Madonna doesn't disappoint as pop icon hits the stage at Auckland's Vector Arena
REVIEW: Madonna does not disappoint.
Everything you heard, everything you've seen, everything you never expected and everything you did - it's all here.
After waiting two hours for the pop queen to appear, a rowdy Vector Crowd was getting impatient, but she took the stage at full power and literally never stopped.
It kicked off with iconic Madge descending over the stage in a metal cage surrounded by religious iconography.
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If you think this is why the religious groups are upset, this isn't even the half of it.
Madge moved into B*** I'm Madonna, riling up the younger crowd members and then stripped off shouting "let's make it hot in here let's take off all our clothes" before donning a guitar and shredding through Burning Up.
Holy Water was where Madonna's controversial tour really shines through - half naked nuns, pole dancing, grinding, lingerie, priests, last-supper imagery. The whole nine yards.
She's legit at having a go at every religion there is, but the thing is at a certain point it all just becomes just like Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out and twerking on Robin Thicke. The pole dancing was provocative and sexy, the rest was just unnecessary.
But then immediately after there's a low key low lit dance performance to Messiah with the pop star nowhere in sight.
It was the first show I've been to where I literally didn't know what to expect next.
Spanish dance parties, lounge covers, men swaying on dangerously high poles, a flash of Madonnas underwear, a dance done on beds, hits like Vogue, Like a Virgin and Material Girl brought back with a modern twist on the production.
The entire show is made up of theatrics, storytelling and shock value - oh, and an almost relentless stream of consciousness from the singer.
The hits were massive and the misses were largely reserved to the audience banter, which was unpredictable at best, and cringeworthy and embarrassing at worst - notably when Madonna simulated a sex act on a banana and then made out with an audience member.
The seasoned star explains it all away with "I've been doing this for 32 years, I can do whatever I want" and the tour itself is simply that indulgent.