Why You Can’t Miss Out on Madonna’s Two-Night Performance in Miami

Madonna’s epic two-night showcase at American Airlines arena reunites the material girl and her old friend Miami.

It will be a homecoming of sorts when Madonna hits Miami as part of her tour for Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album, on January 23 and 24. Back in the ’90s, when Madge set down roots in Miami, she electrified South Beach nightlife, bringing glamour, excitement, and a flock of private jets carrying fellow stars along for the ride. By that point, her status as one of the biggest cultural forces in the world was well established—an undeniable pop juggernaut, fashion icon (think Jean Paul Gaultier cone bras), and agent for social change (as an empowering feminist who rallied on behalf of her legions of gay fans, and the fight against AIDS, among many other humanitarian efforts). Her searing, controversial 1992 book, Sex, much of it set in Miami, only further secured her role as a provocateur. Shot by Steven Meisel, the photo tome featured images of Madonna cavorting with gal pal Ingrid Casares, who went on to cofound Miami hot spot Liquid, and hitchhiking stark naked on the streets of the Magic City.

Madonna blazed the trail for today’s boundary-pushers, like Lady Gaga and Kesha; her eponymous 1983 debut set the standard for a career that merges pop and dance with the freedom to express yourself in any way you see fit. Her latest endeavor, Rebel Heart, is no different, with production from the likes of Diplo, Avicii, and Kanye West; it’s also, in some ways, a throwback to the 57-year-old’s clubby early days, says her first collaborator (and then-boyfriend), Jellybean Benitez, who produced her breakout “Holiday” for that first album. “From the single ‘Living for Love’ to the lyric in the title track (‘Rebel Heart’), I can see a lot of her in this particular record,” says Benitez of Rebel Heart. “She’s returned closer to her club roots with it. This is the closest thing to what’s going on in club culture in years for her.”

Benitez, a superstar DJ who headlined PAMM Third Thursdays: Poplife Social last April, has worked with and remixed many of the greats over the years, from Whitney Houston to Michael Jackson. “The thread that runs through all of them is passion,” he says. “These artists are fearless. No matter what the obstacle is, they find a way through it, around it, over it. They’re always looking at the good things that are happening and not focusing on the negative things that could be happening. That’s her.”

Early in Madonna’s career, Miami proved a fantastic playground—from hot spots like Liquid to the Blue Door restaurant at the Delano to Versace’s mansion, everywhere the Material Girl went, the paparazzi, crowds, and drama followed. “She was often [at the Versace Mansion] when Donatella and Gianni were there,” says her ’90s friend (and rumored on-again-off-again paramour) Chris Paciello, who co-owned Miami nightclub Liquid with Casares. “They’d throw a little party at [Gianni’s] house, and then they’d all go out to the clubs after. She had her own little crew: photographers Herb Ritz, Bruce Weber, and Steven Meisel; Orlando Pita, who used to do her hair; Rupert Everett, and when she was in town, they’d all be here.”

Although Madonna departed Miami for homes in New York and London, the occasional South Florida appearance—such as asking the 2012 Ultra Music Festival crowd if they’d seen “Molly” (a nickname for the drug ecstasy, which was also the title of her album just prior to Rebel Heart)—has left her gone but certainly not forgotten. Madonna performs on Saturday, January 23, and Sunday, January 24, at AmericanAirlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; ticketmaster.com

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NEW: Desperately Seeking Susan added to the Filmography! Press, memorabilia, rare videos and much more!

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One of Madonna’s most beloved films Desperately Seeking Susan has been added to our Filmography. This includes many rare items from our private collection such as the insanely rare German lifesize display (as featured in Encyclopedia Madonnica 20 by Matthew Rettenmund). What you can find:

  • many rare press articles from Japan, Holland to the USA
  • rare memorabilia items (the replica boots, the lifesize display from Germany, rare presskits, posters, original VHS videos, dvd and blu-ray and much more)
  • film facts
  • rare videos such as bloopers, the making of, the premiere and a behind the scenes featurette
  • view the official Into The Groove video
  • Various order links

ENJOY Desperately Seeking Susan now, while we continue working on Shanghai Surprise

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Madonna pays tribute to ‘inspiring and innovative’ David Bowie on stage in Texas

The Queen of Pop covered Bowie’s song ‘Rebel Rebel’ as a picture montage of the star was played on a massive screen behind her

“Devastated” Madonna lay down on stage and put her head in her arms after paying tribute to “inspiring and innovative” David Bowie last night.

