Madonna performing in Cardiff at the start of her Sticky and Sweet world tour
Madonna's massive touring entourage has just got bigger - she's added a top chiropractor to her party posse.
Dr Steven Margolin has joined the 50-year-old singer on her Sticky and Sweet world tour, according to reports.
An insider tells America's Life & Style magazine: "It's going to
be very draining, and she needs him around to aid her in her recovery
time after each show. She'll have daily massages to relax her."
Madonna's touring personnel includes 250 people.
The offer was, to someone of my age and culture, irresistible. Madonna was
touring with a show in her old, grand style. I'd always kicked myself for
not making the effort to see the great Blonde Ambition tour, nearly 20 years
ago now. She was coming to Zurich with a show called Sticky and Sweet.
Forget the off-putting title; for once, we were going to get on the train
and go and see the woman Rupert Everett calls the Funny Little Thing do what
she still does best.
been going for a quarter of a century now, and we've stuck with her
through thick and thin. I would never quite trust somebody of my age
who didn't have a ready answer to the question of what their favourite
Madonna track was. Mine – this really dates me, I'm afraid – is
"Vogue", from way back in 1990. I'm not wild about her rock-chick
phase; we honestly didn't care much for the whole Cockney geezer
nonsense; and she should just give up trying to make films. Who cares?
We were going to see Madonna.
I hardly ever go to rock concerts
– I could just about count the ones I've been to on one hand.
Photographs of rock concerts have started to look odd to me. Whenever
the crowd was caught by the camera, what it caught was hundreds or
thousands of camera lenses staring back. It always looked, from some
photographs, as if George Michael, or whoever, was throwing himself
into the whole experience on the stage. What the audience was mainly
doing was concentrating on staying very still to take exactly the same
photograph, in hundreds, later to post on flickr.com. But that had to
be an illusion.
It turns out not to be. Afterwards, we made
rather merry with the nature of an almost incredibly slow Swiss crowd.
"Look at me," I said to Zav afterwards, pulling a Protestant face. "I'm
a Swiss accountant at a Madonna concert." It was certainly
disconcerting to be the only two people for dozens of yards in any
direction dancing to "Vogue". On reflection, it probably wasn't because
they were Swiss. It was mostly because they were taking photographs.
really prepared me for the culturally mediated nature of the modern
rock concert. The tiny real figure, the size of your smallest
fingernail, interacts with video screens, both reproducing and
instigating the performance. The audience plays its own part by not
abandoning itself to the Dionysiac, but transferring it, in the first
instance, into a machine. From there, a bespoke record of what you
never responded to in the first place may be uploaded or downloaded on
to the appropriate website. I'd rather dance.
was terrific, and I look forward to telling anyone who will listen, in
20 years' time, that I saw her in what still looks like her prime. Of
course, people may say in 20 years that they know, they've seen the
bootleg footage. There are, as I write, 2,540 films on YouTube of the
tour, which started only a week ago. Can anyone explain what it really
added to anyone's enjoyment of the evening, to film it?
source; UK INDEPENDENT
Madonna has given Switzerland's biggest ever concert, eclipsing that of the Rolling Stones' show two years earlier.
72,000 fans descended on the Dübendorf former military airfield near
Zurich, 10,000 more than the Rolling Stones attracted at the same venue
The singer was given a standing ovation as she
was brought in on a throne at the start of the show. She made eight
costume changes during the two-hour show and performed alongside 16
dancers and 12 musicians.
Organisers Good News said they were
satisfied with the event. They counted just 2,000 cars at the venue,
with the vast majority of fans travelling on 130 extra trains put on
for the concert.
Police said the event ran smoothly with no serious incidents reported, although 220 people needed first aid.
Sticky & Sweet Tour is travelling to 50 countries on 50 trucks – 28
fewer than were required for the Rolling Stones.
private, but Christopher Ciccone’s public whinge, Life With My Sister
Madonna, does little to sustain any empathy.
Despite his poor-me stance, the portrait Ciccone paints
of his sister is one that leaves little doubt as to why she’s so
successful. She remains disciplined and focused. She insists on
exercise and early nights, and has little time for drugs and alcohol.
She knows who she is and doesn’t succumb to narcissistic identity
crises. Her music is bad, her movies worse, but these are not why she’s
been famous for decades. If comfortable-shoed feminism put up too many
boundaries, then it’s Madonna herself who set us free.
