After releasing my favorite Madonna album (after American Life) ever; MDNA it was finally time for the world tour that we were all anticipating so much.
We first needed to plan where we wanted to go to see the show;
Of course it was a dream come true learning that M would be playing the Ziggo Dome in
The official tour announcement and the
When the tour kicked off there was no chance on hell I was going to stay spoiler free, being a webmaster it is your job to post news so I was going to see it anyway. So of course leading up to my first time seeing the show in person, I had seen the entire show on YouTube already.
Hans and I took a cab to the Schiphol airport very early in the morning, our flight departed at 06.00 so we needed to be there no later than 4 in the morning. I took my Oxasepam to become a bit more relaxed and a bit later we could board the Transavia plane. The flight was OK not much scary stuff happening,
At our hotel we couldn't check in, so decided to walk around and explore a bit as we both have never been to
It wasn't until later that evening that we finally found some banners advertising the MDNA show, they were on large poles right next to the water.
The day of our very first live MDNA show, beautiful weather but bloody hot as well. We told ourselves to take everything in all at once, be relaxed and avoid stress. We had never been to
By bus we went up into the hills on our way to
Girl Gone Wild followed quickly, everyone in the queue 'woke up' and started to sing along and jump to the beat, a while later we heard Papa Don't Preach. I became a bit stressed and wanted to find out where the queue was for the Early Entry ticket holders. This turned out to be around the corner of the arena full on in the boiling hot sun. There weren't any toilets to use, for men it was easy to do their business in the bushes, for the women not so much. There wasn't anything around to buy something to drink or eat as well; even though
Over 2 hours later we were told that the iPad lady was coming and we all had to form a line and hold the gate with our right hand, our left hand was free to press the iPad. Like a bunch of crazy bulls everyone threw themselves at the gate, holding on to it for dear life (I love how people always follow each other's actions). This situation was a bit too bizarre for me, Miss iPad had to start her quest and we were all ready to be judged, like a kettle waiting to be slaughtered for their meat. I sat down and waited for the infamous iPad to reach me, however the organization decided to stop with this 'circus' about 3 people in front of me. Then they left without mentioning anything to the people still holding on to the gate. Well, there you are looking like Bambi about to be murdered, and for what? Absolutely bizarre. I was sick and tired of the waiting, not able to empty my bladder and not able to fill my stomach. Security and organization weren't keeping us up to date on when we could enter the arena and of course no one spoke English.
After receiving a MDNA watch and even more frustration due to the waiting. The kettle were finally let inside the venue a little before 19.00. The first thing I did was finding the toilet; Madonna wasn't sound checking anymore so we missed out on that too. Once inside we first sat down a minute, it didn't take long for M's crew to come up and talk to us; it was so lovely to meet everybody. Thankfully we managed to get into the Triangle still. My dinner existed of a cheese sandwich (lovely...NOT).
Because this was our very first show we remained inside the Triangle as we didn't want to miss out on anything happening. I really liked Martin Solveig's set. Dave was in the triangle as well, he did manage to win a wristband by pressing the iPad. Suddenly this handsome man walked into the Triangle and everyone around us went nuts. We had no idea who he was, so we just stood there and watched the whole thing happen. Girls wanted to approach him, but then didn't as they probably didn't have the balls to do so? Bizarre. A little while later someone poked me in the shoulder, turning around it was the handsome young man. He complimented me on my tattoo and said that his sister had seen Hans on Spanish television. We got to talk a bit, while the other people that knew who he was were still just standing there and looking. I found out later back in
It wasn't until 22.15 that the lights went out, we were up at the front on the right of the Triangle, the excitement became unbearable! The intro is spectacular and the visuals are mind-blowing (so is the sound though, poor eardrums). It was the first time for me during a Madonna show that I thought the dancers were just as stunning and as exciting to watch. There she was....
