention Tour in NYC and it was the same message I had written in a letter for the 'Justify Your Love' contest for ICON. You’re the one. U R the ONE. She is the one.
I didn’t even realize until I saw the video that the crowd agreed with my message even before Madonna could see what it said. That made me feel great – like I had spoken for all of us. When it was all over, my sister had the good sense to ask the bodyguard if I could keep the towel. He said 'of course!' and handed it over. I clutched that thing until the end of the concert.

The icing on the cake was when she walked right toward me during Like A Prayer and had me sing into her mike. She even nodded or said something (I can’t recall) to acknowledge that I wasn’t f@#king it up. Hopefully I didn’t scream the lyrics the same way I screamed my name. All I can say is, I now have a video of her saying 'Thank you Martha' and when she calls my name, it totally feels like home. Huge thanks to the fan who posted this video on YouTube. My sister was too dumbstruck to get her phone out early enough. She was so selfless asking Madonna to come to me instead of her. What a great sister and BFF.
As we left the concert, the funny part was every fan encountering me and saying 'Hey! There’s Martha!' It was weird… in an awesome, I-got-to-have-a-once-in-a-lifetime-encounter-with-Madonna sort of way.


Mary's prayers are answered in St Louis

madonnalicious reader Mary (and her friend also called Mary) have this great story to tell from the St Lousi MDNA show on Thursday 01 November:

The MDNA Tour in St. Louis was such a great show. The crowd was genuinely excited to see Madonna and they gave her a wonderful welcome that continued throughout the night. She seemed to be in great spirits - even through the sound problems on 'I'm a Sinner'...she was so sweet and funny when she said, 'Pretend like you don't see me.' As she said she'd start the song over. It was a cute moment.

I attended with my best friend from our elementary school days (we are now 39 years old.) We wanted to dress up, but were unsure of what to wear. We knew we could do the '80's' garb route or dress up like our favorite Madonna era. Instead, we opted to go as nuns. Since St. Louis is a large Catholic town - we were a little unsure of how people would react to us...so we wore 80's garb beneath our habits...just in case we needed to make a quick change.

Once we walked into the Scottrade Center we were swarmed with other happy Madonna fans, drag queens, people from all over the country and world! We were bombarded and posed with tons of fans. We thought it couldn't get any better. We went up to our seats in an upper section of the venue and decided to go back downstairs for a bottle of water. We were once again bombarded with people. (Many asking if we were REAL nuns.)
Then an event staff member came up and said, 'Where are you seated tonight, ladies?' We told him. He said, 'We want to get you a little closer to the stage. We want HER to see you.' Being as we have been Madonna fans from the beginning of her career - we jumped at the chance. We were moved to the side stage, row 5, seats 1, 2, 3 (my mom was in tow, of course!) and we knew she was going to see us.
In between what seemed to be song 3 and 4...it happened. Madonna came to the side of the stage to take a swig from a flask. She did a double take, looked me square in the eyes, pointed to me, gave me a thumbs up and a wink. I smiled and waved like a complete dork! She has such beautiful blue eyes that just shine on stage. FINALLY! I was close enough to see them! :)

I've seen Madonna in Las Vegas (Drowned World); Chicago (Confessions); Chicago (Sticky & Sweet) and MDNA (St. Louis). This was my friends first time and my mom's first. We had a complete blast. We danced, sang and laughed all night. We could have cared less that she started late. The stadium exploded during Like A Prayer...every single person was out of their seats, singing and clapping above their heads. It was a sight to behold!

Picture by Jaime Lees / Riverfront Times


Video: St Louis MDNA Show Speech

madonnalicious reader Jeyan also filmed Madonna's speech from the front of the golden triangle to the crowd at the St Louis MDNA show on Thursday.

Madonna talks to audience and me during her MDNA show at St. Louis, MO, on November 1st 2012. 'Front Row Bitches' at the golden triangle confuse her, she mixes up Missouri and Minnesota, and blames this mix-up on her sleeping four hours last night!


Video: 'I'm A Sinner' technical problems in St Louis

madonnalicious reader Jeyan caught on camera the trouble Madonna had at the start of 'I'm A Sinner' in St Louis yesterday (Thursday 01 November).

Madonna interrupts 'I'm A Sinner' due to technical difficulties, asks a new ear plugs, apologizes from the crowd and restarts the song. Ever perfectionist, she remains cool and calm, and even jokes about the situation!