The Queen of Pop remembered the late music legend in Houston, Texas as part of her Rebel Heart tour.

Madge covered Bowie’s hit ‘Rebel Rebel’ as a picture montage of the star was displayed on a big screen behind her.

Following her performance she dramatically dropped to the floor, putting her arms out in front of her.

Sharing a picture of the moment to Twitter she wrote: “Paying Tribute to My Favorite Rebel. Thank you!……….David Bowie #rebelhearttour”

Heroes singer David passed away on Sunday aged 69 following an 18-month battle with cancer.

In a lengthy tribute posted to Facebook following the news of his death, Madge described Bowie as “unique and provocative.”

She wrote: “I’m devastated. David Bowie changed the course of my life forever.

“I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I’d ever been to.

“I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn’t care.

“I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.

“At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography. And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and roll to create entertainment.

“I found him so inspiring and innovative. Unique and provocative. A real genius. His music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.

“His photographs are hanging all over my house today. He was so chic and beautiful and elegant. So ahead of his time.

“Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot. The world will miss you.”

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After late start, Madonna sings an emotional tribute to David Bowie at Houston concert

before midnight at Madonna’s tightly choreographed and highly entertaining Rebel Heart Tour concert at the Toyota Center on Tuesday, she veered off script, scratching two songs for a heartfelt tribute to David Bowie, who died Sunday after a bout with cancer.

“He was one of the geniuses in the music industry and one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 20th century and he changed my life,” she told the sellout crowd of cheering fans. “He showed me that it was OK to be different, right? He was the first rebel heart I laid eyes on. So I think we should get this party started.”

She whipped off her senorita dress from a segment of the show that featured “La Isla Bonita” and a samba version of “Dress You Up” to reveal satin gym shorts and sequined bra and launched into Bowie’s classic 1974 hit, “Rebel Rebel,” which replaced “Who’s That Girl” and “Frozen” she had performed in this portion of the concert at previous stops.

For a few minutes, as images of Bowie flashed on a video screen, Madonna sang the song like an excited  teenager, sometimes off key, thrashing on the floor in excitement — and it didn’t seem overly planned like much of her concert did.

It was pure magic.

“Let a girl catch her breath, right?” she said afterwards. “Oh my god.”

And then she turned serious again, praising Bowie for “the groundbreaking that he did with his music, his attitude, his style, the way he looked at life, with all of it, you know?

“In a way he opened the door for transgenders and made people feel like it was OK to be different, that it really didn’t matter if you dressed like a boy or a girl. What matters is on the inside. Am I right?”

“I’m feeling a little bit emotional. I am going to miss him. He fucking blew my mind.”

The rest of the nearly 2-1/2-hour concert was typical Madonna in a number of ways:

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Madonna fans stick to their icon through the years

With bangles all the way up her arms, hair tussled and fake microphone in hand, Andrea Fowler would channel her musical icon in the mirror, the music as loud as it would go.

She thought the door was locked to keep her brother out during this particular bedroom Madonna concert, where Fowler as a teenager would give it her all. But it wasn’t.

“He comes in and touches my shoulder, and it scared me so bad I just fell to the floor,” Fowler said.

Generations of fans of the Queen of Pop held concerts and sang into hairbrushes from the early ’80s, when synthesizers introduced us to the “Lucky Star,” to the release of her 13th studio album last year, “Rebel Heart.” Madonna has thrived in changing landscapes, which has made her even more appealing to fans.

Fans will get to sing along with the icon herself when she performs in Oklahoma for the first time on Thursday. Madonna is set to perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at the BOK Center. Tickets start at $40 and are available at bokcenter.com.

Since 1983, Madonna has sold more than 300 million albums around the world. She is listed at No. 2 behind The Beatles on Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Artist list, making her the most successful solo act on the U.S. singles charts.

She has toured the world and become one of the highest-grossing female performers in history. She has starred in several films and earned a Golden Globe award.

