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For Madonna Fans, the Wait Is Worth It

Halfway through her 32-minute set on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Madonna offered a message of sympathy. “All you people I saw sleeping in the street last night,” she said, “this song is for you.”

It was “Hung Up,” about the agony of waiting. And as she finished the song, she added, just in case the message wasn’t clear: “Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate to wait.”
New York may be a city of the impatient, but for Madonna’s fans, Wednesday’s show proved that seeing her for free in a 2,200-capacity hall — minuscule by her usual touring standards — was something worth waiting for. And waiting for a very long time.

The line outside Roseland, on West 52nd Street, formed 60 hours before show time. By late Tuesday it had stretched around the block as the faithful stood and sat and slept and caffeinated themselves for the chance to score one of the 750 wrist bands that would guarantee free admission.
Erica Gabriel, a 28-year-old makeup artist, waited through the night in line with friends. Once duly wrist-banded some time after 6 a.m., she returned home to prepare the elaborate, swooping hairstyle and “stewardess-Madonna-tricky-tranny look” that she sported early Wednesday evening — as she waited on line again to receive a second wristband.

“Gays don’t camp out,” said one of Ms. Gabriel’s friends, as the group laughed, “but we’ll camp out for this.”
Even those who joined the queue relatively late proved to be professionals of a sort.
“I’m not fanatical,” said Walter Sharpe, 36, an interior designer from Brooklyn. “But I do collect Madonna magazine covers, and I’ve got maybe 170 of them.”
There is something almost quaint about an overnight line for concert tickets in an era of Internet pre-sales and ordering by text message. But Madonna’s show, to promote her new album, “Hard Candy,” was also part of a technologically sophisticated, 21st-century product rollout that involved multiple media tie-ins. It was broadcast live on the Internet by MSN and on cell phones worldwide by Verizon and Vodafone. In addition to the 750 spots given to fans on the line — that’s on a line, not online — about 1,000 were given to radio contest winners, and 200 to members of Madonna’s fan club, which now has a social-networking component.

And at 49, Madonna remains on the entrepreneurial vanguard of the music business. “Hard Candy” is her last album for her longtime label, Warner Brothers; in October she announced a new deal with the touring giant Live Nation that will encompass recordings, tours, merchandising and various other projects, and is valued at 0 million.
Not that all of the Music Biz 2.0 stuff mattered much to the people who crammed into Roseland on Wednesday, even those who breathe media and marketing. One of them was Tanesha Fields, a pretty 26-year-old who works in advertising and said her nights are filled with business parties. “I don’t have to go to another media event for a year,” she said. “This tops them all.”

The room roared with “Omigods” and lit up with digital camera flashes when Madonna emerged at 10:09 p.m. from behind a revolving stage barrier, dressed in shiny black and wearing lace-up boots. Backed by a live band whose members worked in the far corners of the stage, she performed six songs, four of them from “Hard Candy.”
Another big roar rose for the third song, “4 Minutes”: Justin Timberlake, who is featured on the song and is one of the writers and producers of it, took the stage in a sharp white jacket and black scarf, and joined Madonna in some dirty dancing that had slight bondage overtones — with Madonna dominant, of course.

The show was swift clockwork. At 10:23, right after “4 Minutes,” Madonna picked up a black electric guitar and, after picking out the riff to the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” led a grungy version of “Hung Up.” At 10:32 there was a slight costume change — she put on a black top with “HARD” in silver letters on the front and “CANDY” on the back — and she sang the new “Give It 2 Me.”
Then came “Music,” much dancing, and a quick makeup and hair fix on the wings. By 10:42 Madonna and her dancers had swung back through the revolving wall and the lights went up.

Some had waited for more than two days for a half-hour show. But no one seemed to be complaining.
“I had the time of my life tonight,” said Jeanrené St. Pierre, a fan club contest winner from Montreal who wore a “BOYTOY” necklace. “Of course it was worth it.”

