Review: Madonna @ Manchester Arena ***

She’s the absolute Queen of reinvention, the Queen of pop who influenced a generation to wear ra-ra skirts in the 80s, footless leggings and an arm full of bangles. Well before the likes of Lady Gaga made the rallying cry that she was Born This Way, our Madge was expressing herself in a pointy bra and masculine suit.

And more than 30 years on Her Madgesty Madonna is still going strong, this time with a Rebel Heart. And she proved that she is still quite the rebel by keeping us waiting for an hour.

The crowd were beginning to boo just before – thank goodness – she took to the stage, in a cage, singing the thumping track Iconic from the album Rebel Heart looking like a female warrior in a red cape and fierce black boots, stalking the arrow shaped stage with her troupe of dancers.

She later defiantly blames her lateness on a broken video player, not on diva behaviour, telling the crowd “if you diva b***** want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.” Well that’s us told.

“Alright Manchester. Are you with me?” she screams, her long blonde hair flying with determination. And the answer is yes as the crowd get their dance moves on to the playful B***ch I’m Madonna as this 57-year-old idol snaps a red geisha fan and kicks out with her pointy heels.

In a nod to her punk roots she gets out an electric guitar for Burning Up and she mixes in the classic Vogue with Holy Water, assisted by pole dancers sliding around large crucifixes wearing nun’s habits and white frilly pants. Then we’re reminded of her controversial Like a Prayer days when she belts out Devil Pray, falling to her knees to sing hallelujah. It’s nice to see she hasn’t ever lost the ability to shock after all these years.

“If you diva b***** want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”

Highlights come from the classic pop Like A Virgin, funked up with Madonna stamping across the stage in shiny black dancing shoes like a female Michael Jackson. La Isla Bonita is also given extra oomph and attitude.

Thank goodness the cape flew off at the right moment this time on Living For Love, to a big cheer.

We were expecting to hear a medley of other classics Dress You Up, Into the Groove and Lucky Star but they were switched for an acapella Open Your Heart that had everyone singing along.

We also didn’t get the encore Holiday and the show ended abruptly three songs early after Material Girl, presumably because of the lateness. The attitude was replaced by Marilyn Monroe-like sweetness as she cooed “I love you all.” And then she was gone.

It’s amazing to realise that this pop icon’s first ever performance in this country was here in Manchester at the Hacienda for a live broadcast of The Tube in January 1984. Now with Rebel Heart she is on her 10th world tour and her blonde ambition is still well intact.

Let’s hope there are no technical hitches next time eh?

SET LIST

Iconic

B***h I’m Madonna

Burning Up

Holy Water” (contains excerpts from “Vogue”)

Devil Pray

Messiah (video interlude)

Body Shop

True Blue

Deeper and Deeper

HeartBreakCity (contains excerpts from Love Don’t Live Here Anymore)

Like a Virgin (contains elements of Heartbeat and Justify My Love)

S.E.X. (video interlude contains elements of Justify My Love)

Living For Love

La Isla Bonita

Open Your Heart

Dress You Up / Into the Groove/ Everybody/ Lucky Star / Dress You Up (Reprise)

Who’s That Girl

Rebel Heart

Illuminati (video interlude)

Music (contains elements of Give It 2 Me)

Candy Shop

Material Girl

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Madonna calls angry fans ‘diva b*****s’ after crowd booed her for taking to the Manchester Arena stage an HOUR late

Madonna has hit out at fans who complained about her taking to the stage an HOUR late for her Manchester Arena show calling them “diva b******s”.

The so-called Queen of Pop launched an angry rant at fans who booed her after she was delayed on stage because of a problem with the video system in the arena.

She explained her lateness in a foul mouthed rant at the crowd saying: “The video crashed. We had no video and we had to wait until we could reboot. No selfish diva b**** reason. If you diva b****es want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”.

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An earlier announcement was made that the show wouldn’t end until 11.30pm, according to reports from irate fans inside the venue.

The situation, according to the announcement, was ‘beyond the artist’s control’. There were reports of loud booing and people walking out.

Fans on Twitter said the star was around an hour late to take to the stage, leading to widespread fears of missed last buses and trains from the venue.

Tim Morton Davies wrote on Twitter: “Over 50mins late at Manchester Arena and no announcements. Not acceptable. People have jobs to go to @Madonna.”

Annabel Smith added: “A lot of very fed up people in Manchester waiting for #Madonna.”

Hilary Moulds added on Twitter: “#Madonna…seriously late…sort it or retire.”

Lois Griffiths said: “What a joke @Madonna an hour late already…. My dad and his wife still waiting.”

