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Madonna News - May 2006

Madonna late to the party, but starts tour riding high

Pop diva Madonna kicked off her “Confessions” tour 45 minutes late at The Forum on Sunday, but fans said they’d wait another two hours if they had to for the colorful dance music icon.
The show, the first of four Los Angeles dates by the singer, was packed to the rafters as fans turned up early to party in the parking lot to await the return of the Material Mom for her first L.A. show in years. Madonna hits boomed through the overcast skies outdoors from car stereos before doors finally opened.
Once inside, fans lined up to buy T-shirts, wristbands, keychains and other items on one of the most-anticipated opening nights of the year.
“She’s nasty and sexy and has no regrets,” summed up actor Marc Imme, 23, of Toluca Lake, a Madonna fan who came to the show with several friends. “What I like about her is she’s an innovator who breaks all the rules. Her music is always ahead of its time.”
The show was set to start at 8 p.m. but opening night glitches and mind-boggling traffic snarls caused the delay. Fans cheered celebrity sightings of Rosie O’Donnell, Salma Hayek, Nicole Richie and others seated among the well-dressed crowd.
A spectacular opening in which Madonna was lowered onto the catwalk from the ceiling hidden in a giant disco ball drew roars. When the orb landed on stage, it opened like a blooming flower and the 47-year-old singer stepped down, wearing a tight equestrian-style outfit and snapping a riding crop to the beat of the first number, “Future Lovers.”
“As I grew up, Madonna symbolized female empowerment,” said Andrea Holt, 27, a marriage and family counselor from Fort Collins, Colo., who flew in to catch the tour-opener at The Forum. “She tested limits and I liked that. And she went through phases in her life. Now, she’s focused on her family and a lot of us can relate to that.”
Madonna’s “Confessions” trek, which continues Tuesday and Wednesday at The Forum and then returns June 3 to Staples Center, will be moving throughout North America until the end of July before heading to Europe and Asia.
Even at ticket prices topping $350, seats sold out rapidly at most venues and continue to be available at outrageous rates over the Internet.
Madonna’s most recent disco-themed album, “Confessions On A Dance Floor,” has been a huge hit, topping the charts in 40 different countries since its November 2005 release.
“I love that she went back to her dance roots,” said Christy Boric, 27, a social worker from Phoenix. “She always reinvents herself she’s always one step ahead.”
The 22-song concert was broken into four sections, covering hits including “Like a Virgin,” “Ray of Light,” “Lucky Star” and the recent “Hung Up.”
Sitting halfway up in the stalls, nightclub host Sergio De La Vega, 28, of Los Angeles wasn’t worried that Madonna was a bit late coming to work.
“It’s Madonna I’d wait two hours if I had to,” De La Vega, wearing a Madonna hoodie, said. “I’ve been a fan since I was 7.”
Elsewhere in the audience, customer service rep Antonio Briseno, 26, of Buena Park said he’d spent $200 on Madonna merchandise at The Forum and had no regrets.
“The thing about Madonna is, she puts you in a good mood when you’re down,” he said. “She’s a woman of power. Her attitude, her style it’s just right. And that’s why I’m a fan.”
source : la daily news

More Confession Tour Videos

Click on images bellow to watch short clips of Madonna performing “Jump”, “Like A Virgin”, “La Isla Bonita”, “Lucky Star”, “Erotica” and “Hung Up” at the Confessions Tour”

Madonna performing 'Jump' on Confessions TourMadonna performing 'Like A Virgin' on Confessions TourMadonna performing 'La Isla Bonita' on Confessions TourMadonna performing 'Lucky Star' on Confessions TourMadonna performing 'Erotica' on Confessions TourMadonna performing 'Hung Up' on Confessions Tour

8th London Concert Announced

An 8th and final date at London’s Wembley Arena has just been announced on London’s Capital Radio. The date is Wednesday 16 August. which also happens to be Madonna’s 48th birthday!
Tickets for this date go onsale this Friday morning at 9:00am via the usual outlets.
source : madonnalicious

