REVIEW: Madonna’s joyful, nostalgic, chaotic ‘Celebration’

The entire two-plus hours of Madonna’s “Celebration Tour” seemed to build to a singular ecstatic moment when the pop and queer icon glided above the packed floor of Capital One Arena in a lighted box belting out her 1998 hit “Ray of Light.”

You could feel the arena move beneath your feet.

It’s difficult to capture in words the spectacle, sheer joy, and even sadness that characterize Madonna’s “Celebration Tour,” which played D.C. on Monday and Tuesday nights featuring 28 songs in seven “acts.” Let’s get her tardiness out of the way: Yes, she was late. Very late. The 8:30 p.m. start time turned into 10:30, which, considering the advancing age of her fanbase, proved a challenge for many on a school night. But the moment she hit the stage, all was forgiven.

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How Madonna changed pop culture for ever

It’s 40 years since Madonna began scandalising and delighting fans and critics around the world. But is she still misunderstood? With Mary Gabriel.

She’s an enduring global superstar, with 330m albums sold worldwide. And she has just begun the US leg of her first greatest hits tour, celebrating 40 years in the industry. It’s hard to think of anyone who is as overexposed as Madonna – but, says her biographer Mary Gabriel, fundamental misconceptions about her remain.

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Madonna’s Latest Experiment: Looking Back

Her Celebration Tour is the pop superstar’s first retrospective, one which thematically explores her past and perhaps offers a glimpse of how she will chart her future.

For 40 years, evolution, rebellion and resilience have been Madonna’s hallmarks, but forward momentum is her life force. She’s been pop music’s premier shark, operating in near perpetual motion: Why would she pause to bask or look back, and risk losing oxygen?

So there are understandable touches of both defiance and reluctance to the Celebration Tour, her first road show devoted to hits rather than a new album. The retrospective began its North American leg at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night with all the classic trappings of a Madonna spectacle. But unlike her 11 prior tours of this scale, this one was haunted by ghosts — some invited, and some who crashed the party.

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Madonna kicks off Celebration tour with seduction, grace: ‘It’s a miracle that I’m alive’

NEW YORK – “No one is more surprised that I have made it this far than me. I didn’t think I was gonna make it this summer, but … here I am.”

With that address after the first three songs of her Celebration TourMadonna bridged 40 years of pop stardom with one very frightening health incident in June, a blunt assessment of both her atypical longevity and the fragility of her – or anyone’s − future.

A week after concluding a 27-show outing through Europe with her career-spanning production, Madonna, 65, reactivated her elaborate tour Wednesday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the first of three sold-out shows at the venue as part of her North American sprint through April.

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Madonna’s Celebration Tour Dazzles With Hits, Surrealistic Visuals, and Reminders of Our Mortality

“It’s so great to be home… I mean that in a way that only New Yorkers know,” Madonna, who adopted New York as her hometown in 1978, told the Brooklyn audience present for the North American kickoff of her Celebration Tour on Wednesday. “New Yorkers can identify with just-not-giving-a-fuck motherfuckers. We do shit our way. New York is not for little pussies who sleep.”

Madonna certainly wasn’t tired, and that was the point of the whole show, a tour-de-force of some of her biggest hits paired with surrealistic visuals that didn’t end until 1 a.m.

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Opinion: Madonna’s ‘Celebration Tour’ is her most radical LGBTQ statement in decades

As Madonna brings “The Celebration Tour” to New York from Europe for the start of a 52-date North American journey next week, she leaves behind a trail of headlines as long as an asteroid’s tail. There are stories about her remarkable recovery from a life-threatening illness; stories about her fans’ delight that she has finally given them what they have clamored for — a greatest hits tour. And, of course, countless stories dedicated to her wardrobeher appearance and her personal life.

Largely missing, however, in all that coverage, is a mention of the tour’s political and social significance: “Celebration” is Madonna’s most radical concert statement in support of the LGBTQ community since her paradigm-shifting “Blond Ambition Tour” in 1990, and perhaps her most radical stage performance ever.

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Madonna: A Rebel Life by Mary Gabriel

I read an advance copy of Madonna: A Rebel Life by Mary Gabriel throughout the Summer and it completely took me over. Being a fan of Madonna for 30+ years I had never read such a brilliant book on her before. Mary Gabriel has managed to do what no other biography has brought to the table before. After years of in-depth research Mary Gabriel has written what is to be the closest thing to an actual autobiography by Madonna. The details are insane and most importantly, they’re accurate! Mary takes you on Madonna’s journey throughout her life and takes you to the places, scenes and people that made Madonna Madonna. While reading the 800+ page documentation I simply never wanted it to end, it was such an inspirational read and believe it or not greatly increased my admiration of Madonna.

When seeing the opening show in London of The Celebration Tour, it was like the book had come to life right in front of my eyes. It was a surreal but breathtaking experience. Mary Gabriel has written the absolute Madonna Bible and it is the perfect way to read and reflect on the amazing European leg of The Celebration Tour. Immerse yourself in Madonna’s world once again and read Madonna: A Rebel Life by Mary Gabriel.

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ᴍᴀᴅᴏɴɴᴀ – ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴇʟᴇʙʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏᴜʀ. 2 ᴅᴇᴄᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 2023. ᴀᴍsᴛᴇʀᴅᴀᴍ, ᴢɪɢɢᴏᴅᴏᴍᴇ (Ard Gelinck)

Mijn 4e Madonna show in 33 jaar.
En wát een spektakel!

Madonna is géén zangeres. Klopt!
Madonna is namelijk een artiest, een kunstenares pur sang. Al zo lang ik haar volg. ‘Entertainment’ is her middle name.
Haar hele 40-jarige carrière lang heeft ze het pad gevolgd zoals zij dat wil en nam ze afslagen die zij op dat moment wilde nemen. Sommigen pakten ongelofelijk goed uit en andere kwamen wat minder goed uit de verf.
Onderweg is ze vele malen geholpen door topproducers en ontelbare andere creatievelingen maar het zal altijd gaan zoals zij dat wil. Niemand zegt wat Madonna moet doen. Nobody fucks with the QUEEN!
En dat liet ze gisteravond weer eens blijken.

21:55 uur *
S H O W T I M E ! 💡

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