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Patrick Leonard to release re-imagined versions of Madonna’s classics

Madonna’s longtime Producer Patrick Leonard launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of his new album “Bring The Circus Home”:

Longtime Madonna collaborator’s new album will feature re-imagined versions of their most famous songs, from “Live to Tell” to “Frozen.

Madonna News (June 06 2018)

As a songwriter and producer, I’ve been very blessed in my life to work with some truly incredible artists, including Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Jewel, and many others. I’m proud to say that I’ve written eight “Number One” songs, more than twenty “Top Twenty-Five” singles, and have sold over 170 million albums worldwide. I had so much fun as the musical director and keyboardist for the Jackson 5 Victory Tour, as well as Madonna’s Virgin Tour and Who’s That Girl World Tour. Looking back on my career, however, there’s no doubt that Madonna stands out among the rest. Who would have known that when we wrote “Live to Tell” at my home studio in 1985 it would be the first of so many life-changing moments we shared together.

When not creating music, I love to fly fish, play chess, watch old movies, create projects with my three beautiful, artistic children, and hang out with my wonderful girlfriend and my beloved dog, Jane. I also have a deep love for teaching and have recently begun writing a memoir that I’m hoping to share with you all one day soon.

Bring the Circus Home is a celebration of my decades-long collaboration with Madonna that will feature entirely original, reimagined versions of many of the most famous songs we wrote together, including: “Live to Tell,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Dear Jessie,” “Oh Father” (my personal favorite), “Hanky Panky,” and “Frozen.” The album will also include a new song, the title track, “Bring the Circus Home,” plus a few more surprises thrown in for good measure. ;)

A labor of love for the incredible fans who’ve always meant so much to me, I feel it’s time to revisit these songs, both as they were originally conceived and as how I hear them now. Contributors will have an “all access pass” to the creative process, via frequent check-ins, live studio streams, Q&A sessions, and more. I’m also thrilled that many of the other incredible musicians who contributed to my work with Madonna, including engineer Michael Verdick, bassist Guy Pratt, guitarist Bruce Gaitsch, and more, will also be lending their talents to Bring the Circus Home.

Once the album is finished, I can’t wait to take the show on the road, and plan to embark on a fan-friendly tour that blends stories and songs (dates and locations TBA). More at Kickstarter

Madonna Producer Reggie Lucas dies at 65

Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played with Miles Davis in the 1970s and produced the bulk of Madonna’s debut album, has died. He was 65.

The performer’s daughter, Lisa Lucas, told The Associated Press that her father died from complications with his heart early Saturday (May 19) in New York City.

“After a long and arduous struggle with his physical heart (his emotional one was perfect) he was called home. I wish he’d had more time, I wish we’d all had more time with him, but he left this world absolutely covered in love, with his hands held and his family beside him. I’m glad he’s at peace now,” Lisa Lucas wrote on her Facebook page.

Reggie Lucas

Lucas was born on Feb. 25, 1953 in the Queens borough of New York City. After playing with Davis in the ’70s, Lucas began a musical partnership with percussionist James Mtume. Together they wrote hits like Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “The Closer I Get to You” — later covered by Beyonce and Luther Vandross — and Stephanie Mills’ “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” which won the duo the Grammy for best R&B song.

Lucas went on to produce the majority of Madonna’s 1983 self-titled debut album, which sold more than 5 million units and included the hits “Borderline” and “Lucky Star.”

In addition to his daughter, Lucas is survived by his wife Leslie Lucas; his son Julian Lucas; his mother Annie Wolinsky; and his brother Greg Lucas.

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Madonna’s “Body Of Evidence” to get a Blu-Ray release! [Updated]

Shout Factory has announced that they will release “Body Of Evidence” on Blu-Ray on June 12th in the United States.

Body of Evidence is Madonna’s famous erotic thriller from 1993, directed by Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Christiane F) and co-starring Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer, Julianne Moore, and Joe Mantegna.

This will be a Region A locked single disc edition with unrated cut of the movie in 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with English subtitles.

Retail price will be $27.99.

Amazon.com pre-order is now available!

May 15 Update:

Special Features and Technical Specs
Unrated Version of the film (HD)
R-Rated Version of the film (Standard Definition)
Love Or Murder – Featurette
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer
Optional English subtitles for the main feature

Madonna in Body Of Evidence

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Photos: Madonna at the MET Gala Photocall

Madonna posing for the photographers at the MET Gala (May 07 2018)

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Madonna performed a snippet of a new song at the MET Gala

Beautiful Game ?

It’s a beautiful plan,
but I’m not concerned.
it’s a beautiful game,
that I never learned.
You have taught me to shut my mouth,
that I not get burned
Keep your beautiful lies,
cause I’m not concerned…

(That’s all the lyrics that we have so far)

Photos: Madonna at the MET Gala Red Carpet

Madonna arrived with Jean Paul Gaultier at Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (May 07 2018)
Madonna is wearing Gaultier Paris Haute Couture, Miu Miu boots, Rinaldy Yunard crown and necklace and Jacob & Co mesh gloves. She is wearing jewelry by Lana Jewelry, Narcisa Pheres, Pascale Monvoisin and Catherine Angiel.

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