A sea of thousands of cell phones can’t be wrong. Madonna is unstoppable and her Rebel Heart tour proved that when Madonna and company played the Gila River Arena on October 22, 2015 in Glendale, AZ. Madonna’s shows are really an event, a spectacle. Repeat Madonna “bit-hes” have come to expect the show to start an average of an hour later than the scheduled time. All 18,000 were here to see the material girl live up to her legacy no matter how long it took.
The opener was a DJ whom everyone had to endure for an hour and ten minutes. Lady Gaga has a DJ opener for her show as well and my message is that this type of opener is boring. This is particularly true when you have been waiting nine months or more after your ticket purchase to see the iconic singer. So much for griping about unimportant details.
A recording of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ “ got the show started and elevated the restless crowd’s mood. Immediately the room darkened and a platoon of dancers dressed in medieval metal costumes, holding poles with crosses at the top marched on the stage to welcome the ‘queen of pop’ as she descended from the ceiling in a metal cage. The song “Iconic” was followed by “Bit-h I’m Madonna” (both songs are from Madonna’s latest album release, Rebel Heart. The whole set was heavy on songs from Rebel Heart. However, the third song was a rocking “Burning Up” from the Madonna album.
At the age of 57, Madonna still has that hot, titillating, androgynous sexual, church irreverence style of her own. The opening medieval pageantry soon gave way to Madonna’s rock side with choreography that is not matched by any single entertainer in the business today. (Lady Gaga started out trying to deliver this type of show, but has presently ceased since her injury during her last tour.)
Madonna has a huge troupe of dancers from which she can rely upon to keep close and deliver extraordinary acrobatics, dance moves and thrills! Many of the dancers are familiar faces from her previous tours. Early during the show Madonna was hanging upside down on a pole being carried down the steps. Later she demonstrated she could pole dance as well as the youngsters as she climbed to the top of the cross on the pole. She was picked up and carried on top of one dancer’s shoulders during the “Sodom and Gomorrah” part of the show. She has extraordinary strength.
She is still the Catholic girl run wild. There are still many references to religion. The runway was in the shape of a cross. There were dancers scantily dressed as nuns that pole danced and simulated the ‘nasty’ during “Holy Water.” They performed a snippet from “Vogue” during “Holy Water.” This led into “Devil Pray” that was asking for help from “Mother Mary” and singing hallelujah.
One number led into the next as the show rolled on. The costume changes were too numerous to count. There were a few interludes with recorded music that the dancers danced while Madge disappeared for a costume change. Everything was tight.
There some Madonna hits interwoven with the new Rebel Heart songs. This provided lots of sing-alongs from the crowd. “True Blue,” “Deeper and Deeper,” “Like a Virgin,” and “Material Girl” were examples. The encore was “Holiday.” For a complete set list, click here.
The most thrilling part of the evening was when long, flexible poles were attached to the floor of the runway and some the dancers climbed to the top and they started swinging on these poles. It felt as though they were going to fall on top of you as they swung around almost touching you. They got so low to the floor that two of the dancers were able to pick up a dancer on the floor and swing him around.
The whole show was a fun, sensory overload experience like no other and that is what we have come to expect from Madonna! If this event comes to your area, go! It is well worth the price of admission!
Source : Axs