Thursday 26 April 2018

I didn't pay for my ticket, but I still feel fleeced by Madonna's vacuous muck

Aviva stadium, Dublin

Madonna on
stage at the
Aviva Stadium
in Dublin
Madonna on stage at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

eamon sweeney

Wow, Madonna really has outdone herself. I never thought it was possible to have such a great back catalogue full of sparkling songs that thrilled a generation and still deliver such a turgid performance.

Somehow, Madonna has raised the bar for just how bad live music can get, while still having the gall to charge through the nose for the so-called privilege. Well done.

It starts promisingly with a fake Mass, lending at least some sense of pomp and occasion to this rotten evening.

Then it all goes Pete Tong when the 'music' starts. 'Girl Gone Wild' from her recent album 'MDNA' typifies the vacuous rubbish she's been churning out in recent years. Minutes into the 'performance' and she's not even attempting to lip-synch in time. Yep, it's that bad.

It goes from bad to much, much worse. 'Gang Bang' is as ridiculous as its title suggests, featuring Madonna cavorting around the stage brandishing prop guns and pistols, which police pleaded with her not to use at the weekend in Edinburgh in the wake of the Batman shootings.

Her response to criticism about her high ticket prices is typically arrogant. "Work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I'm worth it," she pompously proclaimed. I didn't pay for my ticket, but I still feel fleeced.

It's actually astonishing that any manager, agent or associate would ever sign off on this muck. Obviously, Madge is surrounded by people who are clearly as deluded as she is.

The ultimate insult is how she completely murders the hits. 'Papa Don't Preach', 'Hung Up', 'Express Yourself', 'Like a Virgin' and 'Justify My Love' are watery shadows of their former pop classic selves.

We're finally given a glimpse of her genius with a stirring rendition of 'Vogue', but not only is it too little, too late, it fades out and segues into another travesty of a new song. I don't think I've been at a more frustrating or disappointing show in my life.

The crowd have been restless, bored, confused and for the most part, completely non-plussed. 'Like A Prayer' galvanises what scant enthusiasm is left in the stadium into the only proper singalong of the night. It shows just what might have been: an all-singing, all-dancing spectacle to warm the cockles of the heart on a dull Tuesday.

This disastrous tour should be the last from Madonna Louise La Ciconne. She shows no regard for anyone -- from shooting victims to her own fans.

The Queen of Pop has lost her throne. It's high time for this tawdry false icon to abdicate.

Irish Independent

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