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‘Confessions’ Tour Dates Announced !

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Madonna will be dancing and singing across the stages of the world this spring and summer, it was announced today. The “Confessions Tour” with concerts across major US cities, Canada, Europe and Japan will begin in Los Angeles on May 21st. “Confessions” tour dates were officially confirmed by Madonna’s managers Angela Becker and Guy Oseary, along with Arthur Fogel, President of The Next Adventure (a Live Nation Company), the tour’s worldwide promoter.

Tour stops in North America for the “Confessions Tour” will include arenas in Chicago, Boston, San Jose, Phoenix, Fresno, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Miami, Montreal and New York. Overseas appearances will take place in arenas, stadiums and outdoor venues in Paris, France; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Cardiff, Wales; Rome, Italy; Dusseldorf and Hannover Germany; Horsens, Denmark; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.

The “Confessions Tour” will be directed by longtime Madonna collaborator Jamie King with Stuart Price once again on board as Musical Director. Arianne Phillips and Jean Paul Gaultier, long standing members of Madonna’s creative team, will respectively oversee and design costumes for the tour.

Madonna’s previous tour, the 2004 “Re-Invention Tour” was the most successful tour of that year, according to Billboard Magazine.

The Warner Bros. Records mega star, whose current CD “Confessions On A Dance Floor” debuted at No.1 in 29 countries, has already begun rehearsals in Los Angeles with her talented troupe of musicians and dancers. With a staggering 35 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s dance charts during the course of her unparalleled career, it’s no surprise that Madonna issued the following mission statement regarding the “Confessions Tour”: “I’m going to turn the world into one big dance floor,” exhorted the Material Girl.

The multi-Grammy Award winning artist, songwriter, children’s book author, producer and video visionary with an unrivaled reputation for astonishing stage spectacles, has made musical history many times over including International record sales of over 200 million albums.

A cultural innovator of astonishing diversity and enduring appeal, Madonna has defined our era with a sound, style and vision that has inspired countless artists and millions of fans around the globe. In the process, she has pioneered a new model of creative empowerment, overseeing a multi-faceted career that encompasses virtually every aspect of contemporary culture.

Existing Madonna Fan Club Icon Members will receive a special pre-sale opportunity prior to the public sales dates outlined below. Members can check www.madonna.com for complete details.

MADONNA “CONFESSIONS TOUR” DATES

North America:

May 21 Los Angeles Forum
May 27 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30 San Jose HP Pavilion
June 5 Fresno Save Mart Center
June 8 Phoenix Glendale Arena
June 14 Chicago United Center
June 21 Montreal Bell Centre
June 25 Hartford Civic Centre
June 28 New York Madison Square Garden
June 29 New York Madison Square Garden
July 06 Boston TD Bank Garden
July 12 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
July 16 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 22 Miami AmericanAirlines Arena

Europe:

July 30 Cardiff Millennium Stadium
Aug. 1 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 3 London Wembley Arena
Aug. 6 Rome Olympic Stadium
Aug. 20 Dusseldorf LTU Arena
Aug. 22 Hannover Niedersachsen
Aug. 24 Horsens (Denmark) Forum Horsens Outdoor
Aug. 27 Paris Bercy Stadium
Aug. 28 Paris Bercy Stadium
Sept. 3 Amsterdam Arena

-Additional dates forthcoming-

For Official Tour and Fan Club Information, visit: www.confessionstour.com & www.madonna.com

Confessions Tour Poster

Madonna books one Canadian date

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After playing three sold-out shows at the Air Canada Centre in 2004, the Material Girl bypasses Toronto in her tour this summer, the Toronto Sun has confirmed.
There will be only one Canadian stop — June 21 at Montreal’s Bell Centre this time.
“That’s the only market in Canada,” Arthur Fogel, the L.A.-based president of Toronto’s The Next Adventure, told the Sun exclusively. “There’s no particular reason, other than on a fairly short tour, which this is — basically from late May to late September — there are only so many cities and shows that are possible. And she hasn’t played Montreal in a long time.”
In fact, she last played Montreal in 1993 with her Girlie Show, which also stopped at Toronto’s SkyDome. Her 2001 Drowned World tour had no Canadian dates at all.
So if Toronto fans want to see Madge’s latest show they’ll have to check her out in Montreal. Check out tomorrow’s paper for on-sale information and ticket prices.
Fogel said while he understands the Madonna faithful in T.O. might be upset, they won’t be the only ones.
“There’s certainly going to be disappointment in a lot of places because there are a lot of markets that we’re not getting to,” he said. “But I suppose there’s an attempt to find some geographical fairness, if you will, by playing some markets she hasn’t played in a long time.”
Madonna’s entire 2006 world tour, the first 20 dates of which will be announced at 9 a.m. this morning, will launch May 21 at The Forum in L.A.. The 47-year-old artist will play only arenas in North America, and stadiums/outdoor festivals in Europe and elsewhere. Madonna is playing the Coachella Festival on April 30 in Indio, Calif., but that is separate from her summer tour.
Early buzz had been that Madonna might also play clubs, but Fogel said that’s not in the cards this time.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “Maybe it’s because she did a few (club) dates when she was releasing the record.”
Madonna’s latest tour is in support of her disco-inflected album, Confessions From A Dance Floor. British tabloid The Sun says she’ll be launching the show with a re-creation of the ’70s, hedonistic, drug-fueled Studio 54 scene.
“I know nothing about that,” said Fogel. “I guess I’d better get out my polyester suit,” he joked.
source : toronto sun

