Mountain Mayhem: Viva Las Vegas
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
A Madonna fan since back in the days of “Borderline” and “Everybody,” the star’s hits dating from the early 1980s, I’ve always wanted to catch her in concert. When the dates for her “Sticky and Sweet Tour” were made public last spring, a few female friends and I opted for the stop in Sin City. Escaping to Vegas for 48 hours of fun punctuated by a Madonna concert at the MGM Grand Garden was too good to miss. We left last Friday to head to the desert and dance.
Upon arrival that night we hit Pure Nightclub at Caesar’s Palace for a party with actress Lindsay Lohan, in town to promote her new line of leggings while DJ Samantha Ronson spun discs. It was the perfect precursor to the premier event the following evening. As Madonna entered the stage Saturday night in a box marked M, the crowd came alive in anticipation of an effervescent performance.
The highly choreographed show was divided into four sections ” Pimp, New York Old School, Romani Gypsy and Rave Armageddon. Each replete with its own set design, costume style and segued with video interludes.
Fit as a fiddle and surrounded by a swarm of back-up dancers, the pop icon moved to the rhythm, undulating to the beat.
She reconfigured many of her songs, turning “Hung Up” into a metal tune and “Ray of Light” into a rave hit. Her encore of “Give It 2 Me” sampled by legendary DJ Paul Oakenfold drew all dancers to the end of the stage, hands in the air and jumping in sync.
Fired up after her high-octane performance, we next went to Rain, the nightclub in The Palms Hotel, to hear Oakenfold spin. The resident DJ played house music for hours while Cirque du Soleil gymnasts dangled from the ceiling and crawled across the floor. It was all about “Getting into The Groove” and get into we did. And by the time we left Las Vegas on Sunday, we’d certainly had quite the “Holiday.”
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