Madonna Rebel Heart Tour Glasgow
Madonna Rebel Heart Tour Glasgow
Review: Madonna, The Rebel Heart Tour, SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 20th Dec 2015
Touched for the very first time!
Madonna completed the European leg of her ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ on Sunday night in spectacular style and I was lucky enough to be there!
The queen of pop who is officially the biggest selling female artist of all time gave the sold out SSE Hydro a night to remember. She performed a balanced setlist of greatest hits and new material in her first ever concert in the city and boy did she deliver. She opened the show to rapturous applause from the 13,000 strong crowd with ‘Iconic’ taken from her 13th studio album ‘Rebel Heart’. Descending from the ceiling encased in a Gold plated steel cage we immediately knew that once again this was going to be a no expense spared spectacle. At this point the atmosphere in the arena was electrifying. She followed this with a geisha inspired performance of ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’, before giving us the first of the classics with ‘Burning Up’, which was faithful to the 1983 original. ‘I’m burning up cos I’m on fire’ she was and she knew it! Next on the setlist was a mash up of ‘Holy Water’ and ‘Vogue’ which saw her pole dance with bikini clad nuns! The sexually charged choreography was backed up by religious imagery shown on stage with huge video screens. Madonna was HOT and this performance was a personal highlight for me. Fan favourite album track ‘Devil Pray’ concluded the first segment.
Madonna performing ‘Holy Water/Vogue’
There were no shortage of classics on this tour as she performed many of her 80’s hits including a stripped down rendition of ‘True Blue’ and an acoustic version of ‘Who’s That Girl’ (both of which hadn’t been performed since 1987. ‘Deeper and Deeper’ was the only song performed in full from her 90s catalogue and was another personal highlight for me. She danced solo in an energetic solo performance of ‘Like A Virgin’ and it was during this song that she first reached out to shake my hand. I guess you could say I was touched…for the very first time! Other classics reinvented for the show were ‘La Isla Bonita’, ‘Music’ and ‘Material Girl’.
Madonna performing ‘Like A Virgin’
A remixed version of ‘Living For Love’ was showcased in staging, costume and choreography that were entirely faithful to the Brits performance back in Feb of this year. Thankfully, there was no wardrobe malfunction this time around! How could we forget #capegate We were treated to ‘Ghosttown’ (not on the original setlist) in acknowledgment of the song being voted the best song of 2015 by Rolling Stone readers! It was also during this song that she came over again and shook my hand. Luckily the moment was captured by a fellow fan next to me. The title track of ‘Rebel Heart’ followed with images of fan made Madonna art shown on the video screens. The show had three video interludes accompanied by dancers performing on stage. ‘illuminati’ was by far the most impressive and received huge cheers as the dancers literally swayed back and forth on huge barge poles into the crowd.
Madonna touching my hand during ‘Ghosttown’
Madonna & Monte Pittman performing ‘Ghosttown’
Rules, limits and CURFEWS are thankfully not in Madonna’s dictionary. This couldn’t have been more evident when she performed the encore ‘Holiday’ without sound or lights after the Hydro cut the power because she went past their unrealistic curfew. This didn’t dampen our enthusiasm as she returned to the stage to finish the show as planned. Donning the Scotland flag and wearing a pink Santa hat, Madonna and her dancers closed the show with the original choreography with a singalong with the audience. Afterwards she posted on her social media accounts ‘We don’t stop till it’s over Glasgow! Don’t fuck with the Queen’.
Madonnas Facebook post
The ‘Rebel Heart Tour’ already ranks as one of my favourite Madonna tours. Her first ever tour was the North American only ‘The Virgin Tour’ in 1985. Her first world tour was ‘The Who’s That Girl World Tour’ in 1987, which was followed by arguably her most famous (or infamous!) outing ‘The Blonde Ambition Tour’ in 1990. She hit the road again with ‘The Girlie Show World Tour’ in 1993 which turned out to be her last tour until she returned 8 years later with the ‘Drowned World Tour’ in 2001. With the exception of the latter, I was too young to attend the earlier concerts and I’ve only had the pleasure of watching these tours on DVD. My first Madonna tour experience came in 2004 in London with the ‘Re-Invention World Tour’. I have since caught her live in various cities with the ‘Confessions Tour’ (2006), ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ (2008/09) and ‘The MDNA Tour ’ (2012).
The show was a breathtaking spectacle from start to finish and as expected Madonna was in top form. She has proved once again that she is untouchable when it comes to performance. She truly is the mistress of the spectacle! Being a life long fan it was particularly special to see her perform this time around in my home city. Moreover, the fact that she shook my hand twice AND be given her guitar plectrum (see below) truly made it an unforgettable experience. She continues to inspire me. We are REBEL HEARTS!
Guitar plectrum given to me during the show
The tour continues on to Mexico City on the 6th Jan before going to SouthEast Asia, the Far East and finishing in Australia in March 2016.