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To me Live To Tell wouldnt have worked. The message of the song would have fitted in well with what was happening with Madonna during that period but in terms of GS no. I always thought Into The Groove would have been better to finish with than Everybody but i guess Madonna was sick of performing it because it had been included on every tour up until then

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Wait...Bye Bye Baby between Erotica and Fever?  Nah.  Perfect where it was.

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After BA, i was very disappointed in the Girlie Show, but that was because of my age at the time.  As i have matured i have come to appreciate the GS for everything that it is and the work and artistry that is in it.  GS Express Yourself is the song i hope for when i am in the last 10 minutes of my run and needing a boost to get me to the end.  Works every time.  

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Its her best tour and probably will remain so.

WTG is a close call.

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On 3/16/2017 at 9:20 PM, KalamazooJay said:

Ironically I watched this in its entirety just the other night for the first time in probably 15 years and I'll say, it's aged better than I expected. 

This tour, like MDNA, suffered from a lackluster setlist and unrecognizable reinventions that bogged down the show. Everything from Why's It So Hard to I'm Going Bananas (minus Bye Bye Baby) just doesn't work in my opinion. I think there were far stronger tracks from Erotica that deserved to be performed which would've heighten the mid section. 

However, the band is easily the best she's ever toured with, the costumes are fabulous, her vocals are pristine, and it gave us an EPIC performance of JML. Which is one of my favorite live performances she's ever done. 

15 years?!? How could you wait so long?!

And yes, the band ... THE BAND :dramatic:

 

On 3/16/2017 at 9:25 PM, IsaacHarris said:

If time travel becomes a reality, I'm making the trek to see M, live onstage with her blond pixie-cut. The Girlie Show is conceptually SEAMLESS, musically FLAWLESS, & each performance is completely FABULOUS from beginning to end.

YES PREACH :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: 

(And come get me when if you ever get a time machine.)

 

On 3/16/2017 at 9:28 PM, IsaacHarris said:

OMAR, GIMME SOME KICK BABY!

 

 

LITERALLY DEAD

God, I've seen this show so many times I used to say "gimme some kick baby" as if it was a common turn of phrase.

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 orgy was everythang

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"Why's It So Hard" live is like 500% better than the album version. Not an opinion, it's a fact. 

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Agree that tour was wonderfully put together. Just not one of my favorites to watch again. I always go back to watching her other tours before this one . 

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The tour made me LOVE In This Life. The entire disco section is just perfection. How it all starts as a party, sex follows, then the white light of death (AIDS) steals each dancer one by one until only Madonna remains.

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15 hours ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Why's It So Hard" live is like 500% better than the album version. Not an opinion, it's a fact. 

yassss.

it took me years to get into this tour.. now I'm hooked!

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It's easily the best directed and most consistent well thought out piece of sophisticated perfection she ever produced.

It's also her PEAK as a LIVE performer, it's a shame it went right over the heads of the MTV generation at the time....

But industry wise, it's easily her most referenced piece of work...there were echos of the Girlie Show every where in tv-show

prodcutions and in the choreography and production of other artists' performances (waves at the Velvet Rope)

That is...until videoscreens took over.

Yes, BAT is undoubtetly the most iconic...but it's not as well rounded

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On 17/03/2017 at 9:08 AM, JWAD said:

It's not really my favourite shows but I can see the amount of theatrical influence that was incorporated into the show. It had a Broadway/classic Hollywood musical feel to it. 

Some amazing parts but again, like some others have said, the set list was weak with much better songs on Erotica. I'm Going Bananas was one of her worst performances and just seemed so bizarre and out of place (I know it's meant that be a bit of fun but god it's pish!)

