Las Vegas - 30 May - No dry eye in the house
This was my 2nd Madonna concert, I saw her on May 7, 1990 in Dallas,Tx.
I was very very young and until May 30 2004, the Blond Ambition
concert was my favorite. I was hoping that flying from Dallas to
Vegas would be worth it and boy was it! The concert was a non-stop
collection of some of the best pop songs ever played. The opening
Beast Within was great. The
Las Vegas crowd was up and dancing all around me. The great "slow"
down version of Deeper and
Deeper was beautiful. The tearjearker Imagine
was very moving, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. The club hit
Nobody Knows Me had Madonna
showing off her great dancing skills, nobody could sit still for
that! The closing number Holiday
wasn't all that great, but people were up and screaming for her.
All throughout the MGM they were playing Madonna all weekend. The
talk at all the clubs was about Madonna's two weekend concerts.
Everyone I met that went to the shows loved them. Madonna showed
us and the world that she still remains one of the worlds "Greatest
Entertainers", and that she can surpass the young entertainers
New York City & East Rutherford - Madonna/Esther, my idol
I saw Madonna (Esther wooo!!!) @ Madison Square Garden & Continental
Arena. @ Continental my friend & I had front row center!!! O
wow it was amazing!!! She was like right there, my idol for so long!!
Esther!! Madonna!! I thought I was gonna die. Anyway, The
Beast Within was intense, but I loved it nonetheless, very artistic.
American Life was my fave I
would probly have to say. She sounded lovely during all her songs,
duh. This is getting long, so if you haven't seen Esther's Re~Invention
concert yet, you better get yourself some freakin tickets because
this is one show you do not wanna miss!!!!
~ Claire Atlanta - 25 July - The
most articulate, beautifuly crafted concert
WOW!! What can I say about the Re-Invention Tour that hasn't already
been said. This is the most articulate, beautifuly crafted concert
that I have ever seen...
So there's me and my sister in Atlanta (we flew from Colorado) hours
before showtime. around 7:15 the arena started getting packed. At
8:30, the house lights went out and the crowd went crazy... this
happened two more times as teasers, which worked. Then finally,
at around 8:45, it was for real and everyone was going crazy!!!
The Beast Within intro is
the most artistic and haunting video. What an opener. It had everyone
from the beginning. Wow, there are so many things about the show,
from the dancing-very unique and different, to the superb sound-great
bass and vocals, to the videos-speechless, and of course the UNBELIEVABLE
stage design. Nobody Knows Me
was kick ass, Frozen simply
awesome, Loved Express Yourself.
Just loved it all!! I can't wait untill it is on CBS and DVD!! Bye
the way, anyone have any info on when it is going to be on? Anyway,
this is without a doubt the best show ever staged, EVER. This is
history in the making, in more ways than one!
~ Bryan Atlanta - 25 July - A
non-stop rollercoaster which i'd ride again and again
So here it is, the night of the second show in Atlanta. All my anticipation
has led up to the last two nights of pure ecstacy. Through much
wheeling and dealing via eBay, I scored 3rd row center for Sat night
and 4th row center for Sun night. A note... to those who wanted
VIP tickets, don't feel bad... it really was a waste of money and
a disappointment as far as the "so-called" pre-party.
It was overrated and frankly, boring. But of course, one did get
But who cares about the food when it is the Material Girl one has
come to see. Madonna truly lived up to all the expectations on this
tour. It was a non-stop rollercoater which I would ride again and
again if possible. Guess I'll have to wait for the dvd.
I must say my favorite parts of the show were Express
Yourself, Material Girl,
Like A Prayer, and Get
Into the Groove.... and definately Crazy
For You! Madonna spared no expense on the theatrics either.
I have never seen such an uncompromised technical display for showcasing
music. Her stage was a decade before it's time. Props to your tech
and conception team on that one Madonna!!!
I also must say that Madonna danced her ass off the entire show,
more than any previous, and her voice was fantastic. Gone are the
comments that she is a better dancer than singer... she has now
equally perfected both. Not to mention her back-up dancers are the
Madonna... Thanks so much for the 20 years. Fans... if you still
have a chance to catch this show, at any cost, hell... fly to London.
Do not miss it!! It is something that no one will ever be able to
take away from you, and it will always be in your memory, even after
~ B. M. Toronto - 19 July - What a f*$kin' show!
WHAT A F*$kin' SHOW! (JULY 19) The Best I've seen in a long time!
Madonna loved Toronto, and Toronto Loved Madonna. I got to see her
second of three shows here, and it was amazing. During the show,
Madonna said "she didn't get enough sleep the night before"
and she wasn't sure if she "was going to get through the show",
but the pure energy from the audience was 'getting her through'!
She also said to the audience, "you don't have to call me Esther"
and she smiled. I'm sure that was in response to a previous day
front cover of a local newspaper that had 'Ester Fest' over her
picture on stage. Overall, I truly loved the show. Ohh I'm sure
others will talk about this, but during her last song Holiday
she was going up the steps to the big extended stage into the audience,
and she took a bit of a tumble... it was scary at first, but she
got up, high-fived one of her dancers, and went on with the song!
A true trooper! If anyone hasn't seen this show, I urge them to
do so, the best Madonna ever!
~ Jimmy Getahun Toronto - 19 July
- OK I can die now
Well, last night was the 2nd of Madonna's 3 shows at the ACC in
Toronto, and what a blast!!! I had previously seen the show at MSG
in NY and was already impressed, but last night; 4th row and Madonna
pointed at me and smiled during Crazy
For You!!! OMG!!! I nearly fainted and all I could think was:
"OK, I can die now." The entire show was spectacluar from
that vantage point. The Toronto crowd was roaring and she said that
we were the best crowd so far, but I am guessing now that she tells
every crowd that! Oh well, it really helps to energize the fans
and before she sang Imagine,
she said "this song was written over 35 years ago, not by me
of course, 'cause I wasn't born yet!" The entire arena cheered
so loud I thought the roof would collapse. Madonna had a little
slip-up too, she fell up the steps of the catwalk during Holiday,
but quicky got up and said "whoopsy-daisy", but something
tells me she's gonna have a bruise on that knee. Anyhow, that was
the night of my life and I get to relive it again tomorrow for the
finale show here in T.O. with tickets in the 8th row!!! LONG LIVE
THE QUEEN, MAY SHE REIGN FOREVER!!!
