12 June 2006
Lucky Star!
"You may be my lucky star...cuz you shine on me wherever you are...star light, star bright - oooh yeah!"

Go ahead, join in, you know the song! This is what I was singing Saturday night during the MADONNA - Confessions Tour concert at Glendale Arena!!

Yep, my girlfriend Lori so kindly invited ME to come with her to the concert. Her husband got a hold of two tickets from his work and we had $600.00 seats in the Swift suite. (Our seats were on the right-hand side of the arena so close we could see her ripped muscles and popping veins!)

Now, I have loved me some Madonna back in the 80's and even some new songs from her Bedtime Stories album back in 1994 but I was not familiar with the her new CD Confessions on a Dance Floor. But, hey I knew she would probably throw in some old stuff and I KNEW she would be an awesome entertainer. And that she was...

The gal is 47 years old, mother of two and looks like she just walked off the cover of Muscle and Fitness with a Cosmo twist! Although I have to be honest, I was very entertained and while at moments very turned off.

I have to say the backup dancers, multiple platform changes, jumbotrons, videos and sound were out of this world. I haven't been to a concert in so long (and I won't admit how long) but this concert was over the top.

Now some parts that I thought were less desirable:

She started the concert by appearing out of a Disco ball covered in $2 million dollars worth of Swavorski crystals (this was cool.) But, then her themes moved from exotic dancing equestrian style with a whip and backup dancers dressed in bridles and reins. Then, later being crucified on a slowly rising mirrored cross from the stage wearing a thorned crown. Her feet rested on a small platform and her, arms were stretched out like Jesus. (Not my favorite part probably my least fav nuff' said) Next, was a black feathered boa Madonna rocking out "heavy metal style" on a guitar. Finally, ending the two-hour show as a disco princess or should I say 'dancing queen'.

Another big turnoff was done by interjecting her political campaign 'stunts' throughout the concert. Video screens flashed images of world leaders such as Osama Bin Laden, Nixon, Saddam Hussein, and George W. Bush while flashes of the war in Iraq displayed...and in bold red letters below said "Don't Speak". She also plugged an Aids campaign and Hunger in Africa. Not that I don't support these political events/people but I just wasn't up for a History or lecture class. Secondly, her use of the f-bomb and middle finger was more than I wanted to absorb.

Overall, she sang brilliantly (especially live) and the music was pretty darn good. She looked amazing and so did her dancers. All I can say is that Madonna has it going on! If she can walk out in front of 13,000+ people in a leotard with 5 inch high heel boots at age 47 than hey...more power to her.

Here are a few pics from her concert, thanks to the Arizona Republic. (Since we the audience could not take in cameras.) Here is a link to see more photos from the concert here in Phoenix.

  posted at 10:37 AM  

At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While only God can judge a heart, this sounds eerily like 2 Peter 2:9-22. We as a society have become so "tolerant" we are charmed by musical ability, and somehow it justifies a celebrity placing herself on a crucifix, with thorns, showing blatant disrespect for the only one who deserves our worship and praise. I am not generally a hard-liner, but I believe I would have had to walk out of this concert. I'd have been way to afraid He'd pick right then for the Rapture and see me sitting there, "tolerating".

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Robin said...

I feel sorry for her. She knows, in her heart she knows. She will feel the gravity of her actions when she breathes her last breath and, well, what happens after that is between her and God.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

I used to love Madonna, especially when I was in high school (I had every tape), but not so much anymore. I don't know what is with the middle picture, but that seems crazy to me??

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Yeah, I was with the whole Madonna thing when young and even enjoy a song of hers now and then now - not so much, but that middle picture just hurts to the bottom of my soul! It's so sad! The third would bother me too except it pales in comparison to the middle one. Wow -

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Addie said...

I would have gone, and I would have enjoyed the memories and been repulsed and saddened by the display too! Ditto, what Robin said.


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