“This isn’t a democracy” is one of his sister’s favourite phrases,
says Ciccone, but he plays into her dictatorship rather than choosing a
life for himself. Early in the book he warns us: “She will become mad
with pride, with fame, with the oleaginous pandering of the sycophants,
the mindless adoration of the masses.” Actually, Madonna doesn’t seem
to change much; it’s Ciccone who is increasingly struck with celebrity
life, more belligerent and bitter towards the one who provided him with
the free ticket.
The book begins with a rather dull family history where
Madonna is pinned as her father’s favourite. Later we’re taken through
the siblings’ interest in dance, Madonna’s arrival in New York, her
knack for embellishing her own mythology and playing for the press. Her
modern dancing ambitions give way to the pursuit of pop-stardom; later
her secondary pursuits are the procurement of agelessness and children.
What seems important to Madonna is not what she does, but how famous it
Early on, Ciccone begins to feel a familiar pattern of
abandonment by his sister as she repeatedly reinvents herself. In
contrast, he takes whatever comes his way. He becomes a back-up dancer,
a packer for a gay greeting-card company, an artist, production
assistant, writer, video producer. There are no explanations about why
he drops his own life every time his sister makes a demand. There’s
always the sense that he craves the power by association, and it leads
to resentment when she doesn’t look his way.
Ciccone’s book adds nothing to our knowledge of Madonna.
Like any cheap celebrity magazine, it lures with the promise of
secrets, yet tells you nothing. We are left with a cut-out paper-doll
impression of the singer.
Ciccone confuses a family relationship with a
professional career. He expects help from Madonna, just because of her
position: “I wanted my sister to like my script. I’d mistakenly jumped
to the conclusion that her sisterly enthusiasm and encouragement meant
she wanted to produce it as well.”
As her fame rises and allows Ciccone access to the
celebrity party scene, Madonna pulls away from him. He’s on first-name
terms with Naomi, Kate, Johnny, Donatella and Demi, but his sister’s
position is clear: “Madonna views drug- taking in black and white.
Either you do drugs or you don’t.”
Ultimately, Ciccone submits to the therapy Madonna
insists on, and in parts, this book feels like a public extension of
Madonna’s brother, perhaps understandably, feels he drew the short straw.
SOURCE: THE TIMES.za
Madonna may have just celebrated her 50th birthday, but the Queen of Pop is apparently far from reaching her peak.
Capital, a London-based celebrity collectors firm, is so convinced of
the rising value of the brand of Madonna and other celebrities that it
is to launch the first investment fund dedicated to rock and pop
The firm, which started as a group of
private collectors with a penchant for Madonna and is currently a
limited company with private investors, is planning to launch the
regulated fund in January.
Seeking to raise £7.5m, the fund will invest in the memorabilia of stars including Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Jimi Hendrix.
Trivedi and four friends have collected more than 150 items of Madonna
memorabilia including her 1985 Material Girl dress valued at £25,000
and the £12,000 wedding dress she wore in the 1996 movie Evita.
Although they are likely to face scepticism that the fund is little
more than a gimmick, they argue that the assets have soared in value in
Trivedi said: "Nearly all traditional
investments are falling in value, but the interest in stars like
Madonna is undiminished and their value keeps increasing."
UK property rocketed 215 per cent between 1997 and 2007, Fraser's 100
Index of celebrity memorabilia and autographs grew 256 per cent.
source: UK TELEGRAPH
Parc des Sport Charles Ehrmann, Nice
the first few dates of a world tour staged by Michigan's biggest export
since the automobile are rife with controversy. Last time around, for
2006's Confessions tour, Madonna hung herself from a glittering black
cross. For 1990's Blond Ambition tour, it was simulated masturbation.
Catholic authorities usually make banning noises when Madonna's visa
request comes in.
But this year's Sticky & Sweet world tour
feels different. Less sticky, perhaps, even though this is a hot French
summer night, and the gig-goers of Nice scoff waffles and doughnuts.
The outrage is minimal. Throughout the two hours of her show, watched
by Nice's mayor and Elton John, she fakes one orgasm, kisses a female
doppelganger on the lips, calls us motherfuckers and says: 'Mon fesse'
(my arse) in ropey French. That's about it for fluids'n'sacrilege, two
formerly key ingredients of a Madonna globetrot. The tour began in
Cardiff last weekend not with a bang but with a grumble. She came on
late. Tonight, the screens fail for a song and a half and a guitar is
out of tune for a bit. No scandal here, just technical hitches, for
which she politely apologises.
