|Kevin Reagan||Art Director|
|Source:||Warner Bros / Wea|
Loved the music, did not like this concert. It was flat, a bit boring and not at all up to her other concerts. "Confessions on a dancefloor" is much better. Skip this one!
Inspired by ancient Kabbalah symbology (note the Tree of Life/DWT logo design) and the futuristic novel ''The Drowned World'' by J.G. Ballard, Madonna's own Drowned World is filled with Rowdy Punks from London's King's Road, Surrealistic Geishas from Kioto, line dancing Urban Cowgirls, Romantic Flamenco dancers and Ghettofabulous Party Pimps. The show is a four-part journey told backwards where the leading charactor finds Truth at the end of each act. Conceptually, each mesmerizing world cannot exist without the other. And so we begin the journey through darkness and destruction, finding our way through an apocaliptic Asian landscape, kicking our spurs up with randy Cowgirls and Bullriders, and finally emerging into the light of celebration and good times. This is actually one of the most amazing stage performances in the history of live music. Aside from the landmark special effects, powerhouse choreography, and avant garde content, Madonna has never sounded better live! However, many people could not understand the complexity and artistry of this show. Truly, The Drowned World Tour is filled with many shocking and not-so-beautiful metaphors of life, and more specifically, Madonna's own bittersweet fame. Madonna also refrains from regurtating the same old stable of hits... Like a Virgin and Vogue were mere frivolity for our spiritually-reinvented Ethereal Girl. There are bigger ideas worth exploring on this tour, and besides, why repeat the obvious and expected when you have amazing unheard material to perform live for the first time. For instance, who knew Madonna was such an aggro hellraiser on electric guitar. Again, a new Madonna emerges... a punk rocker owning the stage with balls-to-the-wall gusto. Overall, a dramatic theatrical concept piece more than a rock concert! Experience it with an open mind and be blown away... go into it with expectations and you may just find yourself at the video store revisiting Blond Ambition!
In 2001 Entertainment Weekly reported that Madonna has assumed yet another persona -Homecoming Queen -"Madonna Live:The Drowned World Tour", filmed in her hometown of Detroit Michigan, aired on August 26,2001 from 9:01-10:47 pm and had 5.7 million viewers, becoming the third most watched HBO concert since 1997. Cable World 9-3-2001 reported that according to Nielsen Media Research "Madonna Live: The Drowned World Tour", aired on August 26,2001 from 9:01 to 10:47 pm and had an 8.3 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic and an 11 rating in the HBO universe of about 33 million homes, and was the 3rd highest rated HBO concert since 1997 -- #1 -Cher August 29,1999 -9.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an 13 rating in HBO homes. #2 -Janet Jackson Oct 11,1998 -8.6 in the 18-49 demo and 11.9 rating in HBO homes. they also reported these nielsen ratings: Bruce Springsteen April 7,2001 -5.1 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.1 rating in HBO homes 'NSync July 27,2000 -4.7 rating in 18-49 demo and 7.8 rating in HBO homes Sinbad's Summer Jam 4 -July 11,1998 4.2 rating in 18-49 demo and 7.2 rating in HBO homes Bee Gees -Feb 14,1998 3.9 rating in 18-49 demo and 5.8 rating in HBO homes Mark Anthony -Feb 12,2000 2.7 rating in 18-49 demo and 4.1 rating in HBO homes
Madonna is incredible on this tour. Not only are the vocals amazing but it is just as enjoyable to watch. Her charisma and dedication to her fans makes this performance so personal and touching. Leaving her past in the past and bringing a new perspective to her later music will leave anyone open to her awesome none stop hits! I look forward to the new album this fall. We love you Madonna!