Madonna on UK Charts – Update

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Albums :
29 (23) Madonna – Confessions On A Dance Floor

Singles :
20 (14) Madonna – Sorry

Downloads :
15 (11) Madonna – Sorry

Gallagher brands Madonna as unoriginal

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Oasis hardman Noel Gallagher has slammed Madonna’s new album Confessions On A Dance Floor as outdated and unoriginal. The Wonderwall hitmaker insists it’s time for the queen of pop to quit the charts because her latest musical offerings, including hit song Hung Up, sound 20 years out-of-date. He says, “She ran of out ideas some time back. It’s all so 80s now.”

Seating charts for Madonna’s Concerts in US

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Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Seating charts for Madonna's Concerts - Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)

Seating charts for Madonna's Concerts - Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)

San Jose (HP Pavilion)

Seating charts for Madonna's Concerts - San Jose (HP Pavilion)

Glendale (Glendale Arena)

Seating charts for Madonna's Concerts - Glendale (Glendale Arena)

Hartford (Hartford Civic Center)

Seating charts for Madonna's Concerts - Hartford (Hartford Civic Center)

source : dago (madonnamad) / ticketmaster

Madonna in Upcoming NYC Nightlife Book

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“Confessions from the Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York’s Top Club Doorman” by Glenn Belverio (St. Martin’s Press) — features story about Madonna and a profile of the original doorman from Studio 54, Marc Benecke.
It was announced this week that Madonna will be recreating hedonistic scenes from the notorious New York nightclub, Studio 54, in a stage set for her upcoming tour.
This is not her first connection to the legendary discothèque. In 1983, Madonna performed at Studio 54 at a party for the Italian fashion house, Fiorucci. Surveying the dancefloor with budding actor David Alan Grier, Ms. Ciccone remarked: “You and me are going to be big stars, baby, and leave these other suckers in the dust.”
This summer, in the midst of Madonna’s tour, St. Martin’s Press will release “Confessions from the Velvet Ropes: The Glamorous, Grueling Life of Thomas Onorato, New York’s Top Club Doorman” by Glenn Belverio. Among the book’s collection of wild and entertaining tales is the story of the night Madonna made a surprise DJ appearance at the exclusive NY hipster club, MisShapes.
“I was a bit uncomfortable referring to Madonna as ‘Madonna’,” says Onorato, the doorman to the red-hot club. “But I found out that night, to my relief, that her friends just refer to her as ‘M’. I was raised Catholic so calling her Madonna just made me feel really guilty in that bad way, like when your mom catches you masturbating.”
“Confessions from the Velvet Ropes” also features an exclusive interview with Studio 54’s original—and elusive—guardian of the velvet ropes, Marc Benecke. In the book, Benecke debunks some of the famous club’s most notorious myths. Did Benecke really deny Cher entrance to the club? Did a man really die when he tried to sneak into the club by sliding down an airshaft? Benecke sets the record straight on these eternal gossip tidbits and more.
“The synergistic spectacle of Madonna and Studio 54 is exactly what the culture needs right now,” says Confessions author, Glenn Belverio. “Many of the kids who go out to clubs today are hungry for details about nightlife’s history—and who better to give them a lesson in nightclubbing than Madonna?”
“Confessions from the Velvet Ropes”—which will be released on July 11th—features other moments from NY’s club and fashion scenes, such as the night Adrien Brody’s birthday party was bombarded with eggs by irate neighbors and the near-riots and threats of violence at a Kimora Lee Simmons’ fashion show.

Madonna in Confessions from the Velvet Ropes

“Confessions” Tour in Paris ?

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NRJ.fr announced that Madonna will perform in Paris (Bercy Stadium) on August 27th and 28th. Tickets should go on sale on April 6th.

Madonna - Confessions Tour in Paris

The First Advert for The Confessions Tour

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Madonna - Confessions Tour Advert

Picture courtesy of PerezHilton.com / Thanks to Kevin

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