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Madonna played Madison Square Garden (pics, setlist), will do it again tonight

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Madonna @ MSG 11/12/2012
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Luckily I’d gotten the memo that she goes on EXTRA late, so I wasn’t one of the bitter concert goers who arrived when the doors opened at 7 pm, only to have to wait for Madonna to take the stage nearly FOUR hours later. Madonna hit the stage around 10:45 and finished 2 hours later at 12:45 am! I’ve never seen anything end that late at an arena show, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.

I enjoyed the Madonna show, but not for the reasons I usually enjoy concerts. Madonna’s show is less of a concert and more of a Broadway-esque spectacle where they just happen to be dancing to Madonna tunes all night. At 54 years old, you’ve got to respect that she’s taken care of her body and she looks great. I am not entirely sure if that’s a reason to strip down to your bra and panties in front of 20,000 people (and with your children present), but I digress. [According to G]

Madonna played her first of two shows at Madison Square Garden last night (11/12) as part of her still-going-strong MDNA tour that was last in the area for two shows at Yankee Stadium in September. The two-hour show, which featured multiple costume changes (we were there for the cheerleader portion of the evening), made stops at most of her biggest hits (“Open Your Heart,” “Like a Prayer,” “Vogue”) and the setlist is below. Madge also made time for a little speechifying too (you can watch video of below) which included talk on the recent election and Hurricane Sandy, the effects of which she saw in person when she visited the Rockaways on Sunday with MoMA curator curator Klaus Biesenbach (who has organized relief charity Aid for Rockaway). She was also selling “Free Pussy Riot” t-shirts at the merch booths.

Madonna plays MSG again tonight. If you’re going, do note she tends to go on late (10:45 last night, according to G). More pictures from MSG night 1 and the setlist are below.

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Madonna speech @ MSG 11/12/2012

Setlist: Madonna @ MSG, 11/12/2012 ([According to G”>via)
Gregorian Chant Intro
Girl Gone Wild
Revolver
Gang Bang
Papa Don’t Preach
Hung Up
I Don’t Give A
Best Friend (video segment)
Express Yourself – Born This Way
Gimmie All Your Luvin’
Hits Medley (video segment)
Turn Up The Radio
Open Your Heart
Masterpiece
Justify My Love (video segment)
Vogue
Candy Shop
Human Nature
Love Spent
Nobody Knows Me (video segment)
I’m Addicted
I’m A Sinner
Like A Prayer
Celebration
Give It 2 Me

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