We started the day with a small breakfast in our hotel; only to hunt for the local newspapers right after. There were quite a lot so we bought them all (two of everything? YES two of everything please!). We walked back to our hotel when we needed to cross the street, I don't know what happened exactly but I fell down and hit the concrete HARD. To shield my face from hitting the sidewalk, my hand and left knee took the blow. I was not amused! I managed to walk back to the hotel and ask for some antiseptic and surely the reception didn't have any (probably a luxury thing in
This time we decided to enjoy Martin S. from outside of the Triangle, where we ran into the crew again and had a nice chat. A while later we ran into Guy Oseary in the Triangle; he was surprised to see us, said hello and took a photo (published on his Twitter and M's Facebook later). I immediately found out that wearing glasses
Very early in the morning we took a taxi to the
It became apparent that it was very windy in
At we drove off by car on our way to
Later Caroline arrived in the same hotel as us. Right across the street from our hotel was a pizza restaurant called something with Al Capone in it's name. We ordered pizza there and even though we didn't quite understand the wit of the waiters and their timetables, the pizza was utterly delicious!! M had arrived in
Everything today evolved around the so terribly important EK (European championship soccer). Tonight
The weather had taken a turn for the better and it was sizzling hot! No cardigans, vests, long jeans and jackets but hats and shorts again. We took the subway to the o2 together with Caroline in the afternoon. We didn't need to switch to a different metro as this one was going straight to our stop; it was quite far from our hotel. Caroline had an Early Access ticket so she wanted to join the queue ASAP. There wasn't much shade at the o2, but thankfully there were toilets and a place to eat something. Being a vegetarian is quite difficult in a country where everyone lives on curry sausages. During the wait we met Neil, Tony and Fred, thanks to them and the laughter they created the waiting passed by quickly. We spoke to a lot of people who knew us from our website and were filmed by local television crews.
Once inside we ate some fries (soooo healthy) and the extremely expensive soft drinks (6 euro!! only to get 2 euro's back when handing in the cup). Martin Solveig played the same set as in
A non-Madonna day today. So what else to do but play 'being a tourist' and went to the Alexanderplatz. When you're there why not go to M's hotel, and if you can't find it take a taxi; who then dumps you 30 meters further as that is where the hotel actually is! Stupid tourist! Oh my, the driver of that taxi must've been laughing at our stupidity, I don't blame him. I thought I was being a right idiot that day. Of course there isn't a flute (or piano) to see at the damn hotel. Other than a terrace on the roof WITH swimming pool, everybody up there was wet from the cooling down in the swimming pool, and we down here were wet from sweat. We felt like two ridiculous nerds, looking up at that terrace on the roof instead of doing something useful, so that is what we did....we went back to our hotel (now that is something you can call: useful).
We ate at Hard Rock that evening and sang along to Fun's We Are Young, a song that has been haunting us since
Another sunny day in
Once in the Triangle we spoke to the ladies who are in charge of hair and make up, they interviewed us with hairspray cans. M started at her 22.15 and she was truly feeling it tonight. Something went wrong with her Gang Bang motel room set; wires became tangled in the set leading it to slide on stage sideways. Thankfully technical people were there to sort the problem, or the Triangle people would've been in the motel room. M spoke of the meaning of Saggaro Jo during her speech, if you heard her speech you know that if we say 'Saggaro Jo motherfucker' we are standing up for our rights and stepping on apples.
After Like a Prayer we exited the arena to prevent another ride back home as sardines in a box. Thankfully this worked out and we had a nice relaxing ride in the train back to our hotel. Surprising how many young people in
Time to drive back to
Madonna already arrived in
It was time for The Queen in my own city (she was practically playing in my garden), what an amazing feeling! Intoxicated by Codeine (not cocaine), Vitamin C-1000, nasal spray, aspirins and anti biotics I made my way with Richard and Hans to the Ziggo Dome. Thank god that it was beautiful outside, the sun was shining and it was hot out which made the waiting bearable. We ran into our friends and had a great time. After handing out a few I MDNA postcards to the waiting crowd and giving some more syrup wafers to the M crew, we went for a beer and some coke at a nearby pub. It was very crowded on the
Once inside the Ziggo we noticed how incredibly small it actually was. We heard that M did her sound check with the crowd, something we missed out on as we simply needed to enter the arena without stress. We dumped our stuff in a locker (why does only the Ziggo have lockers? this is soooo handy), ate some fries and enjoyed Martin Solveig (isn't it a cd he is just playing every night?). Hans had a photo pass thanks to Live Nation and with M's management approval; he stood next to William Rutten and took pics together with Dutch press. Ziggo was packed, absolute sell out.
