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Madonna News - November 2011

Monte Pittman on Madonna

You started out teaching guitar to Guy Ritchie and consequently Madonna as well. Soon after, you appeared with her on Letterman and joined her band. This was only about 10 years ago and things have been flying for you since then. Have you taken the opportunity to reflect on the wild twists and turns in your journey to this point, or are you a ‘head down and keep pushing forward’ kind of person?

I just keep looking forward. The 11 year mark of the Letterman performance just passed and its hard to believe how fast the time has gone by.

You have been Madonna’s live guitarist and a co-writer since 2001. Please elaborate on your experience touring and writing with a breakthrough artist like Madonna.

It’s the best job in the world. There can be as many as 200 people on tour with you. You usually don’t get to meet them all. We all become a close family on the road and have a great time in each others company. You can see that in the performances.

What’s involved with Madonna’s live performance?

A lot of rehearsing. A lot of hard work. A lot of dedication. Pushing yourself way past what you think are your limits. Madonna, the band, the dancers, the crew all become one and we reflect that energy back and forth from the audience. It’s very exciting.

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Danny Aiello on Madonna’s Papa Don’t Preach Video

Danny Aiello had never heard of Madonna before he was asked to play her father in the songstress’s “Papa Don’t Preach” video. So why did he do it? He was persuaded to be part of the mid-80s project by his daughter, who now can’t stand the diva.

“You know, that came about in a very strange way,” Danny explains. “I had no idea who [Madonna] was, so I said to [daughter] Stacey in passing, ‘They want me to do this music video with this girl named Madonna.’She said, ‘Dad, Dad, you have to.’ I went back and said I’ll do it if my daughter is permitted on the set taking pictures with Madonna. … Madonna sort of backed up and told her representative that I don’t do that. My daughter has hated her ever since. … I’m a movie actor doing this piece of crap!”

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Benny Benassi not working with Madonna

@ManCannibal: Are u recording w/ or for THE Emperial Queen of Pop Madonna?
@BennyBenassi: No ….mate is not real … Fake news

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