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Madonna’s “Confessions” tour sets record


Madonna will wrap her Confessions tour Thursday at the Tokyo Dome as the top-grossing tour ever by a female artist.
Although final numbers are not all in, tour producer Arthur Fogel puts the tally at $193.7 million (102.6 million pounds) from 60 shows that drew nearly 1.2 million in paid attendance.
That gross narrowly puts Madonna over Cher’s benchmark of $192.5 million. However, it took Cher an endurance-testing 273 shows between June 2002 and April 2005 to reach that mark on her marathon Farewell tour.
Madonna’s Confessions tour, which began May 21 in Los Angeles, followed the same model of the $125 million-grossing Re-Invention tour in 2004 and the $75 million-grossing Drowned World tour in 2001.
Rather than visit 100 global markets a la mega acts like the Rolling Stones and U2, Madonna opted to play multiple nights in a limited number of major international locales. The strategy has led to a staggering $400 million in ticket sales in just six years.
source : reuters / billboard

Madonna on the set of a Jump video


Madonna on the set of a Jump videoMadonna on the set of a Jump video

Courtesy of Warner Music

NBC may cut Madonna’s cross


The NBC television network in the US is still making up its mind about whether it will allow pop star Madonna to stage a mock crucifixion on its airwaves as part of her upcoming prime-time concert special.
The 48-year-old entertainer has made the crucifixion stunt, in which she performs while suspended on a giant cross wearing a crown of thorns, a centrepiece of her global “Confessions” tour.
Her stage act drew storms of protest from the Roman Catholic Church and Russian Orthodox Church during recent performances in Rome and Moscow, with church leaders condemning the mock crucifixion as blasphemy.
But executives at NBC, owned by the General Electric Co.
will wait for makers of her concert special to submit the production for review before deciding whether to allow the mock crucifixion to air.
“We’re awaiting the delivery of it, and once we’ve seen it in its entirety, we’ll make a decision,” an NBC spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday. The program is slated to air in November, but no specific date has been set.
Madonna’s manager, Guy Oseary, had no comment on the issue, according to an assistant in his office.
In July, when the network first unveiled plans for the Madonna concert special, NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly gave mixed signals about how much artistic freedom Madonna would be given. The mock crucifixion was known then to be a central part of her stage act.
“She’s not revising her act,” he told a gathering of TV critics at the time. “We’ve discussed what content will be in and what is out, and we’ve come to a healthy place that represents her show but is appropriate for television.”
source : reuters

Madonna Rebel Heart Tour Tickets and Dates

Madonna at X-Static Process Exhibition in Japan


Steven Klein and Madonna’s Photography and Videography Collaboration “X-STaTIC PRO=Cess” Exhibition – Arrivals (September 19, 2006 – Louis Vuitton Roppongi Hills Store). Visit WireImage to see the photos.

Madonna nominated for 3 MTV Europe Music Awards


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Interview with Dave The Rigger at Confessions Tour Site


Hi Dave and welcome to ! How is life for you lately?

Life has been tough on this tour, much different than the tours I have done in the past. I am really looking forward to going home, and spending time with my family.

As a rigger, your job is very specific and technical. Would you tell us more about it?

As a Rigger, “we” (I use the word we, because we have a great group of guys on the rigging team, and without them, this schedule would have never happened), are responsible for everything hanging in the air. The easiest way to explain what we do: All of the lighting, sound and Video equipment that hangs in the air, needs to be in a very specific place, relative to the stage. We hang the ‘stuff’ that, that ‘stuff’ hangs from. (I hope that makes sense) As a Rigger, we are given the building restrictions, as far as weight loading, and displacement. With that information, we have to hang our show, within those limits, keeping everything in place, and keeping everything as high in the air as possible. Safety, is the most important thing, this is the heaviest show hanging in the air, that has ever toured, and we need to do it safely and quickly. Every night, I remind myself, if I screw up, then I could possibly kill someone. Thank God, it has not happened.

As fans, there is a question we are used to ask when interviewing Madonna’s collaborators. The thing is, how do you get to work for her? How did it all happen for you?

I answered the phone! I have worked for this Production Manager before, I happened to be available for the time period of the tour, and hopefully I’ve done a good job in the past, which keeps me working today.

