Crossing an item of your bucket list is always an exciting thing to do.
And I got to do just that when I had the priviliage of attending the Madonna concert at Consol Energy Center Tuesday evening with friends.
We had tickets (printed on jumbo-sizeed paper - which ushers did comment on) since about April and had been anxiously waiting for the day to arrive. Finally, it did.
The tickets said the show was to start at 8 p.m. OK, no big deal. However, in an interview, Madonna herself said she wouldn't take the stage until about 10 p.m.
I looked into the matter and found many reviews that said she didn't come on stage until well after the schedueld start time as well. I finally conceded that it was going to be a late night. I may be asleep by the time she took the stage, but I paid good money for the ticket and got to see a superstar.
So, at 8:45 p.m., we settled into our seats, just as the opening "act" took the stage. A singer? No. A band? No. That I guess would be too much to ask for. A deejay. A plain, old ordinary man spinning records (he actually had records) opened for the pop diva. So, for an hour (yes, an hour) we listened to someone else's music played by some guy pushing buttons on the stage.
Where was Madonna?
Mr. DJ was off the stage by 9:50 p.m. We figured 10 maybe 15 minutes for Madonna to come out. No. It was 10:33 p.m. before her royal highness graced us with her presence. I know that exact time because I was watching my watch waiting to see just how long she was going to take.
But, alas, finally, the superstar takes to the stage. For a full 30 minutes, she put on a nonstop performance. Granted, I didn't know any of the songs, nor did I realize how dark and twisted and violent some of her stuff is, but she did put on a hell of a show. Her energy and stamina were amazing. No matter what you have to say about Madonna, whether it be good or bad, you have to admit she is an amazing performer and puts on one hell of a show.
And she didn't let up. Sure, she slowed it down with some slow songs, but the energy never left. I was disappointed that she didn't do many of her old songs, the ones I know and made me a fan. And most of the ones she did play, she changed. She slowed "Like a Virgin" down to a ballad (and rolled around the stage half-naked as she did it). The tune for "Papa Don't Preach" made the song barely recognizeable. And she didn't even do "Material Girl," which was one of her first songs that made her who she is.
To top all that off, as some of you may know, Madonna is an Obama supporter. So once she found out that he won the election, she did a happy dance and dedicated songs to him.
For her encore, she wore an Obama T-shirt (as did her dancers) and did a song about partying and celebrating. And being happy about his win wasn't even enough. The partying wasn't enough. Every time she said "yeah" about being excited for his win, she had to add the explosive "F" bomb. Not necessary. It is her right to be happy for his win. It is her right to vote for and support whomever she choses. However, I paid good money for my seat to see HER. I wanted to see HER play her music, to sing HER songs, to watch HER show. I was not there to the see the Obama hour.
Overall, I am glad I went. I got to see Madonna and her amazing showmanship. But is anyone worth a two-hour wait? I have to say no. It surprises me that fans put up with it.
I don't known who she thinks she is, but no one should keep people - people who paid a lot of money in some cases - waiting for more than two hours.
My ticket said 8. If the show wasn't going to start until 10, then it should have said 10. My ticket also said Madonna concert. It did not say political rally for President Obama.
(Letusick, a resident of Rayland, is a copy editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.)