Review: Madonna Shows Why She’s Queen At DC ‘Rebel Heart’ Show

“Bitch, I’m Madonna!”

That is a prominent phrase in the latest spectacle produced by non-other than the queen of pop, Madonna. The 57 year-old veteran proved her status on top of the throne as she performed an oldie-heavy set as part of her Rebel Heart Tour in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night.

Impressive costumes, controversial themes, and intense choreography orchestrated the 13th world tour by the Michigan-native. While her new material delivered impeccable performances such as the Matador-inspired, Grammy show version performance of “Living For Love” and the Last Supper portrayal of “Devil Pray,” it was great reinventions (something she really knows how to do best) of some old hits that truly displayed her stage presence as the best female entertainer the world has ever seen.

A medley of songs in a way of Spanish acoustics consisting of “Dress You Up,” “Into The Groove,” “Everybody,” and “Lucky Star,” had followed up a nice rendition of “La Isla Bonita.” This became a highlight of the show, which had everyone on their feet. “Like A Virgin” had Madonna on center stage, all alone, just dancing like nobody’s watching – giving that ‘good feeling’ vibe to the concert.

Another intense moment occurred when Madonna got on a pole, which was essentially a cross, and stood on a half-naked nun while slowing down perhaps her biggest hit, “Vogue.” But that wasn’t the only jaw-dropping moment, as during one of her songs a male dancer dressed like a preacher opens the singer’s legs simulating oral sex and she says “Yeezus loves my pussy best.”

Provocative? No doubt. In fact, that’s what Madonna said was the reason why President Barack Obama may have not attended her show in the nation’s capital. “I invited him,” she said. Soon after that, she dedicated a beautiful version of “La Vie En Rose” to him – which showcased one of the talents she doesn’t get enough credit for, her good vocals.

Having little to prove, Madonna keeps surpassing the only thing she worries about now … herself. As long as she keeps outdoing her past works, she will keep doing it. And as long as she keeps selling out arenas all over the world, she will keep touring.

“Thank-you for following me for three decades,” she mentioned before singing her fan-dedicated song ‘Rebel Heart.’ “Thanks to you my kids go to good schools.”

Read full article at The Daily Twist

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Madonna in DC: Maybe Obama thinks I’m too ‘provocative’

Madonna came pulsing into DC for her Rebel Heart tour on Saturday night, where she played to a packed house at the Verizon Center.

But there was one notable absence: no sign of our Commander in Chief.

Madge told the crowd she was thrilled to be in the Nation’s Capital, “even if Barack Obama didn’t come to my show. I did invite him, you know,” she said. “Maybe he thinks I’m too ‘provocative.’”

Hmm…where would he get that idea??

The show, which opened with Gothic-style theatrics with her Madgesty making her grand entrance in a suspended cage, featured half-naked nuns, a priest, and plenty of ripped, glistening dancers.

But the best part?

A Spanish-style segment that deftly wove in a string of her classic hits.

Also: how is this woman 57??!? She’s still got it.

Read more at USA Today

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Rebel Heart Tour: Madonna Takes the Verizon Center by Storm (review)

“I still believe in love — even if Barack Obama didn’t come to my show,” Madonna teased near the end of Saturday night’s concert at the Verizon Center. “Maybe I’m too provocative.” Like all her tours, Rebel Heart had its fair share of provocation, chiefly through repeated sacrilegious references to God and Catholic iconography.

But that’s always been Madonna’s cross to bear (and her bread and butter). This time out it was confined to the opening numbers. If you could look past it, as well as her overuse of war and violent imagery (Madonna is seemingly forever fighting someone, from God and Gaga to Guy and the media), you probably left charmed by the evening.

The Rebel Heart Tour finds Madonna at her happiest and most personable, and also in her best voice. In past tours she seemed to be performing on auto-pilot, but not on Saturday.

Edgy and sassy and unapologetic, Madonna once again proved her predominance in pop performance. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like her new album, even though it accounted for nearly half of the two-hour set. The truth is, few others working in pop today put on such a compelling and sensory-rich, top-notch theatrical production from beginning to end. Madonna makes her concerts feel like celebrations.

Read full article at Metroweekly.com

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Short recap Washington DC Rebel Heart show

Last night in Washington was a blast, great vibe during the pre-show and a load of dressed up fans with (selfmade) shirts. It appears M always starts the show right after Michael Jacksons’ Wanna Be Startin’ Something. She started perfectly on time around the clock of 9.35pm. She joked she invited Obama to come, but he didn’t as probably he thought the show would be too provocative. She spoke about not believing in marriage, same sex marriage only. The issue with marriage is you belong to your husband, she belongs to all of us. This time she did bring a girl upon the stage wearing a homemade Confessions Tour outfit.

