Why I Returned My Madonna Ticket
The only good news about the Madonna residency at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House is that she had changed the dates in August which means I could get a refund for my October 12th, first mezzanine, $410 gross via Ticketmaster direct, ticket. Why? Not for the money, not for the venue, certainly not for my lack of love for Madonna on stage, where I wrote of her 2015 MSG concert (here) “Madonna did something she couldn’t do before ever, the feigned innocence of 1985 became a joyful explosion of dance and song, of a secondary young at heart that never leaves, all the contradictions Madonna has never quite figured out in the 30 years since the first time she performed “Live A Virgin” at Madison Square Garden, were resolved in the greatest moment of her concert career, last night”.
1 – The setlist:
Express Yourself (Acapella)
Papa Don’t Preach (String version)
I Don’t Search I Find
Papa Don’t Preach / American Life
Batuka (Live debut)
Fado Pechincha (Isabel De Oliveira cover)
Killers Who Are Partying
Welcome to My Fado Club / La Isla Bonita Sodade (Cesária Évora cover)
Like a Prayer
I’m a big fan of Madame X (though Rebel Heart was superior), so while it pales in comparison to 2015’s setlist:
“Revolution”(video intro) (contains elements of “Iconic”)
“Bitch I’m Madonna”
“Holy Water” (contains excerpts from “Vogue”)
“Messiah” (video interlude)
“Deeper and Deeper”
“HeartBreakCity” (contains excerpts from “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”)
“Like a Virgin” (contains elements of “Heartbeat” and “Erotica”)
“S.E.X.” (video interlude) (contains elements of “Justify My Love”)
“Living for Love”
“La Isla Bonita”
“Dress You Up” (contains elements of “Into the Groove” and “Lucky Star”)
“Who’s That Girl”
“Illuminati” (video interlude)
“Music” (contains elements of “Give It 2 Me” and “Candy Shop”)
“La Vie en rose”
“Holiday” (contains elements of “Take Me to the Mardi Gras”).
But that isn’t why I returned my ticket.
2 – cellphones were handed in at the door and put in YONDR pouches, so no access till the end of the evening. That is a major annoyance, but not a large enough one to have me cancel. Dave Chappelle did the same thing two years ago and I survived. Hubristic? Absolutely. And if Paul Anka can tell us to take all the pictures we want, why can’t Madonna?
So that isn’t why I returned my tickets.
3 – Negative Reviews – OK Magazine (here) found a lot of disgruntled fans but both the Times and the Post were essentially positive reviews.
But that isn’t why I returned my ticket
4 – The show started at 1045pm. BINGO. The doors opened at 730pm and she didn’t reach the stage till 1045pm. So she kept her adoring audience captive for hour after hour with nothing at all to do. So I thought, if I know she is going on at 1045pm, I’ll just show up 1015pm. I’d do that. Go on a Saturday. BUT WHAT IF SHE DOESN’T? What if I show at 1045pm and the show is moving towards its conclusion? What then? I am $410 down the drain.
We are all adults here, we are all paying down dollar here. Why the hell is Madonna treating us like this. It is completely unacceptable. We are buying tickets to see a show not to be abused by an egomaniac.
Having said that, nosebleeds are available for half the $410 I paid. Sure, they aren’t as good but what do I care? SO, if I read that the shows are starting on time I might pull the trigger and go and see her anyway. But for now, that was all bad news (ps: the album stiffed).