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Sticky & Sweet Tour Rehearsal – Backstage Video


Sticky & Sweet Tour Rehearsal - Backstage Video

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Sticky & Sweet Tour Book cover revealed


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Madonna’s ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour To Stop In Chile


A new show in Chile has just been added to the ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour itinerary.
Madonna will perform at Santiago’s Estadio Nacional on Wednesday, December 10th.

A devoted fan club presale will start on Wednesday, August 27, at midnight, Local time.

Public registration will start on Thursday, August 28th at midnight and end on Friday September 5th, while tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 10, at these times:
Internet sales – 0:00 h (midnight) / Phone sales – 10am / Outlet sales – 11 am 0 / Box Office sales – 12pm (noon)

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Stadium prepares for Madonna gig


The final preparations are being made for the start of Madonna’s 27-date world tour which kicks of at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The pop icon’s Sticky and Sweet tour takes in 16 European venues, including London’s Wembley Stadium, before moving to North and South America.

The 40,000-seat first date is all but sold out with a 250-strong crew putting the finishing touches to the event.

Stadium manager Gerry Toms said: “They have been here for some time now.”

Madonna’s last tour was in 2006 and it became the highest-grossing by a female artist at the time.

The new tour promises 16 dancers, a 12 piece band and an array of designer costume changes for the star, who celebrated her 50th birthday last week.

Madonna and band have spent more than 650 hours rehearsing for the two-hour show which is broken into four sections.

The Pimp section is described as a “mashed-up homage” to 1920s deco and modern day gangsta pimp, in which Madonna will make an entrance dressed by Givenchy.

The Old School show section will see Madonna return to her early 80s downtown New York City dance roots and the birth of rap.

There will then be a Romanian folk music and dance-influenced Gypsy section, before the Rave element, which promises far eastern influences, emerging “all sparkly and sporty”.

The show will bring its usual glamour, with a team of 36 different designers contributing to the stage costumes.

There are three racks of clothing for Madonna’s stage wardrobe alone, with five assistants helping with the star’s eight major costume changes.

It is the first time the venue has been picked to start a world tour and Mr Toms said it showed the venue had the confidence of the industry.

He said: “There’s lot of work involved in a new tour. A new stage configuration and lighting has been be going on for the past couple of weeks.

“The benefit for us that we have a retractable roof, so we’ve been unhindered by the horrendous weather we’ve been having.

“They could have gone to anywhere in Europe buy they’ve got the confidence in Cardiff, not just the stadium, but Cardiff as a whole to deliver, we should take some strength from that.”

source : bbc

Sticky & Sweet Tour – Press Release & Numbers


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Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour Kicks Off This Saturday In Cardiff

Madonna, currently putting the finishing touches to her fabulous new Sticky & Sweet Show in Cardiff, is readying herself and the 250 travelling personnel for the opening night this Saturday at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Hot on the diamante shaped heels of her phenomenally successful ‘Hard Candy’ disc, ‘Sticky & Sweet’ promises two pulsating hours of non stop hits in a show that features 16 dancers, a 12 piece band, more than 8 costume changes for the lady herself and Ll million of Swarovski crystals.

The audience is taken on a rock driven dancetastic journey that’s broken into four sections:

A mashed up homage to 1920’s deco and modern day gangsta pimp. Madonna makes a grand entrance dressed by Givenchy.

Old School
Madonna tips her hat to her early 80’s downtown New York City dance roots with flashes of Keith Haring and the dance culture vibe of the time including the birth of rap.

A VIP trip to La Isla Bonita infused by the spirit of Romanian folk music and dance. A tour de force.

Far eastern influences emerge all sparkly and sporty.

‘Sticky & Sweet’ kicks off this Saturday August 23rd at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The tour hits London’s Wembley Stadium September 11th.

The Sticky & Sweet Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

The Sticky & Sweet Tour by Numbers :

3500 Number of individual wardrobe elements for tour

653 Hours of rehearsal time for Madonna and band

250 Number of travelling personnel

200 Triangle sponges used to apply makeup

180 Q-Tips used for entire tour (3 per night)

120 Powder puffs

100 Pairs of out of stock fishnet, pantyhose in old style weave,
purchased for Madonna via ebay and local dance shops

100 Pairs of kneepads

69 Guitars

36 Different Designers contributed to the onstage wardrobe

30 Wardrobe Trunks travel to each venue

28 Maximum number of performers onstage

20 Nationalities represented in touring stuff (including Japanese, Israeli, Russian, Romanian, Australian and Algerian)

18 Racks of Clothing for Band, dancers and gypsies

16 Caterers

12 Seamstresses working non stop in Cardiff to finish
costumes for opening night

12 Travelling trampolines used in training by Madonna and dancers

10 Large flight cases of medical supplies

10 Number of guitars Madonna will travel with

9 Number of people working in wardrobe department

8 Major Madonna Costume changes

5 Number of people it takes to change Madonna into next

5 Keyboards on stage for Kevin Antunes, Musical Director

4 Large freezers to carry ice packs for Madonna and dancers

4 YSL Lipsticks will cover entire tour

3 Romanian gypsy musicians playing acoustic instruments

3 Racks of Clothing contain Madonna’s stage wardrobe

3 Shu Uemura eyelash curlers

2 Rigs for DJ set up

2 Stages

1.5 Minutes – Shortest time required to change Madonna’s costumes between numbers

1 Chiropractor

1 Personal trainer

1 Masseuse

1 Set of Swarovski crystal ear phones for DJ

Helping Madonna dress to thrill


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As the ageless superstar begins a new tour, Hannah Betts talks to the woman behind her costumes

Madonna, who turned an unconvincing 50 at the weekend, is on the brink of a new tour – and inevitably it is generating a fashion frisson. For rather than opting for Country Casuals and elasticated waistbands, the woman who has enjoyed more incarnations than Proteus himself will, as ever, push the sartorial boundaries.

