The MDNA Tour-2012

After eight concert tours, and almost 30 years in the music and recording business, you’d think that definitely Madonna has done it all. But yet again, she has managed to surprise audiences and critics alike translating her new album “MDNA” into a live stage. Violence is a word that comes to mind while trying to describe the show, or at least the first part of it. Madonna is clearly not settling down, even at 53 years old. Her costumes are more daring than ever, even showing more flesh now than when she was in her 30’s, and also showing a better-than-ever toned physique. Her confidence on stage is unbreakable as usual, and even facing some of the worst criticisms in her career, she’s showing why she’s the Queen and one of the best performers in Pop history.

This time Madonna has been more loud than ever about the message she’s trying to convey and the Tour has dealt with a lot of controversial issues which are totally intentional to stir up debate, setting some people’s opinion on fire, but the crazy thing is that this is absolutely old school Madonna, after all this time haven’t they learned anything? Probably the most provocative thing she has ever done was in Turkey early in the tour, where she intentionally showed her nipple on stage while performing Human Nature, having to face a lot of negative reactions and divided comments on the media, many brutally attacking her and calling her an “old hag”, but at the same time many people started deffending her and understanding that she is shaping the role for women her age, and as always sending an empowering message.

The formula for the MDNA Tour hasn’t changed, five different settings and costumes where she plays a different role each time. Madonna reunites with long time and Blond Ambition collaborator, Jean Paul Gaultier, that cleverly reinvented the infamous cone bra she used for Express Yourself in 1990. The stage is cleverly design to completely change when needed and, unlike her most recent tours, there is a shy attempt to bring out the theatrical part of the show, using real life elements, like the motel setting in “Gangbang”, but still huge video screens are the rule. Even the videos played at the interludes are top notch.

One of the most heard criticisms at the show is the lack of old hit songs. It’s funny that a casual fan attending the concert would spend that much amount of money to go hear a nostalgia act, and Madonna hasn’t still crossed that line. With a new album out what do they expect? Certainly there were a few surprises on the setlist, like Revolver, Candy Shop and never in my life I thought I’d hear a B-Side like “Cyberraga” live, but the cool thing about Madonna is that she makes it work and the whole setlist makes perfect sense. You leave the stadium with a feeling that you just didn’t see a pop concert, but something else much more fulfulling and meaningful, and this is where Madonna truly excels.

Whether her critics keep attacking her by saying that she doesn’t sell albums anymore, that her MDNA album is a flop, all I have to say is: who needs to sell albums?  Recent reports show that she has amassed almost $50 million just from her first 11 shows, and she’s scheduled to do over 80 shows over the course of 2012, so at the end it could well be among the top tours of all time, so who’s flopping now?

SETLIST
The Prayer Overture
Girl gone wild
Revolver
Gangbang
Papa don’t preach
Hung up
I don’t give A
Best friend (Video Interlude)
Express yourself
Give me all your luvin’
Turning up the hits (Video Interlude)
Turn up the radio
Open your heart
Masterpiece
Justify My love (Video Interlude)
Vogue
Candy Shop & Erotica
Human Nature
Like a virgin
Nobody knows me (Video Interlude)
I’m addicted
I’m a sinner/Cyberraga
Like a prayer
Celebration

Tour Itinerary

May 31, 2012:  Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel
June 3, 2012:   Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
June 4, 2012: Du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
June 7, 2012:  Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
June 12, 2012:  Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
June 14, 2012:  San Siro, Milan, Italy
June 16, 2012  Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy
June 20, 2012:  Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
June 21, 2012: Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
June 24, 2012:  Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
June 28, 2012:  O2 World, Berlin, Germany
June 30, 2012: O2 World, Berlin, Germany
July 2, 2012: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
July 4, 2012: Ullevi, Gothenburg, Sweden
July 7, 2012: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 8, 2012: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 10, 2012: Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
July 12, 2012: Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussels, Belgium
July 14, 2012: Stade de France, Paris, France
July 17, 2012: Hyde Park, London, England
July 19, 2012: National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, England
July 21, 2012: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 24, 2012: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
July 26, 2012: Olympia, Paris, France
July 29, 2012: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria
August 1, 2012: National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
August 4, 2012: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
August 7, 2012: Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia
August 9, 2012: SKK Peterburgsky, Saint Petersburg, Russia
August 12, 2012: Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland
August 15, 2012: Telenor Arena, Oslo, Norway
August 18, 2012: Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland
August 21, 2012: Stade Charles-Ehrmann, Nice, France
August 28, 2012: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States
August 30, 2012: Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
September 1, 2012: Plains of Abraham, Quebec City, Canada
September 4, 2012: TD Garden, Boston, United States
September 6, 2012: Yankee Stadium, New York City, United States
September 8, 2012: Yankee Stadium, New York City, United States
September 10, 2012: Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, Canada
September 12, 2012: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
September 13, 2012: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
September 15, 2012: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, United States
September 19, 2012: United Center, Chicago, United States
September 20, 2012: United Center, Chicago, United State
September 23, 2012: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. United States
September 24, 2012: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. United States
September 29, 2012: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada
September 30, 2012: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada
October 2, 2012: KeyArena, Seattle,  United States
October 3, 2012: KeyArena, Seattle,  United States
October 6, 2012: HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, United States
October 7, 2012: HP Pavilion at San Jose, San Jose, United States
October 10, 2012: Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States
October 11, 2012: Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States
October 13, 2012:  MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States
October 14, 2012: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, United States
October 16, 2012: US Airways Center, Phoenix, United States
October 18, 2012: Pepsi Center, Denver, United States
October 20, 2012: American Airlines Center, Dallas, United States
October 21, 2012: American Airlines Center, Dallas, United States
October 24, 2012: Toyota Center, Houston, United States
October 25, 2012: Toyota Center, Houston, United States
October 27, 2012: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, United States
October 30, 2012: Sprint Center, Kansas City, United States
November 1, 2012: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, United States
November 3, 2012: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, United States
November 4, 2012: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, United States
November 6, 2012:  Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, United States
November 8, 2012: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, United States
November 10, 2012: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, United States
November 12, 2012: Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States
November 15, 2012: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, United States
November 17, 2012: Philips Arena, Atlanta, United States
November 19, 2012: American Airlines Arena, Miami, United States
November 20, 2012: American Airlines Arena, Miami, United States
November 24, 2012: Mexico Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico
November 25, 2012: Mexico Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico
November 28, 2012: Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia
November 29, 2012: Estadio Atanasio Girardot, Medellín, Colombia
December 2, 2012: Parque dos Atletas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
December 4, 2012: Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil
December 5, 2012: Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil
December 9, 2012: Estádio Olímpico Monumental, Porto Alegre, Brazil
December 13, 2012: River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 15, 2012: River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 19, 2012: Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos, Santiago, Chile
December 22, 2012: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba, Argentina 

Musicians:

Madonna – Lead vocals, guitar
Kevin Antunes – Musical director, programmer, keyboards
Kiley Dean – Backing vocals
Brian Fraiser-Moore – Drums
Ric’key Pageot – Keyboards, piano
Monte Pittman – Guitar
Nicki Richards – Backing vocals
Sean Spuehler – Vocal mix engineer
Jason Yang – Violin

 

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