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Madonna News - August 2008

Madonna’s outfits to go on display

A collection of Madonna’s outfits are going on display in a new exhibition.
The show will open next year and will feature 300 items spanning the Queen of Pop’s career.

Highlights include the black and gold tassel bustier from the 1986 video for Open Your Heart and the pink dress from Material Girl.

The show will feature more than 30 dresses worn by Madonna in her star role in the movie Evita and the Like A Virgin tour wedding gown.

As well as concert outfits and other clothing, photographs and film props will also go on public view.

The items are in a private collection belonging to Marquee Capital, a celebrity memorabilia investment company, which is expected to auction the pieces following the show.

Unfortunately for the singer’s fans, the Jean Paul Gaultier cone-breasted bustier worn on Madonna’s Blonde Ambition tour 18 years ago is not part of the collection.

Ted Owen, curator of the exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery in East London, said: “This is an unprecedented collection of Madonna memorabilia that represents every stage of her glittering career.

“These are museum-quality pieces but they will be presented in keeping with the glamour and sense of theatre that the Queen of Pop has made her trademark.”

The exhibition, Simply Madonna, Materials of the Girl, opens in February.

source : pa

Guy : You won’t find a fitter bird than my missus

There are a lot of armchair Madonna experts doing the rounds – but few who have seen her in action as often as Guy Ritchie.

He has been watching from the wings at almost every performance on her last four tours, living through the stress, sweat and tears of his wife’s gruelling military preparation.

On Saturday night in Cardiff I was lucky enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with him watching his missus in her element on stage for the first night of her brilliant Sticky & Sweet Tour.

And the RocknRolla director gave his expert opinion on Madge’s big night at the Millennium Stadium.

He said: “This is my fourth tour. I went to almost every single show the last time round but I hadn’t seen any of this one before tonight. I loved it. It is a great show.

“I love all her dark songs best. Some of the songs come from genuine suffering, let me tell you.”

I shared the journey from London to Cardiff with Guy to see Madge’s big night, stopping off for a real ale on the way.

He added: “It’s quite an experience being on tour with the missus. In America you get full-on motorcades and 15-car escorts from the police.

“In London you’re lucky if you get one rozzer. It’s something else on show night. There will be 20 levels of staff before you get through to see the missus.”

Guy presented Madge with a bouquet of flowers before the gig, leaving pals in hospitality drinking 12-year-old malt whisky. Then, when showtime started, he took us to the stage, shaking hands on the way with all the guests and massive crew for the tour.

Madge pulled up to the stage in her blacked-out Merc — stopping for a quick kiss with her man before taking the stage to a deafening roar.

For the last six months I have seen photos almost every day of Madonna leaving the gym in pieces after putting herself through hell to be in perfect condition for her gigs.

And Guy, along with 60,000 other fans, was well impressed by just how incredibly fit she looks for a 50-year-old mum-of-two when she took to the stage for opening number Candy Shop.

He said: “Her legs are Olympic standard. She is in amazing shape. You won’t find a fitter bird than her. Her legs are so toned. She’s fitter than dancers on her tour who are half her age.”

Britney has a cameo role in the show, as The Sun revealed earlier this month. A video of the singer trapped in a lift is played during the performance of Human Nature.

Guy explained: “Britney in the lift is based on real footage the missus saw of someone stuck in a lift for 48 hours. The dancing is inspired by what happened inside.”

During an intricate dance routine with a skipping rope during Into The Groove, Guy joked: “Have you ever tried skipping? It’s not easy.”

He also pointed out some of the characters involved in the show: “She nicked my old guitar teacher off me. His name’s Monte.

“He was in a heavy metal band. Now she’s nicked him for the show. He teaches her too.”

Guy nodded his approval throughout — especially during the clever links between the show’s four sections, with pumping dance music mixed in with her classic tracks. He said: “That’s one thing about the missus’s shows. They are non-stop.

“You get in, she’s on and then you have two hours of non-stop entertainment.”

Guy, who turns 40 in two weeks, watched the entire show wearing a pair of classy shades — not because he’s a poser but because his eyesight isn’t what it used to be.

He added: “I haven’t seen a lot of the shows properly before because I always forget my glasses.”

You can’t blame a man married to Madonna for having trouble with his eyesight.

I couldn’t believe my eyes for most of the show on Saturday night.

source : the sun

Madonna in Cardiff – The Sun Review

Sticky & Sweet is the third Madonna tour I have seen.

I expected controversy and her trademark raunch in Cardiff, but for the first time there was no talking point like the Crucifixion scene from Confessions in 2006 or the electric chair on Re-Invention in 2004.

She had a tough task improving on those shows but she has done it yet again.

Madonna didn’t stop dancing in a show that had most of her fans pausing for breath.

The four main acts were punctuated by video.

Get Stupid was a satire of political leaders – ending on an image of Barack Obama.

The Rain interlude was a computerised, sexless version of Madonna made to resemble her hero David Bowie to the sound of Eurythmics classic Here Comes The Rain Again.

More clever samples and mash-ups filtered through the set list.

Felix’s rave anthem Don’t You Want Me mixed brilliantly with Like A Prayer, turning the stadium into a gigantic dancefloor.

Fedde Le Grand’s Put Your Hands Up For Detroit was a smart choice for the girl from Michigan to borrow for a techno version of Music.

Timberlake, Timbaland, Kanye and Pharrell were all present – in video form.

I hate seeing Madonna play guitar but her rock version of Borderline became a thrash of Stooges-style chords.

The gipsy section went over a few heads but it was class.

She was joined by a Ukrainian folk trio she knows through Gogol Bordello star Eugene Hutz.

She’s Not Me was another highlight.

Madge attacks four of her dancers dressed as her images from the past.

Madonna’s energy and performance is incredible. I doff my cap to a 50-year-old pole-dancing and double-dutch skipping mother.

Without question, Madonna is still the Queen Of Pop. Long live the Queen.

McCain camp lashes ‘outrageous’ Madonna

John McCain’s campaign hit back at Madonna on Sunday after the pop diva began her world tour with a concert that bracketed the US presidential candidate with Adolf Hitler.

McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds angrily condemned the segment of Madonna’s concert in Cardiff yesterday that appeared to draw a comparison between McCain, Hitler and Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe.

“The comparisons are outrageous, unacceptable and crudely divisive all at the same time,” Bounds said in a statement reported by Fox News.

“It clearly shows that when it comes to supporting Barack Obama, his fellow worldwide celebrities refuse to consider any smear or attack off limits.”

Madonna’s apparent swipe at McCain came during a performance of the song Get Stupid, when the Republican contender’s image was flashed up alongside images of destruction and global warming and of Hitler and Mugabe.

Towards the end of the song, pictures of Beatles star John Lennon, former US vice-president Al Gore, Indian Mahatma Gandhi and McCain’s Democrat rival Barack Obama appeared.

source : afp