Countdown on for Madonna’s Tears of a Clown ‘comedy’ show before Rebel Heart tour

Madonna performs on stage during her 'Rebel Heart' Tour at Vector Arena on March 5, 2016 in Auckland.Madonna performs on stage during her ‘Rebel Heart’ Tour at Vector Arena on March 5, 2016 in Auckland. Photo: Cam McLaren/Getty

As 1500 of Madonna’s most ardent fans prepare for her exclusive show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre tonight, many of whom have camped out overnight and throughout the rainy afternoon, speculation continues as to exactly what form the superstar’s show will take.

The intimate Tears of a Clown show is a free performance for members of Madonna’s fan club, described by the singer as “Performance art, comedy, storytelling and music” as a way of thanking her fans for waiting 23 years for her to tour here.

Ahead of her Rebel Heart stadium tour, the singer began dropping some seriously cryptic clues – if that’s indeed what they are – on her social media accounts, including several clown references and some bizarre photos.

Madonna fans queue outside The Forum Theatre for an exclusive fan club show by the pop music icon.Madonna fans queue outside The Forum Theatre for an exclusive fan club show by the pop music icon. Photo: Pat Scala

According to the anonymous fan, Madonna rehearsed nine of her songs, including acoustic versions of her two earliest hits, 1983’s Holiday and Borderline, as well as later songs like I’m So Stupid, Nobody’s Perfect and Intervention.

The fan said she rehearsed well into the night – but there was no mention of any overheard jokes.

While the lucky fan club members invited to tonight’s Forum show already have their non-transferable tickets, it’s believed the tickets are general admission, so people have been queuing up to ensure a good spot for the show.

Long-time fan Adem Ali from Geelong, has been in the queue since 7am Thursday morning “just in case” it’s a case of first in, best spot inside the venue.

“We got here with our camper chairs and we’re about 25th in the queue,” he old Fairfax Media. “It’s a great vibe here and even in the rain everyone’s really friendly and helpful, no insane arguments!”

Ali, 32, has taken annual leave from his job to attend all seven Madonna shows around the country. “Don’t ask how much I’ve spent!”

He’s been a member of Madonna’s fan club for several years and was “beside himself” when he received the email telling him he’d been chosen for the exclusive gig.

“Even when I was in a highchair I was a fan – my mum tells a story about putting Holiday on the record player and I’d stop eating until the song ended,” he says.

Ali says even though he’s been waiting 28 years to see his idol, he’s not sure what to expect from tonight’s exclusive show.

“I’ve heard they rehearsed a lot of different songs as she can’t make up her mind, so it might be as much a surprise for us as for her band,” he says.

And as for the mooted stand-up?

“We have to remember that when she wants to be, she can very funny and witty.”

If Madonna does deliver on her promise of comedy, it won’t be the first time she’s attempted it – last April the singer did a ‘bit’ on US chat show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, after telling Fallon she is “kind of a closet comedian”.

“I always do extravaganzas, they always cost a billion dollars to make … nobody makes any money … and sometimes I dream about simplicity,” she said, before Fallon urged her to try out some material.

The host introduced her as as “an up and coming comedian from Bay City Michigan” before the Material Girl tried out some very different … material.

Her opener was … just ok, announcing she was only going to “talk about what I know… so I’m going to start with dating younger men,” she said, before moving into jokes about her extensive modern art collection – a little harder for most of us to relate to.

She also told an anecdote about asking her 15-year-old son Rocco (from her previous marriage to British film director Guy Ritchie) if he had any single friends. A gag which, one imagines, given her recent estrangement from her son, won’t be in tonight’s repertoire.

At her Auckland show last week, the singer broke down on stage after dedicating her song La Vie en Rose to Rocco, telling the crowd, “there is no love stronger than a mother for her son” and “if I talk about him too much, I might cry”.

Since then though, her Twitter feed has been a bizarre parade of clown-related photos, emoji and cryptic messages, the last one, sent in the early hours of Thursday morning, of the singer riding a miniature tricycle.

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Night owl Madonna rehearsed into the night ahead of special Melbourne fan show

She’s here: Madonna inside the Forum last night rehearsing her Tears of a Clown show for fans.

