NEW YORK – After kicking off the North America leg of her Sticky & Sweet tour in New Jersey over the weekend, Madonna crossed the Hudson and performed two nights in a row to sold-out audiences at the Madison Square Garden.
And what would a Madonna concert be without her political commentary?
The 50-year-old singer continued to slam the Republican bet for vice president, Sarah Palin at The Garden when she sang her hit I Love New York, which had a line that goes ‘Get off my street!’
“You know who can get off of my street? Sarah Palin! I’m gonna kick her ass if she don’t get off of my street!” Madonna said as the crowd, which included P. Diddy, Rosie O’Donnell and designer Michael Kors, screamed in approval.
Madonna began her tirade against Palin during her show Saturday at the Izod Center. “Sarah Palin can’t come to my party. Sarah Palin can’t come to my show. It’s nothing personal,” the New York Post quoted her as saying.
That was not the only time when the singer showed her political color.
Halfway through the show, a montage of images that juxtaposed Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain with Adolf Hitler and Kim Jong Il was shown on the giant screens onstage. Sen. McCain’s campaign reportedly said Madonna’s actions were “outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time.”
On the same montage, Sen. Barack Obama’s images were interspersed with photos of Oprah, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Bono.
Politics aside, the show was, as expected, a visual spectacle.
The singer emerged onstage sitting on a queenly throne accompanied by the sound of her song Candy Shop. The audience, just like in her two previous concert tours I watched, just stood up and started dancing. Most of them remained standing throughout the duration of the show.
“I love New York! It’s good to be home,” Madonna screamed as the audience roared. The Garden was just pulsating with high-strung energy.
The spectacle continued when a sparkling white Rolls Royce emerged onstage as a giant prop, one that Madonna maximized well and when she left the stage, a boxing ring manifested. The dizzying screens were also transformed into various sizes while green laser and almost blinding lights filled The Garden, making it New York City’s biggest club for the night.
The two-hour show featured Madonna in various stages of undress as she showed the world that she could be the fittest 50-year-old woman in the business. She danced and sprinted. She even skipped rope and strutted the catwalk.
It was more than just physical, however, as she breathed new life to some of her most memorable hits such as Like a Prayer, La Isla Bonita, Ray of Light, Borderline and Vogue. She could have called this The Reinvention Tour, Part 2 and the fans would have gobbled the tickets just the same.
My personal favorite?
It has to be her heart-felt performance of You Must Love Me, which she did while strumming her guitar. It was so spotless and you can really feel the sincerity in her voice. There was no tight choreography, no vocal calisthenics, just pure, raw emotion.
Madonna had a grand time interacting with the audience as she performed for them and with them.
At one point in the show, she jammed with the crowd as she performed Lucky Star, which was requested by some placard-carrying members of the audience.
She also pointed out the few people who were sitting down while everyone was up on their feet clapping. “Are you bored?” she asked a couple of middle-aged men, before she politely asked them to stand up. “Come on, this is not a Barbra Streisand show,” she barked.
Her energy level was way up there and this was willingly matched by the very appreciative audience. Madonna was really having fun and it showed.
Her adoring fans couldn’t be happier. (www.asianjournal.com)