Last night (Feb 5) Madonna performed at the Superbowl half-time show in Indianapolis to an audience of about the entire humanity and beyond. Although I have to admit I was expecting even more, the Queen of Pop delivered. Dozen dancers, acrobats, absolute morons (LMFAO) and more golden costumes Dolce & Gabbana could ever think of.
Of course the lip-synching was obvious (a bit less on Music & Like A Prayer), but is that a surprise to anyone, really? What's important is the production value of the show was high, because the half-time show is all about entertainment, right? A comment I read a lot last night (when around 10,000 tweets were posted every second!) is "OMG she's 53", "Wow she's delivering at her age" etc... Funny how rarely the age of male performers is referred to as a key fact in their performances. Bruce Springsteen is 62. Prince is 53 too, Bono is 51, Paul McCartney is 69... And yet they still deliver big time (I recently saw Sir Paul, he was mind-blowingly good) without anyone feeling the need to note their age.
Madonna is still more than able to give show-stopping performances and only her energy, relevance, creativity and showmanship should be taken into account.
Speaking of creativity, while nothing really is ever new in pop, the whole egyptian-meet-ancient-roman-and-greek theme that leads the beginning of the performance was very reminiscent of a certain other pop goddess' recent show. The first act of Kylie's 2011 Aphrodite Les Folies Tour was tackling the same themes and visuals. Did Madonna get a little inspiration from her only real challenger? Maybe (check the videos below for comparisons)! Then again Britney's recent Femme Fatale Tour offered a very similar display of Egypt-inspired performance. Guess what, this show was creatively directed by Jamie King, just like Madge's last night. And naughty Jamie is quite famous for recycling ideas, stages and visuals from one project to another (I'll write about that one day).
All in all: well done Madonna, that was a way to make a comeback. Now go rehearse for the tour, which is said to launch in Israel on May 31st. Funnily enough her latest tour came to an end there!
M.I.A: you couldn't help yourself, right?
Kylie Minogue - Aphrodite Les Folies
I Believe In You
Britney Spears - The Femme Fatale Tour