There’s Only One Madonna: A Concert Review
By: Alyssa Lamp
With the weather taking a cold turn, South Florida was warmed up by the 57-year-old Queen of Pop, Saturday, January 23rd, and Sunday, January 24th. The concert took place at the Miami American Airline Arena for her hater-silencing Rebel Heart World Tour.
Before the show started, an hour and a half was filled with club music, by opener, DJ Lunice. He started off the concert by DJing hit music from today, which created the fun, dance atmosphere that stuck throughout the show.
Once Madonna took the crucifix-shaped stage at about 10:30 p.m. and it was clear the singer wasn’t kidding around. Descending from a cage of swords in the opening Game of Thrones-themed suite, she launched the show with Rebel Heart’s “Iconic” and “B**** I’m Madonna”.
The concert kicked into high-gear as she strapped on her heavy metal guitar and brought her loyal fans (including Naomi Campbell) to their feet with 1983’s “Burning Up.” The setting then quickly turned back to her mixing spiritual and sexual, with Madonna and her dancers dancing on polls in nun habits and reenacting the Last Supper during “Holy Water,” “Devil Pray,” and “Messiah.”
She reemerged dressed as Sandy from Grease, singing “Body Shop” before pulling out a ukulele and letting her vocals shine with an acoustic, tear jerking take of 1986’s “True Blue.” “Deeper and Deeper” followed, before Madonna turned back to her vulnerable side, climbing up and down (and pushing someone off) a spiral staircase to belt Rebel Heart’s “Heartbreak City” and an affecting “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore,” a nearly-forgotten song from Like a Virgin.
She also performed “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” from her 1996 hit movie Evita for the first time ever in America. Madonna told the sold-out crowd in Miami that she had wanted to sing this song during the whole Rebel Heart Tour, but couldn’t find the right place to sing it. Singing it in Miami turned out to be a great decision, because the crowd loved it.
The final act of the night took the audience back to the 1920’s, as Madonna hit the stage as a flapper in a nightclub and one dancer came out as Charlie Chaplin’s character, The Little Tramp. Madonna covered both Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” and Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” at this time DJ Khaled made a guest appearance and brought her diamonds on to the stage. Her show ended with “Unapologetic B****.”
At the end of the song, she told the crowd that she needed a “new b*****” and brought her daughter Mercy James onstage. James was celebrating her 10th birthday, and her mom made the entire audience sing her “Happy Birthday” before smashing a cupcake in her face. Madonna encored in a full-out rendition of “Holiday” with all of her backup dancers onstage, wearing a patriotic outfit.
Fans hope that even though this tour is the final one in Madonna’s deal with Live Nation, that she’ll continue touring in the future. I would definitely recommend adding a Madonna concert to your bucket list before she is done performing all together, even if you are not a huge fan. It’s a concert you will not want to miss.
Photos By: Rosa Cavalcanti