MADONNA pulled a near all-nighter in Melbourne last night.

The Queen of Pop arrived at the Forum at 9.45pm last night to continue rehearsals for her Tears of a Clown fan club show tonight.

Starting at around 10pm, perfectionist Madonna and her band rehearsed for over four hours while her manager Guy Oseary posed for photos with fans at the venue.

Oseary posted a photo from inside the rehearsals, showing Madonna with an acoustic guitar and a music stand which presumably contained lyrics.

A setlist on the floor showed a healthy list of songs, suggesting fans are in for a full concert not a handful of tunes.

Madonna arrives for rehearsals at the Forum in Melbourne. Picture: Splash News.

Madonna arrives for rehearsals at the Forum in Melbourne. Picture: Splash News.Source:Supplied

Madonna had previously staged rehearsals at Hisense Arena for the one-off performance, which contains music as well as stand up comedy and performance art.

She has not performed this type of show ever before and has told Australian fans it is a thank you for their patience considering she has not toured here in 23 years.

In her first sighting since arriving in Melbourne on Monday night Madonna made a swift entry into the Russell Street stage door of the Forum, surrounded by a bodyguard.

Lucky fans who won tickets have been sleeping out at the Forum since Tuesday, with doors opening at 8.30pm tonight.

There is only general admission, meaning those first in the queue will get closest to the stage.

Fans outside the Forum last night heard Madonna play a handful of songs stretching through her career, including treats for diehard fans.

A sneaky picture from inside the Forum via fansite Madonna Online.

A sneaky picture from inside the Forum via fansite Madonna Online.Source:Supplied

Spoiler — fans heard I’m So Stupid and Intervention from 2003’s American Life, Nobody’s Perfect and Don’t Tell Me from 2000s Music, Borderline and Holidayfrom her self-titled 1983 debut album, Love Spent from 2012’s MDNA, Joan of Arcfrom last year’s Rebel Heart, Take a Bow from 1994’s Bedtime Stories.

Oseary posted a photo of himself meeting Kylie Minogue in Melbourne yesterday, prompting a fan frenzy over the possibility of the Queen of Pop and the Princess of Pop sharing a stage.

However, sources say Minogue flew back to London last night, although some fans are hoping she is merely laying low.

Sources say the Tears of a Clown show will have major production and staging, with reports of a catwalk built inside the Forum and circus-themed entertainment.

A photo has revealed how long Madonna’s setlist is.

A photo has revealed how long Madonna’s setlist is.Source:Instagram

Kylie Minogue with Guy Oseary on Wednesday. Picture: Instagram/@GuyOseary.

Kylie Minogue with Guy Oseary on Wednesday. Picture: Instagram/@GuyOseary.Source:Supplied

Tickets were only available today and have each fan’s name printed on them in order to stop scalping.

While doors open at 8.30pm, Madonna is not expected on stage until at least 10pm at the earliest.

New York DJ Mary Mac, who is also her opening act on her Australian arena tour, will warm the crowd up until Madonna’s arrival.


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When Molly Meldrum first met Madonna and it was not what you saw on TV

In the TV show Madonna, played by Jacinta Stapleton, was shocked when Meldrum abruptly ended their first interview in New York — he took a phone call mid-chat to tell him his house in Melbourne was on fire.

The fire did happen — and in the same year that first Madonna interview took place, 1984 — but Meldrum was in London and no interview was curtailed.

Rather the first meeting went something like this.

“I’d gone over to New York to interview Van Halen,” Meldrum recalled. “I’d gone to a club called the Ritz where Eurythmics were playing, and Real Life, the Australian band, were opening for them. In-between bands they played videos and they put on both Madonna’s Burning Up and Holiday. I remember thinking ‘These are great, who the f*** is this? How have I missed these songs?’

“Someone told me she was on Warner, so because I was over there I said I had to interview Madonna. I interviewed Real Life that day, presented them with an award, and I was running late to get back to the Rockefeller Centre to interview Madonna. When I got there I had a bit of a clash with Peter Ikin from the record label because I was late, so I apologised and said ‘Who the f*** is Madonna anyway?’

