Madonna performs during her Confessions Tour in Cardiff (July 30 2006)
Madonna News Archives for July 2006
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September 11 2006 – Moscow – Moscow Universtity
source : iconmadonna
07 (-) Madonna – Get Together
33 (-) Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor
The 2007 Madonna calendar has now gone on presale at fanfire.com.
The calendar features pictures by Steven Klein, Guy Oseary, Shavawn Rissman and more!
It includes studio and live images from Madonna’s Confessions Tour.
Calendar is available for pre-order at Fan Fire
Final preparations are being made as Madonna kicks off the European leg of her ‘Confessions’ tour in Cardiff.
The show on Sunday at the Millennium Stadium will be the biggest arena yet for the world tour, which started in the Los Angeles in May.
Around 59,000 fans are expected for the show, the first of 21 dates across Europe, including eight in London.
Adapting her show to each venue, the singer will include an equestrian theme during the opening in Cardiff.
The star’s tour director Chris Lamb, from California, has worked with Madonna for 20 years.
He and his “army” have been constructing the set in the stadium since Monday. With 150 workers over from the USA, Mr Lamb said they also employed around 200 local people.
“We’ve done 35 shows in America in indoor arenas, this here is the first stadium show for two years,” he said.
“People are not coming to see a rock concert – this is a show, closer to theatre than a rock concert.”
Mr Lamb said the cost of the concert was “enormous” but added it was all relative the whole expense of the tour.
After two decades of working with Madonna Mr Lamb believes the singer will never retire.
“I don’t think she’ll ever stop.
“She’s a perfectionist, focused and she knows every little thing about the show,” he added. “She wants to outdo herself and challenges herself.”
And with regards to the set she “comes up with the basic idea and is involved from square one.”
The tour director said the set was “enormously technical” and was state of the art with its video show.
However two large silver “disco horses” backdrops placed on each side of the stage have not been approved by Madonna yet.
Even though she’s seen the drawings Mr Lamb awaits her verdict before they get final approval.
The media, invited to the stadium on Friday, were not allowed to photograph them.
DJ Paul Oakenfold will open the Hung Up singer’s concert at 1900 BST and will perform his set for around an hour and a half before Madonna’s two-hour show.
There will be a “golden circle” to hold around 3,000 fans in front of the stage on a first come first serve basis.
Madonna’s tour continues at Wembley Arena and finishes in Prague before it moves to Japan in September.
Confessions Facts :
Stage and equipment weighs 200 tons
Eight pairs of shoes and boots and seven costumes are worn nightly by Madonna
22 dancers perform
There are 600 costumes in the show
$2m crystals embellish a giant disco ball
source : bbc
Hot 200 Albums :
145 (138) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
Billboard Comprehensive Albums :
162 (153) Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor
Hot 100 Singles Sales :
08 (10) Madonna – Get Together
22 (24) Madonna – Sorry
28 (36) Madonna – Hung Up
Hot Dance Music/Club Play :
25 (14) Madonna – Get Together
Dance Radio Airplay :
03 (01) Madonna – Get Together
Hot Dance Singles Sales :
03 (02) Madonna – Get Together
05 (04) Madonna – Sorry
06 (06) Madonna – Hung Up
Top Music Video :
08 (06) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret
Billboard Comprehensive Music Videos
08 (06) Madonna – I’m Going To Tell You A Secret
It takes quite a bit to keep Madonna happy while she’s on tour, or at least that’s what her list of diva demands says. The Queen of pop, who is currently on her Confessions world tour, is not only very particular about what throne she places her dierre on while in the loo, but also a must for her room are the three candles to protect her from negative looks and bad blood. “The seat has to be inspected by her people, then installed – with an unbroken seal – by plumbers before every gig,” The Mirror quoted a source, as saying. The candles include one DNA Of The Soul candle, made of a blend of lemon, lemon grass, tea, cinnamon and myrrh, meant to “restore meaning to lives that often feel meaningless”, the second a Power of Prosperity candle meant to give people the strength to keep their ego in check, and the third one, an Evil Eye candle, that protects her being from negative glances. The “~Hung Up’ singer also needs an Ein Gedi Dead Sea Foot Spa, with lavender and camomile Body Soak, to help her relax those hurting feet once she’s off stage, unsalted Edamame – a type of Japanese pea to snack on so that she can maintain that stunning figure. Also a must in the room is a love seat to relax upon while surrounded by the dozens of white roses that fill her dressing room at every venue. And keeping with the white theme, the songbird also insists that everything in her room, including the wall, be draped in white – the symbolic colour of the mystic Jewish faith her faith, Kabbalah. Another thing that needs to be in reach of the star, for whom cleanliness is next to godliness, are bottles of Kabbalah water.