Is it that Madonna, now 50, has
finally grown up? Is it a newfound piety instilled by kabbalah?
Perhaps. But after a quarter of a century of provocation, we are now
probably unshockable. Madonna would have to fellate a donkey while
dressed as the Pope to get cab drivers tutting now.
hoopla this time is merely political. Republican senator John McCain
has objected to being part of a montage of world ills that obliquely
aligns him with war, famine, pestilence and Nazi Germany, while his
Democratic rival Barack Obama ends the sequence elided to Gandhi, John
Lennon, ice cream and fluffy bunnies (well, not quite, but you get the
idea). This is the 'Get Stupid' sequence of the gig, in which video
projections of Madonna lecture us about imminent Armageddon, while the
real, sinewy thing executes one of her umpteen costume changes
elsewhere. Pop concerts are obviously not the best arena for nuanced
political debate but, even by stadium standards, this is a point too
Moreover, Live Nation, Madonna's concert
promoters, have issued a guide to Sticky & Sweet, listing the
quantity of freezers, trampolines and lipstick used on tour. While it's
nice to learn of some gofer trawling eBay for vintage pantyhose for Mrs
Ritchie and dancers (100 pairs), this litany of products, designers and
equipment feels de trop. One fan here has T-shirt that reads: 'Liberté,
égalité, jet privé', a French philosophical discourse Madonna might
readily subscribe to.
Still, we do not come to Madonna for
dignified austerity, and the Sticky & Sweet tour delivers on
visuals, pace and sheer physicality. Divided into four suites, each
with its own theme, the show radically remixes old favourites and
showcases the newer songs from her Hard Candy album. 'Candy Shop' and
'Beat Goes on' kick off with Madonna on a throne and in a retro
convertible car, all soundtracked by some headily futuristic R&B.
Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, Kanye West (and, later, Justin Timberlake
and Britney) all do their guest bits on giant video screens while
Madonna and troupe contort below.
In the absence of stickiness,
perhaps the sweetest segment of the night is the homage to Eighties New
York. 'Into the Groove' is reinvented in a blizzard of hip hop
scratching while Madonna skips between two ropes, double-Dutch style.
On the screens, Keith Haring visuals mirror the skipping below. In his
memoir, Madonna's brother Christopher Ciccone accuses his sister of
forgetting her gay roots since marrying Guy Ritchie, whom he portrays
as a casual homophobe. So it is nice to see Haring's work onstage and
the loyal gangs of gay men, lesbians and transsexuals out in support
Less successful is the Gypsy interlude, where Madonna
follows her infatuation with New York gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello to
its logical conclusion. 'La Isla Bonita' is transported many miles to
the east, with Madonna gripping a rose in her teeth and galumphing
alongside Romany musicians and dancers.
To be fair, she becomes
more respectful, taking a break from centre-stage to watch them perform
'Doli Doli', a Romanian folk song. But it all ends with 'You Must Love
Me', Madonna playing guitar on a stool and laboriously enunciating the
Evita number. It is ghastly.
Indeed, whenever Madonna picks up
a guitar - which is often - the songs wilt a little. As the loveliness
of 'Ray of Light' disappears under the groans of Madonna's axe, she
increasingly recalls Courtney Love, who was, for a time, grunge's
Madonna. Of course, she can't be all-disco, all the time, but Madonna
is always at her finest singing about dancing while doing just that. So
'Give it to Me' - with its added cheesy rave stabs - brings the fourth
quarter to a euphoric end. The body is where Madonna's true genius
lies; all the head stuff is just a distraction.
she nominated in so many categories:
ACT of 2008
BEST ACT ever
MOST ADDICTIVE TRACK
The show is November 6th, in LIVERPOOL
Director reckons she still looks hot at 50
Guy Ritchie is amazed by his wife Madonna’s athletic physique.
The film director, who is ten years her junior, reckons she’s the fittest woman in the music industry.
‘Her legs are Olympic standard,’ he says. ‘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.’
And Guy, 39, says Madonna's concerts are fantastic.