“And then this head poked around the corner and said ‘I’m Madonna. And what the f*** is a Molly?”

Madonna reunites with Molly Meldrum on her 1993 Australian tour. Picture: Supplied

Madonna reunites with Molly Meldrum on her 1993 Australian tour. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

“So we started the interview and for the first minute or so there were very curt replies. But I was telling her how much I loved Burning Up and Holiday. I said thatHoliday could go to No. 1 in Australia. Madonna said ‘Well, how long would that take?’ And I said ‘Six weeks?’ As soon as I got home we played Holiday and it was at the top of the charts in three weeks.

“Then she played me some of the new album she’d just finished, which was Like a Virgin. We became friends after that.”

In September 1984 Meldrum was back in New York and was front row at the MTV Music Awards with Tina Turner and her Australian manger Roger Davies.

Molly Meldrum kisses Madonna after the interview. Picture: Supplied

Molly Meldrum kisses Madonna after the interview. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

That was the award show where Madonna, still not a huge star in America, premiered Like a Virgin wearing a wedding dress and writhing on the floor. She came out on the top of a giant wedding cake and had her notorious ‘Boy Toy’ buckle over the dress.

“Madonna’s come out and Tina Turner was slightly horrified and went ‘What is this woman doing?’,” Meldrum recalls. “Then Madonna was crawling on the floor and she came over near us, I think she’d seen my hat. Tina said ‘She’s coming near you Molly, she’s waving at you!’ So I waved back. But that was her breakthrough performance. The rest is history after that.”

Molly Meldrum points out what exactly happened when he first met Madonna. Picture: Supplied

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Confirmed! Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits limited edition for Record Store Day!

After the official news yesterday, we can confirm that Warner Music will indeed be releasing a limited edition on PINK vinyl of Madonna’s original Japanese release ‘Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits’ on April 16.

Only participating stores will be offering the limited edition vinyl single for sale (check with your local record store and ask about Record Store Day)

This is the official artwork


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New CD release – Madonna Bits ‘N Bobs – rare broadcast performances 1984 – 1995 by Zip City (pre-order link)

51otfb3IvEL._SS280SUPERB SELECTION OF LIVE MADONNA TV BROACASTS Arguably the finest ever female performer, Madonna could also give most men a run for their money in the live arena. And while she may now have reached middle age there seems to be still no stopping this remarkable and still hugely energetic pop icon, one who will never let a year go by without a new album, a new tour, a film or some other contribution to her already enormous and wholly respected body of work. But if there is one era from Madonna s career that shines brighter than any other it has to be the one stretching from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s the time of True Blue, Like A Prayer and Erotica, of Dick Tracey, Truth or Dare and Evita, and the period when the most controversial item bearing her name was published; the Sex book. This CD collection remembers and celebrates this classic era, containing as it does 15 broadcast performances recorded for live television during this time, and illustrating perfectly how this astonishing woman was not only at the top of her own game at this juncture, but on top of the entire game of music as well.

1. Like A Virgin (MTV Video Music Awards 1984)
2. Holiday (Live Aid 1985)
3. Into The Groove (Live Aid 1985)
4. Love Makes The World Go Round (Live Aid 1985)
5. Causing A Commotion (MTV Video Music Awards 1987)
6. Express Yourself (MTV Video Music Awards 1989)
7. Sooner Or Later (Academy Awards 1991)
8. Fever (Saturday Night Live 1993)
9. Bad Girl (Saturday Night Live 1993)
10. Fever (Arsenio Hall Show 1000th Episode 1993)
11. The Lady Is A Tramp (with Anthony Kiedis) (Arsenio Hall Show 1000th Episode 1993)
12. Bye Bye Baby (MTV Video Music Awards 1993)
13. Take A Bow (with Babyface) (American Music Awards 1995)
14. Lucky Star (TV Broadcast, Japan 1987)
15. La Isla Bonita (TV Broadcast, Japan 1987)

  • Audio CD (8 April 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zip City
  • ASIN: B01CF03OFA

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Record Store Day 2016: David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Metallica Lead Releases ( Like a Virgin & Other Big Hits re-issue confirmed!)

