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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.


    :lmao::lmao::lmao: I will NOT be showing her "IGTTYAS" for a long, long time.

  2. It's a great song, top 5 for me from her early years. And how stunning is the single cover?


    YES -- great song, ICONIC single cover :wow::wow::wow::wow::wow:

    Dusting off "LDLHA" gives me hope that we'll this live again someday.

  3. 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.

    7" version aka video version aka CD album version (3:41)

    This is the version included on all CD pressings of the Madonna album and the 1985 European reissue titled The First Album, and vinyl reissues of the former. This is also the version featured in the 7" single, the music video and Celebration.

    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?

  4. 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?

  5. But you have 12.000 posts... And you don't find those concerts entertaining enough to watch as a whole?

    Ok, i wish we had some way to put a mark on names so i remember in future conversations that these people here don't even bother to watch these concerts. So i don't have to take the effort to answer back in case some say that the song WTG is bad or something like that :lmao:

    + 1

    And all this from someone who's surprised Madonna in 1987 was bigger than Rihanna today. I can't even.

  6. 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.

  7. My review after taking last night / this morning to decompress:


    • "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" - :dramatic::dramatic:

      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.


    • 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.

  8. Good Lord, this show :dramatic::dramatic::dramatic::dramatic::dramatic:

    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.

  9. 6 months later and I'm still playing this on a regular basis. Hands down her best record since American Life.

    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."

  10. Bye Bye Baby? She keeps returning to Erotica and Deeper and Deeper. There are other tracks from Erotica worthy of a revisit in a future tour.

    "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 ... :wow::wow::wow:

  11. they didnt use madonna goes all the way (meisel pics) or i changed my mind good luck...(rolston pics)

    and now that i check there is no article or photos from madonna on music marriage and movies - like a prayer. 1989

    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.

  12. Well, I guess I would

    Yep! Although I'm so glad to have the various demos and it was an incredible experience, it would have been better if they didn't leak, at least not until after the album came out. I would pick the demo version of Rebel Heart as the lead single with an epic video. I think that song was her best chance at a bona fide hit.

    Oh, and Rebel Heart should have been a double album, featuring more of the songs that didn't make the cut.

    HOWEVER, I will say that, even without these changes, this has absolutely been my favorite and most beloved era ever, or at least since Erotica. I have never felt more emotionally connected to Madonna and her music.

    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 :wow::wow::wow:

  13. Everything is good as it is. Why changing it??? I wouldn't change LFL for anything. Would you really change LFL Grammy for some piano Inside Out?????????

    And what's wrong about the Ellen Week? It was sooooo great!

    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 :wow:

  14. The second segment being the most theatrical stopped after DWT. For MDNA Tour for example it was the first section.

    I think this time around the second segment is a Travolta/Elvis homage of sorts with the 1950s concept of "can't help falling in love" etc presented in the Madonna way of course.

    I don't think Burning Up is random there, after all it was the earliest incarnation of the "Bitch I'm Madonna" theme, wasn't it? "Unlike the others I'd do anything"...

    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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