10.19.2008

Madonna live in Toronto Tonight

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TORONTO — Madonna kicked off the first of her Canadian Sticky and Sweet tour dates Saturday night in Toronto with a sold out show at the Air Canada Centre.

The 50-year-old "Material Girl" got started with "Candy Shop" off her latest album "Hard Candy," and the show was a mix of new and old.

Her setlist includes most of the songs off the new album but is also loaded with what the audience really wants to hear - the classic hits.

Almost half the set is devoted to songs from her extensive back catalogue including "Borderline," "Into the Groove," La Isla Bonita," "Like a Prayer," and "Vogue," as well as newer hits like "Music" and "Ray of Light." The tour kicked off in Europe and is now making its way through North America, hitting Montreal for two shows next week and another in Vancouver on Oct. 30.

While Saturday's show in Toronto was sold out, a number of tickets were still available for the following night's concert, including several in the pricey $350 section.

A pair of those tickets go for more than $730 after service charges. On Saturday those reserved seats around the stage were snapped up by huge fans who were mostly either dressed to the nines or wearing a newly purchased $40 tour shirt.

One of the more popular souvenirs seemed to be a shirt emblazoned with a picture of Barack Obama and the phrase "express yourself."

Fans attending shows on the tour may be hoping to hear from Madonna about her recently announced divorce with film director Guy Ritchie.

At a recent show she reportedly introduced the song "Miles Away" by saying, "This song is for the emotionally retarded. Maybe you know some people who fall into that category. God knows I do."

Whether the lyrics, "I guess we're at our best when we're miles away," are really about Ritchie, only Madonna knows.

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