Richard and I were in the Triangle, extra special as it was the first time for Richard to see M play live. As I did not bring a jacket, bag or other unnecessary stuff I was free to jump around as much as I could. I went crazy from the start and jumped non stop (oh my gosh...it is true you just get more energy when you actually move instead of staying still). M seemed to be enjoying herself and had quite a long speech right before Masterpiece, she spoke about racism, Saggaro Jo and her 'real fans in the triangle' leading of course to booing by the people on the sides, wrong choice of words Madame! After Like a Virgin the stage did not go down, so she remained on stage with the piano. I was confused as Nobody Knows Me interlude started and she was still there. She seemed confused as well and looked around; eventually she was led off stage by a crew member. Technical people immediately went to work as she needed the same stage to sing the next song I'm Addicted. They fixed it in time and she performed I'm Addicted as it should. I was jumping up and down constantly; Guy Oseary found it quite amusing as he kept laughing. During like a prayer she accepted a necklace given by a fan (surely the very next day everyone seemed to have brought necklaces, but she didn't accept them anymore). It was an amazing show, terrific night and my fave part of the tour so far. Too bad it rained cats and dogs when leaving the Ziggo. Richard loved it as well (duh). Thanks to the adrenaline rushing through my body I was still wide awake at 4 in the morning, just could not settle down.
I woke up feeling miserable (voice was gone), the weather seemed to feel the same; sun was gone, nice weather gone, rain, wind and downright ugly...UGH! No visit of Madonna to this country isn't complete without a bit of rain. We went to the Ziggo later than yesterday due to the god-awful weather. We sheltered at the Ziggo until the doors opened. Madonna was still busy with her sound check; she was very talkative and asked fans to sing a song while she waited for sound to be fixed. Fans sung Deeper and Deeper and Physical Attraction. Our stuff was thrown into a locker again and we ate a vegetarian sandwich.
The entire MU team was in the Triangle tonight making it extra special, this time all four of us went crazy. Rocco was present at the shows in
Again we were in our car on our way to
When we were done playing tourist we went back to the hotel and brought some newspapers with us. I decided to lay down a while as I still wasn't feeling very good, the weather joined me and it started to rain. Took the metro on time (2 stops) to Lanxess while it was still raining, bought our dinner at Subway as we did not know whether Lanxess had food inside. Picked up our early entry tickets and waited until we got in. It didn't take long, once inside we had to wait in another space this too did not last long. When entering the arena, M was sitting on the stage busy discussing something. Instead of seeing the well known sound check routine we heard the music to 'je t'aime moi non plus' and M sang a few words. We were very surprised to see and hear this. We heard she was planning on doing 'something special' for
After the sound check we went to explore the tiny arena a bit. The Lanxess arena was a paradise when it came to food and drinks; from pasta, pizza to fries to champagne and cocktails, everything was available! Thankfully the Subway sandwich didn't fill our stomach so bought some delicious French fries with a load of ketchup on top. M started her show quite late, a little after 22.15. During Best Friend/Heartbeat the screens turned black for a few seconds but the issue was solved fast. During 'Vogue' Lola came into the Triangle and cheered on dancer Chaz, when M came her way she went backstage again. Right before Papa Don't Preach the dances with the 'scary' masks stood beside us waiting to get on stage, I was looking at them with such a bored expression that they decided to try and scare me.....they succeeded. There was quite a lot of interaction between the dancers and the people in the Triangle, urging us to start dancing during Like a Prayer and Celebration. During her speech a fan had to tell her what Saggaro Jo meant, only to be followed by a little competition who could scream Saggara Jo the loudest. Unfortunately there were also some drunk people in the Triangle bothering absolutely everyone. This one guy was such a pain in the ass and at one time he literally hung onto my derriere, when security tried to remove him he became violent and was escorted out. I don't get why people need to get drunk during an M show, you have your MDNA right there in front of you.
When the show was over we decided to walk back to our hotel, wise decision as the metro was out of order. Only to be suddenly walking on the freeway and crossing a train track to get to our hotel, not such a wise move after all.....but then again we were looking at our pictures in our hotel room only 20 minutes later.
