Madonna, O2 London, gig review: It’s religion and rebellion as her Madgeness reminds us why she is such an enduring talent

“London are you ready?” Madonna launches her four-day stint at London’s O2 to promote her 13th album, Rebel Heart, with plenty of bling and swagger. Entering with a host of gold-clad dancers costumed as Roman soldiers, she’s modestly – for her Madgeness – dressed in black sparkly dress and a cape, which perhaps due to a choreography rethink after her fall at the Brits earlier this year, is removed a good few seconds before she strides down the steps to the thrust stage shaped like a crucifix.

The demure costume doesn’t last, of course, she soon strips down, and drops to her knees, her crotch meeting her fans’ eye line to play electric guitar on “Burning Up” from her latest Rebel Heart album and pole dances on a crucifix with dancers dressed in pants and nuns’ habits before reenacting the last supper for “Holy Water” and “Devil Pray”. Can you see a theme developing here? Full article HERE

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Undisputed Queen of Pop wows the O2 with huge show

EXACTLY 278 days, 22 hours and 44 minutes after she dominated international headlines with her unfortunate fall at the Brits, MADONNA returned to London’s O2 Arena last night.

And it was an absolute triumph – the world’s undisputed Queen of Pop reigns.

Seconds into the first night of her Rebel Heart UK tour, the Brits incident was forgotten – and this time she whipped her cape off without a hitch after opening numbers Iconic and B****, I’m Madonna.

What followed was a masterpiece in live performance.

There was no backing band necessary as she rocked out on the electric guitar to Burning Up, only stopping to rip her trousers off.

Her religious iconography was as strong as ever too. I won’t forget her pole dancing on a crucifix to Holy Water with a squad of nuns in hot pants in a hurry.

This was Madge at her uncompromising best, demanding her male and female crew members strip topless before heading straight into a version of True Blue with her playing the ukulele. Full article HERE

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Madonna returns to scene of Brits fall

Madonna has put the painful memory of the Brit Awards behind her with a triumphant return to London’s O2 arena.
The pop star accidentally stole the show at February’s awards when she was pulled backwards down the stairs by a malfunctioning matador cape.
A huge cheer rang around the arena on Tuesday when she performed the same routine without a hitch.
The show also included a surprise appearance from Graham Norton, who gyrated with the star on stage.
And, in a break from her tour’s standard setlist, she played Like A Prayer to highlight World Aids Day. Full article HERE

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Important information about Madonna shows in Ziggo Dome…

On december 5th & 6th it’s time for Madonna’s shows in the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam and you’re going to be there!
Time schedule*:
18:30 – Doors
20:00 – Lunice
20:45 – Break
21:00 – Madonna
23:00 – End of show
Madonna’s tour is being loaded with positive reviews, but please keep in mind that Madonna has a habit of showing up late. She will still perform her whole show as planned, but there is a chance that the show will not end before 11PM. That’s why we would like to advise you to come by car as public transport might not be available after 11PM.
Expected traffic
On Saturday there’s going to be a football match at the Amsterdam ArenA. On top of that, the Dutch public transport has planned trackwork improvement and scheduled changes for the whole weekend, so we expect more traffic than usual around the Ziggo Dome. Please make sure to plan your trip in advance and head to the Ziggo Dome on time.
Security precautions
Due to the recent events in Paris, we have decided to take extra security measures in agreement and collaboration with the artist. Backpacks and other (big) bags are not allowed inside the venue. We’d like to ask you to leave these at home. Small hangbags are allowed, but these will be checked thoroughly. In addition, visitors will be searched. This may lead to longer queues, but we will try to keep this at a minimum. We’d kindly like to ask you for your cooperation and understanding in this exceptional situation. We will do anything to make sure that all concerts will go on as planned in an environment that is both safe and responsible.

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Special Christmas offer on new book: Madonna…RAW an early concert by George DuBose!

51l5CjSi4JLGeorge DuBose is offering fans a very special Christmas offer, regarding his excellent Madonna…RAW (a very early concert photography) book. Capturing all of his photographs when he was hired to shoot Madonna on one of her earlier gigs while she was still with Camille Barbone (1981). A true must have for any Madonna collection!

George is offering the following:

Signed copy of Madonna…RAW + 1 signed A3 photograph print for EUR 100 total

To purchase please contact George here:

There is more coming up, stay tuned!


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Tonight = Dessy Di Lauro’s Neo-Ragtime London Premiere The Piano Works in London!

The Piano Works is hosting an event tonight for an artist produced by Madonna’s current keyboard player (Ric’Key Pageot) on her rebel heart tour. Her name is Dessy Di ‘Lauro.

The organisor is also providing a lucky attendee with 2 tickets to Madonna’s show in the O2 this week. All you need to do is to buy a ticket for tonight’s event and attend to be entered in the draw.

Come be part of history as award-winning singer/songwriter, Dessy Di Lauro, brings her Neo-Ragtime show to London for the first time. Di Lauro has been shaking up the bloggersphere with her music she describes as: ”Feathered Fro-hawk Futuristic Art Deco Centric Harlem Renaissance Hep Music.”  Di Lauro recently released her EP, ‘Say Hep Hep’ to rave reviews, featuring her latest single/music video ”Let Me Hear You Say Hep Hep”.