The organizers of Record Store Day have once again lined up an array of exclusive releases for the retail event, set for April 16th. Independent music stores this year will be offering unique and interesting offerings from David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Madonna and others.

A trio of vinyl Bowie releases include a picture disc of the late singer’s 1970 album The Man Who Sold the World, featuring rare artwork from the German release, a picture-disc seven-inch of “TVC15,” with the single edit on the A side backed with Harry Maslen’s mix of “Wild Is the Wind” and the 12-inch EP I Dig Everything, containing six songs Bowie recorded in 1966.

 Dylan’s exclusive is a 7-inch EP titled Melancholy Mood that was previously available only in Japan. The tracks — “Melancholy Mood,” “All or Nothing at All,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “That Old Black Magic” — will appear on Dylan’s upcoming album of standards, Fallen Angels.

This year’s Record Store Day Ambassadors Metallica are issuing Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica!, a CD of their 2003 Bataclan performance to raise money for charity. And Johnny Cash fans will see the release of two full-lengths: the self-explanatory Best of the Johnny Cash Show and Sun Records reissue All Aboard the Blue Train.

Other notable releases include Madonna’s reissued Like a Virgin and Other Hits, which originally came out in Japan in 1984, Patti Smith’s Horses Live at Electric Lady Studios, recorded last year, and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention’s “My Guitar” 7-inch, which contains an alternate version of the Weasels Ripped My Flesh tune. Also, the Doors’ first-ever performance, a two-night stand at Hollywood’s Aquarius Theater, will come out as a three-LP set with the title Live at the Aquarius: The First Performance.

A number of artists are putting out special live releases for the event. Muse will issue a seven-inch containing a previously unreleased live version of “Reapers,” Death Cab for Cutie has a seven-inch that includes a live cover of Guided by Voices’ “Tractor Rape Chain,” Alt-J are offering Live at Red Rocks and Halestorm are putting out Into the Wild Live: Chicago, which also includes studio tracks. The Grateful Dead have prepared a four-LP set with the descriptive title Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ 4/25/77. And a tribute to Iggy Pop featuring Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm and Barrett Martin will get a 12-inch release.

Other musicians have wholly new records planned for the day. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante will put out a new EP, Foregrow, which contains music inspired by John Carpenter scores and Chicago footwork. Run the Jewels have VRTJ, a virtual cardboard viewer. Rob Zombie has a sampling of songs from his upcoming Electric Warlock Acid Witch album titled Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.

Elsewhere, Florence and the Machine have a special demo of their song “Delilah,” backed with a cover of Neil Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” on a seven-inch. Flaming Lips have an alternate mix of Clouds Taste Metallic titled Lightning Strikes the Postman. Death-metal jokers Brujeria have Viva Presidente Trump!, a collection of four, colored-vinyl seven-inches, which, when put together, replicate the Mexican flag. And Ramones are putting out a never-before-released 1975 demo of “Judy Is a Punk” on a seven-inch.

Notable reissues include the Rockin’ Vickers “Dandy” 7-inch, which captures an early recording of future Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister playing guitar, the Kinks’ Mister Pleasant, Elvis Presley’s I’m Leaving and Justin Bieber’s Purpose, which will be a 12-inch picture-disc.

A couple of recently released box sets will see special vinyl releases made from their bonus discs for Record Store Day. Fleetwood Mac’s alternate version of Tusk will now be available as a stand-alone release, and Alanis Morissette’s Nineties demos, from her deluxe edition of Jagged Little Pill, are getting a release.

Finally, Record Store Day has commissioned a number of releases honoring Disquaire Day, the French version of the event, as a means to highlight the musical connection between the U.S.A. and France. In Alongside Metallica’s Bataclan CD, Anthrax will release “Antisocial,” a cover of French heavy metallers Trust, who will now back their own “In the End.” Twenty One Pilots have a special release titled Double-Sided as part of the series and the Doors will put out a live version of “Roadhouse Blues” backed with “A Fest of Friends.”

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Rebel Heart tour: Madonna lands Down Under for her first Australian visit in 23 years

The superstar flew into Melbourne on Monday night in a private jet after playing her first ever shows in New Zealand on Saturday and Sunday.