For decades, Madonna has been part of the pop culture. She has adapted to the times but stayed true to herself, which has kept her fans on board, picking up new ones along the way.

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Madonna captivates Houston fans at Toyota

Madonna is still very much aware of her powers. And her Rebel Heart Tour is a showcase fit for a queen.

Tuesday’s show at Toyota Center was masterful and majestic, a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. The diverse crowd — soccer moms and couples, gaggles of girls, gay men and millennials — waited until 10:30 p.m. for her to appear. Few seemed to mind.

“Born to be a superstar/That’s exactly what you are,” she declared during opener “Iconic.” She moved freely and fluidly amid an army of male and female dancers.

Recent single “Bitch I’m Madonna” was followed by “Burning Up,” one of her first singles and an early highlight. New song “Holy Water” gave way to “Vogue” as she writhed on poles with female dancers (half) dressed as R-rated nuns. Devil Pray” played like a continuation of “Like a Prayer.” Catholicism remains a frequent theme in her performances.

Few, if any, current pop stars can match Madonna’s might as a live performer. That she’s fully aware of it makes her all the more captivating.

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Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ beats tonight in Houston

“Rebel Heart” is Madonna’s finest work in a decade, a diverse collection of songs that find her alternately defiant and vulnerable. And like her or not, you’ve probably grown up with her music in some way.

It didn’t hit me until “Like a Prayer” in 1989. Something about that album, sonically and visually, resonated with me. Every Madonna album since has given me something: the criminally underrated “Erotica” and “American Life;” the lush R&B bounce of “Bedtime Stories;” the towering, influential beauty of “Ray of Light” and the disco-heaven of “Confessions on a Dance Floor.” I found the chewy center in 2008’s “Hard Candy” and think much of the electro-pop current running through 2012’s “MDNA” was ahead of the curve.

Last year’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” was her 46th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, making her the artist with the most. She performs new and old songs tonight at Toyota Center.

Come back tonight for a full review and photos from the show.

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Why we love Madonna (again): Let us count the ways as concert hits H-Town

it really be more than 25 years since Madonna launched her Blonde Ambition tour in Houston? In 1990 she appeared before a sellout crowd at The Summit (now Lakewood Church) in a Jean Paul Gaultier cone bra and an I Dream of Jeannieponytail, thrilling a sellout crowd with such hits as “Express Yourself,” “Like a Virgin” and “Papa Don’t Preach.”

When she returned to Houston in 2008 for a sold-out concert at Minute Maid Park on her Sticky & Sweet Tour, I wrote a biting article for the Houston Chronicle stating the case that she wasn’t relevant anymore.

But now, as she prepares for a Tuesday night appearance at the Toyota Center on her Rebel Heart Tour, I’m in love with Madonna again. Here’s why:

1. She puts on a heck of a show

In that 1990 tour, Madonna redefined the concert show as a mixture of rock, performance art, fashion and Broadway, with five thematic acts, like a play. She does it again on the Rebel Heart Tour, with sets divided into Joan of Arc/Samuri, Rockabilly meets Tokyo, Latin/Gypsy, Party/Flapper and Encore.

2. Her newest CD is good

Despite no longer selling anywhere close to the level of Taylor Swift or Adele, Madonna’s lastest CD, Rebel Heart, has a lot of good music, featuring collaborations with Diplo, Avicil and Kayne West and songs about love, heartbreak and being a survivor. And who can resist “Bitch, I’m Madonna”?

Rebel Heart is a long, passionate, self-referential meditation on losing love and finding purpose in chilling times. It’s also a chance for the Queen of Pop to floss a bit and reflect on how she painstakingly carved a path others have happily twerked down in the years since her 1983 debut,” a Rolling Stone review asserts.

3. She mixes in the hits

Such classics as “Holiday,” “Material Girl,” “La Isla Bonita” and acoustic versions of “True Blue” and “Who’s That Girl” are part of the current tour. And three different songs on her new CD refer to old hits.

4. She puts on a fashion show

At 57, Madonna still has a remarkable taut body, the better to showcase designs from Alexander Wang, Jeremy Scott, Gucci designer Alessandro Michele and Prada designer Miuccia Prada. While some want her to act her age, she continues to redefine what age means, even if she is an “Unapologetic Bitch.”

