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Madonna News - September 2008

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet European Tour Continues to Shatter Records

The Material Girl does it again! With a sell-out crowd of over 74,000 fans and a gross of over 12 million USD, Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet Tour easily surpassed all previous grosses at both the old and the new Wembley Stadiums. This record breaking performance adds another first following last week’s confirmation that Madonna’s Zurich performance in front of 72,000 fans was the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland. With upcoming European sell-outs in Lisbon, Paris and Athens, the beat definitely does go on and Sticky & Sweet is certainly destined to be the tour of the year.

But it’s not just Europe that is enthralled by the world’s tastiest sweetheart. In South America fan demand has been so great that multiple dates have now been confirmed everywhere dates were announced, resulting in three performances in Buenos Aires, two in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro and a final three performances in Sao Paulo before the tour wraps up on December 21st.

The North American continent is no exception. Sticky & Sweet kicks off October 4th in New York with over 66,500 tickets sold for five consecutive sold out arena performances including one at New Jersey’s Izod Center and four Madison Square Garden events before heading throughout the US and Canada and culminating in Mexico City where Madonna’s two Sticky & Sweet concerts November 29th & 30th sold out in record time.

Sticky & Sweet boasts two hours of non-stop hits that include new twists on old favorites (“Vogue,” “Borderline,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Like A Prayer”) coupled with sensational versions of modern classics (“Music,” “Hung Up,” “4 Minutes,” “Give It 2 Me”).

Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

source : prnewswire

Madonna dismisses London show controversy

Pop superstar Madonna has dismissed controversy over her recent London concert – insisting the late start was within the venue’s guidelines.

The holiday hitmaker was due to begin her show at the city’s Wembley Stadium on Thursday at 8:30pm, but she didn’t launch into her first song until 9:10pm, meaning the two-hour event ran late.

Madonna now reportedly faces a fine from the venue, as artists are given a 10:30pm curfew to help local public transport systems cope with the large numbers of concert-goers all exiting at the same time.

Last year British singer George Michael was fined $240,000 when his Wembley gig over-ran by 13 minutes.

But a spokesperson for the star insists that the rules are not binding, telling British publication The London Paper, “Stage times are only guidelines.”

The singer has also come under fire for the poor sound quality at the gig, with many fans complaining that they could not hear most of their favourite songs.

But the representative insists there was nothing wrong with the equipment, saying, “I was at the gig and the sound was fine.”

Madonna’s Sticky + Sweet tour concludes in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 21st.

source : wenn

Pitch damage at Madonna concert forces match postponemen

Pitch damage caused by fans at a Madonna concert forced officials to postpone Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bundesliga match at home to Karlsruhe on Friday.

Germany’s Football League made the announcement around eight hours before kickoff on Friday after a referee’s inspection of the pitch at the Frankfurt World Cup stadium.

The club replaced parts of the turf after Tuesday’s concert but an inspection showed the pitch was still unplayable.

source : reuters

Super Madonna gets into a hi-tech groove

In the late 1980s and 90s, Madonna live tours were a rare treat – in the 21st century, they keep coming thick and fast, and upping the extravagant ante.

The Sticky & Sweet tour is her fourth this decade, two years on from the glitterball thrills of her Confessions arena spectacle, and this time it’s boldly stadium-sized, from the masses of dynamic dancers and musicians backing the superstar, to the gigantic ‘M’ initials flanking the stage. Madonna makes her entrance to a rapturous packed house, appropriately enough, on a bespoke throne.

There’s never any questioning who’s queen of this show, and by the second number – the snappy, hip-hop flavoured Beat Goes On, taken from latest album Hard Candy – she’s already packed in more energy and visual trickery than average artists muster in an entire concert: hi-tech screen projections, super-slick choreography, revolving surfaces and an onstage Rolls Royce. Hard Candy’s bombastic pop production and playful humour is well suited to this massive venue, but the show’s highlights include live ‘remixes’ of older favourites, including a vibrant rendition of Into The Groove (featuring Keith Haring cartoons and double dutch skipping en masse) and a Gypsy jam version of La Isla Bonita (she played this version at Live Earth last year, but it’s still a raunchy winner).

Less successful is the show’s pronounced ‘rock’ element – whenever she’s compelled to pick up an electric guitar, it seems to sap her natural assurance. And it does nothing for tracks such as Human Nature and Hung Up – why reinvent your own classics in the style of Avril Lavigne?

Overall, though, Sticky & Sweet is delectable fun – and Madonna enhances its tight pacing and heady scale with some expert audience rapport; she gives praise that ‘it didn’t f*******’ rain!’ before leading a 90,000-strong singalong to her 1989 hit Express Yourself.

Having recently turned a nifty 50, Madonna stakes her claim as the most inexhaustible entertainer in the world, both in terms of repertoire and stamina.

This London date is just midway through the European leg of her latest tour, with a glut of shows across the Americas taking her right up to Christmas.

And at the core of this confection are two characteristically Madonna conceits – the golden age of showbiz and world domination.

source : metro

Madonna still reigns as pop queen

Much has happened to Madonna since her last full London show in 2006: the rumours of marital strife; the adoption of an African child; the dogged continuation of her kabbalah hobby; a far from awful album; a couple of awful films. More significant is what didn’t happen: nobody came close to usurping her day job as queen of pop. Last night showed why.
The Sweet And Sticky tour is her eighth world jaunt. It’s less overtly sexual than its predecessors, but like them it’s an all-singing, allleaping, thrillingly choreographed extravaganza.
She may have started 40 minutes late, she may play some of the most feeble guitar this side of Guy Ritchie at his 40th birthday party on Wednesday and her exhausting dance routines may have strangely little effect on her vocals, but her crown still fits snugly.
How the 50-year-old kept the punishing pace up I’ll never know. Even watching her was exhausting as she vogued on, yes, Vogue, skipped with a skipping rope on a brilliantly re-invigorated Into The Groove and pogoed like a giddy teenager on Ray Of Light.
Beyond the eye-popping spectacle, the woman with one of the richest catalogues in popular music laboured under the delusion that an audience including Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson wanted to hear nine of her new album’s 12 tracks. Obviously they didn’t, although the adultery victim’s lament She’s Not Me (introduced with a curt “did you ever have a girlfriend who wanted to f*ck your boyfriend?”) was gloriously truculent, Spanish Lesson a Carmenesque finger clicker and the tick-tocking 4 Minutes delivered as if the world really did end this week.
When she did look back, she soared. Bravely, everything was reinvented and hopefully one day she’ll do a whole tour featuring radical reworkings of her hits. The hitherto flimsy Borderline and the mighty Hung Up were given new and frankly superior identities as surprisingly convincing rock anthems; the ever-wondrous La Isla Bonita was recast as the ferocious, fiddle-crazed soundtrack to a bacchanalian gypsy wedding and Like A Prayer was remodelled as a thumping house anthem.
“I’d like to thank God that it didn’t f****** rain,” she muttered, as a sort of farewell benediction, before rubbing a guitar between her legs with the gusto of a woman half her age. She remains untouchable. All hail.

source : evening standard