Last night Jameson and I trundled (ran excitedly) through the heat to catch Madonna Louise Ciccone’s final European leg of the MDNA world tour in Nice in the South of France.
I’ve been a bit so-so on whether I wanted to go, based on the lukewarm to tepid reviews I’d read online.
But as soon as the fierce bitch strutted out to the strains of Girl Gone Wild the goose-bumps and rush of excitement that you get from seeing Madge live soon came flooding back.
If you have the chance to go and see the MDNA tour and aren’t sure then let me implore you now: GO- you won’t regret it.
Yes, I’m iffy about her new stuff, but she soon makes up for it when she sings the classics with a modern twist. Her new, slowed-down rendition of Like a Virgin for example is stunning and so charged with emotion as she performs it, you almost forget to breathe.
You can’t help but think she’s singing this new version for boy-toy lover Brahim Zaibat- more of that later.
At 54-years-old, Madge easily keeps up with her twenty-something dancers- effortlessly keeping up the pace throughout a turbo-charged 1.5 hour set in roughly 36° heat.
No mean feat. I was sweating just standing watching. No lie.
We were lucky enough to be spitting distance from the stage and, her body is f-cking killer, she still has a great arse and legs. She’s still got that dancer physique- so tight and toned, and, sure enough I realised just as I always do whenever I have gone to see her in the past that, yes, I really could manage that hour in the gym five nights a week if I put my mind to it.
The only time I saw her miss a step was during Gimme all your Luving when she slightly stumbled up one of the steps but like a true pro she went into the next move no problem at all.
Brahim and his Pockemon crew dancer buddies, made up of childhood friends from the streets of Marseille were A-f-cking- MAZING. They do all this jumping about and up and down on one hand and all that head-spinning, break-dancing stuff. She’s not just employing him because she’s f-cking him.
Brahim and Madge’s chemistry is undeniable. Whilst she didn’t openly favour him over the other dancers a la J-Lo and C-Smart, at one point she went up and bumped fists with him and he’d give her these little adoring looks, for example when she was giving a viva la revolution type speech to the crowd, imploring everyone to treat each other with “humanity”.
They went on to do this dance routine where he was rubbing his oh so f-cking toned buff body against hers and you could see that they spend a LOT of time behind closed doors with him throwing her around the bedroom, tying her up and rocking her world. I had lady wood just watching, as disgusting as it sounds.
I’m convinced now that they adore each other and, yes, no doubt she doesn’t discuss business plans or world affairs with him but it’s going on two years now and I think they’re the real deal. Who gives a sh-te if he’s younger than her? Good on her and Madge- if you’re reading, chuck him this way when you’re done with him, eh?
When she sang the emotionally-charged, slowed-down Like A Virgin (in a yellow balaclava to support Russia’s Pussy Riot), it was almost as if she was singing about Brahim saving and renewing her sexually from the ashes of the Guy Ritchie divorce.
Here’s video of her doing the same song and sobbing in Berlin (we don’t have video of her in Nice up on youtube yet).
Jameson says no, it was just an artistic expression of a song she’s reinterpreted many times in the past and maybe the heat was getting to my poor, frazzled brain cells but, I dunno, Madge seems different. Dare I say- happy?.
In person and doing dance moves that require her to be carried on her back by a group of male dancers, you can see she’s had a facelift.
I mean, we all know she has but her visage is looking alright when she stands and her hair’s been done, but when she’s dripping with sweat and leaping around doing moves that would test a professional half her age you can see. Just an observation we both had.
It was an absolutely brilliant show and you can’t beat Madge for an evening of pure, 100% top of her game true pro entertainment. I’m really happy we went.
What I love about Madge is she does not give a f-ck about her critics, knows what she wants and goes after it whole-heartedly, she says what she likes and she likes what she bloody well says and, at 54 years old she’s refusing to lie down and grow old- she’s out there living life and taking it firmly by the balls with both hands and a spike-heeled foot.
And, she hates Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney and Elton John. – What’s not to adore?
She’s still the Queen of pop- always has been and always will be, no matter how many young pretenders try to steal her throne.
(Videos: Courtesy of Jameson x)