Madonna at the Scottrade Center, 11/1/12: Review, Photos and Setlist

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Jon Gitchoff
Madonna is considered a living legend, a cultural icon and one of the best performers of her time. She is one of the most influential artists in the history of American music, and last night at the Scottrade Center we found out why: hard work and natural charisma.

If we are to believe any of the personality flaws that we've been fed about her character, she needs and wants to be the center of attention at all times. This quality may be the most distinctive trait of a pop star, and Madonna is inarguably the biggest pop star in the world. The death of Michael Jackson left no doubt as to who holds the crown. Major stadium stars like Bruce Springsteen and Prince might be worthy competition, but Madonna is the queen.

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Jon Gitchoff
This is especially interesting considering that Madonna is a chameleon of both style and culture. There was '80s punky Madonna. Religious Madonna. Controversial Madonna. BDSM Madonna. New-age Madonna. Evita Madonna. Raver Madonna. And on and on. All of these Madonnas are all there and they're all beloved, but what's interesting is how she translates and squeezes all of these personas into her stage show. A huge production including a giant stage, huge screens, flashing lights, lasers, scores of backup dancers, video interludes and a band does not distract from or in any way minimize her powerful charisma.

Slideshow: Madonna at the Scottrade Center

Opening act Paul Oakenfold was a fairly decent selection to warm up the crowd. He played gently electrified versions of the Killers' "Mr. Brightside," Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams," Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Otherside" and no less than three Rihanna songs. Basically, it was uninspiring, but it worked. It sounded like the ignorable sub-par electro played at any club on the weekend.

At this point, Oakenfold is more of an EDM elder than an active, groundbreaking member of the culture, but he still threw in a bit of DJ Darude's "Sandstorm" for the clubbers in attendance. Like most popular DJs at larger events, he didn't seem to be doing much of anything up there behind his massive LED console. There was a camera above him the whole time, but, tellingly, the only time it showed his otherwise-hidden hands was at the very end when he slid the volume controls down.

A Madonna concert is more than just music, it's the live presentation of her art, and her art is her self. There is just no easy way to accurately present all of her many looks, phases and musical explorations into one hour-and-a-half-long set.

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She tackles this dilemma by breaking up the show into a few different sections, all of which present different moods, attitudes, types of music and, honey, costumes. She is now three decades into an inconceivably huge international music career, and it would be impossible (and exhausting) for her to play all of the songs that her fans would like to hear.

There is a difficulty that needs to be addressed when attempting to compartmentalize such a long, diverse list of options. This problem was solved through referencing other hit songs during the performance. For example, "Hung Up" contained sprinklings of both "Papa Don't Preach" and "Live to Tell." And during "Express Yourself," Miss Madge even took a well-earned swipe at Lady Gaga by seamlessly sliding a few lines of Gaga's ripoff hit, "Born This Way" into the middle of the song.

Slideshow: Madonna at the Scottrade Center

Never one to hint at a topic or embrace subtlety, Madonna takes the direct approach in life and in concert. She's a very literal performer, actually walking an onstage tightrope to illustrate a tense emotion, grabbing her own lady bits when singing about sex, crawling on the floor to mime distress and doing a convincing acting job in a few storytelling scenarios. (Especially during the performance of "Love Spent," a stand-out track on her new MDNA album.)


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1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO

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heather448
heather448

It's frustrating that she started 2.5 hours later then the ticket time and is it acceptable? Is it not? It is what it is. It's frustrating when you forget that she's STILL making music so it's probably not going to be a concert filled with her songs from the 80s and 90s. It's a stage show! And she performs songs you can dance your ass off to!!!! It's part of that culture. So everyone who was there complaining about her start time and how she didn't do enough of her old stuff probably should just stay home next time. Artists who still perform are ever evolving. And their fans do it with them. Jump off of the train and watch cover bands if you can't enjoy what she's doing now. I had an awesome time watching the show and her 2 hours of performing was extremely fulfilling! I'm pretty sure she's always been controversial.....so why should she stop now :)

dds2012
dds2012

Very disappointed! I found it very disrespectful that had to wait for more than two and a half hours before she started.

