Miley Cyrus performed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Saturday night for what was probably her usual crowd of middle and high school-age girls in frayed denim panties and pot leaf-patterned bras. But lo! Positioned smack dab in the middle of the stadium was an unusual guest — Madonna, the queen herself — flanked by a posse of attractive, young, tank top-wearing men with muscular arms and black leather jackets that tend to denote wealth or some other importance (in this case, BEING MADONNA’S BEST FRIENDS).
Wearing studded Chloe boots and a black suit with fingerless gloves, Madonna stood for most of the concert with her feet apart, her hands resting on an elegant cane with a shiny handle proped up before her, as though she was about to bust out a synchronized dance routine at any moment. Note: the cane seemed to be more of a style statement than a signifier of injury.
She put her glasses on partway through the opening section. And while the crowd gyrated and fist-pumped and sang through the show, Madonna watched Miley stone-faced, neither pumping a fist nor cracking a smile, occasionally commenting to the men on either side of her. In fact she didn’t seem amused by anything Miley did at all. When Miley performed her first encore of “We Can’t Stop” — a moment of peak excitement for everyone who wasn’t Madonna in the crowd — Madonna even sat down in her “Calvin Klein” folding chair and turned to her attention to her cell phone.
But you have to remember that Madonna watching a concert is probably the equivalent of you reading a book to learn things. This is research for her. It’s also surely a reminder that she’s already done all the raunchy stuff Miley’s doing. Of course she’s not going to get excited about the video interlude where Miley rubs black tar all over her boobs. That would be like a barista going over to a friend’s house and being excited by her new espresso machine.
By the time Miley did her finale of “Party in the USA,” Madonna had left.
Courtesy: Amy Odell