Madonna-“Rebel Heart Tour 2015″@A.C.C.(Mon.,Oct.5th,2015)

A Monday night and one of the most iconic pop stars is in concert. And at 57, Madonna Ciccone is still a “Rebel Heart”. Were the boundaries and the envelops pushed as it use to be back when a younger Madonna “Justified My Love?” She is still young at heart, physically intense, highly theatrical as two-hour-and-a half hour show at the Air Canada Centre Monday proved her stamina. This was the first of two sell-out concerts in front of an adoring crowd of 15,000. It was a little bit of Vaudeville, Spanish Dance Lesson, Asian Fusion War Lords, Las Vegas and a lesson in Religion all mashed up in one theatrical concert.

The concert was entertaining and titillate, with some amazing visuals and a group of 20+ dancers who often performed jaw dropping moves.After descending from a cage in a costume that resembled an ancient Samurai master one of several new tracks showcased from Rebel Heart, a true pop album she’s done in years, Madonna’s stage layout included a portion of the stage that tilted at a 45-degree angle, and a sword-shaped catwalk that extended three-quarters into the venue, with it stretching into the wings of the side stage, Madonna literally transformed herself from warrior, surrounding herself with armour-clad war lord dancers, to a rock star — strumming a guitar of her very first album’s “Burning Up” — then to a corset and then of sex and religion with “Holy Water.”

As female dancers, dressed as a nun, gyrated around sword-shaped poles — including one that balanced the singer on her back in an incredible feat of strength — and later, transformed the famous Last Supper picture into something of an orgy, God bless Madonna. Throughly being groped by a dancer throughout “Body Shop” — on a set that resembled an auto body shop, Madonna brought out her ukulele and strummed out an acoustic version of her pop classic “True Blue.” Wearing a matador’s costume for “Living For Love,” she kept the flamenco theme going for “La Isla Bonita” and “Dress You Up/Into The Groove”, turning the party into a fiesta where mini-shots of Jose Cuervo were launched into the crowd. A diverse crowd at the ACC which included: some her age, some costumed members of the LGBT community, all danced up a storm. She proved that she has not lost any of her edge — even performing a rendition of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose.” It maybe the changing of the guard as Taylor Swift was in town for two sold out shows at the Rogers Centre which is one block away— Taylor Swift would have learned a lesson in life if she attended day one of two of the Madonna Rebel Heart Tour at the ACC. Local Canadian pop star Nelly Furtado joined Madonna/her crew up on stage to frolic around the stage and give her support. No duets just hand holding and running around the stage like two buddies catching up for lost time. Too many songs to play but some of the notable songs not played were:”Like A Prayer, Cherish and Live To Tell”

Set List:
Bitch I’m Madonna
Burning Up
Holy Water
(with “Vogue” snippet)
Devil Pray
(video interlude)
Body Shop
True Blue
Deeper and Deeper
(with “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” snippet)
Like a Virgin
(with “Justify My Love” and “Heartbeat” samples)
(video interlude; with “… more )
Living for Love
La Isla Bonita
Dress You Up
(with “Into the Groove” and “Lucky Star” snippets)
Who’s That Girl
Rebel Heart
(video interlude)
(with “Give It 2 Me” sample)
Candy Shop
Material Girl
La vie en rose
(Édith Piaf cover)
Unapologetic Bitch