As an addendum to my MDNA Tour review, just a few more personal notes from the evening...
First, I was extremely lucky and grateful to be invited by Liz Rosenberg for this press junket, and had a blast with fellow longtime Madonna stalwarts (all of whom have loved, liked and/or hated everything Madonna's ever done, but all of whom have had an opinion on everything Madonna's ever done) on the two-hour ride to Philly. My co-#1 fan Sergio was especially on. His mere presence attracted an interaction with Guy Oseary once we arrived.
Once there, we entered via the backstage area—my first backstage experience at a concert by an artist I actually like as opposed to an artist I was covering for work—and wound up in a posh hospitality suite.
From there, we got to watch and listen to most of Madonna's soundcheck. Even though in Europe everyone can watch and interact with Madonna during these, that doesn't happen in the U.S., and we found ourselves getting flashlighted from the stage to step back from our distant window. But it all sounded good so we were excited.
After a great meal (check out the special menu this restaurant had), we were back in time to race to our seats on the floor. I saw so many friends—it was a real reunion of Madonna fanatics, a veritable "Vogue"s gallery.
As you know, I found the show brilliant if challenging, but the experience was unforgettable. Madonna gets so close to her golden triangle bitches. There's nothing like seeing a concert, even a big one with grand visuals, up close.
Hopped in the van after and wasn't home until after 3 a.m. But would do it all again—naturally.