Madonna Hangs On A Cross, Knocks World Leaders In Tour Kickoff

A better title for Madonna’s Confessions tour might be the Go to Confession Tour, as you feel like you need to by the time the show is over. As we’ve come to expect from Madonna, her latest tour, which she kicked off Sunday at the Forum, is so provocative that it’s hard to count the ways.
Let’s see, there was the whole hanging on a cross, wearing a crown of thorns thing. The riding the rhinestone-studded, black leather carousel like she’s the main attraction at the erotic shop across town thing. And, of course, that nasty George Bush comment thing, which she brought back from her Coachella show last month.
The show started off nice and sweet with images of horses on the screens and Madonna in full equestrian attire descending from the ceiling in a one-ton disco ball. A closer look at that outfit, however, revealed she’s going for the dominatrix look and that whip wasn’t meant for a horse.
As Madonna sang “Future Lovers,” mixing in a little of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” for good measure, her leather-strapped male dancers slithered around her like a lost scene from “Eyes Wide Shut.” “Get Together” offered more of the same, but nothing could have prepared the capacity crowd for what would follow – and we’re not talking about her own X-rays on the screens.
Bringing “Like a Virgin” out of the vaults, Madonna introduced the song by asking the audience if they wanted to go for ride. She then saddled up on a carousel-like set piece and rode it like no carousel should be ridden.
The moves sent the room into a frenzy and caused one of the only sing-a-longs of the set, which featured 10 Confessions on a Dancefloor tracks and, unlike the Re-Invention Tour that launched in the same venue almost two years ago (see “Madonna Twirls Rifle, Lifts Up Her Kilt At Tour Opener”), only a few old favorites.
As is the case with all of her tours, however, Madonna gives you a lot to watch. Her fourth tune, “Jump,” might have featured the most impressive eye candy of all. Between the jungle gym that descended onto the runway and the crew of perfectly-toned tumblers racing around, it was like the Olympic gymnastics freestyles finals on Red Bull.
For her next tune, Madonna made one of her seven costume changes and returned to the center of the stage a la Jesus Christ on the cross (if that cross were built in 2006 … by Marilyn Manson), singing “Live to Tell.” Like Kanye West on the cover of Rolling Stone, it was a fascinating image, whether or not you think it’s immoral.
The middle of the set was mostly a showcase of Confessions, including a stirring rendition of “Issac” featuring the song’s namesake guest voice (see “Madonna Denies Blasphemy Charges, Explains Origin Of ‘Isaac’ “) and a video montage for “Sorry” that managed to knock most of the world’s leaders. “Don’t say forgive me,” Madonna sang as pictures of the war in Iraq flashed with shots of President Bush.
In “I Love New York,” during which Madonna played a black guitar surround by her six-piece band suddenly covered head-to-toe in white, the singer not only added “but not you guys” after the “Los Angeles is for people who sleep” line, but changed the “Just go to Texas/ Isn’t that where they golf” lyric to a derogatory Bush remark (see “Madonna, Kanye Just Add To Coachella’s Eclectic Atmosphere”).
Aside from those references, though, Madonna kept her political comments to a minimum. In fact, she kept all her comments to a minimum, only encouraging them to dance when the time was right, like “Ray of Light.”
After delivering the back-to-back ballads “Drowned World” and “Paradise (Not For Me),” Madonna got back to her business of catering to the dance floor and her band launched into a version of “Music” that mashed with “Disco Inferno.”
While dancers whisked around her on roller skates, Madonna donned a white suit and danced down the runway to the small stage in the middle of the arena, where she did her best “Saturday Night Fever”-era John Travolta routine, complete with the “hitchhike” (you know, thumbs to the side).
“Erotica” was, well … you guessed it (let’s just say it was performed in a body suit) and “La Isla Bonita” was reinvented with a salsa groove.
With the exhausted crowd at their peak, Madonna brought out another oldie in “Lucky Star” but modernized the track with a techno beat that slowly morphed into “Hung Up.”
For the Confessions single, Madonna returned to center stage for the same provocative (told you there were many) performance she gave at the Grammys, only this one included a few new twists.
And as the curtain (or in this case, a giant curved screen) came up and the lights came on – no encore for the second straight tour – a message flashed across the screen: Have You Confessed?
The Confessions Tour returns to the Forum on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving Las Vegas for the weekend (see “Madonna Sets Dates For Confessions World Tour”).

Set list:
“Future Lovers”
“Get Together”
“Like A Virgin”
“Live to Tell”
“Forbidden Love”
“Like It or Not”
“I Love New York”
“Ray of Light”
“Let It Will Be”
“Drowned World”
“Paradise (Not for Me)”
“La Isla Bonita”
“Lucky Star”
“Hung Up”

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Now, Madonna’s bid to make Blair cross

Seventeen years after she suffered the wrath of Pope John Paul II and was condemned by the Vatican for her provocative performances, Madonna has outraged political figures once again.
During her latest world tour, the pop star donned a crown of thorns and suspended herself from a giant cross, no doubt testing the patience of successor Pope Benedict XVI.
She went on to launch a political attack on Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush, by showing a video likening their tactics to reviled dictators Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Osama bin Laden.
To add insult to injury, the Material Girl also changed the lyrics of her song I Love New York to make a crude reference to Bush and a lewd act.
It is not the first time Madonna has upset religious groups and political leaders.
In 1989, the Vatican wanted her banned from performing in Italy after it deemed her video for Like A Prayer as blasphemous.
Madonna will be performing in Britain in July and August and fans are expected to pay up to L200 for a ticket.
source : daily mail

Opening night with Madonna: The inside scoop

Madonna kicked off her Confessions Tour Sunday night at The Forum in Los Angeles. USA Today’s Edna Gundersen was there to give you the inside scoop.
The music: The beat-crazy energy seldom flags in a highly polished two-hour show subdivided into Equestrian, Bedouin, Never Mind the Bullocks and Disco sections, though it’s the heady pulse of dance music, fortified by a sharp band, that dominates throughout. The rhythm-driven bonanza plucks nine of its 22 songs from Madonna’s sweaty Confessions on a Dance Floor album, and the new tunes hold up well live, especially Sorry, Jump and I Love New York. Latter-day hits eclipse classics, with the shimmery Ray of Light and boisterous Music easily outshining a tinny Lucky Star. Madonna is as fit vocally as physically, effortlessly nailing tender passages or a demanding upper register after strenuous bump-and-grind workouts.
The set: The visual orgy includes a giant disco ball that peels open like a lotus, hidden trapdoors, a saddle bobbing on a pole (yes, she rides it), a flashing catwalk that leads to a lighted dance floor at the center of the arena, sweeping tilted ramps for dance escapades and huge screens flashing cutting-edge videos of, well, mostly more Madonna. The visuals dramatically enhance the sonics, except in two cases of gratuitous excess – when horrific horse accidents crop up during Like a Virgin and when Madonna strikes a mock crucifixion pose on a geometric cross while singing Live to Tell, spoiling one of her most intimate and haunting ballads.
Fashion and choreography: Madonna looks fab in Jean-Paul Gaultier get-ups, from bondage riding duds to glam-punk black, all designed to flaunt a designer physique. The dance troupe dazzles with krumping, acrobatics, roller skate rumbles and goosestep rhumbas.
The merch: For fans who pay up to $350 for tickets, the $85 long-sleeve black shirt is a bargain. Pink Ts with a glittery ‘M’ go for $80, and baseball caps fetch $35. Kids on a tight allowance can opt for the $10 sticker sheet. The hot seller on opening night: $30 photo-packed programs.
The crowd: Mostly boomers, teens, gays, Hispanics. Opening night devotees sported tiaras, go-go boots, rubber dresses, black corsets and bejeweled belts. And those were the guys. Madonna wanna-bods squeezed size 14 forms into size 4 hip-hugger minis.
The inside scoop: Salma Hayek, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicole Richie were spotted at Sunday’s launch. Only friends and family were admitted to Saturday night’s secret run-through, staged for a cozy gathering of 3,000. Every crewmember was allowed to invite 15 pals. On Sunday, Madonna’s rehearsal left several people steamed at the curb. They were upset not about being left outside but because Madonna was inside after crossing picket lines. The stagehands are in a dispute with the venue’s management. Actually, it’s a wonder the scandalized singer got in at all. The Forum is owned by The Faithful Central Bible Church.
source : usa today

Madonna’s giant cross ‘offensive’

The Church of England has criticised Madonna’s appearance on a cross to kick off her latest tour in Los Angeles.
“Why would someone with so much talent seem to feel the need to promote herself by offending so many people?” said the church in a statement.
Madonna performed the ballad Live To Tell while suspended from a giant mirrored cross on the opening night.
David Muir of the Evangelical Alliance also accused the singer of “blatant insensitivity”.
“Madonna’s use of Christian imagery is an abuse and it is dangerous,” he said.
“She should drop it from the tour and people need to find their own means of expressing their disapproval.”
Madonna’s spokesperson was not available for comment at the time of publication.
This is not the first time the pop star’s concerts have upset the Church.
In 1990, the Pope called for a boycott of the Blond Ambition tour, in which Madonna simulated masturbation during Like A Virgin.
The video for Like A Prayer also brought condemnation from the Vatican for its burning crosses and depiction of a black Jesus.
The 51-date Confessions world tour kicked off in Los Angeles on Sunday. It will reach Britain in July.
source : bbc

