Guest Post / Live Music / Out Of Town

Crushing a Dream

By, Carrie Lusky

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For as long as I can remember, music has always been a part of my life.  Growing up in the mid-80’s, my musical hero was non-other than Madonna.  I felt as if we had a connection, I too grew up in Michigan.  Ok, so that’s the only similarity we shared; but nonetheless I worshipped her.  I even dressed up as Madonna for Halloween when I was 7-years-old, a very G-Rated costume though…

Throughout the years, I never did get a chance to see her perform.  But when her 2012 World Tour dates were released and she was scheduled to come home, I knew this would be my one-and-only chance to see her perform.

On November 8, 2012, a group of 20 girls (and my dad, he too is a big fan) rented a party bus and had a suite at the Joe Louis Arena.  My sisters and Aunt even flew in from New York, Florida and Connecticut to come see her perform.  This concert was going to be epic!!!

We figured that Madonna would take her time getting to the stage, but we assumed that she would start around 9ish.  Wrong!  She didn’t come out until 10:30pm.  Her show started with a few of her new songs, and then she went back and forth between her classics and her new material.  The high point of the concert for me was when she sang, “Like a Prayer” and that was her second to last song.  Don’t get me wrong Madonna is infallible.  But I left the concert feeling more than a little letdown.

Did Madonna put on a great show?  Yes.  She wore 4+ inch high heels and performed nonstop for two hours.  But I really thought/hoped that she would do something special, we were in her hometown!  I am sure my expectations were too high, but the show wasn’t what I had expected.  I wanted more of her classics to be played.  I wanted Madonna to make us feel special, because we were in Detroit.  I wanted this to be The Concert of a Lifetime.  This is Madonna, she isn’t an iconic trendsetter for no reason.  Instead we got a show that had decent music, a good performance but no wow factor.

Overall, the concert was probably a success to many of the concert goers.  But for this childhood fan, it was a sad facing reality…and the bottom line is that this is Madonna, she can do whatever the hell she wants to do and people will still pay big bucks to see her.  I still love her, but I don’t think I would pay to see her perform again.  I can just DVR her shows when she airs them on HBO, like she has done in the past.

If she ever decided to do one more concert for her fans and she played all of her hits, then I would pay an obscene amount of money to see her.  I might even wear a cone bra too!

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