~ Dan East Rutherford - 07 July
- It's a non-sitting show
The crowd sucked! They were cool for the hits, but everyone sat
down alot. Madonna had to tell everyone to stand up many times.
She said that this was a non-sitting show. Even people toward the
front half of the floor were sitting during the slower songs. She
wore the Kabbalists Do It Better T-Shirt. She also dropped her stick
during Into The Groove. Still,
she had a smile on her face a lot and seemed to be having fun. Before
Imagine she said that
this song is not about dreaming or imagining, it's about doing.
At the end of Holiday,
as the screens are closing, she asked the crowd if they wanted more.
Everyone screemed but we all know there was no encore.
~ Michael Polimeno Philadelphia
- 05 July - The things Italians do better
Madonna was in a much better mood than the night before. Smiling
a lot more and talking more with the audience. No one sat and she
didn't have to tell everyone to stand up. She again wore the Italians
Do It Better T-shirt and talked about things that Italians do better,
like drink (as she drank water), sweat (as she toweled off) and
sing (then she started to sing). She told us how important it is
for us to vote before Imagine.
And she talked about how she would always come to Pennsylvania as
a child because her father grew up in Pittsburgh. Amazing performance.
Lots of energy.
~ Michael Polimeno Philadelphia
- 04 July - Madonna trades shirts with fan
Madonna didn't seem to be in the best mood since she was having
trouble with her sound/earpiece. She kept saying the music was too
loud. Someone in the front had his shirt off. Madonna said to him
it was hot and wished she could take her shirt off too but that
those days were over. She had on the Italians Do It Better T-Shirt
on and instead of just throwing it into the audience, she spotted
a guy in the front with a shirt that said "Rocco is my homeboy"
and she asked him to trade. He threw his to her and then she threw
her shirt directly to him. She said that the Philly crowd was wild
and that she should come there more often. Other than that, little
audience interaction. She didn't have to tell the audience to stand
one time. At the end during Holiday,
the confetti did not shoot out on cue. Still, Madonna gave it her
all and the crowd loved it. Everyone was standing, singing and dancing.
~ Michael Polimeno New York City
- 21 June - Madonna is gonna love us
I am from Toronto, CANADA and when the 3 shows here originally sold
out in 90 minutes, I panicked and bought a pair of tix to the June
21st show at MSG in NYC. I thought "What the hell? A chance
to see Madonna at Madison Square Garden and visit my 2nd fave city
in the world, New York." Weeks later, they released more tickets
for the supposedly sold-out Toronto shows and I scored a pair, not
bad ones I might add!!! So, now after having seen the show with
an American audience, and after being a little disappointed that
they didn't seem to get Madonna's anti-war message, I am anxious
to see how the Canadian crowd will react to all that imagery. It
will be interesting indeed! I attended a screening of Farenheit
9/11 last night and the audience was so amazingly responsive, I
know that Madonna is gonna love us when she plays here later this
month!! I will write back again with all the details of that show
too. Take Care.
~ Dan Worcester - 27/30 June -
Worth the wait
Hi all! I wanted to let everyone know I was lucky to see Madonna
twice for the Re-Invention tour in Worcester, Ma. Once on June 27th
and then on Wednesday, the 30th. The first night, I arrived early,
and there weren't many people filling the seats up. Of course as
it got closer to showtime they began moving people closer towards
the stage, but I wasn't one of the lucky ones.
still had a good view of the stage from the left in section 105.
The show didn't start until around 8:45 but it was worth the wait.
Madonna was beautiful and sounded excellent. I can't really say
I have a favorite part of the show because I loved the WHOLE show!
All the songs fit perfectly and any songs that had been rumoured
to be a part of the setlist just wouldn't have worked. This tour
was much better then the DWT in 2001. The second night there was
a much larger crowd and the show didn't start til around 9:00 pm.
A man came on the intercom and said that due to traffic congestion
that the show would be delayed. No problem, Madonna was worth the
wait! This time I ended up with seats in section 121 on the side
of the stage, not really a good section because of no front views
of Madonna. I was supposed to receive seats in section 126 which
I had purchased from the fan club but the Centrum released them
and I ended up with these instead. It was still interesting as I
got to see how the stage setup worked, etc. Now around 8:20 p.m.,
I'm not for sure but I swear I saw someone with blond hair appear
behind the stage looking out. Perhaps Madonna herself was checking
to see if people were arriving and filling up the seats. Anyway
after the show when I left the stage area I heard one guy say "It
Sucked". He must not be a big Madonna fan. Also I saw a female
with an outfit/shoes on just like the outfits they had on for the
Don't Tell Me segment. Maybe one of the dancers. I would've stopped
her but she seemed in a hurry and I didn't want to bother her. I
don't think she made any mistakes with the lyrics, at least I didn't
notice. On Wednesday's show towards the end she did kind of falter
slightly and said something like "I guess I need a sip of water".
I can't wait til the dvd is released as this was a very cool show.
Anyone who remotely enjoys Madonna I recommend you see this show.
It was worth every penny. I only wish I could see it live again.
Madonna amazed the hell out of
Madonna amazed the hell out of. It was the best concert I ever been
to. I absolutely loved it! It was original, very creative, the choreography
was great, and Madonna sounded wonderful. It was worth the money!
~ Erica New York City - June -
A top show by a top lady
After witnessing what can only be described as the biggest spectacular
on earth I am still stunned. It really was a night to remember.
From start to finish I was amazed. Her voice was powerful, confident
and she relished every moment by the looks of it. American
Life may not have competed as well in the charts as many hoped
but as far as her live shows go, no one could rival this. Hearing
Vogue I almost died, it was
great to see her in action. I was delighted she included American
Life songs because it is my favourite album of hers, with Mother
and Father my favourite song by our Queen. Hits such as Like
a Prayer, Material Girl,
Don't Preach and more were full of energy and enthusiasm. I
was disappointed there was no Ray of Light or Love
Profusion but not everyone can be pleased. All in all a top
show by a top lady. By the time she had left the stage after Holiday
I wanted to stay seated until the following night to watch again,
but it wasn't going to happen. If you can get tickets for this show
I would grab them regardless of the cost, you will not be disappointed.