 

On the ticket should say: Doors Open at 8, show starts whenever!

Twitlertwit
Twitlertwit

@MadonnaNation #MDNAStLouis #Madonna I'll see Ya' in #MIA on19th!!

rdh1971
rdh1971

The show was amazing and well worth the cost of admission. I have not talked to a single person that complained about the time it started or the Minnesota thing. It is irrelevant. She acknowedged it immediately, apologized, and said she only had 4 hours of sleep. Also, she wakes up in a new city everyday. Anyone that travels for work could empathize with that feeling. Also, her next stop is in St. Paul, Minnesota... hmmmm, how could she possibly make that error? The show was amazing. It would have been great for the show to start earlier, but it really doesn't dampen any of my recollections of having 2 hours of one of the best concerts I have ever seen (and I have seen Madonna 3 previous tours... this was the best in my opinion). She was more engaged with the audience than I've ever seen from her peers, such as Bono, Prince, or Sting. And those who complain about her asking people to vote... she didn't mention a candidate... she just encouraged people to vote. What a bitch! She handled the sound problem with humor and grace. The visuals effects were stunning. Her voice sounded great. She looked beautiful. She doesn't dance as much as she used to, but she interacts with the crowd much more. Some of the criticism, I believe is sexism and age-ism. We expect way less from our aging male pop stars. Madonna still has more going on than most artists and I think she demonstrated she is in class all her own. I hope she makes St. Louis a regular stop. All the haters can stay home and get to bed at a decent hour... leave the partying to those that know how to have fun past 9:00 PM on a school night!

sabrinagoding
sabrinagoding

AMAZING show!!!! I LOVED it!! Very happy with the production....the set list.. ALL of it.

Jessica Murphy
Jessica Murphy

Worst concert ever...over two hours late, thought she was in Minnesota, sound problems enough to where she had to stop. And then has the nerve to harass the audience about voting because we apparently can't possibly grasp this concept she must remind us. She also addresses her fans as if they are idiot children who need to be told when to stand. Last time I checked I paid for the overpriced ticket for you to entertain me Madonna." U r the one" that disappointed this used to be fan. You can be a diva and still respect those who support your career!

etorlair
etorlair

It was a spectacular show. The minute the hooded monks started to ring the bell, I knew I was in for an extravaganza. My favorite number was 'Vogue' with amazing costumes. The opening number 'Girl Gone Wild' was also amazing. Another of my favorite moment was when she showed her butt cheek LOL!! Even with a little mishap on the mic and late start, it was well worth the time and ticket price. Audience in my section all got up and danced along throughout the show. 

Barbara Kryvko
Barbara Kryvko

I doubt that anyone who paid over $100 for a ticket would leave because the main act was late. You must not have been to any concerts, ever, because 99% of them start with an opening act (which this did) and the star does not start at the ticket time. The only bad things I hear about the concert is from people who weren't there. I was there. It was great - Madonna is "The One"! So, Karen, now you've heard somethng good.

Kim Lowell
Kim Lowell

She WAS the biggest pop star in the world a few decades ago...

Christine
Christine

Madonna finally decided to grace us with her presence at 10.35pm. Yes, the show was extremely spectacular (if violent, foul mouthed etc) people in my section were fuming at the late start. Paul Oakenfold (sorry...yawn.... did anyone else thing it looked like he was 'privately amusing himself' due to the camera angle?) was on stage for an hour from 8.45pm-9.45pm...rather long for a warm up act... and then we waited another 50 minute for Madonna to appear.

 

At one point she invited a lady from the audience to write on her back. The lady wrote, "U R the one".... mutterings around me included "percent", "kept us waiting", "who can't tell the time", "Thinks St. Louis is in Minnesota."

 

Yes, she actually thought she was in Minnesota (channeling Joe Biden perhaps?)

 

Another wonderful moment was Madonna stuffing dollar bills off the stage down her front. She squealed at the audience to give her the money and said that it wasn't for her; it was for those poor people on the East Coast. Seriously Madonna, if you wanted to help them, why not tell us that all your profits for the night were going to be donated?

 

When her headset went down three numbers from the end, we left. It was already 12.15am.

