"I am honored to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights," commented Madonna.
Tickets are on sale from Ticketmaster. Other confirmed acts include Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat and Cake. Masha and Nadya were imprisoned for their participation in the Pussy Riot art collective. Hundreds of thousands of online actions by Amnesty International supporters helped bring about their freedom.
Madonna, a longstanding defender of the Pussy Riot art collective's right to speak out in defiance of restrictions in their homeland, is part of a star-studded tradition of prominent artists using the power of music to articulate their support for human rights on behalf of Amnesty International.
More information on the upcoming concert can be found at http://www.amnestyusa.org/Feb5concert. Follow #AmnestyConcert for live updates.
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The queen of bling: Madonna strolled through New York's JFK airport in this bizarre outfit, flashing her gold grill
Grrrrr-ill: The star flashed her shiny mouth piece as she smiled for the photographers
The diva singer had her crew carry her guitar case as she walked on ahead giving the photographers a cheeky glimpse of her golden teeth.
The star first flashed her shiny mouth piece back in August and has been spotted out and about in it on several occasions.
Preparing for the wintery weather that's hit New York in recent weeks, Madonna carried a Russian Cossack hat in her hand.
Well prepared: Madonna carried her fur hat ready for the snowy weather in New York City
Cheeky: The star looked every inch the A-list star as she touched down wearing black aviator sunglasses
The concert is a return to the Amnesty concerts of the 1980s and '90s (they stopped in 1998), and in that spirit some legendary talent has been expected to return with it—we now have it on good authority that Madonna has been confirmed to play at the show. Madonna was outspoken about her support of Pussy Riot while touring in 2012 She also issued this call to action at the time: "I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions. Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty.
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Madonna and Burgoyne also supported each other emotionally and financially during hard times — after she was raped and when Burgoyne contracted AIDS.
Burgoyne died in 1986 after battling that disease. He was 23. Madonna wrote a song about him called "In This Life" that was on her 1992 album 'Erotica.'
For decades, his parents have kept their son's memorabilia from that era private — until now. Mary Dowd, the co-owner of Myers Fine Art, said Burgoyne's parents live in the Tampa Bay area and are in their 80s.
They are selling the collection at an auction. "I think they came to a point in their lives where they figured that it was time to do something with the collection," Dowd said. "And so they phone us up and asked us if we would come take a look at it, which we did, and so we saw the breadth of the collection, it was really pretty incredible."
There's an original hand-drawn portrait of Burgoyne by Andy Warhol. There's an original invitation to a fundraiser for Burgoyne by Keith Haring — a party written about in the New York Times in September 1986 as AIDS was devastating a generation of mostly young gay men, including Burgoyne.
The story is heartbreakingly sad, not only because of its foreshadowing of Burgoyne's death, but of prevalent attitudes in that era toward those with HIV and AIDS. Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell noted in the story that "people could be in the same room with someone infected with the AIDS virus without contracting it." Madonna was at that party, the Times noted. But in Burgoyne's collection in Florida, there are no photos from that party, only from the earlier, happier years. And then there are the Madonna photos. Some are candid Polaroids of her making goofy faces with Burgoyne. Others are black and whites, intended for an album cover, of Madonna looking poised and fragile. There are also numerous photos of Burgoyne, a handsome young man in a white shirt and suspenders.
Some of the photos were taken by Burgoyne, said Dowd, while it's unclear who took others. She said it's possible that Andy Warhol took some of the Polaroids, because they date to same years that he experimented with Polaroid portraits.
Dowd said one of the more remarkable items in the collection is Burgoyne's sketchbook, in which he inked photo booth sessions of Madonna, and a full-color sketch for her 'Burning Up' EP album cover. The image is totally '80s, all bright block colors. Madonna sports short hair and thick eyebrows. "If you're an enthusiast of entertainment back in the early 80s — and that was a heyday and pivotal time I think — this is kind of a real step back in time to that period," Dowd said.
Dowd isn't sure how much each piece will go for — the original Warhol portrait of Burgoyne should fetch a good price, she thinks — but she's secretly hoping Madonna herself will hear about the auction and bid on some items.
"It seems like it's something she should have for her historical archives," said Dowd. "It's a big part of her life, from the beginning."