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Madonna: Music (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

Madonna: Give It 2 Me (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

Madonna: Hung Up (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

Madonna: 4 Minutes (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

Madonna: Miles Away (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

Madonna: Candy Shop (Live) New York Roseland 30th April 2008

For Madonna Fans, the Wait Is Worth It

For Madonna Fans, the Wait Is Worth It

Michael Nagle for The New York Times

Madonna performs at Roseland on Wednesday in New York City. More Photos >

 

Published: May 1, 2008

Halfway through her 32-minute set on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, Madonna offered a message of sympathy.

“All you people I saw sleeping in the street last night,” she said, “this song is for you.”

It was “Hung Up,” about the agony of waiting. And as she finished the song, she added, just in case the message wasn’t clear: “Anybody who knows me knows how much I hate to wait.”

New York may be a city of the impatient, but for Madonna’s fans, Wednesday’s show proved that seeing her for free in a 2,200-capacity hall — minuscule by her usual touring standards — was something worth waiting for. And waiting for a very long time.

The line outside Roseland, on West 52nd Street, formed 60 hours before show time. By late Tuesday it had stretched around the block as the faithful stood and sat and slept and caffeinated themselves for the chance to score one of the 750 wrist bands that would guarantee free admission.

Erica Gabriel, a 28-year-old makeup artist, waited through the night in line with friends. Once duly wrist-banded some time after 6 a.m., she returned home to prepare the elaborate, swooping hairstyle and “stewardess-Madonna-tricky-tranny look” that she sported early Wednesday evening — as she waited on line again to receive a second wristband.

“Gays don’t camp out,” said one of Ms. Gabriel’s friends, as the group laughed, “but we’ll camp out for this.”

Even those who joined the queue relatively late proved to be professionals of a sort.

“I’m not fanatical,” said Walter Sharpe, 36, an interior designer from Brooklyn. “But I do collect Madonna magazine covers, and I’ve got maybe 170 of them.”

There is something almost quaint about an overnight line for concert tickets in an era of Internet pre-sales and ordering by text message. But Madonna’s show, to promote her new album, “Hard Candy,” was also part of a technologically sophisticated, 21st-century product rollout that involved multiple media tie-ins. It was broadcast live on the Internet by MSN and on cell phones worldwide by Verizon and Vodafone. In addition to the 750 spots given to fans on the line — that’s on a line, not online — about 1,000 were given to radio contest winners, and 200 to members of Madonna’s fan club, which now has a social-networking component.

And at 49, Madonna remains on the entrepreneurial vanguard of the music business. “Hard Candy” is her last album for her longtime label, Warner Brothers; in October she announced a new deal with the touring giant Live Nation that will encompass recordings, tours, merchandising and various other projects, and is valued at $120 million.

Not that all of the Music Biz 2.0 stuff mattered much to the people who crammed into Roseland on Wednesday, even those who breathe media and marketing. One of them was Tanesha Fields, a pretty 26-year-old who works in advertising and said her nights are filled with business parties. “I don’t have to go to another media event for a year,” she said. “This tops them all.”

The room roared with “Omigods” and lit up with digital camera flashes when Madonna emerged at 10:09 p.m. from behind a revolving stage barrier, dressed in shiny black and wearing lace-up boots. Backed by a live band whose members worked in the far corners of the stage, she performed six songs, four of them from “Hard Candy.”

Another big roar rose for the third song, “4 Minutes”: Justin Timberlake, who is featured on the song and is one of the writers and producers of it, took the stage in a sharp white jacket and black scarf, and joined Madonna in some dirty dancing that had slight bondage overtones — with Madonna dominant, of course.

The show was swift clockwork. At 10:23, right after “4 Minutes,” Madonna picked up a black electric guitar and, after picking out the riff to the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” led a grungy version of “Hung Up.” At 10:32 there was a slight costume change — she put on a black top with “HARD” in silver letters on the front and “CANDY” on the back — and she sang the new “Give It 2 Me.”

Then came “Music,” much dancing, and a quick makeup and hair fix on the wings. By 10:42 Madonna and her dancers had swung back through the revolving wall and the lights went up.

Some had waited for more than two days for a half-hour show. But no one seemed to be complaining.

“I had the time of my life tonight,” said Jeanrené St. Pierre, a fan club contest winner from Montreal who wore a “BOYTOY” necklace. “Of course it was worth it.”