The arrival will thrill fans who thought they’d never see her down under again after cancelling three tours in a row.

Oseary, who also manages U2, posted a photo on Instagram from a recognisable inner city hotel on Monday.

Fans bombarded Oseary’s feed with tourist and restaurant tips as well as requests to get Kylie Minogue on stage during Madonna’s extended Melbourne visit.

Minogue is thought to still be in Australia seeing family after a corporate show in Sydney last Thursday.

Madonna chooses either local celebrities or fans to spank or kiss on stage during her song Unapologetic Bitch. Her friend Molly Meldrum is also another on the spank wishlist.

Madonna fans are hoping the singer will again choose Australia to film one of her Rebel Heart shows for DVD release.

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Madonna gets Auckland Into the Groove

Madonna will perform again at the Vector Arena tonight. Photo / Norrie Montgomery
Madonna will perform again at the Vector Arena tonight. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

The Material Girl rolled into Auckland last night with her Rebel Heart Tour – with a sell-out Vector Arena crowd on hand to witness one of pop music’s top names performing her biggest hits.

And although Madonna kept a low profile in the lead up to the show, several of her entourage made the most of a perfect Auckland day.

Dancer Aishi Matsu enjoyed her commute into work yesterday, posting a photograph to her Instagram account showing her lounging on a boat in the Hauraki Gulf. “On my way to work.. #newzealand #waiheke to #auckland #rebelhearttour” she posted.

Fans gathered around the Vector Arena several hours before the show, with many hoping to catch a brief glimpse of the chart-topper.

Their anticipation levels peaked during the lead-up to the show after Madonna’s DJ shared a clip of her sound check.

Mary Mac’s clip showed an empty arena with the stage and seats all laid out, and video screens and music playing in the background.

Hairstylist Andy Lecompte told Kiwis to “get ready … we gonna sex you up!!”

Madonna’s makeup artist Aaron Smith Henrikson posted another photograph of the Lord of the Rings inspired costume he wore to Hobbiton earlier this week, along with the caption: “Time to come out of my Hobbit hole and go to do another show! Are you ready Auckland?”

Madonna was nowhere to be seen yesterday after her visit to Motueka on Friday.

During her whirlwind trip to the South Island she visited Motueka’s Celsius Cafe where, flanked by burly security guards, she drank a soy flat white.

Madonna will perform again at the Vector Arena tonight.

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Madonna’s tears for her son – before pashing Kiwi fan


Well, that was strange.

One minute, Madonna was crying over her son, to whom she had just dedicated an acoustic version of La Vie en Rose.

Next minute, she’s performing a sex act on a banana and pashing a Kiwi girl called Shaki (“…like Shakira without the ‘a’…”). Before promptly falling over.

She also ordered a security guard (called Shane) on stage for reasons that remain unclear, other than to ask him if he was aroused by her and Shaki’s banana antics.

The final 10 minutes of Madonna’s first-ever New Zealand performance were some of the most bizarre ever to grace Vector Arena’s stage.

Honestly, I’m still not sure what I witnessed. But it could well have been Her Madgesty at her bonkers best.

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Madonna doesn’t disappoint as pop icon hits the stage at Auckland’s Vector Arena

Madonna does not disappoint.

Everything you heard, everything you’ve seen, everything you never expected and everything you did – it’s all here.

After waiting two hours for the pop queen to appear, a rowdy Vector Crowd was getting impatient, but she took the stage at full power and literally never stopped.

It kicked off with iconic Madge descending over the stage in a metal cage surrounded by religious iconography.

If you think this is why the religious groups are upset, this isn’t even the half of it.

Madge moved into B*** I’m Madonna, riling up the younger crowd members and then stripped off shouting “let’s make it hot in here let’s take off all our clothes” before donning a guitar and shredding through Burning Up.

Holy Water was where Madonna’s controversial tour really shines through – half naked nuns, pole dancing, grinding, lingerie, priests, last-supper imagery. The whole nine yards.

She’s legit at having a go at every religion there is, but the thing is at a certain point it all just becomes just like Miley Cyrus sticking her tongue out and twerking on Robin Thicke. The pole dancing was provocative and sexy, the rest was just unnecessary.

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