Last night a couple of my friends from high school and I went to the Madonna concert in D.C. We’d been talking about it for several months and when the tickets went on sale we decided to go for it…and I’m so glad we did!
We all met up at Missy’s house, who lives in Alexandria, a little after 3pm. We hung out at her house for awhile and then went to Macaroni Grill for some dinner before heading downtown for the show. The “opening act” began at 8pm and I was quite disappointed that it was just a DJ. I thought Madonna would have an amazing opening act but I was wrong! Oh well.
When Madonna came out on stage it was just after 9:30pm and I’ll tell you what, it was apparent right from that moment that her show was going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The dancers, costumes, lights, sound, songs and effects were so, so great, but Madonna herself is just untouchable. There could have been nothing but her and her guitar and we’d have all sat there listening like our lives depended on it. She is just that good. And yes, I realize she’s been around for a long time, but she is anything but washed up or old news. She is as relevant to today’s music as she was in the 80’s and she can dance like nobody’s business. It’s quite inspiring actually.
Our seats were up in the nosebleed section, but we ended up being able to see everything just fine. I was only jealous when I watched her take off the jacket she’d been wearing and toss it into the crowd.
I don’t know that this is the exact set list from last night’s show, but it’s close if it isn’t. (I found this online and just copied it here.)
Bitch I’m Madonna
Vogue (in medley with the previous song)
Messiah (video interlude)
Deeper and Deeper
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (Rose Royce cover) (in medley with the previous song)
Like a Virgin
S.E.X. (video interlude; with… more )
Living for Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drums remix)
La Isla Bonita
Dress You Up (with snippets of ”Into the… more )
Who’s That Girl (acoustic)
Illuminati (video interlude)
Music (with “Give It 2 Me” sample)
La vie en rose (Édith Piaf cover)
My favorites of the night were: Bitch I’m Madonna, Vogue, Body Shop, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, Like a Virgin (of course!), S.E.X., La Isla Bonita, Dress You Up, Who’s That Girl, Material Girl, and Holiday. My VERY most favorite of the night though was absolutely True Blue. I went to sleep singing that song last night and woke up with it still on my mind.
I loved the times when she played the guitar too and until last night had no idea that she could play the way she does. Singing, playing guitar and dancing like it’s her job. Oh…wait…
I have a couple video’s to share but remember how impossibly far away I was because they aren’t that great: