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Madonna News - May 2006

Madonna wows crushing crowd at Coachella

Madonna is the queen of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. No doubt about it.
Madonna helped Coachella set a two-day attendance record Satur day and Sunday when at least 60,000 people a day cramed crammed into the Empire Polo Club in Indio.
The demand was so great for Madonna, it took the crowd 30 minutes to inch their way across the field after her performance. Coincidentally, that was just how long her performance was.
The Queen of Pop started 25 min utes after her scheduled start time, emerging out of a disco ball with her ensemble of spacemen-like dancers in a black outfit and shades. After opening with her recent dance hit, “Hung Up,” which she sang to open this year’s Academy Grammy Awards, she told the audience this was her first festival and “give me some love.”
Madonna, 47, then sang songs from her most recent album, “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” with a throbbing, enhanced elec tronica beat. She played guitar on “I Love New York.” Then she asked the fans – perhaps 30,000 people including beer garden patrons and indie rock fans for The Editors at the next tent over – if they wanted her to do an old song.
Then she asked if she should take her pants off. ? “It’s too hot to wear clothes,” she teased. Then, strip ping to her tights, she asked, “Does my ass look good?” – knowing she is incredibly buff.
Then she sang an old song, One song. “Get Up and Dance.” She writhed around the floor a bit and then the concert was over.
There were people who didn’t want to see Madonna at the alter native-oriented festival.
Fonzie Hernandez of Coachella wore a T-shirt he designed that said, “Madonna killed Coachella.”
“She doesn’t belong here,” he said. “She’s pop.”
But even fans stuck in the glacial- like retreat from the Madonna set said it was worth it to see Madon na.
“I think it’s awesome and incred ible,” said Kymberly Whitaker of La Quinta. “She’ll probably never be here again in our little Coachella Valley.”
Paul Tollett, founder of the Los Angeles-based Goldenvoice promoters, said the increase in attendance presented few challenges. Madonna was as easy to work with, he said, as the management for Tool and Depeche Mode.
“From the beginning,” he said. “They wanted to fit it and not overpower the show.”
Tool was the Coachella Stage headliner. Other top performers included the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Matisyahu and Paul Oakenfold.
source : thedesertsun

Madonna Thrills Fans at Music Festival

Madonna thrilled thousands of fans at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Sunday, even as she brought a mainstream feel to the traditionally edgy event.
Not everyone was excited to see the pop star at the musical extravaganza best known for its lineup of indie-rock bands and dance-oriented DJs.
More than 100,000 people came to the inland desert for two sold-out days of sun and sound. With 47 acts on Sunday’s bill alone, fans had so many choices they had to miss some bands to catch others.
Hours before Madonna, the San Francisco-based Mates of State, a husband and wife duo, performed their unique blend of alt-pop drum and organ music.
source : ap

Coachella Blog on Madonna

There was more people outside the tent trying to get in than people inside the tent.
She asked the crowd “How does my ass look?” and tore her pants off!
Read more on Coachella Live Blog
source : thedesertsun

Crowd of 60,000 sets new festival attendance record

An expanded lineup, an enlarged dance tent and more headline acts than ever before has resulted in record attendance for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Festival officials reported 60,000 people attended Saturday’s opening day at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, and at least that many are expected for today’s finale featuring the Queen of Pop, Madonna, at 8:10 p.m.
That two-day total would eclipse the attendance record of 110,0000 set in 2004, the year Radiohead and The Cure were headliners.
In a reversal of a report from earlier this week, a spokesman for promoter Paul Tollett of the Goldenvoice company said tickets are still on sale at the Empire Polo Club gate.
The dance tent in which Madonna is performing, which Tollett says is actually a canopy, contains 50 percent more space than last year’s tent. But the entire grounds were more crowded. The mid-size Mojave Tent overflowed with people trying to see such afternoon indie rock acts as Wolfmother and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The crowds slowed pedestrian traffic almost the way alt-rock star Beck blocked it two years ago.
But Ashley Flores, 18, of Rancho Cucamonga, was one concert-goer who didn’t seem to mind the increased attendance.
“It’s fun,” said Flores, who got her ticket early Saturday from a friend. “I like it.”
Alt-rock, hip-hop and electronica artists played compelling music throughout the day, but Grammy Award-winning hip-hop star Kanye West got the party started before 6 p.m.
He kept the audience bonded to the main Coachella Stage ,which later featured Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand and Depeche Mode.Police reported 15 arrests and 11 hospitalizations, mostly heat related.
The Coachella resumes today with more than 45 new artists shortly after noon.
source : thedesertsun

Madonna on Coachella – Setlist

01. Hung Up
02. Get Together
03. I Love New York
04. Ray of Light
05. Let it will Be
06. Everybody
source : drownedmadonna