"What'd you think this was, a Rolling Stones concert?" asked Madonna, halfway into a six-song gig at Roseland Wednesday night. "Yeah, well, f--- that."
The occasion was the release of her new album, "Hard Candy," which came out Tuesday, and if the venue was small, the production surrounding it was not. She arrived on a throne to a medley of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" and Cameo's "Candy" before launching into her own song "Candy Shop." After that, she picked up her guitar for "Miles Away," about a woman whose partner "has the biggest heart, when we're six thousand miles apart."
The biggest roar during the show came next, when Madonna launched into her single "4 Minutes" and was joined on stage by the man who wrote and sang it with her, Justin Timberlake.
"I feel like the luckiest girl in the world," she said afterwards, referring to Timberlake and the album's other collaborators, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.
Needless to say, there were enough fashion designers to fill the board of the CFDA, at least two major entertainment honchos and gays galore. Seen among the crowd were Donna Karan, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler, Harvey Weinstein, Lyor Cohen, Tory Burch and Rosie O'Donnell.
Madonna wore custom-made pieces by Dolce & Gabbana during the show, opening with a black satin tailcoat with pink lining and later removing it to reveal a black lace top with puff sleeves and a black body corset. She also donned a black nylon vest with "Hard Candy" written in Swarovski crystal. Her dancers sported Dolce & Gabbana Gym nylon tracksuits in two variations: leopard print and red, white and black with red crystal detailing.