Being on the road with Madonna means that you’re spending a lot of time with her and the rest of her band… Do you made new friends during the past few months?

There are some wonderful people on this crew. People I would not have met, if I wasn’t on this tour. Hopefully, these new friendships will last a life time.

We all know that Madonna wants to be behind everything and be aware of every single detail when it comes to one of her projects. What kind of boss is she? What is the thing that you appreciate the most working with her?

As a boss, I don’t get my orders directly from her, however, I have the utmost respect for her attention to detail and her physical conditioning.

While thousands of fans get to watch the show every night, you are on of those who cannot watch it but make sure that it will be done the way it should. Isn’t it a little frustrating? Wouldn’t you like to join them in the arena and have fun? Do you sometime talk to her fans?

Doing the show, and making this impossible schedule happen, is more rewarding, a feeling for satisfaction, not frustrating. Funny thing, I cannot stand being in crowed places, so, sorry to say, I don’t think I would like to be on the other side. I do talk to the fans, they are great people.

Some say that to work in the entertainment world requires to be an artist yourself. Is that your case? Would you sometimes like to join Madonna and her band on stage?

No, I am not an Artist. I have no musical talent, however, if building a car engine, repairing a motorcycle, or getting the show in the air counts. I have no desire to be on stage, (I never gave it much thought, until now)

Being on the road for several months can be a huge sacrifice as you need to leave your home and loved ones. How do you deal with it? Do you sometimes feel a little homesick?

Being on the road is tough, I get homesick, and I miss my loved ones and family. However, I’ll never regret it. I have new friends, the wonderful places I’ve seen and visited. All of this would not be possible, if I thought of my job as a sacrifice.

During the past few months, you’ve visited several cities and got to discover different kind of people and cultures. What was your favourite stop and why?

Moscow, has to be my favourite city on this tour. We had a day off to explore the city, and do some souvenir shopping. I really enjoyed the architecture, the history behind the city. From what I have seen in movies and TV, the city was very different than I expected. The people were wonderful, full of life and I hope to return soon.

To be on time and to make sure that everything will be done the right way means lots of pressure for you every night. Do you always keep that on mind while working or do you try and take the whole thing the easy way?

Because my job is so much different then other positions, I have to have a great attention to detail. I never let myself forget, “if I screw up, I could kill somebody”, that’s a lot different, then broken guitar string, a ripped costume, or a microphone being out of place.

Right after the tour, you will go back home and get a little rest, right? But what’s next for you? Will you keep on touring with other artists?

As of right now, I am taking a week off, to hangout with my parents, and play some golf. Then it’s back to work, I have a few corporate clients, who I need to get busy working with, and then again, you’ll never know when the phone might ring again.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions Dave! We all wish you the best for the rest of the tour! Before you leave, would you answer our famous 4 questions?

1) What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Nothing this morning, however, I really love a good jalapeno bagel with eggs and cheddar cheese.

2) What is your zodiac sign?

3) Bath or Shower?

4) If you could change the world in one way, how would you?
I would require all vehicles to run on or operate on, sugar caine ethanol and/or electric

YouTube signs partnership with Warner Music


Music videos from artists like Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sean Paul will be legally available for the first time on YouTube, a popular online video sharing site, after signing its first commercial partnership with Warner Music Group.
YouTube, which has over 100 million video viewed everyday, and Warner Music, the world’s fourth biggest record company, said on Monday that the pact would help Warner distribute music videos, behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews and original programming.
The companies said YouTube users would also be able to incorporate music from Warner’s catalog into the videos they create and upload.
source : reuters

Madonna Guitar to Be Auctioned


A Gibson Les Paul custom-designed for Madonna for her Drowned World tour in 2001 — the first time the singer played guitar onstage — will be auctioned on eBay beginning on Oct. 6. After the tour Madge signed the guitar, the only survivor of two identical models made for her, and gave it to John Griswold, a veteran guitar technician (Eagles, George Harrison, Shania Twain) who served in that role on the Drowned World tour.
What’s in a (tour) name? In a strange twist, Griswold is parting with the guitar because his family lost most of their possessions in Hurricane Katrina — they were living in New Orleans when it flooded.
The opening bid for the guitar is $49,999. The seller says it has been appraised at $400,000-600,000.
source : aol