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  1. Great suggestions -- there seems to be consensus on showing her another tour. I think that's a good next step since she was so wowed with the spectacle of RHT -- another live show should keep that momentum going. A couple folks said Confessions -- and there's a lot in that show she'd probably like -- but that DVD is so heavy with special effects editing ... It really distracts from the show itself. (At least for me.) Maybe Blond Ambition or the Girlie Show first. I will NOT be showing her "IGTTYAS" for a long, long time.
  2. YES -- great song, ICONIC single cover Dusting off "LDLHA" gives me hope that we'll this live again someday.
  3. Did the 1986 and 1998 covers not have accompanying stories? (I've never been much of a magazine collector.)
  4. Great video of it from Boston: That smile. The bounce.
  5. CD album version is by far the one that I've played the most since I had the CD first, but I like the cassette / vinyl version better. 3:41? Mine runs 3:46 -- and iTunes store says it runs 3:45. I never pay attention to things like this -- are discrepancies of this sort common?
  6. Good GOD I love this performance. I almost screamed watching a YOUTUBE OF IT THIS MORNING.
  7. I brought a casual fan friend to the Rebel Heart Tour and now's she's a loon. She's spent who knows how many hours on Spotify and YouTube listening / watching all she can, and she's constantly asking me questions about the Queen. So, where should I start her introduction? Classic albums like "Like a Prayer" and "Ray of Light?" Concert videos? Other live performances? Remixes? Movies? To put it all in context, here's what she was familiar with before the concert: She owned "The Immaculate Collection" She knew most of the of non-"Immaculate" 80s hits in the show, like "Dress You Up" and "True Blue," but not all of them ("Who's that Girl" was knew to her) She had seen "Truth or Dare" -- but she could only recall parts of it She knew 90s hits like "Secret" and "Take a Bow" and recognized "Rain" and "You'll See" while listening to a 90s mix in the car before the show, but said she'd "forgotten about" a number of them She had listened to "Rebel Heart" on Spotify -- but only because we had tickets to the show Since the show: She's listened to "Rebel Heart" non-stop -- and is in love with "HeartBreakCity" especially She's watched "Open Your Heart," "Papa Don't Preach, "Rain," "Bedtime Story," "Express Yourself" and other videos on Rolling Stone's "20 greatest videos" list from the RH collector's mag I just bought She's said she wants to watch "Who's that Girl" and "Desperately Seeking Susan" I think watching re-watching "Truth or Dare" is a good next step. But where to go from there?
  8. Yep. I'd say it was a highly for Britney's career because ... what else does she got going for her? That snake dance?
  9. Well, there go the next 13 minutes of my work day. Still the best tour closer she's ever done. Simply perfect.
  10. + 1 And all this from someone who's surprised Madonna in 1987 was bigger than Rihanna today. I can't even.
  11. I was in front / right of the heart in Boston and they had guards to make sure people from the back of the floor did not come in to our section, but they also made those of us in our section stay relatively close to our seats -- i.e. they didn't care about us milling about to get good photos or video when she was performing in the heart, but they'd tell us to go back to our seats once she went down the cross or back to the main stage.
  12. Better question: Why are "American Life" fans so insecure that they need to shit on other Madonna albums to justify their fandom? Or how about, why is dave so insecure he needs to shit on the 80s to justify liking "American Life?"
  13. I know, right? I thought she'd forgotten it existed. God, what a incredible surprise
  14. Not the greatest camerawork, but good God in heaven -- this performance. Just stunning
  15. My review after taking last night / this morning to decompress: Highlights: "True Blue" - I was too overwhelmed to cry last night, but watching it again this morning -- oof, tears in my eyes. So sweet, so simple, but still so powerful. Instant classic. "Deeper and Deeper" - One of my all-time favorite Madonna songs. Seeing it live in 2004 was amazing, but I wanted -- nay, needed -- to see and hear a proper dance performance of this song before I died. The Periscopes / YouTubes of this performance look good (maybe even great), but they absolutely pale in comparison to the spectacle of the live performance of this number. The mix is fierce. The dancing was incredible. The energy coming off the Queen and the crowd last night was simply overwhelming. Immediately one of my all-time favorite Madonna moments. "Heartbreak City" / "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" - I was not expecting this to be a showstopper. I was just unprepared for the sheer perfection that is this performance. I know the forum is full of comments on how strong her voice is this tour, but what shook me here is not just how powerful he voice is -- it's how emotive she is this tour. The emotion is real. And during this performance, it's raw. She feels this performance -- and she make you feel it too. And the push? No one expected it. People around me gasped -- a few squealed in terror. Instant classic. Simply one of her all-time best. "Like a Virgin" - "YASSSS, MADONNA, YASSSSSSSS" - me, throughout this entire performance Good LORD in heaven, I love this mix. I have been listening to the fan mix of it non-stop since Montreal and the live performance is even better. They hit this song so hard and the Queen is having so much fun. I could watch her dance to this for hours. "Living for Love" - Good God. I fucking LOVE this song. I fucking LOVE this mix. I can't believe radio hasn't been playing this song non-stop for the past 10 months. This performance has been perfected. It's fucking incredible. I was screaming my head off like a goddamn loon. "Who's