Photography: Madonna at the Xcel Energy Center (St. Paul, MN)

Madonna (New York City, NY) and Paul Oakenfold (London)
November 3rd, 2012
Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, MN

Smugmug Gallery: Madonna at the Xcel Energy Center

Edit: Madonna Concert Review by Ada Katarina

In Minnesota, we tend to measure time in “How long has it been since the Twins have won a World Series.” They won their first one in 1987, which seems like forever ago. Fun little fact, that was the year of Madonna’s last show in Minnesota. Twenty five years ago, that is 25 years of flyovers, skips, or just a sheer lack of touring in the cornfields. So you would think with all of the years of neglect, we would cross our arms and say “Oh, now you want to come back?” Well, we did, and then sold the first night out and added a second show on Madonna’s World Tour.

For the two songs, we were allowed into the arena. There was no question that we had stepped into the middle of a frenzied mass of nostalgia, and it was good, really good.

We were whisked from the bowels of the Xcel and lined up quickly on a platform behind the soundboard. On the front of the giant stage were five or six contortionists in gas masks, which I am guessing were from the last song because it sounded pretty dark. This was also going on so Madonna could change outfits and keep the show going.

The huge screen on stage then split and out came Madonna in a majorette uniform plus baton, flanked by several dancers in similar outfits. “Express Yourself” was performed, with bits of 2008’s “She’s Not Me” and Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way.” She then rid herself of the baton and the screen split once again. Out came a drum line and Madonna collected pompoms at the top step of the stage in a not so subtle bend over in her short skirt. This lead into 2012’s “Give Me All Your Lovin’,” not to be confused with the ZZ Top classic.

Smugmug Gallery: Madonna at the Xcel Energy Center

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  • Disappointing and disturbing are the words I will use to describe Madonna’s Sunday evening concert. Bang bang I shot him in the head? Since when does Madonna want to encourage violence? I must admit I was a Madonna fan in the 80’s and never cared for her more recent music.
    But I expected more of her old songs with some new energy, not made in to a mix with other songs. I started to pout after the first set and could not shake it off.
    I also didn’t appreciate the political rah rah. If I wanted to attend a presidential campaign rally I would have. It may have been a much better use if my time. Thumbs down all the way.

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