Driving back to
Early morning (so what else is new) and by bus to Amsterdam Central Station, did I tell you already that it rained (again?!) and oh yeah some thunder and lightning made it quite the party. We didn't think things would get any better going to
The Thalys brought us to
When picking up our tickets at the F&F window, we ate some take-away pasta and lined up to get inside the stadium. I had to line up in the queue for women as men were forbidden to search the opposite sex. Funny that I wasn't even looked at, silly rules for absolutely nothing. M was still busy with her sound check when we entered; she sang the usual songs and added I Don't Give A to the sound check. After this she spoke with some of the fans and remained on stage for quite a while. She was very stern in explaining to her team where they had to put carpet in order to prevent her from falling due to expected rain that night. It was very interesting to see how M really is 'the boss' when she speaks; everyone gathers around her and don't say anything but they listen carefully. At one point Guy Oseary came up to us and said he wanted to interview us on camera. He asked questions such as: what does M mean to you? How many shows have you seen? We have no idea what this will be used for though.
I was absolutely outraged when I found out that you had to pay to use the 'disposable' dixi toilets, the most disgusting toilets around. Usually using the toilets in a stadium or arena is free (ticket is already expensive enough), but of course HERE you had to pay 0.50 cents, an outrage! Despite the many negative media comments on the stadium being far from sold out, it was only the restricted view seats that remained empty (those weren't available for sale anyhow). So I have no idea which miserable cow keeps spreading this negative BS, but it is BS nonetheless. Martin Solveig put on his CD and the audience seemed to like it (or shall I join the hype and say that people were already departing the stadium?). After eating a sugary wafer and being entertained by all the various costumes, we got ourselves ready for another dose of MDNA.
The show was about to start and it started to rain, this remained the entire evening. I tried to shelter under the 'roof' of the stage, but immediately got into a fight with a bitter guy telling me he was there before I was. This guy was jumping up and down, running around the entire Triangle, bothering everyone. I still feel that you have no 'set' spot in the Triangle, if you get up to walk to a different spot; everyone is entitled to take up your old spot. However I didn't feel like arguing as Madame Ciccone was on stage. M told the crowd she had a bit of a cold (oh yeah lady, I know ALLLLL about it) and wasn't very happy with the singing in the rain. But still even though dancers were helping her with umbrellas during Like a Virgin, she at one point took over and got literally soaked by rain in her new very revealing lingerie. Two thumbs and two toes up to The Queen for being such a pro. Such a shame though that M requested for the crowd to stop smoking if they cared about her vocal cords, sadly they didn't. Security didn't gave a damn either.
After a very rainy show we walked back to our hotel, the room stank of shit and piss and our carpet was soaked....ugh! I don't know which idiot had been pissing on our carpet but we weren't happy.
We got up early and were present for breakfast at 6.25, which would be served around 6.30. We asked the 'friendly' receptionist if we could already sit down and wait for it to which he responded 'well actually that is really not the intention'. I told him to shut it, and sat down anyway. We were a bit done with the unfriendly people and the promises made that they couldn't deliver. While the 'American' breakfast was put up (5 minutes late), we noticed that the 'cook' was eating with us as well. Never have I experienced a worker in a hotel, eating together with the guests. Also there was nothing 'American' about the breakfast as well. After 5 minutes we were done and left the hotel quickly. Arriving at
Took the Thalys to
In the evening we met up with Fred, had a drink and ate some pizza (with goat’s cheese, soooo delicious) near hotel de ville. When back in our hotel we were kept awake by a couple in the room next to us who were busy with a competition who could scream the loudest during sex. Oh my god what kind of idiotic TV shows is the German RTL broadcasting? Mitten Im Leben? I have never EVER been so ashamed of my fellow human beings, watching that....
The day of the show! During the day we walked around a bit and drank something at McDonalds, a shame that you're bothered immediately by someone begging for money and then getting an attitude when you're not giving any. He looked a lot like MJ as a zombie in Thriller, it wasn't a pleasant sight. Later on when getting ready for the show we ate pizza (yeah pizza again, one day we'll turn into one) at a place near Gare Du Nord and again an MJ zombie Thriller look a like walked in to beg for money....he smelled as though he hadn't bathe for months...and then you're trying to swallow your pizza.
We took the train to St. Denis and walked the bit to Stade de France. The sun was shining so we had a good time waiting for our tickets at the F&F window. After receiving these, we ran into Dutch fan Romano and drank a beer and some cola. During the wait we heard M sound checking Beautiful Killer and Die Another day but didn't think it would be performed that night. Once the gates opened everything went incredibly slow just like in 2008 with S&S, the only thing you can do is try to get in front to make things go a bit faster.
