I caught the soon-to-be former Mrs. Ritchie's little show at Madison Square Garden last week. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I didn't think it was quite on par with the 2006 Confessions Tour or the 2004 Reinvention Tour. This one was almost minimal in comparison, with all of the visuals happening on giant video screens atop a black stage. Most of her wardrobe was black as well (with splashes of color). No major stage sets or props except for the tricked out Bentley convertible. Nothing as eye popping as the Jump jungle gym or Like a Virgin spinning stripper pole/carousel or the giant disco ball. But she was certainly in fine form vocally and physically, jumping rope, grabbing her moose hoof, and writhing around like the Madonna of yore. Of course the crowd went nuts when she dissed Sarah Palin. And I'd be thrilled if she would put the guitar down already. It's a bore. Overall, I'd give the whole Sticky and Sweet dog and pony show a B+. Go see it while you still can.
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