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Madonna News - July 2007

Madonna Does Her Part to Speed Up Global Warming – Spinner Review

Madonna’s white-suited Live8 performance, with its gospel choir, emotional tribute to Birhan Woldu and a whole lotta F-bombs, was one of that event’s most memorable moments. At Live Earth, the Material Mom opted for black silk, Spandex, her incomparable decollete and a decidedly cleaner mouth.

A choir of English schoolchildren backed her as she sang ‘Hey You,’ the environmentally conscious anthem that’s served as the global climate event’s unofficial theme. Ushering the impressionable kids safely backstage, Madge donned a fedora and kicked out a steamy, sexed-up rendition of ‘La Isla Bonita,’ featuring Gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello.

Going out in true diva style, Madonna discarded her skirt, hopped on a stripper pole and hustled her way back to the disco, as she and her bevy of nubile dancers performed ‘Hung Up’ to bring Live Earth London to a sweaty close.

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Madonna brings Live Earth London to its climax – NME Review

Madonna brought the UK leg of Live Earth to a spectacular close tonight (July 7).

The Queen Of Pop headlined the international cimate change awareness concert’s UK leg at Wembley Stadium.

Madonna’s show was preceded by a symbolic turning-off of all of venue’s “non-essential lighting” which plunged most of the venue into the true darkness of night, except for the flashes of camera phone and lighters.

Compereing the moment, actor Terence Stamp declared: “Let’s not be endarkened by this, let’s be enlighteened by this. Let it be the beginning of an adventure!”

Moments later Madonna opened her set with ‘Hey You’, a brand new song written especially for this event, which was also used as the bridging music between bands all day at Wembley.

The screens showed images of world leaders were transposed with natural disasters.

Quickly the singer broke into the hits, picking up a guitar to perform ‘Ray Of Light’ as she provoked the crowd by shouting: “There’s been a lot of talk about conserving energy tonight, but right now I don’t want to hear any one of you save any of your energy right now! C’mon motherf*ckers! If I’m playing a guitar, not one of tour feet can touch the ground! I wanna see this whole city jumping!”

She followed this by declaring: “We’re starting an avalanche of awareness that we are running out of time. Tonight’s concert, and the concerts going on around the world, are not just about entertainment, they’re about starting a revolution! Amen!”

To illustrate the point, as NME.COM predicted earlier this week,
she then welcomed Gogol Bordello stars Eugene Hutz and Sergey Ryabtsev for a guest spot in a Eastern European flavoured version of ‘La Isla Bonita’.

Talking exclusively to NME.COM Hutz explained: “It’s quite a huge rock n roll moment. It’s a big gig? I guess so! It just has a great organic feel to it all. The way it came together. Madonna is coming from just enjoying music and it goes from there.”

With recent number one ‘Hung Up’ bringing Live Earth in the UK to its climax, Madonna told the crowd: “This is your last chance to show that you care about the planet,” before leading the crowd toward a chant of the song’s finale, “time goes by so slowly”.

source : nme

Live Earth London Timeline

13.30-14.00 – Wembley starts followed by Genesis

14.00-15.00 – Razorlight, Snow Patrol

15.00-16.00 – Damiem Rice & David Gray, Kasabian, Paolo Nutini

16.00-17.00 – Black Eyed Peas, Duran Duran

17.00-18.00 – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bloc Party

18.00-19.00 – Corinne Bailey Rae, Keane

19.00-20.00 – Metallica, Spinal Tap, James Blunt

20.00-21.00 – Beastie Boys, Pussycat Dolls

21.00-22.15 – Foo Fighters, Madonna

source : bbc

Madonna confirms Gogol Bordello Live Earth guest spot

Madonna has confirmed she is to perform with members of Gogol Bordello.

As previously reported on NME.COM it was rumoured the band would play with the pop queen after they pulled their performance at T In The Park so some members of the band could perform at Live Earth.

Now it has been confirmed that band members Eugene Hutz and Sergey Ryabtsey are to perform with the singer when she plays Wembley Stadium on Saturday (July 7).

In a new statement the band said: “Due to timings of their performance at T In The Park, and recent events, it was not possible to do both in one day, as a result Gogol Bordello have had to cancel their set at T In The Park, and apologise to their Scottish fans. With one member of Gogol Bordello, Elizabeth Sun, hailing from Scotland, they value their support. ”

The band are still scheduled to perform at Oxegen Festival on the Sunday (July 8).

Gogol Bordello are planning to make up for any disappointment that their fans may feel following this cancellation.

source : nme

Live Earth line-up

Madonna is closing the show, right after Foo Fighters!

Live Earth line-up

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Madonna on Blender’s 100 Days That Changed Music list

September 14, 1984
Madonna sings “Like a Virgin”? at the VMAs
Before the Sex book, the burning crosses, the Britney-Christina three-way and African adoptions, Madge was just a 26-year-old girl in a wedding dress. Performing her first No. 1 hit at MTV’s inaugural Video Music Awards, she danced on a 10-foot wedding cake in a veil, garters and her infamous “Boy Toy”? belt, then descended to the stage for a bout of simulated masturbation. The ensuing media firestorm taught her valuable career-defining lessons: Sex sells, and controversy is fun. It also cemented her relationship with MTV and set the bar for countless outrageous VMA moments to follow not a few of which also involved Madonna.
Unintended consequence: Diana Ross boob-jiggles Lil’ Kim

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Madonna to perform with 52-strong choir on Live Earth

We can reveal that Madonna is locked in rehearsals to perfect her stunning performance – in which she will be backed by a 52-strong choir.

Madge will perform four songs, including Ray Of Light and Hey You, a new song about global warming, written specially for the event.

Our source says: “She’s been preparing her performance for weeks and has even been talking to Al Gore about how to create the biggest impact.”

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Madonna set for Simpsons Cameo ?

Pop superstar Madonna could be set for a cameo on cult animated show The Simpsons – if creator Matt Groening gets his way.
The cartoon genius is desperate for the singer to star in his series, following the likes of recent celebrity guest stars Britney Spears, Mel Gibson, Stephen Hawking, Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton.
Groening says, “We would love her to do the show. She’s one of the people we haven’t been able to get yet.” He also revealed plans for a Prison Break episode in the near future “with tattoos and everything!”

source : contactmusic Newsletter

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