Madonna booed after touting Obama

Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concert goers after she touted President Barack Obama on her MDNA Tour in New Orleans.
The Material Girl asked during Saturday night's performance: 'Who's registered to vote?' She added: 'I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.'
Drawing boos in touting Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: 'Seriously, I don't care who you vote for...Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote.'
Madonna is often outspoken. Some Colorado fans, mindful of a mass shooting there, complained she used a fake gun to shoot a masked gunman in a recent concert act in Denver.
A Madonna concert in Paris in July drew ire when a video showed a swastika on a politician's forehead.

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


MDNA Show In Dallas October 20th Is Cancelled

Madonna has been forced to cancel her Saturday, October 20th show at Dallas' American Airlines Center due to 'severe laryngitis', it was announced Friday by the tour's promoter Live Nation.

Under doctor's orders, the Material Girl has been put on 'complete vocal rest' for the next 36 hours. All tickets for the October 20th show to be refunded at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online will refunded directly. Madonna regrets any inconvenience to her fans.

The second scheduled show in Dallas on Sunday, October 21st is expected to go on. There are a very limited number of seats currently available for that show.

From Madonna.com / Live Nation Press Release


Denver fans upset after Madonna show

Some Madonna fans in Colorado have complained after the music superstar used guns during a performance on Thursday 18 October.
A gunman shot dead 12 people during a Batman film at cinema in the state in July.
Madonna started her show at the Pepsi Centre in Denver with a gun scene, which she has used in previous performances.
KUSA-TV said it received several calls from concert-goers saying they were offended she used guns and violence as part of her show in light of recent events.
In a statement before beginning the tour, Madonna said she does not condone the use of guns. She said she is using the guns as symbols of intolerance and 'the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.'

From Press Association Via Yahoo! News


'Some like it when I show my ass, others think it obscene'

madonnalicious reader Beatrix also shares this clip she filmed of Madonna explaining why she needs to show her ass during the show in Las Vegas on Saturday 13 October.

The other day a man came up to me and he said to me 'Why do you want to show your ass on stage?' and I said to him 'Why does anybody have to show their ass on stage?' - 'So they pay attention!'
Some people like it when I show my ass...And some people think it's obscene. Now here's what I think it's obscene: A lack of humanity towards one another - the fact that we, when push comes to shove, usually choose war over compromise, judgment over compassion, and fear over love. That is obscene.'


Madonna concert does not disappoint in gay-friendly Phoenix

If you had your doubts over the gay friendliness of the Greater Phoenix area, your opinion would quickly change if you were in attendance for the Madonna concert on Tuesday, October 16, at the US Airways Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
A huge gay contingent turned out to hear the Diva, but they had to wait.
The concert was technically scheduled to start at 8:30 but started a little after then with a deejay spinning Madonna music. His performance lasted a little over an hour. The crowd erupted into cheers just after 10:20 p.m. when the giant Madonna curtain came down revealing the full stage. The house lights went down at 10:29 pm to more cheers. As if on cue, Madonna took the stage at 10:30 p.m. with a gothic/religious theme. A giant fixture meant to symbolize incense was swayed down over the front of the audience by 'monks' clad in red.
Lady Gaga made it into Madonna’s act. Just after 11pm, Madonna took a swipe at Gaga as she sang her Respect Yourself standard interspersed with lyrics from GaGa’s Born This Way.
Madonna turned political almost an hour into her show when she declared that Obama won the presidential debate tonight.
She told the crowd that she loved even Republicans. 'I am a Democrat. But I love you if you are not, because we preach tolerance,' the Diva said.
Madonna also made a dramatic statement against bullying. She showed off the name AMANDA written on her back. She explained that was in tribute to a15-year-old Canadian girl, Amanda Todd, who committed suicide because of antigay bullying. The star liked bullying to terrorism. She later showed slides of young people who have committed suicide because they were gay.
Briefly delving into the political dustup she got into in Russia the diva later joked to members of the audience, 'Get a hotel room for that guys. You could get arrested for that in Russia.' She later added, 'No public displays of affection guys unless I am involved.'

From www.examiner.com / Picture Credit: Ed Walsh


Lourdes Leon talks about her 'summer job' on MDNA tour

Madonna's teenage daughter Lourdes found herself folding piles of underwear after taking a summer job working on the singer's MDNA Tour.
The 16 year old spent her school vacation getting a taste of the working world after being hired as an assistant in the wardrobe department on her mother's latest global trek.
However, Lourdes is adamant she received no special treatment as the boss' daughter - she was handed the task of sorting sweaty stage costumes and folding undergarments.
In a post on her blog, she writes, 'This summer I was surprisingly productive. So, I thought I would tell you all about the joys of folding underwear. As you probably know this woman I like to call my mother went on tour for her MDNA album.'
'As a summer job I decided to work in the wardrobe department. All of my friends were getting summer jobs and I wanted one too. Mine was a little unconventional but still a great experience and a lot of fun.'
'Being in the wardrobe department meant me and a few other girls dressed the dancers during the show when they had quick changes. Thirty seconds to totally dress a sweaty dancer can be insane and provoke mucho anxiety. Doing this night after night was pretty cray, but I loved every minute of it.'
And Lourdes, whose dad is personal trainer Carlos Leon, relished the chance to hit the road with her superstar mum.
She adds, 'It's really a great experience to be able to work on a large production, travelling around like a family, setting up for an amazing show and all having the same purpose. To be able to be a part of such an inspiring production was one of my best summers so far.'

