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Madonna ReInvention Tour


Despite early breathless reports about the shocking nature of Madonna's latest  world tour, only one element proved to be true. And it was pretty tame at that.

The bombardment of video -- projected on four mobile panels -- was equal to, but not greater than Celine Dion or Elton John at Caesars Palace. The obvious difference is that the Caesars screen doesn't have to pack up and move, so it's larger and of higher definition. But give Madonna's production designers bonus style points for the way the mobile screens doubled as design elements, moving around to frame the singer and dancers.

The screens and their imagery would probably be exciting and provocative in the Midwest, if Madonna was actually playing anywhere in the Midwest except Chicago.

But there was nothing in the edgy-but-artistic sexual imagery that David LaChapelle didn't do for John's videos or that Cirque du Soleil didn't do in person with "Zumanity."

As the concert ended, an audio recording of Bush speaking was played -- to a loud chorus of boos from the sold-out audience.

Video of explosions and young victims of war were shown both during American Life and Madonna's cover of John Lennon's Imagine. It ended with these words on the video screens: "Spirituality for kids: Make things happen."


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