Madonna, Home Town Performance

Review by Jennifer McFarlane

She had style; she had grace as Madonna performed in her home state last night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit Michigan on the 2012 MDNA World Tour.  Although it has been since 2008 that Madonna has made a home appearance, she was excited to be back.  She gave many shout out’s including one to her dad who was in attendance. Despite the late hour start, she brought the traditional Madonna show everyone expected to see.

The evening began with an elaborate entrance involving monks, crosses, and prayer.  Throughout the show there were many costume changes that ranged from corsets, cheerleading uniforms, Obama t-shirts and even a throw back to the cone bra.    Phenomenal moves from Madonna combined with her chiseled dance team brought life to each of her songs.  She had a group of contortionists who performed their unnatural moves during a few songs as well as snare drummers suspended from the ceiling during “Express Yourself”.  Madonna showed her music talents through her vocals, and even played guitar on a couple songs.  The giant video screen choreographed with dance and a stage that changed elevations, provided a great visual effect to the performance. Although the crowd showed much enthusiasm for her new songs, everyone was on their feet singing and dancing to the classic’s like “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Vogue”, “Open Your Heart” and “Express Yourself” just to name a few.

The highlight of the evening was when Madonna performed her infamous song, “Like a Prayer”, with a full gospel choir combined with the controversial dance moves from the songs 1989 music video.  The only part of the night that had mixed emotions from the crowd was when Madonna brought up the recent election.  As she shared her support for President Obama, she did receive a few boos, only stating that “boo” means “I love you.”  She brought the crowd back to agreement by sharing what a privilege it is that we live in a country where we have the right to vote.  Overall the concert was nothing short of amazing and we hope to see Madonna back to her home state, where she claims made her a hard working girl!

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Madonna “Vogue” music video:

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