~ Gordon New York City - 16
June - 17 nights with Madonna
After seeing Madonna 12 times now, I'm still in awe of her after
20 years... She put on a show of all shows at Madison Square Garden.
How does one compete with her talent. I was in the last row on the
fourth floor and when a member of her team gave me and my friends
first row center stage tickets, my mouth dropped to the floor. Madonna
sang old and new songs, a perfect mixture of her 20 years. Can't
wait to go again; 5 more nights to go!
~ Scott Washington DC - 14 June
- Awe-struck in DC
I was awe-struck as I left the MCI Center June 14th after witnessing
the greatest living performer and entertainer mesmerize the crowd
with her amazing body and angelic voice. Again, Madonna outdid herself.
My friend Kelly and I soaked in the show from our 8th row floor
seats Monday night and in all honesety, my thoughts and feelings
of how she evoked me, enchanted me and tantalized my mind, body
and soul can not be expressed in such a short space as this. Madonna
was beautiful Monday night.
She smiled and genuinely had fun with the crowd. Her voice was flawless,
unlike I've ever heard it before. She made the crowd laugh at the
beginning of Express Yourself
when she forgot to say "C'mon girls, do you believe in Love"
instead going right into the song. "Oh Sh*%," she exclaimed,
laughing. It was a moment of recognition for me. Not even Madonna
is perfect, although the show sure seemed perfect. The
Beast Within introduction made my heart stop for a moment and
rendered me speechless. The visuals on the screen were beautiful
and captivating.Even more so was her girly voice, reciting the psalm
that echoed through the center. With five costume changes and continuous
movement from her dancers, the skateboarder and bagpiper the show
was never dull.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed the theatrical theme of the Drowned
World Tour three years earlier, this show was fun and it appealed
to her fans of all ages with her vintage tunes of Burning
Up, Crazy for You, Like
a Prayer and Papa Don't Preach.
Faithful fans, like myself, appreciate the visuals with Mother
and Father and her soft voice in Nothing
Fails. It is difficult for me to write a review since I am in
no way a professional commentator, musician or entertainer, but
as a fan I realized how much I love this woman and why I admire
her and adore her. She is one of a kind and like her final message
indicated (as there were many throughout the show) she utterly re-invented
herself. MY hope is that she continues to do so.
~ Jen San Jose - 09 June - It was
WOW!!! Seems like everyone is having a blast so far. Personally,
twice wasn't enough. I was lucky enough to fly down to L.A. for
the opening nite's show and caught it once again the Bay Area. Anyways,
I just needed to add my feelings about this show to the site as
well. IT WAS FIIIEERRRCCCEEEEE!!! Way better than DWT.
She was so much more personable and talked. For the San Jose show,
I scored floor seats. Let me tell you...when she came down on the
catwalk, I nearly passed out. Seeing her that close was surreal.
I could not believe how close I was...even if it was just for a
split second. Anyways, I don't want to spoil it for the other's
out there still waiting for the show to hit their town. The two
songs I needed to hear were Vogue
and Like A Prayer, both of
which she did. Let me tell you, when Vogue opened up....I was there
with her...throwing down on the dance floor. Enjoy and can't wait
to read other reviews as they come in.
~ Daniel San Jose - 09
June - I hear you, Madonna!
As I sat in the VIP lounge enjoying my Alfredo Pasta and cocktail,
it hit me. What was it about this experience that was making me
feel sad: Madonna's final Bay Area performance? The end of months
of anticipation? Actually, I think it was: the looks on my three
friends' faces when I handed them the laminated passes and their
first-rate seats the first night of Madonna's shows. I expected
cheers... instead I got tears. The term VIP itself would never apply
to me under any circumstances. Us common folk made to feel special
this one time. I then started to recall the many emails to and from
fellow fans who wanted meet up before the first show. I recalled
the handsome couple who gave my friends their seats when they got
upgraded to closer seats. I remembered further back to the rainy
San Francisco night I was trying to decide to purchase the $700
package deals on my very limited budget. Back and forth I went to
madonnaviptickets.com trying to decide and plan for a special event...all
the while The Next Best Thing
played on my DVD player. Finally I remembered the promise I made
to myself after seeing Drowned World
Tour from 45 rows away from Madonna that the next time would
be different. It would be special and I would make it special for
those closest to me no matter what the cost. My best friend and
myself were led to our seats one last time. This time in Row 8 next
to the center section. Closer than ever...and possibly the last
time I can claim to ever see Madonna perform so closely. And so
The audience was, by far, the most lively of all the shows. The
entire arena was doing "The Wave" as well as screaming
and applauding each time a set of lights would go out. Madonna's
show began and audience noise level was deafening this time. We
were on our feet the second the opening BEAST
WITHIN montage starts, the platform raises and Madonna breaks
out into VOGUE. The moves
were flawless, Madonna exuded pure energy. If NOBODY
KNOWS ME doesn't get you grooving while Madonna, in thigh-high
boots, does her little walk/stomp across the stage, then INTO
THE GROOVE is guaranteed to send your dancing shoes into orbit!
None of the dancers were a step off balance, the show clipped along
at a rock-steady pace and it was plainly obvious this show is getting
sharper with each performance. One thing I will never forget is
Madonna's alabaster skin, luminated by spotlight...her eyes - saucers
as green as the Grecian oceans giving me a double-take as she passed
by on the catwalk. I don't know why she did (as I wasn't the only
one dancing this time) but she did and I felt "noticed".
Madonna spent a few more moments introducing her rendition of Lennon's
Imagine and her song CRAZY FOR
YOU than she did before. Before she began MATERIAL
GIRL, she told us, "I just want to tell you all - you're
a great crowd!" Cue a deafening roar. Mid-concert, the row
in front of me was guys and girls dancing together and having a
great time. An hour before, they would hardly look at each other.