5. And she may prove she’s human

At a Mexico City concert last week, Madonna appeared to tear up onstage as she referred to a custody battle over her 15-year-old-son with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, and delivered a candid speech about the difficult times she’s going through, according to Billboard.

“We all go through challenging times in our life, and that includes me,” she said. “I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them. Sometimes I think I can’t do a show. I don’t have the energy, I don’t have the strength.”

“I come out here tonight and I can see your faces, and I look into your eyes and I see so much love and it gives me strength. So thank you. You are rebel hearts. I feel your hearts beating with mine.”

Let’s see what happens in Houston.

Madonna appears at the Toyota Center Tuesday night

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Madonna’s Top 10 tracks of the 21st century

Mention Madonna these days, and folks still tend to envision dark roots, conical bras and maybe a rosary necklace or two. Hey, at least they aren’t remembering “Swept Away.” But Madonna always shuddered at the thought of becoming a nostalgia act. Over the past 15 years, she’s released five albums and 24 singles, and although none has achieved the cultural saturation of her MTV-era best, some of this stuff is pretty goddamned good. If you’ve got tickets for her concert at Toyota Center on Tuesday night, you’re going to want to know a bunch of it, too, because Ms. M dips only sparingly into her ‘80s and ‘90s back catalogue on tour. The rearview mirror has never really been her style.

But here at Rocks Off, pausing for musical reflection is kind of what we do, and it’s fair to say we’re geeked about Madonna’s return to Houston. That’s why we’ve been binging through the pop goddess’ 21st Century back catalogue for the past month, grooving in traffic during rush hour and memorizing lyrics just in case she decides to yank somebody in the crowd onstage Tuesday, Kendrick Lamar-style. In case you’re in a similar mood to get acquainted with Madonna’s best post-Music highlights, we’ve put together a handy list of her top ten tracks since Clinton left office. And because this is Madonna, we’ve included a shitload of music videos to go with ‘em.

We know you like to dance, because you already clicked on this story. So close the blinds, fire up that Bluetooth speaker you got for Christmas and fuck that rug up. We’ll see you on Tuesday.

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A Review of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour

he emerged from a steel cage onto the stage after about an hour between her and the opening act, DJ Mary Mac. But that’s okay, she’s the unapologetic Queen of Pop and you’re not really paying for punctuality. Instead you’re paying for the experience of seeing Madonna’s first visit to San Antonio. Dressed in Kimono-like garments, Madonna started the evening with “Iconic,” the pop song that features sound bites by none other than Mike Tyson. She undresses into “Bitch, I’m Madonna,” a Japanese Samurai-inspired backdrop that definitely pumped up the lady behind me who proclaimed that, “this was her motherfucking song,” and then proceeded to butcher every single word except for the repetitive “who do you think you are,” and “bitch, I’m Madonna.”

Madonna then makes it to center stage to grab a guitar and play a rocked-out version of “Burning Up.” This gives way to the risqué nuns and Shibari clips in the background to which she’s singing “Holy Water,” that, by far, left nothing to the imagination. She centers the stage with a Last Supper orgy that if you didn’t feel any kind of heat you should immediately check yourself for signs of life. The song is mixed with “Vogue.” This happens a lot; she remixes her hits and breathes new movement into them by putting them into her newer songs.

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Madonna: ‘David Bowie Changed the Course of My Life Forever’

“I found him so inspiring and innovative. Unique and provocative. A real genius,” singer writes of Bowie

Tributes from the music community continue to pour in following the death of David Bowie, with Madonna penning a tribute to the rock icon to thank him for having such a profound impact on her career. “I’m devastated,” Madonna wrote after Bowie passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. “David Bowie changed the course of my life forever.”

“I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit,” Madonna wrote, adding that Bowie was her first concert. “I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion. Was both masculine and feminine. Funny and serious. Clever and wise. His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.”

Like the chameleonic Bowie, Madonna similarly patterned her ever-changing stage personas after the “Thin White Duke.” “I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and roll to create entertainment,” she wrote. “I found him so inspiring and innovative. Unique and provocative. A real genius.”

