I just saw Madonna this last thursday, and it was unbelievable. I knew I was going to be blown away. I saw her “Re-invention Tour” in 2004, which was my first time seeing her live. As a media artist/designer and DJ, it is always inspiring to see Madonna’s vision come to life in her music, accompanied by her performances and videos. Her concerts are always an audio/visual playground for the senses, and I always get such a high soaking it in. The videos and graphics projected on her huge screens from this tour and her previous one were absolutely amazing. For the “Confessions Tour”, she opened her concert with “Future Lovers”, which is in the new “Confessions on a Dancefloor” album. I predicted that she would switch the song over to “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer, because the melody and style of the “Future Lovers” tune sounds very similar to the original Donna Summer track. I actually thought about that combo for one of my DJ sets.
But the intensity and anticipation of the beginning of the concert was what gave me goosebumps. I knew she was going to project an amazing video piece to set the mood before she revealed herself to the audience. You could tell that the intense ambiant music was building up to the “Future Lovers” song, and what was projecting on the screens were perfectly stylized video clips depicting Madonna as an equestrian queen, walking up to her horse, almost fondling it. She is decked out in a dominatrix-esque riding outfit. In the video, there is a close up of her face as she tells the audience –
“I’m gonna tell you about love
Let’s forget your life
forget your problems
Administration, bills and loans
Come with me…”
It was absolutely brilliant. She looked HOT. I was in Heaven.
The stage extended into a narrow catwalk halfway through the middle of the United Center, ending in a larger platform right smack in the middle of the main floor. A huge mirrored disco ball encrusted with $2 million-worth of Swarovski crystals descended from the ceiling, and of course, it opened up like a flower and out came Madonna in full equestrian dominatrix attire! It was great!
Other notable moments were her 70s disco Saturday Night Fever “Music” number. She came out in full John Travolta white suit regalia. Oh man, was it HOT! I couldn’t get over it. Then she sang “I Love New York” playing electric guitar. Her band was decked out in white, their instruments mounted on top of white pedestals. The animation piece accompanying this number was awesome. It was an animated traced outline of the NYC skyline. Here dancers came out wearing all black with white neck ties and white sneakers. It was very Rock/Electro-Clash/New Wave. I came home and dreamt about the concert. And I woke up the next morning with a smile.