Friday, October 19, 2012

Madonna! Live! And in Concert!

Meh.

Look, nobody is more disappointed by this than me. I'm the one who spent the money on the concert ticket (though luckily not a ton) and looked forward to the concert for months. But in the end....meh.

When you go to a Madonna concert, you expect fun. And joy. And love. But what we got was a dark, high-concept show with guns, and blood, and weird depressing versions of a lot of her classic hits. I love Open Your Heart, but I didn't really understand why she felt the need to perform it with just some weird tribal drums in the background. And don't even get me started of the weird stripped-down version of Like a Virgin that had her rolling around in the floor and on a piano...but not in a sexy way. More in a "I am so depressed I could kill myself any second" kind of way.

 Too many guns. Ugh.

I think the problem here is that Madonna is still really bitter about her divorce. The album she was touring to support (MDNA) has some serious revenge-style fantasy songs going on, but at its heart it's a fun electronic album full of thumping beats that make you want to just get up and dance. But the concert was dull of dark imagery like Madonna shooting all her back-up dancers in the head during Gang Bang. That's not really what I signed up for.

I don't want to give you the impression it was all bad, there were some genuinely amazing and yes, fun, moments. Especially when Madonna broke out the baton twirling and the flying drumline. Oh, and Vogue was performed in grand 1990s style, complete with flailing limbs and some awesome catwalking.

THIS is what I'm talking about. Go get 'em, girl!

But for the most part, these moments were few and far between. I don't go to a Madonna show for some high-falutting performance art. Put on the cone bra, sing a few songs, and get over it. It's kind of hard for someone who had to work an entire day of overtime to afford your concert ticket to relate to your multi-million dollar divorce issues.

Sorry, Madge, but I'll stick with Lady Gaga, thanks.