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Madonna: Clearly Not Over that Whole Horse Thing

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Last night I was subjected to the Madonna concert at Madison Square Garden, where temperatures in the stands hovered around 127 degrees.

Rumor has it that she asked to have the A/C turned off. I have NO IDEA WHY ANY NORMAL HUMAN BEING WOULD DO THAT, but then again, "normal" is not an adjective often associated with Madonna.

If I sound grumpy, it's because I am. When one - or one's Boyfriend, as the case may be - pays serious $$$ to see the Material Mom perform, one expects the following:

1) Rigorous dance sequences
2) Innumerable costume changes
3) Songs I know the lyrics to (JUST SING "VOGUE" DAMNIT!!)
4) Lots of flesh

I know, I know. It's blasphemy to suggest that she didn't have, like, the most AMAAAAAZZZZING concert ever, ohmigod!!! After all, the NY Times and the Post didn't complain.

I'm a much tougher critic.

Sure, there were rigorous dance sequences - but Madonna only participated in a small portion of them, pawning off the hard work on her ridiculously chiseled, racially diverse, cargo-pants-wearing backup dancers.

Furthermore, the only classics she sung were Like a Virgin and Lucky Star (inexplicably set to the Hung Up melody). That really didn't do it for me. I wanted the entire damn Immaculate Collection.

And yes, there were costume changes, but the majority of the time she was completely covered, head to toe, in black equestrian-cum-S&M, Elizabethian style turtlenecks, jackets and thigh-high boots. I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on. First, it's a billion degrees.


I cheered when she stripped down to a pink leotard in the very last song. FINALLY.

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All that having been said, the show may have been worth it just for the relentlessly flamboyant appreciative audience. The Stanford Blatch-esque guy behind me actually squealed: "Oh. My. God. I just CANNOT believe this. I am, like, sooooooo excited. OHMIGODDDDD. I LOVEEEEE HER. She's a LIVING LEGEND!!!!"

And - in my favorite moment of the entire evening - a lovely fellow in the front row held up a neon fuchsia sign that proclaimed in huge sparkly letters:

"MADONNA - You MADE me Gay!!!"

That. Is. Awesome.


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In my best cockney Lucky Star plays and I say, "I love this track." You have to be a fan of Guy Ritchie to get it. Obscure I know.
Julia, you totally got Gawked. Or Gawkered. Whatever. Anyway I'm so jealous you saw Madonna, how dare you say it wasn't a life-changing experience? So ungrateful! And IPP up there (OPP?), nice Snatch reference. Brad was totes hot in it.
last night was perfect. i heard a rumor that she asked to have the a/c off because of her voice.
I can't say that Madonna made me gay, but she's certainly cost me a fortune in latex.
Whoever held up that sign is a plagiarist. My friend created a shirt that said the same thing the previous night, and he was a hit.
just so you know, this was her confessions tour, not her reinvention tour...so why did you expect classics ?? i was there last night as well and i guess you're just too jaded to enjoy something such as her concert...the energy of the performace was second to none, i mean the crowd of 16,000 was on their feet almost the WHOLE 2 hours...must suck to be so holier than thou, that you just can't have fun.
Madonna is evolving, We are evolving, her new CD is life as it exists now; she already did her Greatest Hits tour it was called "The ReInvention Tour" two years ago. I don't expect to hear many of her old songs, what I expect is to see where Madonna is at in her life. Very enlightened I believe.
Great review.
What is your take on Andrea Schwartz?
"I can't say that Madonna made me gay, but she's certainly cost me a fortune in latex." QFT (and Julia QFT = Quote for Truth)

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