Madonna sings most of her classic hits with a new spin while singing tracks from her new album.
Madison Square Garden glowed brightly with woman power. It was the performance of one dynamic woman opening for another. Amy Schumer displayed disbelief as she headed out on stage on Wednesday night. Performing her nearly 40-minute set, she entertained the crowd with childhood anecdotes.
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A story about her 18-month-old niece. A retelling of her prank on Katie Couric at the Glamour Awards and some of her top-performing sex jokes. She also garnered cheers for Trainwreck which she seemed very proud of doing.
She made a point saying that when she was asked about it being a good time for women in Hollywood. She said that when the industry is so oriented towards looks that it is not a good time for women in Hollywood.
Before Schumer left the stage, Madonna put a sock puppet on Amy's hand and made it tell her, "Hi Amy -- I'm a sock, bitch!" Waiting a few beats for an actual joke to follow, Schumer exploded into confused laughter when it became clear that was pretty much all Madge had to offer with the skit.
Madonna later brought out Schumer, who was brought to dance during the Rebel Heart song “Unapologetic Bitch.” After Madonna lifted Schumer’s dress to show the audience her underwear, the two walked the length of the stage so the comedian could dance for the headliner – and be part of a little prank.
Amy announced that she would be performing a solo at the MSG in the coming year. She will however be opening for Madonna on Thursday in MSG again and on Saturday, reported Billboard.
Madonna has amped up all her energy for her Rebel Heart Tour. She put on a spin on her most popular tracks. She skuzzed up "Burning Up" to hard rock heights by strapping on a guitar.
"True Blue" was turned into a ukulele sing-along. Performing "Like a Virgin," she lost the original instrumentation, her backup dancers and most of her clothes while turning her breakthrough hit into a sparse, Pharrell-esque jam. Madonna delivered a Latin-tinged medley of "Dress You Up," "Into the Groove" and "Lucky Star” for her Spanish speaking fans.
The crisp Spanish guitar successfully made the songs sound newly organic. While there weren't as many French speakers in attendance at MSG, Madonna nodded to her Gallic fans with a surprisingly full-voiced version of Edith Piaf's "La Vie En Rose."
Later in the show, Madonna began "Music" as a Jazz Age ballad before kicking the No. 1 hit into banger mode. The classic tracks Madonna did pull out were judiciously selected. She paid attention to material rarely performed on her live tours.
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An acoustic "Who's That Girl?", a pumping "Deeper and Deeper" and "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" were all resurrected to huge applause. Aside from the stunning Minotaur-filled "Living for Love," the most effective new song in her Rebel Heart Tour arsenal was "Body Shop."