Back from Cologne – our report

Sorry for the lack of updates, but things were quite hectic for us in Cologne. Pictures and more coming later today.

The start of Madonna’s European tour happened in Cologne Germany, the first day the weather was freezing but the die-hard didn’t care and still spent their night and day queuing for the best spot in the audience.

Unfortunately there were technical difficulties as well as a rumour that some things were going to be changed for the show in Europe. Despite official reports by Live Nation that there wasn’t going to be a support act, there surprisingly was. Madonna did not start the show on the first day until 10:15 pm, due to technical difficulties (according to reports). Unfortunately the German audience wasn’t pleased with the late start.

Madonna was in an extremely chatty and witty mood during the first show, cracking jokes and throwing her bouquet to Kevin. She was hilarious and a blast to look at, the costumes were absolutely fantastic. However many fans (and general people attending) felt that the 80’s medley slowed things down and never really picked up despite the glorious costumes and set. Madonna sang Who’s That Girl here but did not follow it up with Ghosttown, like she did so many times in the US. It seemed that M and dancers were a bit disappointed in the audience after the first show, making dancer Marvin Govin stating on Instagram that the audience was tired and needed to bring it. To be fair, the audience might have been a bit tired due to the long wait before the show.

Madonna was staying in hotel Excelsior right next to the Dom, causing for a chaos outside at the busy square. Many people lined up to see her, but M made her exit fast and secure as usual.

The second show in Cologne started a bit more on time (10.00 pm) and it seemed the floor was a lot less crowded than the first show, making it easy for fans to walk around and view the show from various angles. Madonna wasn’t as chatty as on the first night and some fans reported she sounded a bit hoarse (don’t catch a cold M!). Right after ‘La Isla Bonita’ fans got themselves ready for the gypsy 80’s medley, but were all in shock when M suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the heart stage with guitar in her matador outfit. ‘A special surprise for Cologne’, and M performed an acoustic version of ‘Secret’ and oh boy there was a bit of ‘Fever’ as well, what a treat!! She ended this surprise segment with an incredible version of ‘Rebel Heart’, which now is destined to become a true Madonna classic. The happiness in her eyes and the smile on her face was priceless, now that was a true queen right there!

The show ended with a bang and many fans agreed, this had been truly truly magnificent, what a show, what a performer!

See you in Berlin.

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Never-Before-Seen Photos of Madonna, Warhol, Basquiat and More

Some It-girls of the ’80s may regret that their youthful glory predated social media, but Interview magazine’s former associate publisher Paige Powell doesn’t have to. Powell arrived in New York in 1980 from the Pacific Northwest, looking like a granola version of Edie Sedgwick and armed with the work ethic of Mary Tyler Moore. She was soon swept up in Interview’s bid to be a more serious publication — “At first it was more for friends, like, Fran Lebowitz drove the delivery truck to drop off issues at different newsstands,” she remembers — and Andy Warhol’s select social whirlwind of downtown clubbing, midtown shopping and uptown lunches. “Andy always said, ‘Work is fun and fun is work,’” Powell says. “It was just the way I thought New York City was, all the time, for everyone — exuberant.”

Powell often carried the latest camera or camcorder from Japan with her and used them often to capture intimate snapshots of her coterie: including Warhol, Madonna, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was her boyfriend from 1982 through 1984. For nearly 40 years, she’s been sitting on (“literally; they were stashed in boxes under the bed,” she says) a treasure trove that’s remained largely unexamined. Powell returned to Portland in the ’90s to focus on animal rights advocacy work, and it’s there that her images will be showcased for the first time, in two interactive multimedia installations, “The Ride” and “Beulah Land,” opening this week at the Portland Art Museum. Still in possession of plenty of influential friends, Powell asked David LaChapelle to mix a musical soundtrack for the show and Kenny Scharf to create a signature “Cosmic Cavern” to accompany it. “Half of the photos in the new installation will be from the ’80s, and half will be photos moving forward to the present,” Powell says, noting that the installation is meant to be “interactive,” just like the one she created at the art bar also called Beulah Land in the ‘80s (see slide 7) — visitors can add notes to the walls. “So we’re having a cocktail party for the guards at PAM, to prepare them,” she notes, “because we don’t want them to be alarmed.”

