Genre: Pop, rock, dance
OK, so this lady doesn’t exactly need much introduction. After all, she’s the top-selling female recording artist of all time. In fact, she’s the second biggest selling act ever on the Billboard charts in the USA, beaten only by The Beatles. And the world was reminded by her astounding half-time show at Super Bowl XLVI, even though I’m bloody convinced she mimed the lot of it, that she’s still an incredible performer at the age of 53. D’you know she was the third biggest selling tour act of the first decade of the century, only beaten by the Stones and U2?
In fact, especially now that Michael Jackson is out of the picture, could we say that Madonna is the biggest star in showbiz? It’s hard to think of anybody that quite catches her. The voice and body behind over three decades of such hits as “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Material Girl”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, “Frozen”, “Music”, “Hung Up” and “4 Minutes” is about as mega-starry as mega-starry can get. She’s got herself in the position to be able to what the heck she wants. She can take old grannies out on crime sprees as she moans about what it feels like to be a girl, she can direct a movie on which I can’t comment coz I never saw it, and she can even butcher a classic like American Pie, as if we haven’t already heard enough pub singers doing likewise, and people still adore her. And so they bloody should.
So, what’s Madge got to offer us this time? Well, in March she’s launching her twelfth studio album, MDNA, which she has claimed is a triple –entendre, which caused some controversy when it was pointed out that that might imply a reference to MDMA, in other words, the class-A drug ecstasy. And she’s here’s to blast out a few ditties from that record, all part of her the Madonna World Tour, her biggest ever, and which takes in a number of places she’s never been seen before.
I don’t know how many of the real Madonna classics are going to be thrown into the mix. She tends to feel a bit too grown up for stuff like Holiday, True Blue and Dear Jessie these days. “Pink elephants and lemonade…” But whatever Madonna comes up with, you can rest assured that you’re going to be treated to one of the most incredible shows ever to grace a stage, with choreographies to blow you away. Not literally, because choreographies don’t generate wind, but in the figurative sense. And speaking of figures, you can forget your Lady Gagas and Beyonces … even your Kylies for that matter … our Madge will always be the true Queen of Pop.
Tickets for the first show, the only Spanish leg of the tour, sold out in a matter of hours, and on February 23 it was announced that she will be playing a second night, 24 hours later, at the Palau. Very nice of her, but if you think that means you’re in luck, you’re wrong. Tickets for that have sold out as well.
Did you know: That if you have never seen the 1985 movie Desperately Seeking Susan featuring Madonna, then you really should.
Wednesday June 20, 2012 and Thursday June 21, 2012 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi