Bluetones Frontman Mark Morriss Covers Madonna’s “Angel” & Pet Shop Boys’ “Love Comes Quickly” Beautifully: Listen

First up, most Americans will have no idea who The Bluetones were, unless you happened to pick up that beyond essential Brit Box: UK Indie Shoegaze & Brit Pop Gems box set Rhino offered up in 2007. For the record, the Mark Morriss-led UK indie-pop quartet were around for the better part of the ’90s and ’00s, then split in 2011, only to announce a reunion tour this past spring.

Anyway, the point in all this is that Morriss quietly released a solo album full of hand-picked covers on July 31, and his synthy rendition of Madonna’s 1984 Like A Virgin hit “Angel” and bluesy overhaul of Pet Shop Boys“Love Comes Quickly,”originally released as the second single off the duo’s 1986 debut LP Please, are beautifully done.

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My Who’s That Girl Tour in Rotterdam 1987 experience (28 years ago today) by Caroline Walta

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Who’s that girl tour 26 Aug 1987 – The Netherlands, Rotterdam De Kuip stadium (by Caroline Walta)

The lights go off, the spotlight is switched on… the first notes of Open Your Heart. When I think about it, it still gives me goose bumps. This is my very first concert. I’m in the seated area and the stage is far away, but what an amazing experience. My idol Madonna in real life. Without a radio or tv-screen in between. There she IS!

She starts in the famous black corset, basic costume for the first part of the show. For True blue it is covered with a sweet light-blue dress and for Papa don’t preach – one of my favorites in the show- a tough black leather jacket. White heat is pure theatre in a golden jacket with black detective hat. Causing a commotion has a choreography with the three backing vocals singers and fades into the ballad Look of Love. Dress you up and Material girl is mainly humor. Both as outfit, with pink toy dress, as show. This sessions ends with Like a virgin. Then there’s a bridge with the Four Tips song I can’t help myself, which shows how all round Madonna is. After celebrating with Where’s the party, the stadium is filled with lights for Live to tell. I am impressed by her voice. After a short break, the party is on with Into the groove. The letters on the outfits of Madonna and dancers form the word ‘dance’. The concert finishes with a Spanish part, that to my joy would return in many future tours. La isla bonita in a beautiful red dress, followed by Who’s that girl and a mind-blowing final with Holiday.

Despite the distance and 30.000 + crowd in the sold out stadium, it feels like the performance was just for me. My mother was with me, because she wouldn’t let me go to the concert alone. After that, I visited many shows by myself. That is how I met many wonderful fans, who I all hope to meet at the Rebel heart tour 2015. And my mum? We will be at the final show in Amsterdam together!

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What It’s Like to Choreograph for Madonna (on upcoming Rebel Heart tour)

Few gigs compare to creating the moves for Madonna. Choreographer Megan Lawson is living that dream.

Lawson, whom you might know from Fanny Pak, began working on Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour a few months ago. But it’s not her first rodeo with the Queen of Pop. The Canadian-born choreographer was also responsible for the moves in Madonna’s “Living for Love” and “Ghosttown” videos, along with Madonna’s 2015 Grammy Awardsperformance, and was a contributing choreographer to Madge’s MDMA tour.

Dance Spirit spoke with Lawson about her work on the upcoming tour.

Dance Spirit: What’s the process of choreographing for a tour of this scale?
Megan Lawson: Jamie King is the show’s director. The process starts with a discussion between Jamie, Madonna and I about ideas and concepts. Then, my dancers, Jamie and I get into the studio and experiment for a while before presenting to M. She always has a hand in the choreography. She loves to be part of the process and collaborate with everyone, from the lighting designer to the makeup artist. I’d say every number in the tour has at least one part Madonna choreographed herself. It’s a really fun process.

DS: Are there other choreographers working with you?
ML: Since I’m the lead choreographer on this tour, I got to recommend other choreographers to collaborate with. I was so fortunate to bring in other artists, including Jillian Meyers, Matt Cady and Kevin Maher, who are all friends of mine. The great thing about involving other choreographers is that the show becomes really diverse. Every song is different stylistically, and each has a unique choreographic vibe.

DS: Does anything about the tour scare you?
ML: Getting it all done in time! It’s been a challenge to coordinate everything. Madonna doesn’t settle for anything but the best—she’s a perfectionist. It takes time. This is certainly the biggest-scale production I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see it all come together. I know it will. But right now it’s crunch time, and that’s a little scary.

DS: What are your top three favorite Madonna songs?
ML: “Human Nature,” “Messiah” and “Falling Free.”