FANS IN LINE 4 DAYS FOR HER FREE CONCERT

MADONNATHON
FANS IN LINE 4 DAYS FOR HER FREE CONCERT

By JOE MOLLICA and JENNIFER FERMINO

May 1, 2008 — Christmas came early yesterday for scores of rabid Madonna fans – who waited in line for up to four days to snag free tickets to the Material Mom’s eagerly anticipated Manhattan club show.

The free show last night was billed as a “thank you” to Madge’s legion of devotees and to plug the release of her latest album, “Hard Candy.”

“I think it’s a great way for real fans to get in and that’s what Madonna wants,” said Liz Rosenberg, the singer’s publicist.

“We who all work on Madonna’s behalf have made a very concerted effort to make sure that as many tickets as possible get into the hands of real fans.”

Caitlin Husser found that out the hard way. The self-described “obsessed fan” plunked down $1,000 for a resold wristband – then found out it was void because it was taken off the original wrist.

“I’m really upset, but I’m just going to save my money and gear up for the real tour,” said the Huntington, LI, woman.

Many of the faithful began camping out over the weekend in front of the famed Roseland Ballroom in Midtown – and by yesterday the line snaked around the block.

The only way to see the superstar in the unusually intimate, 3,500-seat concert space was to win a ticket – Verizon, Z100 and VH1 all had giveaways – or to line up for the freebie.

At 6 a.m. yesterday, organizers handed out the wristbands to the first 1,000 fans in line. Jeanie Jason, 30, said she was so determined to see her idol, she showed up at 7 a.m. Sunday to guarantee her admission.

“I’ve made a lot of friends,” said the Forest Hills, Queens, resident, who was decked out in a Madonna tee.

“People that don’t get it just don’t understand. The nuts like us are the ones who stand out.”

Even after the wristbands were doled out, a few hundred of the die hards stayed in line, to guarantee a closer spot to the stage for the generaladmission show.

“I’d stand out here for another four days,” sad Mike Killmon, 24.

“What else should I do? Stay home and swap recipes with Martha Stewart?”

Christina Moschogianni, 26, said she traveled all the way from Greece to see Madonna in the Big Apple.

“I want to be as close with her as possible. I’m tired of dancing with her DVDs. I want to dance along with her,” she said.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05012008/news/…thon_108931.htm

MADONNA A 38-MINUTE WONDER

SHORT & SWEET
MADONNA A 38-MINUTE WONDER

By DAN AQUILANTE, Post Music Critic

May 1, 2008 —

THE Madonna show last night was all disco beats and dancing feet. And, other than being a little short, this dance show at the iconic Roseland Ballroom was a perfect fit.

Ms. Blonde Ambition, on the sugar high of her-just released dance CD, “Hard Candy,” shared the buzz at an intimate showcase with 3,000 of her most devoted fans – some of whom waited four days in line to get into a free show that lasted just 38 minutes.

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But what a terrific 38 minutes, featuring six songs.

Madonna didn’t need help firing up the fans, but Justin Timberlake was there to lend a hand, reprising their duet, “4 Minutes,” Madge’s current single. The pair – she nearly 50, he 27 – had surprising chemistry.

Since it wasn’t a full arena production – that’ll come to MSG this summer – this gig had a very different feel from Her Madgesty’s past NYC performances: no riding crop, leather boots or boys in bondage gear.

Also MIA was the controversial mirror-clad crucifix and any overt sexuality. Instead of props, a decidedly non-Material Girl found razzle-dazzle in dance moves, and her voice.

What also made this set different from her arena work was a simple production that showcased vocals that were warm and full. That was especially true during the opener, “Candy Shop” a song rife with double entendres.

The playfulness continued through the set. At one point, Madonna started playing the power chords to the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” Getting some cheers for the effort, she asked, “Did you think you were going to a Rolling Stones concert? F – – – that!”

As a dancer, she remains the lady of perpetual motion, all unbridled energy. She not only kept up with her troupe of dancers, who were half her age, but, at times, she outpaced them. Cool

http://www.nypost.com/seven/05012008/news/…weet_108930.htm