The Sticky & Sweet tour, which opens in Cardiff on Saturday, features an intriguing mix of gangsta pimp, dominatrix and gipsy costumes. And with looks designed by Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci, shoes by Miu Miu, thigh-high boots custom-made by Stella McCartney and sundry items from Yves Saint Laurent and Roberto Cavalli, it leaves no fashion stone unturned, as these exclusive preview sketches show.

Although eyebrows are occasionally raised at the singer’s off-duty wardrobe – her penchant for grubby tracksuits and silk bloomers, not least – her stage attire provokes nothing but awe.

“Madonna was the first of her kind,” says Lorraine Candy, editor of Elle magazine. “Stars such as Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Jane Birkin had distinct looks and their own natural styles. But Madonna really entered into the fashion world. Her relationship with Gaultier made her like the supermodels of the time. It’s never a catwalk look, it’s creating a whole new self, and exploiting cultural references to get this self talked about. In doing so, she transformed herself into a brand.”

One woman has been Madonna’s collaborator on this venture since 1997 – equivalent to at least a century in fashion years. Arianne Phillips, 45, and based in LA, first met the performer at a shoot for Rolling Stone magazine, and has styled her concerts ever since.

“I had been an admirer of Madonna for years,” says Phillips, “idolising her awareness of visual style, her sensibilities, her forever moving forward. I never dreamed I’d get to work with her.” Phillips has also styled Justin Timberlake and Courteney Cox, yet her own appearance belies her guru status. “You wouldn’t see me and think: ‘There goes Madonna’s stylist’. My look is pretty low-key: lots of black, nothing that screams fashion, apart from the alert look on my face.”

Phillips also helps Madonna with album covers, film and theatre appearances and award ceremonies, maintains a separate magazine and film career, and was nominated for an Oscar for the costumes in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line.

It is touring, however, that is the most strenuous role. Not only does the diva herself require dressing, but Phillips must also take responsibility for the 26 other performers. She marshals the work of other designers and creates a good deal of the outfits herself – a role she describes as “the perfect synergy between styling and costume design”.

For this, their fourth tour, there will be four motifs. The first, a dominatrix-style gangsta pimp/Art Deco look by Givenchy; an “Old School” phase harking back to Madonna’s early days in New York; a paean to Romany romance, also courtesy of Givenchy; and a futuristic rave moment rich in Japanese influences.

Candy’s favourite outfit is the gipsy look. “It feels most now,” she says. “The colours are very strong, and there’s that religious element going on. As ever, she’s saying: ‘Look at my body.’ And why wouldn’t she? It must be Olympic standard.”

Other conspirators, notably Italian label Dsquared’s Dean and Dan Caten, who created 150 pieces for Madonna’s tour in 2000-01, have remarked upon her control-freakiness. “She is amazing,” says Dan. “She knows exactly what she wants.” Phillips concurs: “Madonna is 100 per cent involved.”

More even than the leather-look Rolling Stones or the still sprightly Tina Turner, Madonna’s age attracts comment. Her position is robust. “I’m not going to be defined by my age,” she says. “Why should any woman?”

Lorraine Candy agrees. “The age thing is irrelevant,” she says. “As someone who has just turned 40, I’m really bored by being told what’s right for a certain age. We should wear what we want to wear. Madonna’s body may be unique, but we can all learn something from her spirit of transformation – her attitude.”

In effect, Madonna’s chameleon quality makes her the embodiment of fashion. “No one else is able to do that reinvention, and that’s what fashion is,” says Candy. “Someone like Posh Spice looks like the puppet of designers. The clothes wear her. Madonna wears the clothes.”

Madonna's Tour Costumes

Madonna’s tour outfits, from left to right: Rave look: trousers by Cavalli; Miu Miu boots; all other items by Arianne Phillips; Pimp look: clothes by Givenchy; boots Stella McCartney; Old School: belt by YSL; sunglasses Moschino; boots Miu Miu; T-shirt by Prada; all other items by Arianne Phillips. Cloak gipsy: all items Givenchy; Gipsy: shirt by YSL; boots by Stella McCartney; all other items Givenchy

Desperate for Madge’s pants


Felicity Huffman was so Desperate to be close to her idol Madonna that she once tried on her unwashed knickers!

The Desperate Housewives actress admitted she couldn’t resist trying on the pop queen’s undercrackers when she found them in her dressing room after replacing the singer in 1988 Broadway play, Speed-the-Plow.

Felicity – who plays Lynette Scavo in the hit Channel 4 show – told America’s More magazine: “I was like, ‘This is Madonna’s underwear!’ So I tried it on – of course, it didn’t fit me.”

Madonna had better lock up her wardrobe …

source : the sun