DS: What’s your advice for Dance Spirit readers?
ML: Explore as many avenues as you can. I never really had goals or plans that were set in stone. I just knew I wanted to dance and create for living. I tried lots of different things—from taking a wide variety of classes to assisting choreographers to picking up small gigs here and there. What really paid off the most, though, was grabbing some friends and making a few little videos of my own. Those experiences were more satisfying than working as a backup dancer—and Madonna ended up hiring me after seeing some of the clips! It’s OK if your goals change over time. Be open to your desires and follow your heart.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour begins September 9. Visit madonna.com for more info.

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To Pit or not to Pit

Tony Villanueava has responded to a question by a fan on his Instagram whether or not there would be another pit/golden triangle during the show. He responded by saying:

‘Pit. It could be a Pit OR it might be something better !’

Every fan that was able to experience the show from the Golden Triangle during the MDNA Tour knows how amazing the experience is, no wonder we are all hoping to relive that experience again.

We will know for sure in just a short while

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Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour Will Be Massively Successful And Fun

Madonna is going to kick off her Rebel Heart Tour in Montreal on September 9, and it is already set to be another massively successful tour. According to Forbes, tickets are going for very high secondary market prices and may be another record-breaking tour.

“The Queen of Pop is set to hit the road, and may be on track to break tour records yet again as well… the average Madonna ticket is $331 on the secondary market for her US dates.”

Forbes notes that the average price for tickets on the secondary market is much higher than it was on Madonna’s previous tour. However, it’s important to note that judging a tour’s success on sales from secondary sellers can be misleading.

Primary ticket sales for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour are strong, even if pre-sales aren’t as massive as previous tours. Madonna has added secondary dates in several cities.
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Madonna in talks to be featured in reality TV show

Musical icon and legend Madonna has entered into talks to star in her own reality television program.

Madonna has entered into negotiations with Bunim Murray. Murray is the company that is behind Keeping Up With The Kardashians and most recently I Am Cait, which follows the story of Caitlyn Jenner.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Madonna has opened up her life to fans. She released two documentaries Bed With Madonna back in 1991 and I’m Going To Tell You A Secret in 2005. An inside source close to the project explained that no one ever thought someone as big as Madonna would want to start in her own reality TV project but now times are changing.

Madonna has recently has been spending time with Kim Kardashian and Kayne West and appears to be influences by how Kim has used reality as a platform, The Mirror added.

The “Material Girl” singer hasn’t committed to any project yet but has been very open about how she wants to give fans an insight into her life especially while she is out on tour.

(By Chelsea Lewis / https://thecelebritycafe.com/)

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ICON on the Live Pass gift and the updated customer service issue at Live Nation

We reported on this issue a few days ago, there’s a new team behind Madonna’s merchandise customer service. Now Madonna.com has also sent out an email to all its registered members:

 

Thanks once again for participating in our Icon ticket pre-sales for Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour, which opens very soon on September 9 in Montreal!

Your Live Pass purchase included a gift, and you could select from a Rebel Heart logo keyring, 24″x36″ exclusive Madonna tour poster or a $5 discount at the Madonna Online Store. We are happy to report that the Rebel Heart keyring is now in production and the exclusive poster is almost ready for the printing presses. We expect that shipping will begin in September.

If you have any questions regarding your Live Pass gift order, please use our Contact Us form found on the HELP page of madonna.com. “fanclubsupport @livenationmerchandise.com” is no longer a valid email address. Please use the Contact Us form for Icon- and website-related inquiries. To speak with a Fan Support representative, please call us: 855 244-7699 U.S. / +1-949-333-4820 International.

We appreciate your patience while we worked on creating these special items for you.

The Icon Team
#RebelHeartTour
MADONNA.COM

 

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Brand new extensive Madonna World Tours section coming soon!

We are currently working our butts off to wrap up the new and improved ‘World Tours’ section for MadonnaUnderground. This section will be similar to our Album Promo section (focuses on Madonna’s album releases and the promo tours that came with it).

Imagine having hundreds (if not thousands) of original magazine and newspaper articles as well as tons of accompanying memorabilia, we need to scan and photograph. Then you have all the tour dates, tour facts, video (rare and interesting) from the tour, personal live reports, private photo galleries and last but not least the enormous amount of scanned and photographed articles and memorabilia.

We just wrapped up The Confessions Tour and stumbled upon this front row ticket we purchased right before the London August 15 show, a truly epic show. Stay tuned, the full, complete and extensive World Tours will be online soon

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Madonna: On Screen brand new book by Chris Wade focuses on her film career (see cover)

Tired of reading the same old (non-accurate) biographies on Madonna? Want something new and original? Finally there’s a brand new book for you to collect, this one is all about her film career in 122 pages: Madonna On Screen.