Here’s a list of Madonna’s must haves:
1 New seat cover on her loo
2 Three Kabbalah candles to protect and keep her safe
3 White roses in the dressing room
4 An all white dressing room – including the walls
5 A love seat
6 Bottles of Kabbalah water
7 An Ein Gedi Dead Sea Foot Spa
8 Unsalted Edamame – a type of Japanese pea to snack on
source : ani
Leonardo DiCaprio came to the rescue of a wheelchair-bound fan at a Madonna concert.
The “Titanic” star rushed to help Francesco Clark, after he got into difficulty when the crowd surged forward and almost toppled him out of his chair at the singer’s Madison Square Garden show last week.
Clark’s friend, writer Elisa Lipsky-Karasz revealed to America’s New York Post newspaper: “Francesco couldn’t see anything because people were all standing around him. He tried to move to the front, but no one would budge, and nobody cared. Then the security guard came over and was being rude and told him to move. At that point, Leo came over and said, ‘Why don’t you come sit with me and I’ll just move over.'”
Clark – who was involved in a car accident which left him a quadriplegic, and now runs the Clark’s Botanicals skin-care company – took up the star’s kind offer and moved into the area which was located directly in front of a no-standing zone.
DiCaprio also extended his generous invitation to another wheelchair-bound fan who was struggling to get a good view of the stage.
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” was voted the most groundbreaking video of all time in a survey by 24-hour music channel MTV, beating Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.
The top 10 “videos that broke the rules” was released on Monday ahead of an MTV broadcast of the top 100 videos on August 1 to mark the channel’s 25th anniversary.
Three Madonna tracks appear in the top 10, with “Ray of Light” and “Vogue” in fourth and fifth positions respectively.
“Featuring burning crosses, statues crying blood and Madonna seducing a black Jesus, (Like a Prayer) even brought condemnation from the Vatican for its use of religious imagery,” MTV said.
In sixth position were Michael and Janet Jackson with “Scream”, followed by Robbie Williams and “Rock DJ” in which the singer appears to be peeling off his own skin.
More than 10,000 MTV viewers voted in the poll.
Top Ten Videos That Broke The Rules:
1. Madonna – Like A Prayer (1989)
2. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (1999)
3. Michael Jackson – Thriller (1983)
4. Madonna – Ray of Light (1998)
5. Madonna – Vogue (1988)
6. Michael & Janet Jackson – Scream (1995)
7. Robbie Williams – Rock DJ (2000)
8. Eric Prydz – Call On Me (2004)
9. Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity (1997)
10. Spice Girls – Wannabe (1996)
source : reuters
Fans travelling to Cardiff for the Madonna concert on Sunday July 30 need to plan their journey ahead of time and be aware there will be road closures operating in the city centre.
With a huge crowd expected at the Millennium Stadium and many central road closures operating between 7.30pm and 11.30pm, the best way to travel to Cardiff is by car share or by using the various park and rides sites.
Cars should exit at junction 33 of the M4 and follow signs for Millennium Stadium Park and Ride car parks. It costs L10 per car. The drop-off points in the city centre are within 5 minutes walk of the Stadium.
The car parks will be manned from 2pm, with the first bus at 2.30pm. The last bus will leave the pick-up point at 11.30pm after the concert, with the car parks closing at midnight. Stewards will be on hand to help any disabled drivers needing assistance.
Due to the city centre road closures, the public are advised that ALL buses travelling in, out and around the city WILL be affected.
More information is available from www.traffic-wales.com , Traveline Cymru on 0870 608 2 608 or www.traveline-cymru.org.uk, Cardiff Bus at www.cardiffbus.com www.liftshare.com or www.sewtacarshare.com
source : newswales