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!! OMG, we need to wake up: Madonna’s MADAME X Tour Review !!

Madonna Madame X Concert Tour Photo

Madonna Stan Adam Baran recaps Opening Night of the Queen of Pop’s MADAME X Tour

The night before the 2016 election, I raced over to Washington Square park after learning Madonna was giving an impromptu concert in the park’s central fountain.

This was astonishing to me and so many other fans because the Queen of Pop usually performed giant, sold-out arena shows where tickets went for hundreds of dollars. She was, however, once a struggling artist trying to hit it big in NYC, and it was remarkable to witness this return to her roots.

The 30-minute park show was short but sweet. To hear Madonna singing megahits like “Like A Prayer” and “Express Yourself” — along with a beautiful cover of “If I Had a Hammer” — for a crowd who were happily singing along provoked a certain “only in New York” thrill and some hopeful respite for folks who were rightly terrified of the prospect of Trump winning the presidency the next day.

Madonna seemed genuinely happy and pleased to be out of her comfort zone, intimate and unguarded. Twenty-four hours later, we were all shaken to our core by the election results.

Cut to last month, as my friends and I approach the Brooklyn Academy of Music — an opera house and film venue where Madonna was opening her new Madame X tour.

Read on for the full moment-by-moment concert review after the jump!


!! OMG, WATCH: In 1978, Italy briefly had a televised Satanic variety show featuring the likes of Grace Jones, Amanda Lear and the Devil himself !!

Color TV was finally becoming available in the majority of Italian households, and Trapani decided to use Stryx as a vessel for new technologies: chromakey, distorting lenses, dry ice, and mock-3D special effects were deployed to make STRYX the ultimate visual feast.

At the heraldic cry of “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Devil,” a procession of demons, goblins, odalisques, and dancers would enter the stage. An expert in Neapolitan esoteric lore would explain the fundamentals of palmistry, kabbalah, and tasseography. Performers bared their breasts in an adaptation of the dance of the seven veils, made human sacrifices, and got branded by a Caligula impersonator.

Check out one of Grace‘s performances above and even more from others, including Amanda Lear, after the jump!


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