Madonna: On Screen is written by Chris Wade, he discusses all the movies she’s starred in and/or directed. The book contains pictures, info and an interview with Desperately Seeking Susan writer Leora Barish.

Stay tuned for an exclusive closer look at the book soon, there’s also a Q&A coming up with the author!

If you do not wish to wait for the book preview (and review) and are ready to order please click HERE

For more information, this is the full press release:

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25 Years Ago: Madonna Gets Dangerous – inside Madonna’s infamous MTV VMA Vogue performance

Often recalled as the “Marie Antoinette” performance, Madonna’s game-changing 1990 rendition of her hit “Vogue” was based on the film Dangerous Liaisons, with Madge donning Michelle Pfeiffer’s actual dress from the movie. Luis Camacho and Jose Gutierez, both of whom danced on Madonna’s “Blonde Ambition” tour and choreographed and danced in the original “Vogue” video and VMA number, recall that unforgettable night.

Gutierez: At first, we were going to do another song, ’cause people were already sick of us doing this. We had already vogued all year. It was between “Keep it Together” and something else.

Camacho: The idea [for the “Vogue” performance] came about during a game of charades. During the last days of the tour, we were in the South of France, in Nice, and one of the charades was Dangerous Liaisons. I was sitting next to her, and Madonna goes, “You know, that’s very ‘Vogue.’ ”

Gutierez: For the choreography, I was trying to basically keep the same stuff that was in the chorus section [of the video]. Everyone remembers those counts of eight from the chorus. Voguing is very arrogant and very aristocratic with all this attitude, so I think the theme and the costumes made us emulate it even more.

Camacho: The only thing that had us a little nervous were the fans the women [dancers] had. At one point in the choreography, they flipped the fans in the air, and they’re supposed to catch them. At almost every rehearsal, somebody would drop the fan.

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Gutierez: Janet Jackson’s dancers also were performing that night, and there was always this Janet and Madonna competition throughout the years. Janet opened the show with “Black Cat” and we were closing the show, so we got to see them go on first. We were so amped because we were like, “Oh my God, they sucked! They were so bad!” We were like, “Oh, it’s in the bag!”

Camacho: We were also up for an award that night for best choreography.

Gutierez: I really wanted to win, but I knew that we weren’t going to. Madonna told us, “Don’t get your hopes up, because it’s very political in these awards ceremonies. They’re not going to give it to two young kids from the Lower East Side.” I was like, “You don’t know that!”

Camacho: By the time we went to perform, we [hadn’t won]. Standing offstage, Jose and I felt like, “We are about to show you why we should have gotten that award.” We always did a prayer circle before we went on stage. Madonna was like, “Let’s go out there and give it to them! Let’s serve it up, ladies and gentlemen!”

Gutierez: You can see our energy. It’s that moment when the curtain goes up and we are there, and everyone in the crowd just rises to their feet. I was jumping out of my skin.

Camacho: And no one dropped a fan! After they all caught it, we all clapped and breathed a sigh of relief. It was a nail-biter.

Gutierez: Talking about it now is like reliving those moments of being on stage—it gives you this rush of wanting to be the best and wanting to leave such an impression. It’s crazy because 25 years later, people still remember. I still get recognized on the street from this job that I did 25 years ago, and it feels so good.

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Important info regarding Live Nation customer support

Fans have been reporting that Live Nation doesn’t offer customer support anymore regarding Madonna merchandise. Fans have e-mailed Live Nation and have all received the same reply back:

..’Thank you for your email. We do apologize for any confusion; however we no longer provide the customer service for the Madonna Fan Club. If your questions or concerns are still outstanding, please contact the new team * PHONE: 1-855-244-7699 US // +1-949-333-4820 International Thank you for your patience and understanding.’

There is a new team behind the customer service and therefore this automatic response is being sent out. This system will be updated this week so that all of your e-mails will be sent through and handled by the new team directly. Be patient for the system to be updated. In the meantime you can always contact the team behind ICON (Johann).

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Tony Villanueva ‘On opening night I won’t eat dinner, the butterflies will have taken up all the room’

We are getting close. I have to be able to hear what’s happening on stage. Rehearsal is like a painting. You start with a blank canvas and we are adding the highlights now. It’s my turn. We will run quick changes at real time. We rehearse with the discipline of military maneuvers. Later I won’t be able to remember if it was a sold out performance or a closed rehearsal because the level of Madonna’s passion for her show is the same intensity. On opening night I won’t eat dinner, the butterflies will have taken up all the room. The bathroom sink will become an alter (because it’s important to ME). When the lights go out the roar of the audience collides with exhilaration like a freight train. There is nothing like opening night on earth. I will count the songs as we approach the first quick change. Pacing between the stage and quick change, double checking a millions times and checking every note I ever made. The music will wind down, my hands will start to sweat, anticipation builds, the curtain parts a presence rushes into the room…the second hand started 15 seconds ago…it’s like that, and thats just the first Section…21 days. ?Madonna “Rebel ? Heart” Tour.

