The Confessions Tour Paris August 27 photo gallery online

After the show in Hannover Germany we took the Thalys and traveled to Paris for the next four shows of The Confessions Tour in 2006. 

Staff had learned from the 2004 situation and created an actual area where you were able to set up a tent and spent the night in front of Bercy. Many fans had taken the opportunity to spent the night in order to get the best spots inside the arena. The enormous queue seemed to stretch all the way to Belgium, so we decided to take things easy and not queue.

Unfortunately that meant seeing the show from afar in a sweaty (and sticky) Bercy. The photographs can’t compare to those we took in London and therefore we only have 36 images of the first stop of the tour, check these out HERE

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The Confessions Tour in Hannover Germany photo gallery online

Madonna had a hangover in Hannover, at least that’s what she told the crowd at the AWD arena during The Confessions Tour in 2006. After the slightly cranky performance in Dusseldorf Madonna seemed to be enjoying herself a lot more during her second and final show in Germany.

We spoke to a few crew members right before the show, including Mr. Guy Oseary who all confirmed that Madonna was in much better spirits for this show. Madonna joked around, kept making silly faces to her band and dancers and disappeared inside her winter coat during “Drowned World / Substitute For Love”

We have 52 updated and enhanced photographs of the Hannover stop online for you to view in our photo gallery HERE

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Book signing for Synthesis II “Adore” Madonna and Fusuma Photography at Ippodo Gallery

Ippodo Gallery welcomes you to the book signing for Synthesis II “Adore” Madonna and Fusuma Photography, the second solo exhibition of works by Kenji Wakasugi. ADORE is the complete overview of the session – 200 pages include 324 frames, 10 contact sheets, together with 111 large format black and white portraits. For three and a half decades this collection remained private, near silent. Furthermore, the design of this art-book pays homage to Japanese 80’s minimalism. The aqua cover features only the title ADORE debossed in ebony lettering. Madonna’s name is foiled in Japanese text on the accompanying canary yellow and neon pink bellybands (hand sewn) – the idea being that the book itself becomes an object of beauty.⁠

Please join for a book signing with the artist Kenji Wakasugi (@kenji_wakasigi) and publisher and creative director of NJG Studio Ltd. (@njg_studio), Nick Groarke. The event will take place on Saturday December 4th from 3-5 PM at Ippodo Gallery, 32 E 67th St. RSVP via email to mail@ippodogallery.com.

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‘You Can Dance’ merchandise items updated

The You Can Dance page has been updated with brand new (and rare) related merchandise!

There’s the official UK sales presenter, a press kit from the USA, a Japanese press pack, a Dutch promotional photo, a promotional record signed by Madonna. But most of all there’s the original untouched photograph by Herb Ritts that was used for the album cover.

Check it all out HERE

Original untouched photograph by Herb Ritts

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Madonna at the BBC airs December 18th on BBC2

Madonna at the BBC, the brand new TV special will air on BBC2 on the 18th December at 21:00 (local time).

A look back at a selection of magical Madonna moments on various BBC shows, from her first Top of the Pops appearance with Holiday in 1984 right up to the present day. This collection covers Madonna’s journey from Material Girl to Queen of Pop and captures how over the years her ability to combine charisma, controversy and classic pop tunes has made her the female icon of her times and a true global superstar.

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The Confessions Tour in Düsseldorf photo gallery online!

After London we traveled to Dusseldorf Germany to attend our fifth show of The Confessions Tour in 2006. This was the first show without assigned seats so it was time to queue! The queuing ended in a complete and total nightmare. Not only were we soaked by the pouring rain throughout the day, but the organisation used caution tape to divide the rows of people. Of course once the infamous ‘rush’ started, the tape was torn and people were suddenly on our backs. 