From contactmusic.com


Madonna faces court over gay rights row

Madonna will appear in court to defend allegations she encouraged gay sex between minors during a gig in Saint Petersburg.
The 'Material Girl' singer has been hit by lawsuit from a group of Russian activists which orders her to defend the comments she made during a show in August when she urged the crowd to support gay rights.
Nine members of the Trade Union of Russian Citizens are accusing her of blasphemy and damaging the cultural foundations of Saint Petersburg, claiming more than £6 million in compensation for 'moral damages' suffered during her concert.
Darya Dedova, a Union spokesperson, said: 'She insulted believers' feelings, she promoted homosexuality when there were children at the concert and this is forbidden in St Petersburg. We, the residents of the cultural capital, suffered a colossal moral damage.'
Madonna caused controversy when she asked the crowd to raise their hands while wearing pink bracelets she handed out in support of gay rights. However, a law passed last March makes promoting homosexuality illegal in the Russian city, and the activists have taken offence that children as young as 12 were at the concert.
Madonna reportedly asked the crowd to: 'Show your love and appreciation to the gay community. We want to fight for the right to be free.'
Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, also weighed in on the row, tweeting: 'With age, every former s**t tries to lecture everyone on morality. Either take off your cross, or put on your knickers.'
The 54-year-old singer is yet to appear in court - the first hearing took place on October 11, but it was postponed until October 25 because they didn't know Madonna's address to notify her, RT news reports.
Madonna previously offended the Kremlin by demanding the release of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot.

From monstersandcritics.com


Madonna muscles her way through a spectacle at MGM Grand

When you look past the immense staging and lighting of a Madonna show, beyond the lavish costuming and the army of backing dancers and musicians populating the stage, you notice something not so fancy all the way down to the artist’s feet.
Pulled over Madonna’s feet are ankle braces that creep up from whatever shoes she wears at the moment. These are elastic, like ACE bandages, flesh-colored and not decorated in any way. These wraps are not to be celebrated, or even detected, but serve the vital purpose of keeping the whirling, stomping diva steady on her spindles. These braces are commonly worn by athletes, especially tennis and basketball players, to ward against injury while leaping and making quick cuts.
Madonna is as athletic a performer as you will see on any stage. At age 54, she is in supreme condition, and that physical fitness is the core of her stage show, which she rolled into MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday for the first of two Las Vegas performances. The second was Sunday night.
At various points during her latest stage spectacular, the 2012 MDNA Tour, Madonna performed as a gangster, a majorette and a dominatrix. She spun, leaped, strutted and happily swiveled her pelvis in a two-hour performance that would have been astonishing even without music accompaniment, given its exhausting pace.
Deep into the show, she spun around with her backside facing the audience. She unsnapped her black slacks, lowered them several inches and showed the sellout crowd what a 54-year-old tushy might look like if you married into a workout plan of toning, conditioning, speed, agility, strengthening, flexibility and endurance (the specifics of this regimen are outlined, in sweaty fashion, in her DVD series 'Addicted to Sweat.') There was a message behind the nakedly memorable moment, as she said many people find her to be obscene, but what she finds obscene is 'our lack of humanity.'

To read the rest of the review by John Katsilometes visit www.lasvegassun.com


MDNA Fan Pictures: San Jose (Part 1)

madonnalicious reader Nick took these pictures at Madonna's first MDNA show at the HP Pavillion in San Jose on Saturday 06 October.

Notice the large black mark on the centre of Madonna's forehead in the last picture? She banged her head with her gun during 'Gang Bang' and it left a mark, she commented that it was the first time it had ever happened to her on the tour!


