Madonna at the Pepsi Center, 10/18/2012

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Eric Gruneisen
Madonna last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center


MADONNA @ PEPSI CENTER | 10/18/12

Don't fuck with Madonna. She'll shoot you dead. Or, at the very least, if you're at the Pepsi Center on a Thursday night in October, she'll make you wait an extra hour until she goes onstage. But this is Madonna we're talking about here. She can do whatever the hell she wants, even if that means not going on until 10:45 p.m. -- and playing until 12:45 a.m. You will happily oblige for the Queen of Pop. Or so you would think.

See also:
- The twenty best Madonnabes at last night's Madonna concert at the Pepsi Center
- Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center
- Review: Madonna at the Pepsi Center, 11/11/08
- Slideshow: Madonna at the Pepsi Center, 11/11/08

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Eric Gruneisen
Madonna's legion of fans last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center

Before the show last night, Madge's legions of fans weren't as patient as she had assumed. Between the forgettable set by tour deejay Misha Skye and the start of Madonna's show, some Denver fans booed and hollered, thinking -- mistakenly -- that such greedy behavior would get her to start her show sooner rather than later. Not so much.

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Eric Gruneisen
Madonna last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center

Once the show did begin, however, it was worth the wait. Really fucking worth it. Striking hard and fast, Madonna played to her strengths immediately: sex, violence, religion, all mixed together. The themes may have been tried and true for Madonna, but she took them to new heights last night. Guns and God? Yes, she went there... when she pistol-whipped the stained glass off a stage church with an AK-47. (And people dared to boo this woman?!)

Oddly, songs that cheapen Madonna's recorded catalogue by mere inclusion, like "I Don't Give A" and "Give Me All Your Luvin'," came off great live. Madonna just brought a new energy to them that is nonexistent on record. The visuals were especially interesting. Nicki Minaj appearing on screen dressed as a nun to deliver her rap from "I Don't Give A" played perfectly into Minaj's own stage antics from her oddity of a Grammy performance earlier this year when she did "Roman's Holiday." (Lil Wayne donned priest garb to do the same for his guest verse on "Revolver.")

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Eric Gruneisen
Madonna last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center

Likewise, Madonna could have gone the lazy route for the choreography to "Give Me All Your Luvin'," recycling already-used concepts from her Super Bowl Half Time show performance this year, but instead she only recycled the costumes. The choreography focused more on the drumline than on Madge herself, as drummers were literally carried on stage via harness, in an assembly line fashion, owing much of aesthetic to "Babes in Toyland." Here, "Give Me All Your Luvin'" wasn't juvenile; it didn't feel rehashed. Rather, the abundance of drummers gave Madonna the closest she'll ever get to a collaboration with the USC Trojan Marching Band, and that was as exciting as watching her tout a weapon.

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Eric Gruneisen
Madonna last night at the Pepsi Center. Slide show: Madonna at the Pepsi Center

For "Gang Bang," the standout of the evening, Madge swapped the AK-47 for a handgun and went on a killing spree. Madonna's shooting gestures to the pulse of the music were impeccably timed; the dancers' reaction moves could not have been more spot-on. The icing on top of her already gory cake, however, was the use of the screen projections to imitate bloodshed. Every blast of Madonna's gun was followed by a dramatic twitch by a dancer (one was even shot down from a harness mid-air) synchronized with a splash of blood on screen. It was the perfect combination of blood, sex and more blood.

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10 comments
dizzymom
dizzymom

Agree with the issue of the 10:45 appearance sucked (especially for us working folk).  Also agree with the opening DJ was a real snooze!  Literally...I had to wake the guy sitting next to me.  The first 30-45 minutes were a bit too 'DARK' for me.  Had high expectations of a fun 'girls night out'.... This wasn't it. 

br1tan1
br1tan1

@HappyClamHL it was awesome!! hail madonna!

nealbraatz
nealbraatz

I don't know what concert artist_melissa attended, but from my vantage point (upper deck, back of the arena) the sound was fantastic, and the video and lighting were stellar. I'm not a big Madonna fan, but I thought the concert was great. Sure, it was a drag waiting until 1045P, (and the opening DJ was a snooze), but it was worth the wait in my opinion. And all this talk about how disrespectful it was for Madonna to use guns in her performance, in the wake of the the theater shootings, is ridiculous. I didn't even make the connection until after reading those comments online. I guess I should also have been upset when KISS and Motley Crue used flame pods in their show in the wake of the wild fires. Anway.....great show. I stayed for the whole performance and wasn't angry.

Brian Barkley
Brian Barkley

She is a stupid bitch and who cares about what she has done.

artist_melissa
artist_melissa

I'm sorry I think it was rude of Madonna to come on at 10:47pm and have her fans waiting. I also thought the sound quality was horrific and that no one wants to hear her political views. I left early along with many people and will never ever spend another dime on Madonna again. People should be angry. This concert was a disgrace.

Mike Long
Mike Long

When she asked if anybody'd seen Molly, she meant her nurse.

Mike Long
Mike Long

Breaking news from 1986? Haven't cared since 1996.

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