Doors at the 22,000-seater venue opened at 6.30pm, with the Eighties icon expected to begin her set at 9pm.

READ MORE: Setlist for the Rebel Heart Tour

However, the artist did not appear to the stage until shortly after 10pm.

The show subsequently ended abruptly with no encore after because of the technical hitch that left her an hour late to the stage.

The gig is Madonna’s only show in the north west of England as part of her Rebel Heart Tour.

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Madonna turns on fans after starting Manchester show an hour late

Madonna started a gig an hour late and then insulted her fans by calling them “diva b***es”.

The pop star performed a sell-out concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, but complications delayed the show and it ran on until around 11.30pm.

According to fans on Twitter, the US singer was met with loud boos for her lack of punctuality. Some said attempts were made to drown them out by turning up the music.

And then, when Madonna finally arrived on stage she launched into an emotional tirade, telling the expectant crowd: “The video crashed. We had no video and we had to wait until we could reboot.

“No selfish diva b**** reason. If you diva b****es want to keep complaining about it don’t come to my show.”

MEN says that some concert-goers had even walked out on the Queen of Pop, despite an announcement, albeit an apparently untimely one, which said the situation was “beyond the artist’s control”.

Plenty of people at the venue took to Twitter to proclaim their anger at the late running.

“Nearly £100 per ticket to watch Madonna in these seats tonight,” complained Tony Robinson. “My mate’s not happy. That’s disgusting.”

Doors to the Manchester Arena, which holds 22,000 people, opened at 6.30pm and Madonna was scheduled to start her Rebel Hearts Tour performance at 9pm.

She arrived onstage shortly after 10pm.

Independent

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Pre-order now: Madonna The Party’s Right Here – FM Radio Broadcast Blond Ambition Tour Dallas Texas 1990 2CD

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On 7th May 1990, Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour stopped in Dallas, Texas for a show at the city’s Reunion Arena. The gig was recorded for live FM Broadcast in the local area and was also synched to stations nationwide. This CD set contains the full live recording of the concert, in superb FM quality and during which the true spectacle of this intriguing and fascinating period of this most iconic of female musical performers’ career is illustrated perfectly.

Tracklist
[CD1]
1. Express Yourself
2. Open Your Heart
3. Causing A Commotion
4. Where’s The Party
5. Like A Virgin
6. Like A Prayer
7. Live To Tell
8. Oh Father
9. Papa Don’t Preach

[CD2]
1. Sooner Or Later
2. Hanky Panky
3. Now I’m Following You
4. Material Girl
5. Cherish
6. Into The Groove
7. Vogue
8. Holiday
9. Keep It Together

Releasedate: January 15, 2016

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Madonna plays surprise concert in Paris square for victims of terrorist attacks

Madonna played an impromptu concert on Wednesday night at the Place de la République, Paris, where people have paid tribute to the victims of November 13’s terrorist attacks.

The pop-star sang with her 10-year-old son, David, and her guitarist Monte Pittman, having headed to the crowded square from her sold-out gig at the nearby AccorHotels Arena.

During the first show, Madonna had sung the French national anthem La Marseillaise while wrapped in the country’s flag. After the concert, she tweeted to tell her fans about her plan to perform in the square.

MDavid001In the arena, she said: “We will not bend down to fear! I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city. I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!”

The singer is one of a few major pop artists to have played in Paris since the attacks, in which 130 people died. U2 were joined by Patti Smith & Eagles of Death Metal during their rescheduled shows at the AccorHotels Arena earlier this week. Last month, U2, Foo Fighters and Motorhead all cancelled or postponed concerts in the city.

Upon hearing about the attacks in November, Madonna interrupted her concert in Stockholm “to acknowledge the tragedy… and the senseless endings of precious life.”

Madonna told Wednesday’s crowd at the Place de la République: “Everybody knows why we’re here … we just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light … we all need it.”

After playing her single Ghosttown, from her 2015 album Rebel Heart, the singer played a cover of John Lennon’s Imagine and her 1989 hit Like a Prayer. Her guitarist told the AFP news agency that Madonna “wanted to pay tribute” to Paris. “She loves this city,” he said.

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Full report Rebel Heart Tour Amsterdam Ziggo Dome 2nd night (with some interesting tidbits)

The Ziggo Dome was once again packed! The floor was so crowded it was difficult to walk around, even though the second night wasn’t officially sold out (some seats left) by looking at it, you really couldn’t tell.

Security took a little longer than yesterday to get into the flow of checking people and some were even misinformed when it came which camera’s were allowed and which weren’t. Madonna took a little longer than the first night to start her show and it also took the crowd much longer to get into it.

Madonna spoke about ‘dating’ the Dutch right before True Blue and wanted to tell jokes to make the crowd laugh but unfortunately didn’t know any Dutch jokes.

She skipped the 80’s medley as expected and performed Who’s That Girl followed by Rebel Heart. No surprise song tonight.

By Madonna’s management request Dutch reviews were gathered that afternoon so Madonna could comment on it during her speech, which she did. Most of all addressing the review by De Telegraaf and about the everlasting complaining about her not starting her show on time (and that people needed to catch their trains).

The Unapologetic Bitch was to be a man by Madonna’s request, one was randomly picked from the left side facing the stage near the front. He got his directions all the way through Material Girl and La Vie En Rose.

Amsterdam was a success, on to Paris.

Pictures will follow today asap!

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Madonna met paaldansende nonnen in Ziggo Dome (Dutch review)

Het heerlijk avondje was gekomen voor fans van Madonna, want de Queen Of Pop gaf op Pakjesavond haar eerste van twee concerten in de Ziggo Dome.

Concertorganisator Mojo Concerts waarschuwde fans voorafgaand aan het concert om er rekening mee te houden dat Madonna zich mogelijk niet strikt aan de vooraf gemelde starttijd kon houden. Die mededeling blijkt niet ongegrond, want het popicoon start inderdaad een uur te laat. Pas tegen 0.15 uur verlaat de diva het podium weer.

In de twee tussenliggende uren zorgt Madonna echter voor volop vermaak. Het is bijna drieënhalf jaar geleden dat Madonna voor het laatst in Nederland te zien was, toen ze haar debuut maakte in de destijds net geopende Ziggo Dome. Dat concert voelde aan als één lange videoclip. Weliswaar spectaculair en verbluffend, maar tot de milliseconde geregisseerd.

Bij deze wereldtournee, volgend op haar dit voorjaar verschenen album Rebel Heart, laat Madonna de teugels iets meer vieren. In verhouding tot de MDNA Tour uit 2012 is het decor minder indrukwekkend en innovatief, maar dat wordt ruimschoots goedgemaakt met uitbundige kleding en energieke choreografie. Bovendien zingt ze een stuk meer live.

Madonna in de Ziggo Dome
Samoeraikledij

Bij de opener Iconic wordt het publiek aangestaard door het bebloede gezicht van bokser Mike Tyson. Madonna daalt neer op het podium in een kooi, terwijl ze wordt omringd door geisha’s en mannelijke dansers in samoeraikledij. Haar oude pophitje Burning Up wordt omgevormd tot rocknummer, waarbij Madonna zichzelf op elektrische gitaar begeleidt.

Madonna schopt weer als vanouds tegen heilige huisjes aan wanneer ze Holy Water en Devil Pray vertolkt. Het publiek ziet schaarsgeklede danseressen met nonnenkappen paaldansen aan grote kruizen en even later drukt Madonna het met een nepdoornenkrans gesierde hoofd van één van haar dansers in haar kruis, alvorens ze wijdbeens op een tafel eindigt.

Die eerste set is veelbelovend voor wie hoopt op meer controverse, maar de rest van de show is aanzienlijk braver. We zien Madonna en haar entourage sterk seksueel getinte moves doen in een jaren 50-setting bij het nummer Body Shop, terwijl even later heel zoet True Blue wordt gezongen. De verbluffende trapscène tijdens HeartBeatCity roept herinneringen op aan Westside Story.

In het volgende blok brengt Madonna het publiek in Latijns-Amerikaanse sferen wanneer ze als stierenvechter opkomt gedurende Living For Love. Tussen die feestelijke latinmuziek is La Isla Bonita geen vreemde eend in de bijt en net zo leuk is een medley van de jaren ’80-hits Dress You Up, Into The Groove enLucky Star. De akoestische versie van Secret mag er ook zijn.

Meer dan tijdens haar vorige show maakt de popster contact met haar publiek. “Weet je hoeveel drankjes je nodig hebt om een leuke tijd te hebben?”, vraagt Madonna aan haar fans. “Niet één als je bij mij bent!” Gedurende een ander nummer bijt ze een fan in zijn vingers en gooit een boeket in het publiek nadat ze vraagt of er iemand in de menigte is die met haar wil trouwen.

De finale is geheel in stijl van de jaren ’20 en ’30. Met bewerkte versies van hits als Music en Material Girl neemt Madonna de menigte terug naar de ‘Jazz Age’, inclusief topless Josephine Baker-lookalike. De kers op de taart is haar doorbraakhit Holiday. Madonna weet met iets minder middelen dan de voorgaande keer een enorm vermakelijke show neer te zetten.

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