Madonna‘s Rebel Heart tour is filled with surprises (like Amy Schumer’s hilarious opening standup and the lack of Madge’s nakedness on stage — seriously, she covers up more than usual!), but as fans who have already seen the show know, her performances are very nostalgic, celebrating the Queen of Pop’s various iconic career moments over the past 30+ years.
One of those moments is Madonna’s 1991 Oscars performance, when she channeled Marilyn Monroe for her performance of “Sooner or Later.” She also hit the red carpet with close friend Michael Jackson dressed like Marilyn’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes character.
Madonna brings back that look in her Rebel Heart tour book and for a special video played during her performances. And to help her create the Marilyn moment, celeb-loved jeweler Neil Lane provided $10 million worth of diamonds. (Because when you’re Madonna, anything is possible!)
“I sent hundreds of images of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. They also sent me the clip of the performance in 1991 so I could review it,” Lane tells PEOPLE of selecting the jewelry looks for the star. “Madonna circled what she liked. She was very involved in the process.” read more →
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An entire stadium’s worth of music fans saw Madonna perform Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
A much, much smaller number of lucky bastards saw Madonna in the early hours of Friday, when the Queen of Pop popped into Prince’s Paisley Park studio/venue to see The Purple One play for “roughly 60” people, reports Andrea Swensson of 89.3 the Current.
Swensson was among “33 civilians” who were “summoned” to Chanhassen hours earlier with the promise of an “extra special” event. They wearily danced for two hours before Madonna strolled into Prince’s complex around 2 a.m., her dance crew in tow. read more →
Madonna today announced that Montreal born producer and DJ Lunice will open the Rebel Heart Tour dates in Edmonton on October 11th and 12th at Rexall Place, and Las Vegas on October 24th at MGM Grand Garden Arena. A disciple of hip hop, Lunice is an international sensation – overthrowing the live arena everywhere he goes with his unique style and approach to music.
Additionally, Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and pop artist Michael Diamond will open more dates on the Rebel Heart Tour including San Jose on October 19th at SAP Center and Glendale on October 22nd at Gila River Arena. Diamond who is a producer on Madonna’s heralded Rebel Heart album has already wrapped a support slot in five cities with the Material Girl including Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Toronto.
It’s three days before the Pope leads hundreds of thousands of people in a mass at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and four miles away at the Wells Fargo Center, one of America’s most famous ex-Catholics is already getting into the spirit of the occasion. Madonna uses a giant cross as a stripping pole and writhes around on a re-creation of the Last Supper table as she moans, “Yeezus loves my pussy best.” “Popey-wopey is on his way over,” she says later in the show. “I think he’s stalking me.”
The gleefully blasphemous moment is one of 21 elaborately choreographed numbers on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, which has been packing North American arenas since it kicked off September 9th. It’s her most extravagant stage show ever — a two-hour set that features samurai warriors, matadors, gypsies, rockabilly kids dancing around a body shop and a dangerous-looking dance routine on top of giant swaying poles, not to mention a grand finale set in a gleaming 1920s-style Paris cafe.
“The logistical avalanche of putting it together was unlike anything I’ve ever done,” says Arianne Phillips, the head costume designer, who notes the tour uses 500 pairs of shoes and 450 costumes. “Every day of rehearsals felt like an impossibility.” To prepare for the show, the 20 backup dancers spent three months putting in 14-hour days, six days a week. The 57-year-old Madonna was right beside them. “No matter what we asked her to do, like riding a nun like a surfboard, she’d try without flinching,” says Megan Lawson, the tour’s head choreographer.
The day after the Philadelphia show, Madonna phoned up Rolling Stone to talk about the tour.
At what point in the creation of Rebel Heart did you start brainstorming ideas for this tour?
Finishing my record was filled with panic and pressure because of all the leaks, so I wasn’t really thinking about my live show until I released the record and started making videos and doing my promo show. So honestly, I didn’t really try to sit down and get my head around it until last March. That’s unusual for me because I usually start thinking way, way, way in advance. read more →
Madonna, Amy Schumer
Madison Square Garden
New York, N.Y.
Sept. 16-17, 2015
$5,230,985 (gross sales)
28,371 / 28,371 (attend / capacity)
2 / 2 (shows / sellouts)
$355, $40 (ticket prices)
Live Nation Global Touring
Sept. 9-10, 2015
26,468 / 26,468
2 / 2
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