Revenge of the Scene 2008: North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Volume 92, Number 52, November 21, 2008 Page: 2 of 8
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Madonna strikes Houston with new tour
By Ti-iiago Vici-iineski
HOUSTON — The Material Mom
arrived in Houston last Sunday,
bringing her contagious Sticky &
Sweet Tour to Minute Maid Park
for a performance.
For the first time in 18 years,
since she performed in Houston
and Dallas with her Blond Ambition
Tour, Madonna brought her tour
back to Texas.
The concert was delayed for two
hours, but the fans were rewarded
for every single second they waited.
In her best shape, Madonna
performed a nonstop singing and
dancing set list that included old
classics like "Borderline," "Into the
Groove," "Like a Prayer" and "La
Isla Bonita," mixed with new hits
like "Music," "Ray of Light" and
Divided in four sections,
Pimp, Old School, Gypsy
and Rave, Madonna wore different
outfits for each section that were
designed specially for her tour
by Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent,
Moschino, Stella McCartney and
The concert had the presence
of a few special guests on video
recordings. In the song "Beat Goes
On," Pharrell Willims and Kanye
West appeared in the background
screen singing and interacting with
"Human Nature" was presented
with a video of Britney Spears
singing and dancing in an elevator
while Madonna played the guitar
to the audience. Justin Timberlake
and Timbaland joined her on the
big screen for the hit "4 Minutes."
Madonna interacted with the
audience who got to choose any
song for her to sing. "Secret" was
the chosen song for the Houston
concert, which she forgot the words
to and apoligized afterward by
saying, "Alright Texas, I forgot that
song! Thank you for reminding
With this tour, Madonna is also
trying to break her own record
as the top-grossing tour ever by
a female artist, reached by her
previous tour, The Confessions
Tour, which earned $193.7
Her world tour has a total of
58 concerts, which include 17 in
Europe, 30 in North America and
11 concerts in South America. The
ticket prices for Houston ranged
from $90 for the last section of seats
to $575 for the VIP section.
With a great set list and energy
that reached every single person
at Minute Maid Park,
Madonna proved in every way
why she is known as the Queen
Coldplay rocks American Airlines C enter
By Jessica Harp
DALLAS — The world-famous
British band Coldplay rocked the
American Airlines Center to a
sold-out audience Wednesday
The band is on a world tour
promoting its latest chart-topping
album, "Viva La Vida or Death and
All His Friends."
Coldplay began the concert with
the opening track on its recent
album, "Life in Technicolor." As
the members walked out toward
the stage and grabbed their
respective instruments, the music
began to get louder, and the crowd
went into a frenzy.
The band played all its hits,
such as "Clocks," "In My Place"
and "Speed of Sound."
Before lead singer Chris Martin
began to perform "Cemeteries of
London," he told the crowd, "If
—¿ you are here to see the
Opinion Jonas Brothers, then you
are at the wrong show."
The remark was met with laughter
from the audience and Martin
The show had many highlights
that included the band walking
to the back of the arena and up
to the audience to perform "The
Scientist." Martin told the crowd,
"We can't come up to Dallas
without visiting the back of the
Before performing the song,
Martin mentioned that a Rolling
Stone journalist had reminded
him earlier that if he bought the
new Gun N' Roses album "Chinese
Democracy," he would receive a
free Dr Pepper.
Martin then suggested
that maybe the band perform
"Paradise City" but laughed off
the thought and stated that they
should move on "to something
more serious." However, at the
end of performing "The Scientist"
Martin sang, "Take me down to
Paradise City, where the grass is
green and the girls are pretty."
While still performing within
the audience, Martin gave up the
mic to drummer Will Champion
to perform "Death Will Never
Conquer Me." I was quite
impressed because I had no idea
that Champion could sing and
Even though the show was
Coldplay at its best, I didn't like
their somewhat techno version
of "God Put A Smile On Your
Face" and "Talk." The songs
didn't sound like they should
have and were hard to recognize
until Martin began to sing. The
beat was techno-based, and the
guitar riffs were overshadowed by
overuse of the whammy bar.
What surprised me the most
about the concert was that Martin
was more vocal with the audience
than last time the band was in
Dallas promoting "X&Y."
He was talkative and told many
jokes. Before one song, while
sitting at the piano, he told the
audience, "I wish I were like Bruce
Springsteen with stories for the
songs, but I don't have any." Before
performing "The Hardest Part," he
joked that the song was written by
Joe the Plumber before he became
a plumber. Martin called him "Joe
the Songwriter." All of his anec-
dotes were met with giggles from
the audience and himself.
Since Coldplay's rise to fame,
the ticket prices for the band's
concerts have risen dramatically
However, I believe that the ticket
was worth the price, and I plan on
seeing the group again next time
it comes back.
Cynthia Hall, director of
external affairs for the NT
System, was misquoted in
Thursday's front-page story
titled "Texas reps consider
law school money."
The city of Dallas, not
Denton, will be putting
$16 million into the NT law
school if it is approved.
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Revenge of the Scene 2008: North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Volume 92, Number 52, November 21, 2008, newspaper, 2008; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth145643/m1/2/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.