Madonna outraged at Taliban Shooting of 14-year-old

Madonna used the Los Angeles leg of her MDNA world tour to express outrage over the Taliban’s attempt to kill a 14-year-old girl who had spoken out against militants’ attempts to ban education for girls in northwestern Pakistan.
The Material Girl used the platform of the Staples Center stage to harness the outrage sweeping across the world about the attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai and stressed the importance of people voting in the U.S. Presidential election on Nov. 6.
'It hurt me...and it made me cry,' Madonna, 54, told concertgoers at Staples Center on Oct. 10.
'The Taliban stopped her bus and shot her for writing a blog about wanting to go to school. Do you understand the sickness and absurdity of this? Do you recognize how lucky you are?'
Madonna played a second show at the Staples Center on Thursday, then brings the tour to Las Vegas on Saturday for the first of two dates at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

From www.musicrooms.net


Sean Penn watches Madonna in concert in Los Angeles

Sean Penn couldn't take his eyes off Madonna at her concert in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The 'Milk' actor - who had a stormy four-year marriage to the singer from 1985 to 1989 - attended her show at the Staples Center and onlookers revealed he was quite impressed with her raunchy stage performance.
A source told RadarOnline: 'He was practically panting. Every time she thrusted or bent over, he was like 'Oh, man! I can't take this! She is too hot!'
Despite their volatile marriage, there is no bad blood between the pair and Madonna reportedly even teased Sean from the stage.
The witness said: 'At one point she stared Sean dead in the face, smiled, unzipped her pants, and mooned the crowd, but it was really like she was mooning Sean! He laughed and clutched his chest like he was going to pass out. She was wearing a black lacey thong, and her butt looked perfect! So smooth and tight...like a 20 year old's!'
Meanwhile, Sean went backstage to congratulate Madonna after her performance and witnesses said he was 'like a teenage boy meeting his idol. It was amusing, and kind of cute'.

From monstersandcritics.com


Review: Madonna brings 'MDNA' to the Staples Center

Human contortionists festooned with wings. Robed monks, mysterious crooning priests. Gunfights in seedy hotels. Dramatized murder, with blood splattered on a billboard-sized video screen. A warrior-ninja spinning nunchuku.
These musical dramas and more highlighted pop singer Madonna’s return to Los Angeles on Wednesday night, where she appeared at the Staples Center for the first of two concerts in support of her album, 'MDNA.'
And that was just in the first act.
At various times in the second and third acts she brought out a floating drum line that played while hanging from the support beams, twirled a baton in unison with dancers/cheerleaders, and comforted a troop of soldier-dancers with an acoustic guitar, fiddle, and beat-based version of 'Masterpiece.'
She floated on a chrome carriage above the stage, crawled on a staircase near the audience, clasping the hand of a fan. The joyous energy that lit up one middle-aged man’s face as Madge focused her gaze on him could have powered the Staples Center.
Of course it did. She’s Madonna, and nobody does this stuff better. Not Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Christina or any of the other generations of pop stars who have used as a model Madonna’s tightly crafted concerts/dance showcases/art projects/spectacles. Some of them may be better singers or more acrobatic, or offer cheaper ticket prices - rafter views at Staples started at over $100, and good seats went for more than $300 - but nobody has proven so adept at delivering the proverbial goods as Madge.
One piece of evidence: the suggestive way in which she incorporated the chorus of Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' into Madonna’s 'Express Yourself.' Delivered as both an incitement and a generational bridge, the gesture embodied the ways in which Madonna has embraced her pop offspring.
Which is saying something, given that the album she’s supporting is one of the least challenging of her career. A mostly failed effort at continuing her chart dominance by competing with pop artists now half her age, the approach on record felt a tad desperate, less dictating the conversation than chasing it.
She front-loaded her show with tracks from 'MDNA,' crafting a film noir-inspired, acrobatically choreographed run of the first five songs on the album. From there, the drama built, both within her musical seductions and during breaks.
And as is her wont, she let loose on a mid-set sermon, this one focused on Russian band Pussy Riot, and the recent shooting of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, allegedly at the hands of the Taliban. She protested with her voice, and with her music she shocked and awed.
Rolling on the floor during 'Human Nature,' she stripped to her bra and turned her back to the crowd. The seductress pulled down her pants to reveal her derriere, above which on the small of her back was written the name 'Malala.'
The hits continued, moving through the set like a well-crafted mixtape: 'Vogue' rendered in black and white; 'I'm a Sinner' saw Madonna with a guitar playing to a version that morphed into a kind of Indian raga. 'Like a Prayer' featured a choir of three dozen, consisting of the dancers who over the course of the night performed feats of balletic strength and agility.
Combined, the Queen of Pop delivered a grand spectacle, 90 minutes of ridiculously joyous performance. No wonder tickets were so expensive. This was some serious business that required a lot of (shirtless, muscular) manpower, and just as much feminine energy and mystique.

From www.latimes.com / Randall Roberts