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”.

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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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Madonna performs roof raising show in Los Angeles with Katy Perry as special guest

One has to hand it to Madonna. She is, perhaps, the only performer alive who can make people snarl in disappointment when showing up on stage 50 minutes late and make the same people walk out of the show in awe over what they just witnessed. The Rebel Heart Tour’s Monday evening stop at the Forum in Los Angeles was one of the best concerts Madonna has given in her 32-year career.
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Madonna spanks Katy Perry and makes her drink out of a banana during California gig

The incident occurred during the singer’s show in Inglewood, California on Tuesday

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LUKE MORGAN BRITTON, 28TH OCTOBER 2015

Madonna invited Katy Perry onto the stage during her show in Inglewood, California on Tuesday night (October 27), with Madge proceeding to spank the younger pop star.

Madonna is currently in the middle of her ‘Rebel Heart’ tour, with Perry joining her last night for a performance of her track ‘Unapologetic Bitch’.

Following the live collaboration, Madonna directed her dancers to bend Perry over before she spanked her and called her fellow star a “bad, bad, bad girl”. Watch below.

Perry was also forced to “drink out of Madonna’s banana”, before she shouted “I love you mom!” and exited the stage.

Back in September, Madonna likewise spanked Diplo and handed him a banana at her show in Montreal.

Madonna released her latest album ‘Rebel Heart’ in March. It is her 13th studio LP.

Meanwhile, Madonna has denied that artistry decreases with age, stating in a new interview that there’s no “expiration date for being creative”.
The star compared herself to Cubist painter Pablo Picasso in interview with Billboard, stating: “He kept painting and painting until the day he died. Why? Because I guess he felt inspired to do so”.

“Life inspired him, so he had to keep expressing himself, and that’s how I feel”.

She added: “I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an expiration date for being creative. I think you go until you don’t have any more to say.”

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3 charities find Madonna is their lucky star

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,” Ezzy said.

Last year, while visiting Detroit, Madonna connected with Rock Ventures LLCChairman Dan Gilbert and Vice President Lisa Dancsok to get a sense of the charitable efforts happening in the city.

“They really helped introduce us to some parts of the city and what was going on there,” Ezzy said. “We had a great connection with them and tried to work together to figure out what would be a good blend of things for Madonna to see. … It’s very much an ongoing conversation with them.”

Ezzy said Madonna was inspired by what she saw.

Those visits led Madonna, who grew up in Rochester as Madonna Louise Ciccone, to make highly publicized gifts of undisclosed amounts to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Programtoward the new gym it opened in August, the charter Detroit Achievement Academy toward supplies and The Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit that trains homeless women to manufacture coats that convert into sleeping bags.

Madonna also visited the Empowerment Plan. At left, she wears a coat sewn by one of their seamstresses in June 2014.
The three organizations impressed Madonna in that they share an entrepreneurial approach, Ezzy said, “finding hope out of situations that are difficult.”

While in Detroit early this month as part of her 2015 tour, Madonna again visited the Detroit Boxing Gym to meet and work with the kids. And her philanthropy advisers paid another visit to the other two grantees.

“We are very actively engaged with all three of them,” Ezzy said.

Madonna has gone deeper with her funding of them, as opposed to wider with funding for other Detroit charities for the moment, Ezzy said.

“All three are still growing and evolving so there’s additional support they’re looking for.”

But Madonna’s grants to the three Detroit causes are the beginning of a longer philanthropic relationship with the city, she said.

“Obviously, she has a lifetime history with Detroit — this isn’t just a fly-in, fly-out relationship.”

Support for the three is coming from Madonna’s Ray of Light Foundation, which she alone funds, Ezzy said.

However, “she’s not shy about using her social media to highlight her giving and encourage others to give directly to those efforts,” Ezzy said.

Madonna donated $6.5 million to her Ray of Light Foundation in 2013, the year of its most recent tax filing available to the public. And the foundation made $2.25 million in grants that year.

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