Madonna concluded her tribute, “Thank you David Bowie. I owe you a lot. The world will miss you.”

After news of Bowie’s death was announced, Madonna also tweeted a photo of her and the rocker together with the caption, “So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So!”

Read Madonna’s entire remembrance to Bowie below.

I’m devastated.
David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in Michigan. Like an oddball or a freak. I went to see him in concert at Cobo Arena in Detroit. It was the first concert I’d ever been too. I snuck out of the house with my girlfriend wearing a cape.
We got caught after and I was grounded for the summer. I didn’t care.
I already had many of his records and was so inspired by the way he played with gender confusion .
Was both masculine and feminine.
Funny and serious.
Clever and wise.
His lyrics were witty ironic and mysterious.
At the time he was the thin white Duke and he had mime artists on stage with him and very specific choreography
And I saw how he created a persona and used different art forms within the arena of rock and Roll to create entertainment.
I found him so inspiring and innovative.
Unique and provocative. A real Genius.
his music was always inspiring but seeing him live set me off on a journey that for me I hope will never end.
His photographs are hanging all over my house today.
He was so chic and beautiful and elegant.
So ahead of his time.
Thank you David Bowie.
I owe you a lot.  
The world will miss you.
Love
M

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Filmography presents: all about Madonna in ‘Vision Quest / Crazy For You’

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Let’s got back to the Fall of 1983 when Madonna starred in her first ‘major picture’, her first ‘real’ debut in a movie. Even though Madonna acted in the student film ‘A Certain Sacrifice’ before, this was never considered a serious movie.

Like we mentioned before, we have launched our Filmography again and are frequently updating it when we finish the transfer of the old files onto the new site. Vision Quest aka Crazy For You is now finished and improved. Here you can find:

  • movie facts
  • press cuttings
  • rare memorabilia (posters, VHS, DVD, records) from own collection
  • view the trailer
  • see the official music videos
  • watch Madonna’s cameo in the film
  • Buy the tracks and the film (order links)

Visit Vision Quest now, while we continue working on ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’

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Madonna Remembers David Bowie: ‘Talented. Unique. Genius. Game Changer’

Madonna was among the many artists to share her admiration for David Bowie upon hearing news of the singer’s death in the early morning hours of Jan. 11.

Tweeting that she was “devastated” and that Bowie changed her life, Madonna referenced her very first concert in Detroit at age 15, where, while living in her father’s house, she snuck out despite his protests.

David Bowie’s Death: Musicians, Celebs and World Leaders React on Social Media

Some 23 years later, when Bowie was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996, Madonna was there to do the honors.

David Bowie on the Charts: From ‘Changes’ to ‘Fame’ and Beyond

“I don’t think that I breathed for two hours. It was the most amazing show that I’d ever seen, not just because the music was great, but because it was great theater,” she said at the ceremony. “Here’s this beautiful, androgynous man, just being so perverse … as David Byrne so beautifully put it … so unconventional, defying logic and basically blowing my mind. Anyway, I came home a changed woman, as you can see, and my father was not sleeping and he knew exactly where I went, and he grounded me for the rest of the summer. But it was worth every minute that I sat and suffered in my house that summer.”

Madonna, like much of the music community, is in shock with news of Bowie’s death at the age of 69. She shared three tweets in quick succession to share her grief and mark the singer’s passing, the last featuring a snap of the pair during a happy moment in the ’80s.

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Don’t you dare call Madonna a bad mother

IF YOU’RE going to call a woman a bad mother, you better have evidence to back that claim up, proof that she has completely and utterly failed in her duties as a carer for her children.

For me, it doesn’t get much worse in terms of insults. They’re heavy, damaging words to throw at a woman and they cut deeply, no matter who that mother is.

Madonna proved this by posting a photo on her Instagram of her and her four kids on the road together.

The caption speaks for itself. It reads, “It’s possible to be an entertainer and a good mother!!! Too bad we don’t live in a society where many encourage strong independent single working Moms! The next great Frontier!”

One can only assume she is addressing the recent controversy that has surrounded her custody arrangement with ex-husband, Guy Ritchie. In December, their son Rocco failed to return to New York for Christmas and the start of the school year.

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