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If you caught the Madonna show at the Pepsi Center on Thursday night, you were probably operating at a sleep deficit if you had work Friday morning.

The material girl arrived on stage nearly 3 hours late for her show and by the end was almost universally forgiven by those who stayed for the spectacular production, rife with elaborate sets, costumes and her trademark flawless troupe of dancers.  While her inclusion of an opening number in which the black-clad diva brandishes guns and repeatedly "kills" members of her troupe had angered some audiences even before she reached Colorado, site of the recent horrific Aurora Theater Shootings, you can't really be too surprised.  Not by any of the above.  Being over the top and controversial has been the essence of Madonna from the beginning.  Had she deleted the gun number, she would surely have been criticized by fans who prize her position on artistic freedom.  Had she come on stage on time she could have easily avoided the strange mix of boos, cheers and crabbing during the 2+ hour wait with almost nothing happening on stage, but you have to wonder would the show have been the same?

As it was, Madonna was in top form, prancing with the grace of a well muscled professional dancer in her twenties rather than fifties, and belting out hits both old and brand new with gusto despite the altitude.  Aside from a few odd inaudible electric guitar performances and a torch song rendition of Like a Virgin that worked more to show the limits of her vocal range than anything else, Madonna's performance, and really the entire production, was flawless.  One might ask, does the boy toy need something to fight against to really pull out all the performance stops?  Some artists claim that they need a challenge, something to work against onstage, to really bring out their best.  The example of Jack White's It Might Get Loud claim to need a cheap guitar to pick a fight with for inspiration comes to mind.  Maybe Madonna similarly needs the audience to get riled up with irritation so she can fight back with her best work to prove they love her anyway.

At any rate, if you saw the show and weren't impressed, Madonna's probably just not your thing.  The slack lining alone would have had me marveling, even if I didn't enjoy a pumping dance beat and the nostalgia of so many Madonna classics in their twenties or now entering their thirties.

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Comments

I totally agree with the review. I was inspired by how energetic and athletic Madonna's performance was. I didn't like all of it, and the first act was totally weird. But, the rest was great, and, hey, she's Madonna. She can be as weird as she wants.

I didn't love the show starting at 10:45 pm on a "school night". But once it started, everything was phenomenal. The dancers, sets, costumes, choreography and the Material Girl herself were all fabulous. The setlist was a great mix of old and new stuff and she had me on my feet the whole night. Long live the queen, Madonna!

I love how people feel the need to express their outrage for metaphorical depictions of guns, but don't say one thing about the policy makers and actual laws that allow unstable people to obtain them in the frist place. So many complain about a fantasy but do little to change the reality. ¡Qué pena!

Long live Madonna!

I remember when the library got 4 copies of her, um, coffee table book, called "Sex" in 1992. The only thing missing was x-rays of her innards.

I will always love Madonna's music from the 80's to early 90's, but her new album sucked miserably. Which is why i didn't plan to see her in concert in Denver. I'm so glad i didn't go, because i would not appreciate her being over 3hrs late which is just so unprofessional, and performing songs with guns. Which just goes to show how much she doesn't care about the Aurora shooting tragety at all. I guess Madonna just doesn't care anymore.

I will always love Madonna's music from the 80's to early 90's, but her new album sucked miserably. Which is why i didn't plan to see her in concert in Denver. I'm so glad i didn't go, because i would not appreciate her being over 3hrs late which is just so unprofessional, and performing songs with guns. Which just goes to show how much she doesn't care about the Aurora shooting tragety at all. I guess Madonna just doesn't care anymore.

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