Last week, Toronto was treated to back-to-back sold out shows from the Queen of Pop - Madonna! Running around the world representing the MDNA Tour, she delivered a top notch, production heavy spectacle. Given the dancey (DJ produced) latest album vibe, she brought along Paul Oakenfold to open for the Toronto crowd at the Air Canada Centre.
The interesting thing about a Madonna concert is that most people in attendance usually go just because she is ‘Madonna’ – although she is touring on new material, most seem to not care. This was the same situation for this tour too, the MDNA album hasn’t done much in terms of movement or radio hit singles, however, the fans who were familiar with the material liked it best. She seemed to be enjoying herself in Toronto as she performed Holiday for the second time this whole tour (the only other city to get the song thus far – NYC).
This was my fourth time seeing her, and although I enjoyed myself a lot, it wasn’t her best tour. It was definitely a lot darker in terms of imagery, and some would say it’s typical Madonna trying too hard. She had a lot of guns, blood, and even a Tarintino style death scene where she killed a man on stage for her song ‘Gang Bang’. Since the show, I’ve been talking to others who attended, and I’m getting a lot of different reactions. It seems to be a love or hate. I actually saw a few people leave the concert. People were upset with her late arrival at 10:30pm, but I knew in advance this is the time she’s been going on stage, so it wasn’t a surprise to me. The DJ played from 8:45 – 9:45pm, so what do people expect?
Regardless, as long as she keeps touring, I’ll keep attending. Her concerts are always a huge show, and I always feel like I’m getting my monies worth. It’s about entertainment value with her, and she always delivers.
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