Sunday, November 23, 2008
it all started in '85.
i was familiar with 'holiday', 'everybody'. but it was 'borderline' that got me hooked to the divine Madonna. i immediately got the album and started my hero-worship of the material girl. she stood for what i've wanted express then. rebellious, sexy-in-your-face attitude.
then the long-playing albums started playing in the house so often my parents would be exasperated at hearing 'express yourself' two million times.
i was desperate to get a poster of her. and at that time, there was hardly any poster of her available. her Time cover changed her status to absolute star. and i was called a 'wannabe'.
i knew i would die just to be able to watch her concert. she's had so many concert tours. there were always talk of Manila as stop. never happened. probably wouldnt be able to afford her?
finally the chance happened. there was a conference in washington. i'd be using nyc as my base, to visit my sister. a quick search revealed the nov 22 saturday show in atlantic city, new jersey, just 2 1/2hrs away from nyc!!!
did my reservations and now it's history. it's a 20yr+ wish fulfilled!
i was at the venue at 630pm. gates opened 710pm. i was like one of the first. and i had great seats on a middle bleacher. i was able to see the convention center literally fill-up with people. wow.
but it was an audience in my age range. hahaha. and of course the queens from everywhere.
she came out 9am, not before a dj worked up the audience for 30mins. and that was a great dj. too bad i didnt catch the name.
i didnt take pictures. i dont want to pre-empt the dvd coming out next year. but seriously, it was worth every penny. the use of the LED panels was mind-boggling. there were like 12+ panels, two were cylinders in the middle . all of these mobile, that would form different shapes (it started out as a huge cube). unbelievable.
my personal highlights: she sang my old favorites - 'borderline', 'like a prayer' and 'ray of light'. and all the ones in the hard candy album i liked. i loved 'she's not me' and even 'devil wouldnt recognize you'! and the 'la isla bonita' productions. she mashed 'into groove' with '4 minutes'. wow.
i left still singing 'give it to me', her finale. ive seen her perform, sintunado at times. but nobody 50yo moves the way she does, in 4" heels.
i can rest now.
Posted by closet case at 10:36 PM