Inside the Stade de France we hung around with Fred, Onno and Eric. The Triangle was filled with family & friends of the crew as well as invited friends such as Jean Paul Gaultier. We were having a great time and spoke to several crew members and even ran into Rocco. We didn't see much of Will.I.Am as we were eating French fries (it is very important to eat healthy during a tour ;o)
Right before the show started a lady came up to us in the Triangle named Debby, she said she was with the crew and had seen the interview that Guy taped with us in
All songs came and went, but no Love Spent and no je t'aime unfortunately. Then there was Celebration and the show ended as it usually does. We were surprised and just stood there with a huge question mark on our foreheads 'where was Je t'aime?’ Didn't she have the guts? Wasn't she satisfied with how it turned out? We decided to walk with Eric and Onno to the metro station, however when we got there we figured this was a different station from ours and we had to take the train. We had to go all the way back to the stadium as the train station was in the opposite direction. There was police all over and they were not helping. Only later were we told to hurry as there was only one train going and it was about to depart. My small legs were absolutely broken from the running and I was exhausted. When getting at the station the police didn't even check our tickets and hurried us into the train, right behind our backs to door closed and train departed. That was a very close call! I was completely out of breath.
Our train departed to
After a long day of working I had to gather my stuff together in order to leave for
Now we flew with
Reaching customs I was asked why I was visiting
After the ritual of checking today's newspapers we explored the city centre, which we loved. We spent quite a while on the outside terrace of Starbucks. I bought the
Arriving at the NIA (10 minute walk) it started to rain (oh my god...what have we done wrong and to who? why are we being punished like this?). Our tickets in our pockets ASAP and then ran into Mario and Paolo, thankfully they had an umbrella (ella ella ella) for shelter. Our seats were in Block E row B, very good seats however they were at the end of the row and this giant hulk of a security guy was right in front of me which limited my view. Decided on Triangle instead which worked out thankfully and made two M fans who were seated in the back extremely happy with our block E tickets. We were dead tired of Martin Solveig's set, but DJ Alesso was a disaster, this wasn't music this was just
Some technical difficulties right after Revolver, M waited for her motel room to get on stage but this never happened. The screens remained closed and M was forced to improvise the entire act. No fighting on the bed, but on the ground, no shooting criminals coming down from the ceiling, but shooting (probably) birds instead. Justify My Love was a fuck up again, this time the screens wouldn't close so the video couldn't be seen properly (I think the screens were just toying with M) causing everyone to see the preparations for Vogue. When I'm Addicted started, the stage didn't rise so we heard her but didn't see her, it took a while but eventually there she was. Also the curtains in the Triangle under the stage leading to backstage area weren't closed, so every time M exited the stage I saw her walk there. During the speech she asked a fan 'does that bother you', pointing at the fact that there was no motel room during Gang Bang. This was a unique show to experience as our last full MDNA show.
It was Hans' birthday today; we had a lot of spare time as our flight didn't depart until the afternoon. After our breakfast we headed to the airport. This time we were seated at the emergency exits so there was a lot of room and no one sat next to us. This was a very pleasant flight, no turbulence, no rain and no wind. The weather was extremely sunny in
Completely unexpected there was the announcement of M's special intimate show in Olympia Paris. We were very clear from the start: we are not going, money is gone, and we are done with it. But a true M fan wouldn't be one if she decided to go anyway only two hours later. To us it was clear from the start this would be a different show than the full MDNA show we knew. The 'something special' for
At 8 in the morning we drove our car to
When the tickets were in our pockets we ate something with Fred and Gil, can you guess what we had for dinner? Rice? pasta? fries? No of course it was pizza time again! The waiter got me a wrong pizza, so I had to wait for my goat (again!). When we were stuffed we walked around, chatted to fans, ran into Debby from the crew again and were photographed by M's crew (appeared on M's Facebook later). First we were told we were getting in at 7.30, but it wasn't until over an hour later that we finally got entry. Was very pleased with the free Vita Coco though that was handed out.
When we entered the
After stripping at the end of Human Nature she surprised everyone by not performing Like a Virgin but walking back to the main stage and singing the most amazing version of Beautiful Killer / Die Another Day.
I knew that some fans were disappointed in the length of the show, but for me personally it was quite clear from the start this wasn't going to be a full MDNA show, I can understand how others feel differently. You are still the boss on your own wallet and money and on who and what to spend it on. To me it was worth it seeing M in such an intimate setting with those two absolutely outstanding new songs. I spent the rest of the day watching the stream and absolutely loved it.
Woke up with a bitter taste in my mouth about the entire negative BS on the
Thankfully media picked M's statement up and some justice (I feel) was done.
From the start of the announcement of this year we were in doubt whether to go and see Madonna in New York or not. I have never crossed the ocean before while being a Madonna fan to see her there. I have such fear of flying that I just prefer not to use that type of transportation. Flying to New York means being stuck in an airplane for 8 hours.....
New York remained an option, but the distance of flying was the only reason for me not to go. My mother however wanted to visit New York as well and proposed a short holiday to The Big Apple and combine it with Madonna. So we did. My mother, Hans and Peter booked the trip, hotel, tickets and I requested my dose of Oxasepam. Tickets to the MSG show weren’t an issue through the Family & Friends request list. When a second show was announced, we immediately added that one to our schedule as well (well if we are there anyway.....)
We chose not to announce it on our website as well as on Facebook that we were flying to New York. This all happened in a time where Madonna had to cancel a show due to laryngitis as well as hurricane Sandy. So to say the least there were a few circumstances that could cause for the whole thing not to happen. Why announce something when you aren’t even sure you were going to make it? We decided to announce it, when we were actually there
Sunday morning November 11 was the time to depart Amsterdam and fly to New York City! I brought my dogs to a day care the day before, the one thing I had serious problems with. At Schiphol we met up with Hans and Peter, after checking in we waited to board our Delta plane. Everything went according to plan and it didn’t take long to be high in the sky. The flight lasted for 7 hours and 50 minutes; I spent time by watching Intouchables and Bruce Almighty. Once we landed in New York, we saw the remains of the snow that had fallen only a few days prior. I expected some sort of Schiphol but JFK looked nothing like that.
With a famous Yellow cab we went through Queens to Manhattan, we were staying at the Edison Hotel right at Times Square. It was absolutely impressive to see the huge billboards, lights and hundreds of thousands of people. We went to explore Times Square and the neighborhood a bit. This was overwhelming, the buildings were huge! It truly made you dizzy. Of course we had a bit of a jet lag due to the six hour time difference, so we made in an early night and were in bed by 21.00 local time.
The weather in New York was beautiful, it was around 23 degrees celsius with sun, I was back in my favorite season for a minute (Summer). Spent my time in Central Park enjoying the surroundings, did some shopping at Macy’s (loved Madonna’s Truth Or Dare shoe line, didn’t have the cash for it though, the clothes at Material Girl not so much). Then time for another breakfast at Andrews.
That evening we all walked to Madison Square Garden to pick up our tickets. Around 18.30 we got our tickets and Golden Triangle wristbands at the Family & Friends window and then we waited to get in. What occurred to me the most was that the merchandise was a lot cheaper than in Europe. New merchandise had been added such as the Justify shirts, white MDNA watch, but the one item I really wanted (the white hoodie) wasn’t there. So many people came dressed in Madonna related outfits, so many nationalities here. Also A LOT of Madonna tattoos, something that appears to be a regular thing among Madonna fans nowadays, I remember back in 2001 that everyone was shocked I had a Madonna related tattoo……there’s nothing shocking about it anymore.
Once inside we thought that the MSG was very petite (not a lot bigger than the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam). After showing security our triangle wristband, we entered our favorite spot in the Triangle. We ran into a lot of familiar faces, always good to catch up with your long lost family around the world (we all have the same passion anyway). Quickly we met up with Guy Oseary, always good to catch up! After chatting, getting thanks for coming and taking pictures he went on to photograph more fans. Madonna’s dancers were all present in the Triangle and were showing some of their tricks during Martin Solveig’s set (yeah still the same set). Kalakan was there as well taking pictures with everybody. We met Belgian fan Tanja Dexters and Jochen, they travelled to NY for the shows too, we had a lovely time with them.
