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Madonna News - August 2008

Record numbers turn out for Madonna

Madonna has given Switzerland’s the biggest ever concert, eclipsing that of the Rolling Stones’ show two years earlier.

Altogether 72,000 fans descended on the Dubendorf former military airfield near Zurich, 10,000 more than the Rolling Stones attracted at the same venue in 2006.

The singer was given a standing ovation as she was brought in on a throne at the start of the show. She made eight costume changes during the two-hour show and performed alongside 16 dancers and 12 musicians.

Organisers Good News said they were satisfied with the event. They counted just 2,000 cars at the venue, with the vast majority of fans travelling on 130 extra trains put on for the concert.

Police said the event ran smoothly with no serious incidents reported, although 220 people needed first aid.

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour is travelling to 50 countries on 50 trucks – 28 fewer than were required for the Rolling Stones.

Madonna : Stop Smoking, Keep On Singing!

from Madonna.com :

Dear Madonna fans,
The Material Girl has embarked on her “Sticky & Sweet” Tour and is currently performing live in several European cities. While thousands of you attend the show each and every night, our girl is giving her best to each and everyone of you.
Singing and dancing along with her is a fantastic way to support her, but there’s a little something some of you can do to turn the experience into the ultimate one. If you’re watching the show from the first front rows, we ask that you please refrain from smoking as it blows up on the stage.
Thank you for your understanding, we appreciate your help!

Madonna Stuns Airport Staff

Pop superstar Madonna stunned security staff at an airport in Germany on Thursday night – by turning up wearing a bathrobe.

The Holiday hitmaker arrived at Schoenefeld airport after performing at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin as part of her Sticky + Sweet world tour.

But staff at the venue were shocked to see the star wander through security checks wearing nothing more than a fluffy white robe and black trainers.

The singer’s gown had the cheeky slogan “Dancing Queen” printed on the back.

source showbiz spy

Madonna Rocks Out in Ray-Ban

Luxottica Group announced today that their classic Ray-Ban Wayfarer (RB2140) are featured in Madonna’s critically acclaimed sold out Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008 which kicked-off in Cardiff, Wales on August 23rd. Madonna and her crew of dancers don the classic black Wayfarer in the show’s finale, an explosive rendition of “Give It To Me” from the artist’s current Hard Candy CD. In addition, Madonna’s dance team rocks the white Wayfarer while she performs her smash hit “Vogue”.

Linked to music greats since its inception, the Ray-Ban Wayfarer will once again heat up the look of a rock and style icon. The style chosen for the tour is a genuine reproduction of the original 1952 model, faithfully recreating its details and distinctive shape. Worn by the biggest names in rock’n’roll and film, including Bob Dylan, Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd in “The Blues Brothers”, Coldplay, and Tom Cruise in “Risky Business,” the Ray-Ban Wayfarer is once again helping to make cultural history.

Madonna Rocks Out in Ray-Ban

source : prnews

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Madonna’s Pre-Show Ritual

As her Sticky and Sweet tour kicks into high gear, Madonna is in “great spirits,” her rep, Liz Rosenberg, tells People.

And why shouldn’t she be? At the second stop of her European leg, the pop icon was cheered on by famous fans Bono and Elton John in Nice, France, on Tuesday night. (It would seem that her feud with John – who accused her of lip-synching in 2004 – is officially ancient history.)

As the singer gets into the groove of her 51-date world tour, her priorities are simple: “Making sure the show is perfect – and taking care of her kids and her husband,” says her rep.

And even though she recently celebrated her 50th birthday, Madonna has no plans to retire any time soon.

“The harder Madonna works the happier she is,” says Rosenberg, a longtime friend. “Because she was a dancer, that’s why. It’s practice, practice, practice.”

Behind the Scenes

Backstage, the atmosphere is peaceful and family-oriented, with a kids’ play room next to the singer’s dressing room. On her opening night in Cardiff, Wales, “She had a massage and a facial – things are very quiet,” says the rep.

Before each show, she spends an hour in hair and makeup, then performs some vocal exercises. Next, she warms up with some form of exercise, “probably some free weights.”

Daughter Lourdes, 11, will often watch her mom from the wings. “She is quite casual about it, she can take it or leave it,” says Rosenberg. “She’s comfortable with the dancers. She talks to all of them.”

Lola (as she’s known to friends and family) might have a superstar for a mom, but she’s no spoiled brat. “She’s very grounded,” swears the rep, who fondly remembers the girl as a makeup-obsessed 2-year-old. “I think Madonna has done a really good job.”

And despite the recent rumors of marital woe, the singer’s husband, director Guy Ritchie, “absolutely” supports his wife from backstage. “Guy understood who he was marrying and they have a whole separate life [away from the spotlight],” she insists. “They are completely fine.”

source : people.com