Entire sections in the Loge seating had their arms raised and swaying
to CRAZY FOR YOU. Madonna
was obviously touched. This made her interact more with the audience
and motion toward us during her songs rather than keeping her hands
closer to her sides. By the close of the performance I was no longer
sad. There was no reason to be. The show ends with the statement
Reinvent Yourself. Yet, in no way is the show ever over...keep yourself
going, keep things fresh and most of all, enjoy life. I hear you,
Madonna. Loud and clear! Thanks for reading and to those of you
who are seeing Madonna in the next months: Have yourself the best,
most memorable time!
~ Steve W. San Jose - 08 June -
Madonna is top of her game
By now, you know the songs. You also have some idea of the Reinvention
Tour experience. Here's a question: Is once ever enough? In my case,
a resounding NO! I treated myself and a great friend to two VIP
tickets for Madonna's second San Jose show on June 8th. This time,
I was located in the very front row of Loge section 101. If you
will be seeing the show in Paris, section 101 at HP Pavilion Arena
is the similar "cousin" of Porte E or Porte P at Bercy.
If you happen to be in those seats this September, you will have
a few things going for you that is missing from the floor (or Fosse):
more room to dance, a place to stow away your tour book and T-shirts
and the best full-on, unobstructed view you have ever seen!
The VIP room was completely packed. No tables were available and
most people were standing around chatting and noshing on hot, sliced
Turkey or BBQ pork sandwhiches, salads and hot baked rolls. I was
impressed the menu had actually improved and the food was very good.
I can only imagine what they'll serve at Bercy!
The crowd was much more relaxed this second outing as was Madonna
herself. Two things of note: Madonna started off fast and furious
and was maybe a tad too far ahead of herself - she didn't quite
nail that headstand at first but the rest of her performance was
smooth and natural. I just don't buy those "stories" of
her fainting - it's not the most grueling physical performance (that
honor goes to BLOND AMBITION and
certain sections in WHO'S THAT GIRL),
yet Madonna is not a frail person, either. A person can sense when
someone is in trouble and I just didn't feel it from Madonna! She
is the top of her game here, that is certain! Her vocals were as
strong and clear as the June 6th show. In fact, the acoustics were
definitely improved. Crystal clear as a bell! Another thing to note
is that HOLLYWOOD, although
not sung by Madonna, is an absolute show-stopper. Not much has been
written about this section, but it drew the same level of applause
as the star of the show did. The dancers are amazing: a breakdancer,
a "Cab Calloway" era tap dancer, a Hindu dancer and a
"rad" skateboarder who drew gasps as he ended his part
flying up in the air and landing in a crouched position beside his
ramp, skateboard tucked safely under his arm. Fast and furious applies
here in one liberal dose of entertainment. These boys and girls
are GREAT dancers. Not good...GREAT.
Another amusing moment came later when Madonna, twirling at the
end of PAPA DON'T PREACH, looks
at the audience, relaxes her shoulders and laughs, "...I think
I just made myself dizzy!" The audience enjoyed that and applauded
louder. No, she wasn't sick - merely human and making light of herself.
That is what made everyone smile - almost as if she trusted us enough
to enjoy her little goofy moment at her expense. This must be new
Madonna I've been seeing lately. She is still the familiar Diva
we know and have always loved, but this time around her self-irony
can either be serious and full of meaning... or, simply put: FUN.
The same applies to this show. Please, do not miss it.
~ Steve W. San Jose - 06 June -
Genuine star delivers goods at cosmic proportions
After being wisked past the long line to the HP Pavilion to
the VIP reception area, the adrenaline rush set in. The VIP reception
area was low-key, but well-attended. Our little group stood for
a while with our cocktails since all the tables were taken. After
finally finding seats and having a great time bonding with other
fans over a tasty snack of fried tamales and baked chips with quacamole,
sour creme and beans. After having my second cocktail (a Lemon Drop)
we were led to our seats to the open arena. It was all a bit too
much to take in at first. The floor area was well organized, so
well in fact, it was impossible to go from area to area with showing
your ticket to every floor monitor. I was granted two tickets in
row 12 from Madonnaviptickets.com. Not really sure how close these
seats would actually be, I was shocked to find that the seats were
very, very close to the stage. No need to try to get a better seat
- it was perfect.
When the show started, the fans were on their feet and screaming
- the Diva rises from the stage on a raised platform and the crowd
went wild. It took a moment to get over the unrealness of it all
- it was almost like watching a video until she started VOGUE.
From row 12 - she was close! Not to sound like a gushing Mad Madonna
fan, but I must admit: this is a great show. I cannot describe how
much energy the star exuded - she is one exciting performer to watch.
Her singing was EXCELLENT although I felt the acoustics at the arena
could have been fine-tuned a little more. Her sound system was crisp
and clear - so much that I could talk to my friend and hear her
voice perfectly. My ears were not ringing and half-deaf when the
show ended. This is a get-up-and-dance show. Also nice to see was
Donna DeLory - she looked great, sang great and...really has some
good moves on her! Second singer Siedah Garrett seemed perfectly
at home as well - it was great to see her live for the first time
and dance, too!
From my view, the PIT areas on the sides of the stage were filled
with some really lively folks - they screamed louder than the whole
auditorium! Madonna spent a few moments with each group and you
could tell she was getting off on their affections. I had my moment
too: during Vogue I really let loose. I was the only one dancing
in our section (although everyone was on their feet) and she looked
right at me with THAT look - a slight smile, but knowing she had
us hooked. A few people looked over at me and my friend next to
me says, "Guess you got HER attention!" What can I say
- that is MY SONG! On the other hand, Madonna shot me a glance as
I was sitting (actually drinking water for only a few moments to
keep from passing out - the arena was HOT...so take WATER!) as she
was singing NOTHING FAILS and
literally eyed me until I stood back up - couldn't blame her but
the girls behind me were so petite I was trying to keep from blocking
their view. I was next to the aisle in direct view of her and pretty
obvious - so...back up I went. All in all, this was one really awesome
affair. Everything positive I heard great about this show was met...
and beyond. However, you just have to experience it yourself - this
is, in all honesty, a fantastic show that is tight, precise and
well-executed. It seems a little of each of her previous shows makes
an appearance. In particular, HANKY
PANKY turned out to be my real favorite act - sort of like an
encore from GIRLIE SHOW... a hint as to what
that show must have been like to see live (I missed that show).