Great performances:

Fever, Rain, Express Yourself, Deeper and Deeper, Bye Bye Baby, La Isla Bonita, Holiday (but far too long), Justify My Love, Everybody

OK performances:

Erotica (a bit boring), Vogue (hated the lifeless choreography until the catwalk and ending), Whys It So Hard (wouldn't have picked it to be on the set list), In This Life (beautiful but it's not a concert song), Like A Wirgin (that accent, fun but spoils the song, Falling in Love Again is sublime)

The crap:

Im Going Bananas (one of her worst songs), The Beast Within (liked the concept but it did nothing for me, but it did introduce us to what would become the proper standalone interlude)

Should have been on the Tour:

Fever (with excerpts of Goodbye to Innocence), Bad Girl (her SNL performance was electric), Waiting, Words, Secret Garden (this would have been amazing live), Into the Groove (disco), Live to Tell (instead of In This Life), Like A Prayer (finale)

My set list:

Secret Garden/Erotica (Kenlou mix) mashup

Fever (with Goodbye to Innocence)

Vogue (better choreography)

Rain

Express Yourself

Deeper and Deeper

Into the Groove

Live to Tell

Words (dancer interlude, rearranged with highlighting of sound effects, gunfire)

Bye Bye Baby (that intro should have opened this part of the show)

Falling In Love Again (with Like A Virgin excerpts) - short version leading into next song

Bad Girl

Waiting

La Isla Bonita

Holiday

Justify My Love

Like A Prayer

Everybody

 

 

 

NO.

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Not a big fan of the tour. My fave parts are Why's It So hard and In This Life.

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The most iconic performance from this tour is either Fever or Vogue.

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we should all thank Christopher Ciccone.

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27 minutes ago, SPM said:

The most iconic performance from this tour is either Fever or Vogue.

No. Hello Erotica, EY, LIB, Holiday, Justify My Love.

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I agree to a certain extent with those who complain about the selection of songs from the Erotica album... but God they were never ever performed again! The Girlie Show is still the only place where you can listen to the complete tracks... apart from Deeper and Deeper, Madonna has never sung any of those songs in their entirety again.

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Will you judge me harshly if I say I didnt like that military performance of Holiday at all? 😊

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10 minutes ago, Bat-Fan said:

Will you judge me harshly if I say I didnt like that military performance of Holiday at all? 😊

yes very much

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Just now, Littlebastard said:

yes very much

I thought as much

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Its very different from everything, almost as a new persona

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Just now, Starman said:

Its very different from everything, almost as a new persona

Well she does that allot

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2 minutes ago, Bat-Fan said:

Well she does that allot

Yes, but the performances are very artsy and theater like, and a lot of underground songs

Its not for mass consumption as other tours

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The Girlie Show is just perfection, I understand why people say Blonde Ambition is more ICONIC, but I've always liked the GS a lot more
And I ADORE the short hair look, yes it aged her a bit but she looks so damn sexy and cool in her unique muscular and androgynus kind of way (thank God they went for blonde hair though)

The setlist would have been better with a few minor changes (that Like a virgin version is just NO. Worse than MDNA). Something like this:

Erotica
Fever
Vogue
Rain/Rain dance

Express yourself
Deeper & Deeper
Why's it so hard
Live to tell
The beast within

Bye bye baby
Hanky Panky
La isla bonita
Holiday

Justify my love
Everybody

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3 minutes ago, Crystal Coffin said:

"Iconic" is not the right word to describe this (great) tour. 

I wouldnt use the word Iconic either. Bat and Confessions are more iconic. Girlie Show has high artistic quality and is very one of a kind show. I have always seen GS and DWT as her most avant garde tours.

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DWT is beautiful, and only Madonna could ever pull off such a magnificent show (many of her own "fans" hate that tour, of course, no surprise here).

The more I love DWT, the more I "hate" people like MJ, Whitney (who had a great voice), Cyndi Lauper...sorry, those people are not even good enough to lick a dirt off Madonna's boots. Madonna is not merely an "'80s icon", she's a TIMELESS artist, don't you ever dare say something else about her. 

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I don't get the whole setlist beef, the show is seamless the way it is...it doesn't need no Fucking Like A Prayer.

Changing the setlist on the GS would b like trying 2 rewrite a Classic Movie.

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OMG to have LAP on Girlie Show :rotfl: While I love "Like a Prayer", that's gross, that's actually more disgusting than finding someone's hair in your food. Yikes. 

Fuck LAP, she chose to give us the Dietrich "Like a Virgin" instead and if you're too weak to handle that decision, Madonna isn't for you. Have fun with your Phil Collins CD, tqvm. 

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