Was it just me or is Madonna lame? That concert reminded me of the time I watched CATS on PBS. I suddenly felt lucky and happy that I never caught this pretentious, over-praised crap live, and could turn the channel at will.
I literally turned the concert off after TEN MINUTES. I luckily found something a lot less boring -- repeats of Growing Pains where ironically, Dana Plato played a trampy teenager dressed like a 1980's "Like a Virgin" Madonna.
That was the most expensive and atrocious piece of performance art I've ever seen. Provocative? Hardly. Pretentious, and full of self-congratulatory, self-importance? ABSOLUTELY.
It would be interesting if Madonna didn't take herself so darn seriously. She needs to throw on a pointy bra and camp it up a little. Seriously. it was uber-artsy entertainment SO BAD, that it was GOOD.
Here's my other major comments:
1) She lipsynched -- a lot. Meaning, it didn't feel live. It was all a bit "fake" to me.
2) They must have used about 100 cameras to shoot the concert because it was edited together like a WAY TOO SLICK music video. Again, it didn't feel like a concert. It felt like an OVERPRODUCED piece of BAD PERFORMANCE ART.
3) Madonna's voice isn't great, but never does that become more apparent than when she's in concert. The acrobatics, dancing, and stiff "acting" that is supposed to distract you from Madonna's singing limitations, only MAGNIFIES IT.
4) SING SOMETHING FUN! God, at least the earlier music was something you could sing along with. Why does Madonna sing now as if she is the SECOND COMING OF CHRIST -- as if she is saving the world with pretentious lyrics and some rocking hair extensions.
5) Consider yourself lucky, Madonna. If anyone else tried to do what you just did, they would be laughed off the stage or pelted with fruit. It must be nice to know that you could sit on stage and drool and people would pay to see it.
I'd have more comments, but I really only watched ten minutes. It's too bad, because I used to like Madonna before she became so serious, and pious, and full of her own self-importance.