Safe to say, Robyn is no longer dancing on her own.
More than 20 years after the Swedish dance-pop dynamo first broke out with “Show Me Love,” she headlined Madison Square Garden for the first time Friday night in a sold-out concert that turned the famed arena into a smoke-filled after-hours club and had her fans twirling into the night.
“Thank you for letting us play Madison Square Garden,” said Robyn, clearly taking in the moment to have arrived to the big house in New York City on the strength of a career that has gotten bigger — and better — with age. Indeed, her last album, “Honey,” was one of the best albums of 2018, and it made her concert a hot ticket for a crowd consisting largely of gay men.
Gay Pride month may be three months away in June, but this was the gay see-and-be-seen moment of 2019 in New York.
Taking the all-white stage in a white mini-dress and silver go-go boots, Robyn — looking youthful as ever at almost 40 — shimmied and shook to songs such as “Honey” in a largely un-choreographed set that made everyone feel as if they could dance on their own just as she was.
She later switched to a red lace getup that looked stolen from Prince’s closet. The late ’80s icon was clearly an inspiration for one of her best new tunes, “Ever Again,” which she bounced around to on the stage while doing her best Molly Ringwald moves.
“You’ve been the most amazing audience we’ve had on this tour,” she said as she closed out the night.
Yes, New York showed Robyn love.