'They are non-stop,’ he tells The Sun. 'You get in, she’s on and then you have two hours of non-stop entertainment.’
source: NOW Magazine
Madonnasworld comments: WE AGREE, 100%
Dear Madonna fans,
The Material Girl has embarked on her "Sticky & Sweet" Tour and
is currently performing live in several European cities. While
thousands of you attend the show each and every night, our girl is
giving her best to each and everyone of you.
Singing and dancing along with her is a fantastic way to support
her, but there's a little something some of you can do to turn the
experience into the ultimate one. If you're watching the show from the
first front rows, we ask that you please refrain from smoking as it
blows up on the stage.
Thank you for your understanding, we appreciate your help!
Image caption: Madonna's list of demands includes a room to house the tour's 3,500 wardrobe items (Keystone)
Pop megastar Madonna will take to the stage for the first time in Switzerland on Saturday before 73,000 adoring fans.
singer's Sticky & Sweet Tour rolls into the Dübendorf former
military airfield in canton Zurich with 60 trucks, 15 buses and a team
of 250 people.
The world tour kicked off in Cardiff,
Wales and takes in 50 cities. Tickets for the two-hour Swiss show sold
out in three hours in May – three hours faster than sales for the
Rolling Stones' performance at the Dübendorf venue two years ago.
Ten thousand tickets were set aside for residents living in the local community.
The concert tickets include return travel by train and most of the concert-goers are expected to travel by public transport.
Federal Railways is laying on 130 extra trains to cope and after the
two-hour show a non-stop service will run until 2am to take fans home
to the main Swiss cities.
who recently turned 50, brings her own list of demands for each show
and her entourage of 40 people including stylists, hair and make-up
staff, a chiropractor, personal trainer and masseuse.
A special room measuring 100 sq m is built to house the tour's 3,500 wardrobe items.
furniture has to be white and air conditioning is completely banned,
whatever the weather. A playroom also must be created for her children.
This, despite the fact that the tour bandwagon is only expected to be in the vicinity for less than six hours.
to hand will be the 12 travelling trampolines used in training by
Madonna and her 16 dancers, four freezers to carry ice packs for
performers, 30 wardrobe trunks and 10 flight cases of medical supplies.
Kohler, CEO of Swiss herbal sweet firm Ricola, has offered to hand
deliver lozenges to the singer. Madonna ordered 400 packages of the
sweets for her last world tour.
It is 25 years since Madonna's career was launched with the hit album Like A Virgin.
current tour is touted as a choreographed rock show that is divided
into four parts: Gangsta Pimp, where she shows off her dominatrix side;
Old School, a homage to the 1980s; Gypsy, and Rave, where her Spanish,
Romanian and far eastern influences surface.
Support will be Hamutsun Serve, a dance animation band whose video caught Madonna's attention on YouTube.
tour has already attracted controversy for a segment in which a video
of United States presidential hopeful John McCain is compared to Adolf
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Jewish centre in the US described the move as an "insult to all Americans".
& Sweet is Madonna's first tour since striking a deal with concert
promoter Live Nation worth an estimated $120 million (SFr131 million)
over ten years. The partnership gives Live Nation a stake of future
music and music-related business she generates, including touring,
merchandising and albums.
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STICKY & SWEET IN NUMBERS
653 hours of rehearsal time for Madonna and the band
20 nationalities represented on tour (including Japanese, Israeli, Russian, Romanian, Australian and Algerian)
16 dancers and 12 musicians
8 major Madonna costume changes during the set (five people are needed to help Madonna change into each new outfit)
3 racks of clothing containing Madonna's stage wardrobe
1 set of crystal ear phones for the DJ
As Michael Jackson celebrates his 50th birthday quietly, Madonna got
expensive paintings and a chic birthday bash from her husband, Guy
"I bought her two original Hermès drawings of equestrian thingies," he told the UK's Daily Mirror after a screening of his new movie, RocknRolla.
As if the paintings were not enough of a splurge, Ritchie threw an elaborate party at London’s Volstead club.
"Trust me," he said, "the party was infinitely more expensive than the paintings." Only for wifey dearest, right?
According to People, Ritchie also denied that he and
Madonna took part in any sort of recommitment ceremony. And he also
emphasized that the two have no such plans in the coming future. "We
won't be renewing our vows," he said, adding jokingly, "I think once