• There’s Only One Queen and That’s Madonna

    September 7, 2012

    Good morning! Happy Friday!

    Last night’s New York City adventures started with appetizers and drinks at The Long Room. Strike a pose, Theodora!

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    Theodora and I met a bunch of her friends there before the concert. Everyone ordered wine (I stuck with water) and then we shared a few appetizers among the table.

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    I ate a couple of sliders (minus the bun) and some raw veggies. I sort of wanted to order more food, but we didn’t have time. We had places to be!

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    We needed to get ourselves to Yankee Stadium for MADONNA!!!

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    Once we found our seats inside, our next order of business was drinks.

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    Yay, water!

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    It was my very first time at Yankee Stadium! Cool!

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    And I didn’t burst into flames when I walked through the door! (I’m a Red Sox fan.) Haha! 

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    Two sliders + some raw veggies wasn’t going to cut it for dinner, so I shared some French fries with Theodora before the concert.

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    A little after 10:00 PM, the show started. Ahhhh, MADONNA!!!

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    Here’s the full setlist from last night (via Mission Madonna):

    • Act of Contrition
    • Girl Gone Wild (meets Material Girl)
    • Revolver
    • Gang Bang
    • Papa Don’t Preach (edit)
    • Hung Up (MDNA remix)
    • I Don’t Give A (rock remix)
    • Best Friend/Heartbeat (interlude)
    • Express Yourself (meets Born This Way)
    • Turn Up the Radio
    • Give Me All Your Luvin’ (Just Blaze remix)
    • Open Your Heart (meets Sagarra Jo by Kalakan)
    • Masterpiece (featuring Kalakan)
    • Justify My Love (William Orbit remix—interlude)
    • Vogue
    • Candy Shop
    • Human Nature
    • Like a Virgin
    • Nobody Knows Me (interlude)
    • I’m Addicted
    • I’m a Sinner (meets Cyberraga)
    • Like a Prayer
    • Celebration

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    The beginning of the show was really dark—lots of gunshots and bloody images. Obviously, Madonna was trying to tell a story (Girl Gone Wild –> Revolver –> Gang Bang –> Papa Don’t Preach), which was neat to see, but I’m honestly not sure how I felt about it.

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    I guess I didn’t like it. It was a bit too gruesome for me and, of course, it was tough to dance to the sound of gunshots.

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    But, things turned around with Papa Don’t Preach—flames and fire, no blood. It was awesome, obviously.

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    I really love old school Madonna, but, sadly, she didn’t play a ton of her classic hits.

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    Most of her show was new music, but from her older stuff, she played Express Yourself. Check out those bananas!

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    Open Your Heart, which was a weird acoustic-reggae mix.

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    VOGUE!!!!! Madonna wore a cone bra and everything! Ahhh, loved it!

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    Like a Virgin was kind of a letdown. Instead of the original, Madonna sung a slow, serious, and semi-depressing version. It was still great to hear, but not what I was hoping for.

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    The second-to-last song of the night was Like a Prayer and, hands down, it was my favorite of the entire show—full choir and everything!

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    Like a Prayer had the whole stadium on their feet and clapping along!

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    The final song of the evening was a remix of Celebration. It was a fun way to end the night!

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    All in all, seeing Madonna in concert was an awesome experience, and I’m so glad I was able to cross-off #53 from my Life’s To Do List!


    This morning, I woke up bright and early to catch the Bolt Bus back to Boston. On my walk to the bus station, I stopped by Stumptown Coffee Roasters for an iced decaf Americano. It was amazing—just how I remembered Stumptown—but I’m still feeling things out with espresso, so I drank half of it and ditched the rest before I got on the bus. 

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    I knew I wouldn’t have much time for breakfast this morning, so I bought some food at Whole Foods yesterday afternoon to take with me on the bus today.

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    What I wanted to buy:

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    What I actually bought:

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    Inside the box was jerk chicken and grilled plantains with walnuts and raisins from the hot bar. This photo sort of looks gross, but, I assure you, this meal was not at all disgusting. It was actually really delicious and super satisfying. Win-win.