Madonna expected to make tour history

Music experts in America expect Madonna’s Confessions tour to sail past the $200 million (GBP111 million) mark, which will make the pop superstar the top female performer ever. CHER currently holds the record with $192.5 million (GBP107 million) from 273 shows on her recent “farewell” world tour. Madonna’s figures, predicted by music industry trade magazine Billboard, are astonishing when you consider she is expected to play less than 60 dates.
source : contact music

Madonna to produce Jayne Mansfield Documentary

There’s no stopping Madonna. The star quit movies after a series of flops but she’s making a new documentary, to be directed by real-life hubby and movie director Guy Ritchie. And the documentary, which follows one about herself, is on one of her all-time favorite movie icons, the tragic Jayne Mansfield – a rival to Marilyn Monroe’s crown in the fifties. Madonna said she finds the story fascinating; she plans to produce the film too.
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Madge will get ’em cross

Madonna kicked off her new Confessions world tour in Los Angeles on Saturday – and showed it will be her most controversial routine ever.
As my snap shows, at one point Madge appears hanging from a cross, which is sure to stoke up a backlash from Christians.
The show, which features lots of rubber, leather and bondage gear, will open with her emerging from a giant disco ball hanging from the ceiling.
She will also poke fun at her horse accident by appearing in full riding gear, complete with crop. Before Saturday’s gig, which was a private show for friends, family and record label staff, the pop legend attended a Kabbalah meeting with husband Guy Ritchie to mentally prepare for the opening night.
Fans were shocked to see Madonna looking the thinnest she has ever been after weeks of gruelling rehearsals for her energetic show.
Tomorrow I will bring you a live review from the official first night of the tour, which arrives in Britain at the end of July.
source : the sun

Confessions Tour Facts

1 Tons weight of Madonna’s disco ball rocket ship at start of show
2 weeks to use up wand of YSL #5 mascara
2 Million dollars worth of Swarovski crystals embellishes above disco ball
5000 Square Feet Size of Madonna’s four stages (standard is 2600 square feet)
1000 Hours rehearsal over 12 weeks
27 Number of Performers including Madonna, Band, and 22 Dancers
253 Massages provided to dancers
0 foundation used on Madonna’s skin
1 bottle of balancing cleansing oil (Shu Uemura Green Tea) every week
1 bottle of Yonka moisturizer used up every three weeks
106 Crew members in Madonna touring party
40 Foot turntable in center of main stage
16 Miles per hour when turntable revolves
1 ‘Discofied’ Crucifix rises nightly from stage floor with surprise visitor attached
4 Feet away from the audience is distance between Madonna and fans on satellite stages
70 Tons of equipment on top of main stage
24 Semi Trucks used to move equipment from city to city
2 Private Planes to transport
18 Vans and Cars to transport
5 Buses to transport
280 Yards of Ace bandages used for dancers and Madonna
543 and counting heat wraps for dancers
200 Tons in weight of entire show (equivalent to a battle ship)
400,000 Watts of power used for run of show nightly
8 Broken bones of Madonna’s displayed on video screens during “Like a Virgin” via x-rays and MRI’s (she’s all better now)
7 Costume changes for Madonna
30 Outfits were designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Madonna and dancers
8 Pairs of shoes and boots used by Madonna each night (mostly Yves St. Laurent)
1 Piece of jewelry (only) worn by Madonna (diamond and amethyst necklace designed by Chopard)
600 Outfits in total for the entire show
25 Racks required to move wardrobe
1 Crown of thorns – 50 thorns (from Cotters Church Supply in LA)
1 Bottle of vodka backstage to use for perspiration stains
24 Inch waist (Madonna)
4 People change Madonna’s costumes during the show
1 Pair of Capezio professional fish net stockings used each night
10 Pounds is weight of Michael Schmidt designed belt Madonna wears during a segment in show
4000 Swarovski crystals imbedded in said belt
34 Clips used to set Madonna’s hair
2 Smoothie brand hair elastics used during show (one blonde, one white)
4 Large hairpins used to secure chignon in opening sequence
3 Hairstyles revealed during the show (chignon, crown of thorns with baby Jesus curls and weeny/disco roll coiff)
2 Products used for hair (Kerestase oleo relax and Evian water mister to prevent electricity)
2 Changes of eyelashes (one mink, one mink with diamonds for disco section)