I’m not sure if it’s a compliment or not
but Madonna’s current Confessions tour once again is a top notch
Not lacking her share of unforgettable
music and chart topping hits, Madonna's touring career is catching up
with the rest of her career--which, in some peoples
opinion, has had more to do with creating an image rather than true
On Wednesday night, in
San Jose, CA,
this 47-year-old mother of 2 sold out the HP Pavilion for a second night
in a row. Absent from her show were her classic hits in favor of her new
dance songs. With such a large repertoire of music spanning 30 plus years
you would expect to hear a few old favorites but not at this show.
Madonna definitely entertained her fans
with her over-the-top production but at times at the expense of her
music. I think Madonna finally found the tipping point between large
scale production and overkill.
Just like her past few tours she has
broken up the production into four different segments or “acts”.
Segment 1: The Equestrian,
had Madonna in a jockey inspired outfit riding a carousal style black
leather saddle. But she didn’t just sit there and sing, Madonna
hung, swung and surfed on the saddle singing a mellow version of “Like a
The second section, nicknamed The Bedouin, began with Madonna in
an oh so familiar controversy. She arises from
the stage wearing a crown of thorns, attached to a huge cross. Like
so many of the show's theatrics, the cross does nothing to further the
lack luster musical performance. If anything, whatever shock value came
from Madonna's shocking blasphemy seems to detract from the music.
The most surprising section was the Never Mind the Bollocks act, where
Madonna embraced her inner-punk for a fun run through
rock-and-roll-infused dance numbers like "I Love
New York" and "Ray of
The last portion of the evening was a
full-on disco roller party, highlighted by such fan favorites as "La
Isla Bonita" and "Lucky Star."
The star closed the show with a fine version of the new album's "Hung Up” and a quick curtain drop. Asking
the question “Have you Confessed?”