Thanks to Jochen Vanhoudt on location

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Rebel Heart Roadshow In Numbers

ONE specially designed crucifix shaped stage which flows directly through the audience with a heart shaped “Rebel Heart” at the end of the runway.

2,500,000 Swarovski crystals adorn Madonna’s costumes.

2,150,400 LED Pixels light up the rear screens on the Rebel Heart stage

63 kilos of lights, sound and video equipment necessary for each night’s performance.

25 kilos the weight of the moveable stage ramp used throughout the concert.

10,000 hours of workmanship have gone into creating costumes from Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski for the Rebel Heart Tour.

1000+ wardrobe pieces are required for all the performers onstage.

500 pair of custom made shoes.

200+ pair of fishnets will be worn by Madonna by the time the Rebel Tour wraps.

180 people working and traveling on the Rebel Heart Tour.

121 days of rehearsal before the opening night of the tour in Montreal.

60 people make up the costume staff dressing, sewing and adjusting the costumes night after night.

25 string instruments are used during the show.

23 songs are on the Rebel Heart Tour set list each night.

22 videos play on the rear screens during the concert.

20 dancers join the Material Girl on stage every night.

17 make-up brushes and 5 powder puffs used on Madonna each night.

13 drums make up the drum-kit.

7 bouncing sway poles extend over the audience during the performance.

6 custom designed sets of lashes are used each night.

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RUMOR: Madonna is coming to Bangkok!

Madonna — the Queen of Pop, the legend, the fashion icon, the epitome of girl power, the singer who has influenced at least three generations of fans worldwide — is reportedly performing in Bangkok next year.

The rumor is that Madonna will perform at Impact Arena on Feb. 9, 2016, as a part of her Rebel Heart Tour, according to a local lifestyle publication.

We contacted BEC-Tero to confirm the arrival of the queen and they didn’t deny or confirm the news, only suggesting fans should stay tuned for an official announcement.

If everything works out and Madonna does come to Bangkok, tickets should go on sale Oct. 3 and start from THB2,000.

Coconuts Bangkok

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Rebel Heart Tour Montreal 2nd night short recap

A lot less media outside than the previous day and a more ‘common’ audience, less dressed up fans etc. Although the die hard fans couldn’t be missed!

She started the show ten minutes later than the first night, but seemed more at ease and smiled even more than on opening night. She spoke a lot more and her speeches were different from the first night. La Vie En Rose was again the highlight of the show and she received a standing ovation for over three minutes. During Unapologetic Bitch she did invite a fan on stage and gave him a banana after asking what he would do with it. Fans don’t know whether this was a spontaneous act, or whether this was ‘rehearsed’ with the fan in question.

Thanks to Jochen Vanhoudt on location

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Madonna Kicks Off Her Rebel Heart Tour: See Her 7 Chicest, High Fashion Costumes

 

Madonna kicked off her Rebel Heart Tour Wednesday at the Bell Center in Montreal, and not surprisingly, the inaugural concert was filled with a number of haute-couture costume changes!

The fashion-forward Material Girl wore looks designed by Alessandro Michele for Gucci and Jeremy Scott for Moschino as well as custom ensembles fromAlexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi‘s eponymous lines. Per WWD, who spoke in depth with Madonna’s costume designer Arianne Phillips, the singer also modeled creations from featured Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski on the runway stage.

We pulled together seven of Madonna’s dramatic looks from her Rebel Heart opener, all of which seem to (loosely) be in line with a few different concert themes…

With each outfit, it’s important that the outfit will enhance Madonna’s performance and not inhibit it. If forced to choose between fashion and function, she would choose the latter, but because she’s Madonna, she works with the pros to get the best of both worlds.

Full article HERE

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Madonna announces more Rebel Heart tour dates, skips Kansas City

In a press release this morning, Madonna has announced a slew of more dates in her seemingly endless world tour in support of her latest album, March’s Rebel Heart. But in the latest batch of dates stretching well into 2016, the Queen of Pop is noticeably skipping one very worthy market: our own Kansas City — and, in fact, all of Missouri.

Look here at the iconic singer’s North American and Puerto Rican dates in January:

Jan. 6 — Mexico City, Mexico, Sports Palace
Jan. 10 — San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
Jan. 12 — Houston, TX, Toyota Center
Jan. 14 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
Jan. 16 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center – later recalled
Jan. 18 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 20 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
Jan. 23 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
Jan. 24 — Miami, FL, American Airlines Arena
Jan. 27 — San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico
Jan. 28 — San Juan, PR, Coliseo de Puerto Rico

This year’s fall tour dates aren’t exactly nearby, either. What gives, Madge?

If you want to make the four-hour drive to Tulsa, keep a bookmark at LiveNation. Ticket prices and on-sale dates have not yet been announced.

Pitch.com

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