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Confessions Tour 2006


I’m not sure if it’s a compliment or not but Madonna’s current Confessions tour once again is a top notch theatrical production.

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 artistic talent.

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 Virgin”.

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 Light."

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?”








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