I last saw Madonna 20 years ago at Wembley, London. At least in those days she knew what a watch was.

 

When fans are paying over $300 for tickets the least she could do is show up at a reasonable time. You can set your watch by the punctuality of the Queen of England. You probably couldn't even set the day of the week by the punctuality of Madonna.

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

i haven't heard a single good thing about this show

Jessica Baldwin
Jessica Baldwin

No concert ever starts at the time listed on the ticket... Madonna is fabulous. No question. But I didn't love that she thought she was in Minnesota....

Matthew Ingmire
Matthew Ingmire

She needs to hang it up. Heard where a lot of people left before she even came on because she was late.

AJ Wilkes
AJ Wilkes

Needs more reviewer whiskey.

memaw
memaw

 @Christine so you didn't like the show bc she started late? ridiculous considering she has started the show at the same time in every city on this tour which has been on since May. Your local papers even warned all of you this week that the show would start late although a call to the venue or a quick Google check would have told you that. you can't stay up a little later when the worlds biggest pop star comes to town for the first time in 30 years?

 

also, she said Minnesota once and corrected herself immediately afterwards - she has been touring the whole world, give her a break.

 

also, the dollar bills came out of her own costume - it was all part of the "Love Spent" performance - Love SPENT, get it?

 

geeze there is no pleasing some people.

Christine
Christine

 @memaw

 

Memaw: Saying "she always starts late" is not an excuse. Madonna DISSED the audience (who had paid handsomely for their tickets) by being so late. Most of us had purchased our tickets in advance of the tour starting. Reading reviews does not excuse her bad behavior. She at least appologized to the crowd in Philadelphia who booed her for coming on stage at 10.25pm. Earlier than she managed at the Scottrade Center.

 

BTW By the time I was 21, I had seen more than 1000 live concerts so whilst I agree the show was spectacular, she is not the only Diva I have seen over the years. She is supposed to be a professional. All the others (Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Cher, Gloria Estafan, Whitney, Debbie Harry, Patty Smith, Annie Lennox, Kylie, Mariah to name but a few all showed up on time).

 

When I saw Madonna in London, she was on stage ON TIME. She has become completely detached from the real world and I expect no one who works for her has the b#**$ to tell her to her face punctuality = manners.

 

The only person I can think of in my three+ decades of concert performances who was later than Madonna was James Brown who had forgotten to inform his parole officer he was leaving the US. That crowd waited patiently in the hope he would be 'released from arrest at the border'. He was, and it was a fantastic show. But you know, James Brown had a valid excuse for being late. What was Madonna's excuse for being so late? Didn't she know what time was printed on the tickets? I didn't expect HER to appear at 8pm. That would be time for the support act, but 10.35pm??? Two hours 35 minutes??? Get real.

 

As far as the dollar bills go, several other people I have spoken too today thought her comments were extraordinarily tacky. I repeat again if she had stated she was going to donate HER PROFIT from the show to the disaster relief, she probably would have been cheered loudly.

 

And yes, before you ask, I donated generously to the Salvation Army Disaster Fund prior to the concert. I used to live in New York and feel their pain.

 

I did not say I didn't enjoy the show. My comments were that it was extremely spectacular. My beef is the fact that being professional also means being punctual and when tickets are over $300, she should act like a professional. She could dance, sing and put on a great show TWENTY years ago; what has changed is her contempt for the "little people".

 

I feel sad for you that you don't understand the difference between Star and Professional. When those at the top of the tree are no longer held to account by those who pay the piper, those further down the totem pole also start to think treating the paying public with contempt is ok. Is that the performance world you really want?

 

 

rdh1971
rdh1971

 @Christine  @memaw Christine, I think you forgot you were going to a rock concert and not a cotillion. Please save your money and stay home for the next Madonna concert. You might be too uptight to enjoy Madonna now. Don't feel sad, it happens when we get older. You're really reading into her lateness and other flubs. I was there and was not offended, but I am not easily offended nor do I try to point out every negative aspect of a situation. It was almost like we were at different shows. Enjoy all the fabulous artists that are known for punctuality. I'll stick to the ones that put on the best shows, late or otherwise.

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