Right before the show started (yeah the start time had been extended to 22.45 now, we were lucky in Europe) we spotted gossip king Perez Hilton and Kelly Osbourne in the Triangle. The Triangle wasn’t as full as in Europe which gave everyone plenty of space to walk around
‘BONG.....OMG’ the well known intro started, it was so good to be here and see it again! Crew member Jean Michel entered the Triangle and was incredibly surprised to see me there. After a stern but warm welcome hug by him, I turned around to face The Queen again. The show was as expected, absolutely incredible. There were some changes to the show than we saw in Europe. First there was the addition of the Bible during Gang Bang. Right before I Don’t Give A, the dressed dancers from Papa Don’t Preach followed her onto the catwalk. Madonna’s speech was dedicated to the victims of hurricane Sandy and why tragedies always have to happen first to make us take care of one another. Like a Virgin was really extended compared to the performance in Europe. She stripped down to her body stocking; the purpose was ‘I am stripping for you, what do you do when a girl takes her clothes off, you give her money’. It was Madonna’s way of raising money for the victims of hurricane Sandy. On top of the piano she gave us a true Basic Instinct/Sharon Stone moment. The performance was so much better than in Europe, true perfection. Suddenly someone tapped me on my shoulder, when I turned around it was Debby! Debby is a crew member of M, we had met her previously in Paris (Stade de France) and then again at Olympia. She was so surprised to see me ‘I didn’t know you were coming!!’ she gave me a big hug and we chatted for a while, I just love her!
My personal highlight came right after Like a Virgin, finally I got to hear and see Love Spent in person. One of Madonna’s best songs ever, she delivers this in such an emotional and personal way that it just grabs you. Just gives you one conclusion: what an artist, what a performer!’ Celebration was mixed with Give it 2 Me which just added to the already very danceable song, it was a huge party. When the show ended I was just so happy to have seen it again. Madonna was excellent as usual, but seemed somewhat tired.
The weather had changed completely from the day before, it was chillingly cold outside. I wore a sweater, vest and jacket all together. It rained and it was grey. After visiting Greenwich Village, so we headed back home asap.
That night my mother and Peter came along to watch tonight’s show, yeah they just had to see it. Picked up our tickets and wristbands at the Friends & Family window again, where we met up with James from Ireland. We heard right before the show from Jochen that there would be two new songs + a special guest. We doubted the two new songs bit, didn’t sound like something Madonna would do, and the special guest we thought would probably Nicki Minaj. When the show started it was clear that this show would totally overpower the first night at MSG. Madonna was so spot on, so cheerful, naughty and so much attitude. Suddenly right after Open Your Heart we got a very surprising performance of Give it 2 Me, just to add to this surprise suddenly there was Psy with his infamous Gangnam Style. Madonna and Psy performed this together only to follow this with a performance of ‘Music’. The whole MSG just went wild, this was so unexpected and so amazing. Everybody danced along to the famous dance, Madonna’s smile was killer! Masterpiece was left out tonight, but who cared anyway, since we got what we did?
The audience was just in exstacy right after this surprise performance, this had been so amazing! Madonna was so spot on, Candy Shop was so sensual, Madonna flirted with Brahim like never before. Like a Virgin was once again an absolute highlight, she was in such good spirits that she once again extended this performance. While laying on the stage she licked her microphone and pushed it away. Wasn’t happy with the dollar bills thrown on stage, so just said that she would touch people if they paid her. She walked up to someone and he got to put a dollar bill inside her pants. When she wasn’t happy she sat down on the piano and put her feet on it. She was just hilarious! The show continued like this, Celebration was back to it’s old style without Give it 2 Me in it. Afterwards everyone just stood there like ‘did we really see this, did this really happen?’. This was without a doubt Madonna’s best performance ever. It was unspeakably good, not to be explained, no words. Such a performance just confirms what you already knew; Madonna is simply the best live entertainer out there, no one has such attitude, such beauty, such sensuality and such balls.
The remaining days of the week we spent in New York we just did some regular sightseeing, visited a cinema, the usual. On Thursday night we flew back to Amsterdam at 11pm. I hadn’t slept in 28 hours when we arrived back in Amsterdam on Friday. First I picked up my dogs, then did some shopping and then just completely fell apart. Slept for around 14 hours and felt like I was on a ship for three days, I am not good with jetlags!
What an amazing way to end my MDNA Tour, Madonna’s best tour ever. Finally crossed the ocean to see Madonna in New York, only to witness her best live show ever, what an experience!
MDNA pumps like the blood in my veins……
Conclusion: This is the 6th tour I have seen of M in person, as always a blast, meeting new people and knowing who your real friends are and those that only like you when you can 'do' something for them.
Respect for Madonna for putting up such an amazing, fantastic and impressive show, her best live production to date. I'd like to thank my friends for the great times and M's crew and management for the lovely times!