Tony Villanueva

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Press Release – Keith Haring The Political Line 20 September to 7 February Kunsthal Rotterdam

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Keith Haring First press release, May 2015
The Political Line
20 September 2015 to 7 February 2016

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Prophets of Rage, acryl on canvas, 304,8 x 457,2 cm, 1988 © Keith Haring Foundation
Collection Keith Haring Foundation

This autumn, the Kunsthal Rotterdam is proud to be presenting a major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring (1958-1990). ‘Keith Haring. The Political Line’ is the first exhibition in the Netherlands to highlight in detail the social and political aspects of his life’s work. One hundred and twenty artworks reveal an underexposed side of this world-famous artist. To personally experience these imposing artworks is a visual spectacle that has great impact. Twenty-five years after Haring’s death, his art is as influential as ever.

A protégé of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring spawned a revolution in art during the 1980s with his unmistakably unique style. In New York, during the conservatism of the Reagan era, the openly-gay Haring made it his mission to highlight social evils in his work. He took a clear stance against the excesses of capitalism and was committed to nuclear disarmament, environmental protection and equal rights for all, irrespective of ethnicity, skin colour, religion or sexual orientation. Together with diary excerpts and other archival material, the thematic collection of works in ‘The Political Line’ illustrates just how committed Keith Haring was to the socio-political issues of his day.

Inspired by street culture 

Keith Haring held a leading position in the New York ‘downtown’ community of painters,performers and musicians whose creativity took its cues from urban street culture. Keith Haring was inspired by graffiti, comic strips, music, dance, fine art and popular culture. Haring considered art to be a public right. The much-criticised commercialisation of his own work on T-shirts, badges or stickers was an integral part of his philosophy that ‘Art is for Everyone’. Haring had a tremendous influence on his generation, and although his career spanned just over one decade, the effects of his visual vocabulary still reverberate.

Surprising diversity 

Many of the works in ‘The Political Line’ are on loan from the Keith Haring Foundation in New York, supplemented with important works from international museums and private collections. The diversity of Haring’s work ranges from the early chalk drawings created in situ in the New York City subway stations (the ‘subway drawings’), to his large-scale paintings on canvas and vinyl tarpaulins, innumerable works in Sumi ink on paper, unique objects and sculpture. Documentary material from the Haring Foundation’s archival holdings completes the picture of artist and activist Keith Haring. As Kunsthal director Emily Ansenk emphasises, ‘We are delighted that this exhibition is taking place in Rotterdam, the city in which Keith Haring had his very first exhibition outside the USA, in 1982. Throughout his career, Keith Haring pursued his ambition to make his work accessible to everyone, not only to the art world. He shared his work through every channel possible. The Kunsthal Rotterdam is therefore the best place in the Netherlands for this exhibition; we are making his work accessible for a wide and new public audience.’

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Happy bday to M from Joe Henry (Facebook)

This is the young woman i met shortly after our family’s move to michigan in 1975 –as i entered my sophomore year of high school and, she, her senior one. together, we were in the Thespian Society; and in that winter’s first production, we were cast as mother and son –the wife and child of ralph waldo emerson– in a play about thoreau.

she was whip-smart and short on patience; and to tell the truth, she scared me more than a little. but along with her sister Paula, her presence upon my landscape nudged open a door through which i would pass and find my life utterly and forever changed…that unusual and sprawling family becoming, years later, my own.

no one is more surprised than i by the way our lives have expanded; by the way that our journeys have diverged and become entangled. like anyone, i can sometimes forget to see the flesh and blood/heart and mind behind the parade float that is her public persona. but then i will find myself across the kitchen table from her, sharing a martini, and be additionally shocked to recognize anew the compact, terse-yet-compassionate human at the switches.

i have told this tale before, but it bears repeating: when elvis presley died on this date in 1977, this upstart professed in real-time that she felt his spirit had passed out of his body and through her own in exodus.

i laughed at her then for such outrageous self-possession, at the arrogance that i assumed must allow her to declare such publicly.

today, when there is laughter, it is the laugh of recognition i hear –and it begins somewhere high above me, where things that once seemed implausible play with wild abandon and in broad daylight.

happy birthday, madonna louise veronica ciccone.

Joe Henry – Facebook

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