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Here, Paige Powell, former Interview magazine associate publisher and ex-girlfriend of Jean-Michel Basquiat, shares photos from her personal archive. “Fresh 14 was a short-lived club with great energy and a horrible sound system, which might account for the expression on Madonna’s face,” Powell says of this photo. “Unfortunately, two kids shot each other there and it closed. When I was in New York recently, I noticed that space is now a Forever 21.”

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VIDEO: ‘Justify My Love,’ 25 Years Later – A Short History of the Song, the Controversy and, Yes, the Sex


How much controversy can you cram into five minutes? If you’re Madonna, enough to make your new single a hit. On Nov. 6, 1990 – 25 years ago this week – Madonna released the first single from The Immaculate Collection, “Justify My Love.” In the month that followed, Madonna filmed a video for the song, submitted it to MTV (which promptly rejected it), and then rode the resulting controversy all the way to the bank. The video was ultimately sold as a “video single,” and it sold well.

Today, the incident is remembered as one of the biggest controversies in Madonna’s career, which is saying a lot. In case you didn’t shell out for the VHS tape back in the day, watch the video below. (And yes, it and other videos in this post may be NSFW. Obviously.)

In celebration of the song’s 25th anniversary, we’ve compiled a list of factoids you may not know about the tune, the video, and the associated fallout.

1. The video is actually pretty tame by today’s standards

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Given all the controversy about Madonna using the video to promote sex, sadomasochism, cross-dressomg and whatever else critics perceived in it, it just doesn’t seem quite so racy 25 years later. It’s all about sex, sure, and it’s very sexy, but the most scandalous thing in it is a woman who’s topless except for a pair of suspenders that (mostly) cover her nipples. Of course, the female nipple is still a controversial body part today, but give the video a spin now and decide for yourself if you should be offended – and if changing sexual mores are a good thing or a bad thing.

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COLOGNE: MADONNA AFTER SHOW PARTY

After Madonna’s show at the Lanxess arena, there’s an afterparty in Exile with a live DJ and free shots. DJCK will play Madonna’s greatest hits on November 4 and DJ Tunar will continue the celebration on November 5.

Address: Schaafenstr. 61a, Cologne

Fore more information click HERE

This event is not hosted by Madonna

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Concert review: Madonna’s rebel heart is strong

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3 charities find Madonna is their lucky star

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Madonna has always had an eye on Detroit as a place she wanted to give back, said Sarah Ezzy, senior adviser at Global Philanthropy Group in Los Angeles, which has been managing the pop star’s philanthropy for about five years.

“It was just finding the right way to do that” and the right time, she said.

Detroit’s move through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in a bid to start fresh certainly drew Madonna’s eye, Ezzy said.

Her availability to pay a visit last year was another consideration. “For her, being there is very important, going and meeting folks”.

Complete article HERE

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Rebel Heart Tour in Europe……Cologne are you ready??!!

Just a few more days and Madonna will finally premiere her Rebel Heart Tour in Europe!

Cologne is the first stop of the European tour on November 4 and 5 in the Lanxess arena. The same arena where she played during her 2012 MDNA World Tour.

Fans with early access were let in early during soundcheck and got to hear Madonna rehearsing a bit of Je t’aime (moi non plus) for the first time. A song especially rehearsed for the specially added MDNA ‘club’ show in Olympia later on.

Those who have seen the Rebel Heart show say it’s very different to MDNA; more fun, uplifting and lots of oldies but goodies. But that of course depends on your own preference, do you prefer dark M with a message and theater or do you prefer M having fun on stage and being spontaneous?

We can’t wait to be reporting live from all over Europe for the tour and bring you tons of exclusives, pictures, videos and press/memorabilia scans.

Let’s take a look at our video of the MDNA Cologne rehearsal from 2012 and count the days…..

 

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