Photo by Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times
Madonna was in Elysian Park a few days ago, and ripples of complaint are still sounding out across the neighborhood, not so much against Madonna herself but the levels of volume required for the singer-dancer to get her message across...the canyon.
The concert was reviewed by Mikael Wood, who said in his (her?) November 8 LA Times review:
Forty-eight hours after America elected its first black president and California voted to ban gay marriage, Madonna brought her Sticky & Sweet Tour to Dodger Stadium on Thursday for a night of triumph and defiance. One of pop's longest-lived provocateurs, Madonna always has had something to say -- even when she hasn't. (Remember her utterly useless version of "American Pie"?) Yet like a firefighter or the cast of "Saturday Night Live," the singer is at her best at moments of consequence; she needs life to supply her with a canvas as big as her music wants to be.
As well as a big sound, it seems. Even bigger than the three tenors. I did not hear the concert Thursday. But Rochelle, who lives on Park Drive, wrote:
Hi Jenny: Did anyone write to you about the sleepless night and the chaos Madonna brought to EP Thursday night? I could hear every word, every drum roll, every guitar chord from my home on Park Drive and the music grew louder and louder as the night progressed. It reached peak volume at 11:30 PM, yes 11:30, when my home literally shook from the musical storm. I have not experienced anything like it in my nearly a decade living here, not the Stones, not from AC/DC, nothing remotely close.