“Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I’m worth it.”
–Madonna defending her MDNA Tour’s $1,500.00 VIP Floor Ticket Price
to Newsweek magazine earlier this year
Nicole and I have been friends for almost a decade. She is the friend that constantly makes you laugh with her infectious silliness. She is the friend that always remains drama-free and loyal. She is also that nutty friend that scraped up almost one-thousand-dollars for a ticket to see our lifelong idol, Madonna in concert.
Whenever Madonna goes on tour, Nicole is my go-to gal pal and touring buddy. Reason 1: Like me, she’s been a huge Madonna fan since she can remember. Reason 2: She and I get along so fabulously when traveling. Reason 3: Just like myself (and Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), she too admits that she is I-N-S-A-N-E… but only when it comes to seeing Madonna LIVE.
In 2006, we drove to Miami together to see M’s Confessions Tour. Two years later, we flew to Chicago for M-Dolla’s Sticky & Sweet Tour. And this past November, we found ourselves back in Miami for two nights of Madge’s latest MDNA Tour opus. (For my review of the MDNA Tour when I first saw it in Chicago this past September, CLICK HERE.)
I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Miami but the concert and our time in South Beach were an obvious blast, mainly because it was an experience shared with many of our friends from Tampa.
Girls Gone Wild (literally… and I do have incriminating photos) Jocelyn and Michelle sat right beside us on night 1 of the tour, and one row over on night 2. (Fun Fact: Like my friend Kristin before her in Chicago, Jocelyn cried her eyes out during the closing song of the tour… only Jocelyn had seen the show a good 5 or 6 times before this show already!)
Bryan and his Madonna Tour gal-pal Angela were staying down the street from our hotel on Collins Avenue, and were the cheerleading pep squad to mine and Nicole’s football jocks.
We got to hang out with Tony and Jose at the MDNA VIP Party and at both afterparties at Hyde and Grand Central. By the way, the VIP Party was pretty amazing and totally worth the price: a buffet of catered food, hosted beer and wine bar, a heavily stocked gift bag, photo backdrop stations.
Jacksonville friends David and Adam gave Nicole and I their seats for night 1 because they won Golden Triangle Pit Tickets. My other friends Paul and Zach won Pit Tickets for night 2. Meanwhile, mine and Nicole’s Twitter feed resembled that of an overeager-beaver stalker in our failed, multiple-Tweet attempt to persuade Guy Oseary (M’s manager) to handpick us to join our friends in the Golden Triangle Pit. We may not have secured those Golden Triangle Pit tickets, but Nicole and I may have inevitably secured Twitter restraining orders from any of our followers during those two days.
My friend Jason pretty much told me that my birthday celebration this year was being stretched out like turkey meat: birthday dinner party, Square One event, Miami trip, Madonna concert, etc. Well… Jason was 100% correct. I sho’ nuff did milk this year’s bday for all that I could yank, tug, pull, push and shove. When you’ve had as wonderful of a year as I did in 2012, going all out for your big birthday at the end of the year is the final topping: the icing on one delicious ass cake! I could not have asked for a better birth
dayweek celebration than I had and experienced this year.
To my dear friend Nicole, start saving those pennies for the next tour because we will be sitting front-row center baby, right next to Gloria Estefan!
Girl Gone Wild by Madonna