Madonna @ Xcel Energy Center

This had all the ingredients to be a great night. We were going with a handful of friends. We were having dinner at my sister-in-laws place before walking over to the venue. My wife was even going. But even with all that going in our favor, the show, ultimately was a let down.

I had high hopes for this show. I'm mean, all it had to do, was be similar to the previous time we'd seen Madonna, which was my #8 top show of all time.

Paul Oakenfold was the opener, that has to be good right?! Sadly, I don't think it translated well within the arena. Especially when people are just sitting around mingling, waiting for what they really came to see. Plus, I think his song selection sucked. He played all the safe dance choices, definitely nothing that showed he was one of the top DJs in the world. Nero was also on this tour, and I really wished they had played the St Paul stop.

Spectacle-wise, this show was very similar. It was over the top Madonna. However, the thing that it lacked, and when compared to the Sticky-n-Sweet tour, was song selection. This go around she chose to sing alot off the most recent 2 albums. She did cram some hits in, but they were either acoustic (which I think are always dumb) or some mashup/remix versions (also, usually not great).

I'd say the intro that started with Girl Gone Wild, was probably my favorite part of the show. After that, it was all down hill unfortunately. Even my wife who is a die hard fan, thought it was a lame show. Oh well, maybe in another 4 years we'll get another cool show, or maybe not.


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