She has a good time with that one - the burlesque nature of that
one is like Breathless Mahoney taking over the stage and taking
us further back. Madonna is not only an entertainer, she's a genuine
STAR - one that delivers the now-legendary goods to her fans...
at cosmic proportions.
~ Steve W.
Anaheim - 03 June - Madonna looked at me 3 times
I went to the Anaheim show on June 3 and it was the second time
I was seeing the show. I went to the opening in L.A. at the Forum
and I just had to see it again cause the first time it went by so
fast and it was so amazing. My seat was located to the right corner
of the stage next to an aisle, a couple of steps up from the floor
and the seats to my right was closed off for some reason. I was
about 15 feet away from the stage and here was no one to block my
view and Madonna had a clear view of me =). So I get to my seat
at 7:30pm and notice a camera crew filming on the floor aisle in
front of me. I thought it might be for the documentary. They were
following this woman who was talking to the camera and saying she
had a backstage pass and that she would take them backstage. So
they kept doing take after take of going from the floor to the backstage.
This woman looked really familiar. She looked like Cynthia McFadden
(?), a news correspondent for the news magazine show Primetime Live
or 20/20. Maybe she's doing a story and not the documentary. Then
I notice Liz Rosenberg was there talking to some people and telling
them to enjoy the show. Then I saw Jamie King, the director and
choreographer of the show walk by. I had snuck in a disposable camera
but didn't use it cause there were ushers on guard checking tickets
for people who had seats on the floor and they were in front of
me. The ushers were really strict, they grabbed a small sign that
said "MADONNA" from a fan, they even wouldn't let this
guy on the floor cause he didn't have his pass even though he kept
walking back and forth on the floor aisle beforehand. He yelled
to the usher "But I have to start the show!" I guess he
was the show production director. So it was not a good idea to use
my camera. Dammit! I was so close to the stage too!
Once in a while the audience would roar for Madonna to come out
and finally she came out at 8:30pm. It looked like the show wa sn't
sold out but it could be that people were late to the show cause
there was a baseball game happening at the same time in the area
and traffic was congested. I have to say the Forum audience were
louder, danced and stood up the entire time. The Anaheim audience
were great and sang along too but not as energetic and they kept
sitting down. Before singing Like
a Prayer, Madonna urged the front row people to stand up. When
I saw the opening at the Forum I remember Madonna singing Nothing
Fails to the right of the stage but at the Anaheim show she
sang it to the left of the stage. Before singing Crazy
for You Madonna thanked her fans who stood by her "for
20 fucking years" and the crowd cheered back. She dedicated
Mother and Father to Melanie
but couldn't hear if it was for her sister or her former assistant.
At the end of the show the two huge screens on the side were supposed
to move back to the front to block the stage and say "Reinvent
Yourself" but they didn't move and the screen was blank. You
could still see Madonna under the stage hugging her dancers when
the show was over. The show was much better the second time seeing
it cause I knew what to expect, appreciated it more and seem to
last longer. Also Madonna looked at me 3 times, though they were
quick glances, we still made eye contact. Something I'll never forget.
~ RB Anaheim - 02 June
- Vote Madonna, not Bush
I was reading the fan reports or press on ANAHEIM.... I went to
Madonna's first night in Anaheim on June 2nd @ Arrowhead Pond in
Anaheim. I won pit passes from MTV and took my best friend. The
word for the audience that night "ROWDY"..... Because
of my winning the Pit Passes, I had to arrive @ 6:15PM to check
in with Madonna's tour manager ALISON LARKIN for Clear Channel....
She told us when we got there "You guys need to make some noise,
and show M you are having a good time, because the show in Vegas
was lazy people in their seats, and not cheering enough or feeding
On the night I went on 6/2 it was rowdy like I said. I originally
bought tickets for 6/3, before I won the grand prize from MTV, with
only (1) entry. I utilized my tickets for the 3rd, and went again.
I wasn't on the floor that night, or able to touch her on more than
1 occasion like I did on the 2nd.... Where I was sitting on the
2nd show in Anaheim, there are a lot of people sitting. If you got
up and tried to raise hell like those people on the floor, you could
easily fall and barrel down 10 rows of people....
Anyhow from the PIT... Excellent... She was very "attentive"
to us. She knew there was no place on earth that we would have rather
been then in the place that she worked into her tour... for her
fans... She winked, smiled, grinned a lot. She looked good, sang
well, and her guitar skills for Burning
Up & Material Girl
phenomenal. At the start of Material
Girl on the 1st show in Anaheim.... She said, "This song
is so old, it's new." Also her sister Melanie was there, and
since pit people came into the venue first, and left it last, we
were able to walk right by her sister and her guest and say hello.
We knew who they were. Plus Madonna saying, "Yeah, You there,
in the 3rd row, I will be seeing you after the show.." Every
performance, all re-worked or re-worked enough to see the significance.
Even video montages, done over, done new, done better. Imagery that
every voter should see before election day. The messages in the
imagery, her conviction, her energy, is something other people should
have been a fan of for 21yrs like myself.... She said a long time
ago she was interested in "pushing peoples buttons" &
she has. Whether it was sex or clothing or dying her hair or writing
lyrics about oral sex, or humping a bed or cake, she got everyones
attention and has stayed popular. But the bigger picture...She has
helped the women's movement so much just by not being afraid. Everyone
paid attention to say "SEX....BAD" or whatever, but they
can't see why she got everyone to pay attention....TO OPEN UP YOUR
EYES....But they are too fixated on her, or trying to condemn her.
She is fabulous.
There will never be another. Just like with Prince. They masterfully
did everything that someone could try to take credit for now 20
years ago. She is a legend in our time, and bashing BUSH, isn't
so bad. I am sure his weapons will magically be discovered sometime
in late September or early October... Just in time for election
day. Madonna's video of American
Life - the original... I have it on my computer, but she knew
way back then how volitile the situation would become before April
of 2003... She could have helped people see, but then having that
out there would have changed the events. But even though it wasn't
put out there... It is now exactly what she thought then. UNNECESSARY
DESTRUCTION & DEATH .... INNOCENT PEOPLE GONE FOREVER. She is
a mother, she wants her children to be safe... I want her and her
children to be safe. I may have segued from original idea of conversation,
but I am very passionate about her art & having that much contact
with someone who you have admired and adored and loved for 21 years....
THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.... Anyone who has something bad
to say about her show is bitter that they couldn't get tickets that
were good enough, or are just miserable themselves and have to project
their pain on to everyone around...
It was her best show out of her 6 tours... Carefully planned &
crafted... Very Precise. She is a legend in our time. Even though
there is war going on or what not. She has been a source of happiness
to me and several of my friends in any time of bad in the world
or bad in your personal life. She has never failed to make smile.
Excellent Show... Many elements of POP CULTURE in the show, people
of all kinds will be entertained. Can reach so many different types
of people. IT's OBVIOUS THAT SHE ISN'T GOING TO RUN OUT OF MATERIAL...
SO PEOPLE SHOULD SHUT UP AND APPRECIATE WHAT SHE HAS BROUGHT TO
THE TABLE... People can say Rolling Stones or Aerosmith are legends...
Sure they have been around for years and are great musicians, but
if they weren't drunk & leaving illegitemate children here and
there, or just singing on stage with the occasional pyrotechnics,
what else do they do. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be next for
MADONNA... Not that she needs that for validation... IT IS ALL RIGHT
IN BILLBOARDS BOX SCORE WITH THE $7 MILLION figure in the number
one spot. Venue doesn't even hold that many people either. That
is commanding the attention of an audience.
Getting drunk & stoned and getting all of your old middle age
fans into a stadium together because they still "Can't get
no satisfaction" just isn't the same to me. But the damn style
of music is. RE-INVENTION TOUR... HER FANS HAVE BEEN ON IT SINCE
1982... The public should wake up & go see what we have known
the whole time... SHE IS THE QUEEN, GODESS, DIVA, GAY ICON, THE
MASTER OF RE-INVENTION, but that is what the media calls it... They
all are apart of her heart and her soul, as how she will forever
be with her fans. GREAT TOUR, GREAT SHOW, GREAT WOMAN, UNSTOPPABLE...
The best thing to happen to the 20th Century... SOMEONE WHO COULD
SAY WHAT THEY HELL THEY WANTED TO, AND NOT APOLOGIZE FOR IT... SHE
SHOULDN'T & SHE DIDN'T... ANYONE WHO ISN'T INTERESTED IN AN
EXPERIENCE THIS MINDBLOWING... MUST HAVE VOTED FOR BUSH... WHICH
IS THE MINDBLOWING THING REALLY... STUPID IF YOU VOTED FOR HIM...
STUPID IF YOU CAN'T APPRECIATE POP MUSIC's BEST GIFT & Most
~ Michael Southard Anaheim
- 02 June - We didn't want it to end
This is my second post. I've seen Madonna's concert on may 24, 26
and june 2nd. Last night on june 2nd, I finally got closer to see
Madonna on stage, I was so thrilled! She was in a lot better mood
and energetic than on may 24 and may 26. My friend and I didn't
want Madonna to end the show, we wanted to hear her sing more and
more! I was lucky that I got a chance to see Madonna for the third
time. Anyway, I've had enough because I've already seen it, my friend
and i really enjoyed it and had blast. I will buy the DVD as soon
as it gets released but we'll probably see her live on CBS this
next fall (i dunno for sure). You get a chance to see her live show,
hopefully she will come back in the future but i'm not sure. By
the way, Arrowhead Pond concert is one of the most beautiful and
cleanest in Anaheim, california. That's about it. So ENJOY THE MADONNA
~ Carlo Maniquez
Las Vegas - 30 May - So surreal
My Las Vegas experience was absolutly THE best! We arrived later
then we had wanted to, then stood in line to buy my Madonna's my
homegirl T! Then said our "see ya laters" to our friends
and made our way to our seats. Once at our seats we gave a real
true shout out to our friends so they could check out where we were
sitting. This must have been when the tour manager noticed us and
our great outfits that we had spent soooo much time putting together!
We all looked absolutely awesome. We each chose our fave M album,
and put the cover on a white shirt, and then dressed up in the look
from that time.
Any ways as I said, it must have been when the tour manager noticed
us cause the next thing ya know I hear this screaming from above
me. My sister was screaming at me "we got them!!!!! we got
them!!!! come on!!!! we are going down to the floor!!! yup! you
guessed it, we got relocated. The tour manager asked how many people
where in our party, and when we told him 6 he said "hhmmmm
well I only have 5 for row b, and 1 for row A." And before
ya know it I had finally made it down to the floor from where I
was originally sitting, and my friends handed me the row A seat!!!!!!!
YES! for the first time in my entire life something absolutely amazing
was about to happen! i finally got to be soooooo close to Madonna!!!
It was sooooooooo unbelievable, it still is hard to believe just
how close I was to her! she sang some of imagine
right to me! eye to eye! and smiled at me and even gave me a few
winks!!!! Incredible! Donna was hilarious! she kept smiling at me
cause I was singing every single word to every single song! ha ha.....She
winked at me! and during Hanky Panky
she was being all cute sexy ! ha ha Then at the end of the show
the film crew for the documentary came down to us and interviewed
us!!!!!!! man...it was sooooo surreal!
Oh ya! by the way the "kabbalists do it better" shirt
that she tossed in to the audience was thrown right to my little
sister! Madonna looked at her and nodded her head, took the shirt
of and aimed it and tossed it right to her. but this girl, who by
the way was in the 3rd row and... was sitting all night! (what the
hell is that!) snatched it right out from her hands! and then once
she had it she sat down for the rest of the show!!!!!! man, if ya
ask me she so didn't deserve it, heck she didn't deserve to be sitting
where she was!!!! Anyway! enough of that bitterness! ha ha its just
my big brother side of me!! ha ha This show was incredible, and
of course Madonna was absolutely incredible in every way! and heck
I am the luckiest dude alive!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH M, for an amazing experience!!!!!................your
~ jaysen, julie, bj, michelle, roxanna and dextor Las Vegas - 30 May - Simply unforgettable
I attended the 2nd Vegas show and it was unbelievable! The
Beast Within beginning pretty much set the theme of the show.
Then Vogue started with "What
are you looking at?" It was cool to see Madonna in such a great
shape as she was doing all the yoga poses. She sang it live, which
only added value to the experience. Nobody
Knows Me was pretty much just her dancing all over the stage
with the lyrics displayed on the screens as she sang, but still
a very good performance. The stage radically changed for American
Life and the screens were showing a lot of war images. Express
Yourself in the military style started with "Las Vegas,
are you ready?" and "Come on boys, do you believe in love?",
which was really funny considering how it changed the original version
of the song.
Before she got executed in the electric chair during Die
Another Day Madonna danced with all of her male dancers. It
was a very "Evita"-like dance.
I think it was somewhere in the first half of the show when Madonna
said "no sitting" to the first couple of rows. Then she
added "you can sit down only if I sit down."
I really liked how the screens were used as props throughout the
show. My favorite scene was the night sky full of stars during a
slow version of Deeper and
Deeper. When introducing Imagine she said it was written by
"a great man" and "one day it will be a reality."
Her voice was absolutely amazing although she did a lot more dancing
than during her last tour. The highlights of the evening were definitely
Like a Prayer, Don't
Tell Me, Holiday
and Music. Everybody was
up and singing. Simply unforgettable!
~ Richard Las Vegas - 29/30
May - It's never been just a concert
Both shows in Las Vegas were excellent!! Madonna , is truly a master
of creating and performing a show. No-one in the musical entertainment
industry has ever mastered this art. It has never been just a concert
~ John LA - 26 May - Second show
better than opening night
Last night was much better (may 26th) than the first opening night.
I was sitting in the terrace box 1 along with my friend. Madonna
was beautiful in the second songs was Vogue,
great looking at 45... I enjoyed all the other songs such as American
Life, Express Yourself,
Papa Don't Preach, Into
The Groove, Music
and one of the beautiful songs was imagine by john lennon, she sings
about starving childrens, i was impressed by the video... for the
Drowned World Tour back in 2001 was
a little bit weird but now for the reinvention tour is much better
and the style always looked great on her. You have to see her show...
Ii really enjoyed her show, I wish she would sing more, more and
more, I didn't want it to end... hopefully she'll come back again
later in the future.
~ Carlo LA - 24 May - Another Amazing
What a great show!! Madonna always pushes herself to the next level.
I still can't believe she played guitar from the last tour. I don't
really care what song she sings as long as she performs her heart
out to her fans. I was impressed on how she sang live. No lip-syncing,
no pre-recoreded vocals, and no singing along with a track. The
stage was amazing, very creative and original. She tone down also
on sex for this tour instead she became political for anti-war.
I saw also more dance routines than her last tour which was great.
She can still get into the groove. She also looked great. She only
has 5 costumes on this tour. There were no encores, people were
still shouting and clapping for her to come out. That might dissapoint
some fans but the entire show was amazing anyways. I go to alot
of gigs but I never seen any artist like Madonna. She is one of
a kind. I am very blessed to have seen her live in person.
~ Renato Herrera LA - 24 May -
Debi Mazar at opening show
Hey there. i went to the opening show of Madonna here in LA, it
was amazing!!!! She was fantastic! I saw Debi Mazar with Blow-Up
going to the back stage and to the Madonna private party. I tried
to talk to Blow-up and Debi Mazar but it was impossible, also they
looked all really good.
~ Toni LA - 24 May - What a fuckin
Hey all. I just got back from opening night of the Re-Invention
Tour at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. OMG What a fuckin
awesome show!!! I had a great time, and it was just a totally awesome
night. On the way there, Monica, Jo, and Shawn and I headed out
around 5:30. I was positive it was gonna be more than enough time.
Anyways after very little traffic, I arrived at the venue around
7:15 or so. Well When I went inside, Totaly Craziness. Hotties,
Madonna fans, Beautiful People, Everything awesome. I met up with
a friend of mine and we hung out for a little while before the show.
I hurried back to my seat at around 7:45 or so. Well When I got
to my seat, a little more than a quarter of the Forum was still
empty. I heard that the traffic was really bad and that people were
still on their way to the Forum. No worries, Madonna decided to
start the show a little later than planned, around 8:30. By the
time the lights went out, it was a capacity crowd of approximately
18,000. Also, I got to see my sweetie Keyboardist Stuart Price,
who is nothing short of amazin. What a QT! Here is a complete rundown
of the concert. The Beast Within (intro) -
Madonna is not actually onstage during this segment, but the video
compiled from her X-Static Process shoots was very artistic and
rather haunting. This performance of The Beast Within has totally
made me a huge fan of this song. Vogue
- Madonna is brought up on stage in various yogic positions. She
opens by striking a bunch of yoga poses and holding them, while
the music plays in the background. Then they break out into similar
choreography from the 1990 MTV Video Music Award Performance. Nobody Knows Me - This performance
offers us with a great look at Madonna's incredibly toned body.
She writhes around the dance floor and is just spectacular. Frozen - She sings this
amazing ballad acoustic with just her a mic, and images of nude
bodies being projected on the big screens behind her. It is beautiful. American Life - This was nothing
short of amazing. A major production number with lots of detailed
choreography. Love the strong anti-war sentiment that was seen throughout
this performance. Definitely a performance to remember. Express
Yourself - Come boys, do you believe in love? Hot men in military
gear, what is not to love? Burning
Up - She performed this with a heavy metal sound and played
her own electric guitar. It was hot hot hot!!! Material
Girl - similar to Burning Up, but with a little more dancing.
It was really funny, cause a picture of Albert Einstein popped up
on the screens at the beginning of this song. Is she saying that
Nerds are Hawt? Cause i would totally agree... Hollywood
- This was awesome. I am pretty sure this was lip-synched but no
biggie, It was expected with such amazing dance moves. Definitely
one of my favorites of the evening. This was very energetic and
I was simply amazed that at 45, this woman can do all that. Hanky Panky - Absolute Fun!
It was a total treat to see Madonna perofrming this song. I totally
sppreciate the humor involved. Deeper
And Deeper - Who knew this dance club hit could be performed
as a jazzy nightclub song with such romantic appeal? This version
of the song better get released as a single. Die
Another Day - This is definitely an awesome reworking of a brilliant
music video and song. Her dancers are incredibly HOT!!! She does
in fact get electricuted, but I was expecting more, it's not as
amazing as it sounds, but it is great. Lament
- This is such a sad turning point in the concert. The Lament is
done very beautifully and you really get the feeling that she is
leaving something, maybe her materialistic world? Bedtime
Story - Outrageous! Hauntingly Beautiful! One of my favorite
Madonna songs to begin with, but the video accompanyment is just
amazing! Although she is not actually on stage for this one, you
do get a feeling that something awesome is gonna happen. And it
does!!! The magnificent white horse the rides through the desert
coupled with her all white look is quite visually stunning. Nothing Fails - Beautiful, yet
somewhat dissapointing. I was expecting more drama and intrigue
with this song, but she just stands in front of a mic and sings
it. Although it is really great! Don't
Tell Me - This is reworked with a Parisian theme, with a romantic
backdrop of the Eiffel Tower and the Parisian skyline being lit
by a beautiful full moon. Like
A Prayer - This song has been reworked as a total homage to
Kaballah. I particularly enjoyed all of the Hebrew letters beamed
onstage on the screens and what not. The animation was quite good.
It brought a newfound mysterious side to both the nature of this
song as well as the Kaballah. Mother
And Father - Quite interesting. I am sooo happy she picked this
song from American Life. It is one of my favorite songs, but is
not really a highly choreographed one. She sort of just dances a
little on stage but most of the performance involves images of children
from around the world being beamed onto the huge screens. Very lovely
cause a picture of Madonna's Mother, is projected onscreen as a
(John Lennon cover) - It worked!!! She did an amazing job. Very
raw vocals, and just stuck with it. The video accompanyment was
sooo touching and incredibly loving. If this is the Madonna we now
have, then I love it. She is truly a beautifully gifted artist and
is definitely a music video visionary. The barbarism of war depicted
closes as images of war and poverty-ravaged children eventually
gave way to footage of a Muslim boy and his Israeli counterpart
smiling as they walked with their arms wrapped around each other.
This video montague coupled with John Lennon's vocals is what all
of America and the world needs to see. We would definitely think
again about fighting so much. What a truly poignant sentiment... Into The Groove (with bag
pipes intro) - Beautiful. Fun. Active. Just Amazing. The costuming
is very simple which allows for a great dance number. They play
with sticks and the choreography is quite good. Missy Elliot is
beamed up onto the video screens and while it is totally awesome,
it does distract from what is happening on stage. Full of energy!!!
I am amazed this woman has that much energy... Papa
Don't Preach - Very loving. Cute choreography that brings you
back to the days of your childhood. It is remixed a bit from the
original but quite good. Crazy
For You - She dedicated this song to her "fans that've
stood by me for the last twenty years." She sings it beautifully
and you really get a feeling that your are at the nightclub in Visionquest.
You really feel her voice taking over. Absolutely beautiful. Music - An awesome set
for this one. Love the remix work Music gets for this one. Very
fun to dance to. Lots of energy. The podium that she is on is quite
interesting, similar to the one they use at the Hyperion at Disney
for the Aladdin show, except it is shaped differently and quite
uniquely. A huge disco ball emerges and is totally awesome. Holiday - Opens with
a bunch of Flags from Around the World being beamed onto the big
screens. Each one morphing into the next. A high energy closer for
the show. Quite impressive, ends with all the flags morphing into
one. Quite a visual statement. Beautiful.
Ok! That is that. An awesome night. I totally want to go again.
They kept teasing us with the possibility of an encore, but then
she had sound effects of President George W. Bush's speech about
the Iraqi transfer of power deadline. It was remixed with some kinda
techno. Eh! It was interesting. I bought a tour poster, some madonna
buttons, and a Re-Invention Tour wristband at the Signatures booth.
Had I have known that she was having an after party at The Forum
Club, I soo woulda stayed. But it was off to the IE. Well that is
all for now. AMAZING!!!
Madonna, I heart you.
~ Neerav. LA - 24 May - Vogue was
I disagree with the assessment that Frozen
was the first "non-lip synched song" of the show... whoever
this reviewer obviously has no ear. Yes, parts of Vogue
were lip synched most notably the "rap" of all the stars
names... but the verses and choruses were clearly being sung live.
Also, Nobody Knows Me was definitely
sung live -- but put through the synthesizer to make it sound like
the album version... but she was definitely singing that song. Otherwise,
the assessment was pretty accurate -- although I thought Nothing
Fails was great.
~ Troy LA - 24 May - Who doesn't
like Hanky Panky?
I was there at around 7:15 pm and was seated quite quickly, I was
surprised with the lack of security but oh well, maybe it was well
hidden. Anyways, The Beast Within
was a totally awesome opening, I absolutely loved it!!! Some of
my favorite performances were...
1) Absolutely loved the Bedtime
Story video segments totally fuckin rocked...and She looks fuckin
2) Burning Up (it was HOT!!!
What more is there to say?)
3) Madonna's Cover of John Lennon's Imagine
(Madonna's raw vocals combined with the video montague was nothing
short of kick-A)
4) American Life (Totally loved
her political statements)
5) Crazy for You (she dedicated
it to her fans and it was super sweet!!!) AND Hanky
Panky cause who doesn't like that song?
~ Neerav Kapadia LA - 24 May - Bad
traffic but great night
Traffic was soooo backed up - we missed Beast
Within, Vogue, Nobody
Knows Me, and Frozen.... I'll catch them tomorrow. So, not counting
those, my favorite numbers were...
1 - Burning Up (my absolute
favorite - it truly rocked! - AWESOME)
2 - Lament (her voice
sounded absolutely beautiful)
3 - Bedtime Story (visual sequence
4 - Mother and Father (Cool
visuals/symbolism and I really like the song)
5 - American Life (overall,
The best part of all... I'm meeting some great fans along the way.
~ ALL MY LOVE, jason :) LA - May
24 - Madonna you rock!
I just returned home from opening night of the Reinvention Tour....
and it kicked ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was one of the MTV VIP winners
and was actually right in the stage. The show was awesome..... great
music, great dancing, great set, and most of all, Madonna showed
she still can bring down the house. For the most part, all of the
spoilers were correct, but still some differences. She even did
Material Girl. I can't say
enough about the tour, except that it is probably one of the best
shows I'll ever see. Madonna... you rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!