Remember the old Madonna?
The one who used to simulate masturbation on stage and fellatio off in the days of her Blond Ambition tour, immortalized in the Truth Or Dare documentary?
Or later the gal who gamely appeared naked, in various states of undress and sexual positions with both male and female partners, in a book called Sex?
Then it seemed to be just about provocation for provocation’s sake.
Now the grown up Material Girl — a twice-married 47-year-old mother of two children — shocks us to make a point. Or so the lapsed Catholic — now a Kabbalah follower — claims about crucifying herself on stage during her latest so-called Confessions tour.
The show touches down in Montreal tonight at the Bell Centre for the first of two sold-out shows, which sadly, given her huge Toronto fanbase, are the only Canadian dates of the trek.
Naturally, the 17,000 available seats for each night at the Bell Centre sold out in the blink of an eye and you can expect lots of Torontonians to be making the trek to La Belle Province to catch Madonna in all her glory.
But back to that crucifixion.
According to reports from her May 21 tour launch in Los Angeles, the stunt occurs during the fifth song of the night, Live To Tell, with Madonna wearing a crown of thorns and rising out of the stage on a six-metre-high mirrored cross.
Behind her on huge video screens are images of Third World poverty, reminding us that 12 million African children are now orphans due to the AIDS epidemic.
Madge has claimed that the iconic image was only to spur audience members to donate to her AIDS relief charities.
“I don’t think Jesus would be mad at me and the message I’m trying to send,” she told New York Daily News. “Jesus taught that we should love thy neighbour.”
But the crucifixion immediately raised the ire of the Church Of England.
“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.
Frankly, I’m just glad to see that Madonna has tongues wagging again after two completely entertaining, highly theatrical, but far from shocking tours — 2001’s Drowned World and 2004’s Re-Invention.
Her latest live show, in support of the disco-soaked Confessions On A Dancefloor, begins with her making an entrance via a one-ton disco ball.
From there, it gets all horse-set-meets-S&M-bar as Madonna — dressed in a Jean Paul Gaultier riding outfit with top hat and mane of black hair — disciplines dancers decked out in kinky, S&M leather equestrian gear. At the same time, X-rays of her broken bones from a horse riding accident last summer are shown on video screens. And that’s just the first four songs.
It’s all a nice contrast to her new yawn-inducing documentary, I’m Going To Tell You A Secret, which hit stores yesterday, along with her first live CD of the same name.
Secret is no Truth Or Dare, part two. Instead, Madonna is seen interacting with her daughter Lourdes and son Rocco, her husband Guy Ritchie, and spewing a lot of Kabbalah philosophy when she isn’t singing and dancing her little heart out on the Re-Invention tour.
Montreal nightclub Parking — capacity 1,500 — is hosting a concert afterparty tonight in celebration of both releases, with Warner donating five copies of the album and some singles for giveaway prizes.
The first 50 people with Madonna concert tickets can get in for free, but before anyone gets too excited, there are no plans for Madge to attend the party, which is similar to the event that Woody’s on Church St. had last November to celebrate the release of Confessions On A Dancefloor.
source : toronto sun