Di Lauro will be backed by a full band led by her pianist/producer Ric’key Pageot, currently on tour with Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. 

Thanks to: The Piano Works


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Madonna in Mannheim short recap includes videos

Madonna did not get on stage until 23:00 local time, she explained just before True Blue the delay was due to the long drive between Antwerp and Mannheim. Fans did not get into the venue until at around 20.00. Because she was planned to go on stage at 22:15 someone from the organisation made the announcement that there was a delay and show wouldn’t start until 22:45. Madonna’s new favorite words was “schnitzel”, she did not play the 80’s medley, no surprise song but only Who’s That Girl. The show ended around 01:00, causing for some people having issues with public transport. Some videos below

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Rebel Heart Tour in Antwerp report

Despite the extra security, things moved very fast at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp and gladly people made it inside safely. Despite previous reports by Sportpaleis people were allowed to bring in small handbags but they were obviously thoroughly searched. The Sportpaleis was packed!! So much for the everlasting negative Belgian press stating that Madonna can’t sell out venues anymore. It was the most crowded floor I have seen so far with barely any space to walk around.

DJ Lunice started his set and to be fair, was this really a DJ set or was he simply producing noise? To everyone’s surprise Madonna started fairly on time at 21.45. The crowd was really into the show and the true highlights were True Blue and La Vie En Rose. Although we did spot some people at the sounddesk of the press struggling to keep their eyes open. Madonna was her most chattiest yet, cracking jokes and extending every little talk throughout the show. She included a bit of Diamonds are a girls’ best friend as well. To our surprise Isaac Sinwani (from the COADF song ‘Isaac’ as well as the performance during the Confessions Tour) was one of the special guests sitting at the sounddesk and thoroughly enjoying the show. We were shocked though that he wasn’t the Unapologetic Bitch that evening! Madonna performed the 80’s medley, Who’s That Girl and Don’t Tell Me. During interlude S.E.X. a part of the set wasn’t coming up.

From all the three shows that we experienced in Belgium, this one had by far the best reception by the crowd but we won’t be surprised if the press still finds a way to bring the show into a negative light.

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Do you have Madonna under your skin?

Do you have Madonna under your skin? We are looking for the amazing fans with Madonna tattoos who will be in London on Thursday December 3rd. If you have Madonna tattoos, are a Madonna look-a-like, collect all of Madonna’s releases or just have a special Madonna something, post your photo to your favorite social network before 6pm GMT on December 1st, including the ‪#‎MadonnaLondon‬ hashtag in your post.

We will be inviting a select group to meet with and be photographed by Madonna’s manager,Guy Oseary, in London on December 3rd at a studio.

Looking forward to seeing you and your fan ink next week!


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Win tickets to @Madonna’s show at the O2 Arena on Wednesday December 2nd

Pre-purchase your tickets at for @dessydilauro‘s #NeoRagtime show this Monday in London for a chance to win a pair (2) of GA tickets (floor) for @Madonna‘s show at the O2 Arena on Wednesday December 2nd, two Dessy Di Lauro SayHepHep Cd’s and t-shirts! One winner will be chosen from the pre-purchased tickets only. Must attend show to receive raffle tickets. Drawing and winner will be announced during Dessy’s show. In collaboration with @livenation and @livenationuk #NeoRagtime #SayHepHep #Madonna #Contest #LiveNation @thepianoworks


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New merchandising available online!


Rebel Pop HeART Collectible Serigraph Set
A strictly limited-edition collectible individually numbered (1/500) ‘Madonna Rebel Hear Popt Art’ Serigraph Set. Each Serigraph print measures 18″ X 18″. Your investment comes with 4 exclusive ‘Madonna Rebel Heart Pop Art’ individually numbered Serigraphs, an exclusive Madonna Rebel Heart labelled pink envelope, and a completed and numbered CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY. (€190.00 /$195.00 / £140.00)

You can order HERE



Finally available online…
Madonna Messiah Candle / Living For Love / Holy Water / Illuminati Candles
Messiah scented candle presented in a Rebel Heart Tin. Scents exclusively created for and personally selected by Madonna
(€50.00 / $50.00 /£40.00 EACH!)

You can order HERE

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Rebel Heart Tour in Mannheim show update

We have received some messages with concerns from fans regarding the update regarding the show in Mannheim (later start date). The only reason the show is starting later than planned is simply because Madonna is doing two shows in two different countries in two days. They need all the time in the world to get things set on time for the show in Mannheim. This does not mean at all that the show will be canceled or rescheduled. Keep in mind due to extra security that queuing can take up to one hour (or more). Get there in time!

This announcement is intended to reach Iconers who are attending the 29 November Rebel Heart Tour concert in Mannheim at SAP Arena. If you are not attending this show but know of friends who are, we appreciate your help in sharing this important update.

Please be aware that, due to the production challenges of moving Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour from Saturday night’s performance in Antwerp to the concert in Mannheim, the Rebel Heart tour will have a delayed start time on Sunday, 29 November at SAP Arena. The rescheduled show time will now be as follows:

  • Doors, previously scheduled to open at 6:30 pm will now open at 7:30 pmincluding all boxes and lounges.
  • Special Guest Lunice will appear at 9:15 with Madonna’s performance scheduled for approximately 10:15 pm.

While the show will be loaded in as quickly as possible, we apologize for any inconvenience.

The Icon Team

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