Issue #1246 / October 22 2015
Madonna attended Prince’s intimate gig
An entire stadium’s worth of music fans saw Madonna perform Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
A much, much smaller number of lucky bastards saw Madonna in the early hours of Friday, when the Queen of Pop popped into Prince’s Paisley Park studio/venue to see The Purple One play for “roughly 60” people, reports Andrea Swensson of 89.3 the Current.
Swensson was among “33 civilians” who were “summoned” to Chanhassen hours earlier with the promise of an “extra special” event. They wearily danced for two hours before Madonna strolled into Prince’s complex around 2 a.m., her dance crew in tow.
New Rebel Heart Tour Support Artists Announced
Madonna today announced that Montreal born producer and DJ Lunice will open the Rebel Heart Tour dates in Edmonton on October 11th and 12th at Rexall Place, and Las Vegas on October 24th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. A disciple of hip hop, Lunice is an international sensation – overthrowing the live arena everywhere he goes with his unique style and approach to music.
Additionally, Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and pop artist Michael Diamond will open more dates on the Rebel Heart Tour including San Jose on October 19th at SAP Center and Glendale on October 22nd at Gila River Arena. Diamond who is a producer on Madonna’s heralded Rebel Heart album has already wrapped a support slot in five cities with the Material Girl including Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Toronto.
New Madonna Interview for Rolling Stone Magazine
It’s three days before the Pope leads hundreds of thousands of people in a mass at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and four miles away at the Wells Fargo Center, one of America’s most famous ex-Catholics is already getting into the spirit of the occasion. Madonna uses a giant cross as a stripping pole and writhes around on a re-creation of the Last Supper table as she moans, “Yeezus loves my pussy best.” “Popey-wopey is on his way over,” she says later in the show. “I think he’s stalking me.”
The gleefully blasphemous moment is one of 21 elaborately choreographed numbers on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, which has been packing North American arenas since it kicked off September 9th. It’s her most extravagant stage show ever — a two-hour set that features samurai warriors, matadors, gypsies, rockabilly kids dancing around a body shop and a dangerous-looking dance routine on top of giant swaying poles, not to mention a grand finale set in a gleaming 1920s-style Paris cafe.
“The logistical avalanche of putting it together was unlike anything I’ve ever done,” says Arianne Phillips, the head costume designer, who notes the tour uses 500 pairs of shoes and 450 costumes. “Every day of rehearsals felt like an impossibility.” To prepare for the show, the 20 backup dancers spent three months putting in 14-hour days, six days a week. The 57-year-old Madonna was right beside them. “No matter what we asked her to do, like riding a nun like a surfboard, she’d try without flinching,” says Megan Lawson, the tour’s head choreographer.
The day after the Philadelphia show, Madonna phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour.
At what point in the creation of Rebel Heart did you start brainstorming ideas for this tour?
Finishing my record was filled with panic and pressure because of all the leaks, so I wasn’t really thinking about my live show until I released the record and started making videos and doing my promo show. So honestly, I didn’t really try to sit down and get my head around it until last March. That’s unusual for me because I usually start thinking way, way, way in advance.
Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour – Billboard Boxscores – Part 1
Madonna, Amy Schumer
Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.
Sept. 16-17, 2015
$5,230,985 (gross sales)
28,371 / 28,371 (attend / capacity)
2 / 2 (shows / sellouts)
$355, $40 (ticket prices)
Live Nation Global Touring
Video: Madonna brings Nelly Furtado on stage in Toronto
Madonna nominated for Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction
Hall of Fame members will cast their votes by December 11th and the top seven picks will be announced early next year.
The 47th annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York city on June 9th, 2016.
The Class of 2015 featured Cyndi Lauper, Linda Perry, Toby Keith, late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia and his collaborator Robert Hunter, country songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock and late blues star Willie Dixon.
Photos: Rebel Heart Tour in Atlantic City
Atlantic City Concert To Proceed As Scheduled
Madonna’s Rebel Heart concert in Atlantic City this Saturday, October 3, 2015 will take place as scheduled it was confirmed today by promoters Live Nation.
So as not to disappoint her New Jersey fans, as long as the weather situation stays safe, Madonna is committed to performing tomorrow night’s concert at Boardwalk Hall.
Madonna said, “My Rebel Heart’s gonna love you like nobody loves you come rain or come shine. Cannot wait to see my fans in Atlantic City and create a storm of our own on Saturday night!”
Video: Madonna performs Frozen in Detroit
Madonna’s Instagram: M in Downtown Youth Boxing Gym
2nd Rebel Heart Tour dates added for Taipei and Hong Kong
We’re thrilled to see fans in Southeast Asia showing their support for Madonna! Due to unprecedented demand, The Rebel Heart Tour has added shows in Taipei on February 6 and in Hong Kong on February 18!
Lifetime Legacy members will receive first access to tickets starting Thursday, October 1 at 10am local times.