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    I cut up the chicken and transferred it to my Tupperware container from home for easy transportability.

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    I also brought a packet of almond butter from home to eat with my apple on the bus ride. I plan to dig into that mid-morning.

    Question of the Day

    What’s your favorite Madonna song?

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Trudy Muncaster September 8, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Im a Madonna fan, but mostly with her earlier music. Sounds like it was an eclectic mix of her work. I think I would be gutted if the show wasn’t stacked with all the old classics. But I guess Madonna would get bored singing in the oldies all of the time. Beat the stage performance was awesome though! (ok Im a cloest Kylie Minogue Fan too – of the old stuff though…hmm, maybe I’ve said to much)


    absolute health fitness September 8, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Looks like it is a fun show and you has so much fun. 🙂


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The beginning of the concert sounds a bit odd… I don’t know if I’d like it either! But at least it got better after that. It sounds like it was an awesome experience. 😀 My favourite Madonna song is Like a Prayer – it always gets me dancing!


    Jenica September 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

    My favorite Madonna song has to be Like a Prayer. Glad you had fun!


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I’m definitely an old-school Madonna fan. “Cherish” is a great one!! 🙂


    Colleen September 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Crazy for you … always get goosebumps when I hear that song …


    Monica September 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm
    Tina September 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Whoa! Glad I was in NYC for the concert!


    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife September 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    My fav Madonna song is definitely Material Girl! Definitely a classic.


    Ashley September 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Ok….what would you say is the crossfit exercise that has gotten your arms to look so ridiculous! Super jealous!!


    Nikki September 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I think they made this just for you…


    It’s sooooo good–better than Justin’s, even!


    Tina September 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm



    Annette September 8, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Well, if I had to pick just one favorite song it would be… Like A Prayer. But I love so many!


    Trisha September 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Like a Prayer is my absolute, all-time, favorite song ever. I can guarantee that if I’d been at this show, I would have been bawling my eyes out while Like a Prayer was happening. I fell in love with the video while watching MTV as a kid & I’ve adored it ever since. Although any song with choir music mixed in is a favorite in my book. 🙂


    j3nn September 8, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I like Madonna’s 80s hits the best. I don’t have a favorite, I like them equally. How cool to attend her concert though! We were just in NYC the day before. I’ve never been to Yankee stadium, and I’m a life-long fan and New Yorker. It’s on my list. 🙂


    Angie @ Pint of Goals September 8, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I would love to see Madonna in concert! When I was in grade school, I had a mixed tape of Madonna songs that I listened to constantly. Choosing one favorite is hard, so a few are “Like a Prayer,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Human Nature.” Also, I think Stumptown is the most amazing coffee ever! My friend who lives in Portland has brought me beans a few times when visiting, but I haven’t been lucky enough to try it “fresh” yet.


    Trina September 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Mmm…..water. That must’ve made for a great time! Not.


    luv what you do September 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I love old skool Madonna (ie Immaculate collection) and I’m happy to hear she played some of her classics. You got some awesome pictures. They remind me of the HBO concert I recorded some 15 years ago when she was ALL about the cone bra : ) Glad you had a fun weekend in NY!


    Michelle September 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I just ran my first half marathon in Maryland and saw a girl with a Carrots n Cake shirt!


    Tina September 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    You did?!? Holy crap, that’s awesome!!!


    Brooke @ Pretty In Protein September 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Grilled plantains? Hmm! Sounds really interesting!


    Lindsay September 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I know what you mean on the “remix” songs sometimes being disappointing, I guess the artist is trying to make it fresh~ but so many of us remember and love it the CLASSIC way (and that’s what we pay to see)! My fave Madonna: Material Girl. Hands down…or should I say, DIAMONDS down?


    Julie September 10, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Omg you have gotten me so pumped! I am seeing Madonna in November in Cleveland! Yayyyy


    Tina September 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    You are going to have such a blast! 🙂


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I haven’t gotten into any of the new Madonna, but love all of her past albums. Hot bar is a god send for travel!


    Katy @ HaveYouHurd September 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Like a prayer – gives me goosebumps everytime!


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