As we were crushed against the one gate separating the crowd from the ticket-check, we managed to throw ourselves over the gate and security even helped us get up. Once we finally got inside we never even realized that Madonna was in the midst of her soundcheck, until we heard a very familiar voice telling the people inside the arena to ‘shut up’ as this was not the show. While still trying to catch our breath, Madonna (who was obviously not in the best of moods) continued to rehearse “Future Lovers” and “Get Together”.

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Synthesis II: Madonna “Adore” and Fusuma Photography by Kenji Wakasugi opens this Friday, December 3rd!

Are you ready?

Synthesis II: Madonna “Adore” and Fusuma Photography by Kenji Wakasugi opens this Friday, December 3rd!

Join us! Meet Japanese artist, Kenji Wakasugi, and book publisher, Nick Groarke, of @njg_studio.

Opening reception: Friday, December 3, 2021, 5-8 PM
Book signing: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 3-5 PM

More information at Ippodo Gallery

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The Confessions Tour August 16 birthday show photo gallery online

The Confessions Tour August 16, 2006 marked Madonna’s birthday show! A very special event for obvious reasons. This was the third show in a row to be filmed for The Confessions Tour DVD.

Our night started out different as we couldn’t locate our seats inside the Wembley Arena, they simply didn’t exist. We were told by staff to go back outside to the ticket booth (with a huge queue) and inquire there what to do. We already purchased drinks and stuff and now we were back where we started. The queue wasn’t moving so after some research we were led to a different window. Apparently it was a well known issue and we were upgraded to catwalk seats! I did get into a bit of an argument as the lady wouldn’t let me take the drink that I purchased inside, back into the arena…..

Madonna’s birthday was celebrated by singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her with Donna and Nicki right after ‘Let It Will Be’. The 41 photographs of this show that we have enhanced for you to view, are not quite as good as the previous dates mostly because catwalk seats meant getting crushed and fighting to keep your spot…..

Check them out HERE

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Madonna at the BBC

BBC revealed that a brand new Madonna special will be a part of their BBC Christmas TV line-up, titled ‘Madonna at the BBC’

A look back at a selection of magical Madonna moments on a range of BBC shows – from her first-ever Top of the Pops appearance with Holiday in 1984, right up to the present day. 

Madonna’s 1991 documentary ‘Truth or Dare’ will also be shown

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Why Is It Okay For The World To Sexualise Madonna, But She Can’t Sexualise Herself?

….’Madonna is proof that while women will be sexualised in every which way, the world will turn their backs on them once they start sexuaising themselves, especially if it’s for performance or profit. It’s the same ideology that got Sarah Jayne Dunn sacked from Hollyoaks earlier this month and shames any woman with an OnlyFans career.

Madonna is having to fight against a sexist, ageist culture that once uplifted her, more so than her male counterparts will ever have to fight.

‘There are no rules for boys, but there are rules for girls,’ Madonna added in her 2016 Billboard speech. ‘You are allowed to be objectified by men and dress like a slut, but don’t own your sluttiness.’

That’s exactly the type of sexism that Piers – and all the other people shaming Madonna – are reinforcing. Madonna was and still is a sex symbol regardless of her age. Playing and performing with sexiness and what that means for her and the women who idolise her is what she’s good at. Let her keep running the show.

Read the full article by GRAZIA

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Synthesis II: Madonna “Adore” and Fusuma Photography opens December 3, 2021

A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography inspired by traditional ink-painting. The show will also feature individual prints and a limited second edition publication of the photo book ADORE from his 1985 photoshoot with Madonna, published by Nick Groarke, NJG Studio Ltd. in London. ⁠

Juxtaposed to works emphasizing traditional styles and architecture are Wakasugi’s images of Madonna, demonstrating a vivid sense of modernity and nostalgia for the late 20th century.⁠

Synthesis II: Madonna “Adore” and Fusuma Photography opens December 3, 2021. Join Ippodo Gallery on the opening night from 5-8 pm for a reception. Meet Japanese artist, Kenji Wakasugi, and book publisher, Nick Groarke of @njg_studio. ⁠

More info at Ippodo Gallery

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