that Girl" -The acoustic reinvention -- Incredible. Performing it right in front of me on the heart stage -- Overwhelming. Hearing an arena full of fans sing along to a song that often seem forgotten -- Perfection. Another instant classic. "Illuminati" - I don't know how this looked from the loge or balcony seats, but good God -- this was a breathtaking spectacle on the floor. People around me literally gasped. You could hear people on the floor muttering to themselves "Oh no" or "Oh my God" as the dancers climbed the poles and strapped themselves in -- The tension from the people around me was palpable. Then people were just screaming when the dancers started reaching towards the floor. The place went wild when they lifted the dancer off the runway and dropped her off on the heart stage. This was just gorgeous. Best interlude since "Paradise" / Drowned World Tour Pleasant surprises: "Bitch I'm Madonna" - I did not particularly care for this song when it came out, but maybe it's grown on me over time or maybe this is one of those tracks that just comes alive when done live -- either way, Lordy this is helluva of a follow-up to the opener. "Burning Up" - The Periscopes / YouTubes make this look like a rehash of Reinvention, but it's much better. A big part of that is because the Queen is simply a much better guitar player now than she was in 2004, so her energy level is much higher here -- and it shows. The crowd just feeds of her energy here. I didn't expect it to -- but it works. "Messiah" - The Periscopes / YouTube do NOT capture the brilliance of this at all. I thought this looked a bit dull on video, but it's simply gorgeous. "La Isla Bonita" - I absolutely love "LIB" -- I love the album version, I love the video, I love the extended mix, I love every live rendition of it -- but even I will admit that it has been done on tour perhaps too many times. But RHT made me reconsider that. Drowned World remains the definitive performance of this song, but RHT may be the best up-tempo rendition of it to date -- better than Confessions or Sticky. "SEX" - Another instance where the Periscopes / YouTube do NOT do a performance justice. I thought this looked terribly lame on video, but this is a dark and very sexy interlude when you see it live. The (casual fan) friend who came with me absolutely loved it. "Holiday" - The videos have made the encore look a little bloodless, to be honest, but this is a wonderful party performance and the crowd was very much into it. Great send-off. Letdowns: I was not the unapologetic bitch last night. The show is not six hours long. She is only doing one show in Boston. Other thoughts: "Music" - This was a great performance and I loved it ... but the torch song reinvention is so good that I was slightly let down that the whole song wasn't performed that way. Final thoughts: This is all very fresh, so maybe my mind will change in the months and years ahead, but right now I'd say -- This is the best tour since the Drowned World Tour. Drowned World, Blond Ambition, and the Girlie Show have always been the holy trinity of Madonna tours in my mind. I think RHT rivals the Girlie Show for my #3 favorite tour ever.
  16. Good Lord, this show I was there last night and I'm still recovering. Everything about this show was incredible. I loved this album, I loved the Periscopes I'd seen -- so I went in with sky-high expectations and very easily could have been disappointed, but she just blew me away. God, I don't even know where to start. I think I still need time to recover. But I will leave this very important note to fans who haven't purchased tickets: Buy tickets at the end of the heart stage. You have a great view of the runway and main stage, you can see the dancers and costumes and screen come together as they were meant to, and she spends a good third of the show on the runway -- including several full performances on the heart stage. I think they were simply the best seats in the house and, at least for Boston, they were about half the price as the floor seats near the cross or main stage.
  17. Yeah, I always play new albums non-stop when they're first released and love them -- then after the newness wears off, I realize whether I actually like it or not. I haven't listen to a new album this much since "Ray of Light" / "Music." Definitely top four album if I was ranking her greatest -- behind "LAP," "ROL" and "Music."
  18. They're probably that no one would buy since tickets came with a digital copy.
  19. "Keeps returning to" -- you make it sound like she's done them to death. She's done "Erotica" and "Deeper and Deeper" exactly twice each in the past 20 years -- it's not like she's pulling them out for every tour. re: "Bye Bye Baby," this song is really all about the Girlie Show rendition. The album version is good and the remixes are not -- the song only ever got GREAT in TGS. So, I guess I'm neither excited nor opposed for it to be done again. Now, "Rain" or "Fever" on the other hand ...
  20. For some reason I thought this was collecting all her RS cover stories and immediately noticed it was missing 1989. It took me a minute to realize it was missing others too. I was slightly disappointed, but it's still a gorgeous collectors item.
  21. Well, I guess I would OK, this is one change I'd probably have loved -- a 30-plus track double album with "Queen," "Never Let You Go," "Two Steps Behind Me," "Tonight," "Tragic Girl," "Trust No Bitch" and some others would have been phenomenal
  22. Karbs and I are on the exact same page. RH era is fucking perfect. Only thing I'd change is the leaks. Oh, and I wouldn't want her to be sick during Ellen week so that we'd have gotten another performance
  23. I hadn't thought of that, but that makes some sense. Still, it feels musically out of step with the rest of the opening set. I wouldn't mind it being dropped from the set -- especially if she's adding other songs elsewhere, like she did "Ghosttown" in Brooklyn.
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