Madonna perforums full show on a second night in Paris!

So something that was quite rare happened last night: Madame X performed the full show on a second night of two nights in a row!

Usually on the second night she opens with ‘Vogue’ but last night the full show starting with ‘God Control’ was performed, minus the ‘Express Yourself’ a-cappella part.

Chrstine from Christine and the Queens was last night’s beer bitch. Madonna was once again in a great mood, she must be feeling those very last shows of the tour!

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She may have been three hours late, but Madonna’s ‘Madame X’ show did not disappoint

The show was scheduled to start at 8.30pm but finally got underway almost three hours later – for most artists that would have resulted in thousands of complaints, but not Madonna fans.

Having been a huge fan since her 1990 Blond Ambition tour, three hours was nothing.

The seats were higher than I expected them to be and, hating heights, I resigned myself to the fact I may not even last for the whole show.

” alt=”” aria-hidden=”true”>When we went into the theatre our phones were all locked away for a phone-free experience, as advertised.

It was actually refreshing to look around and see people not slumped over their phone screens.

Madonna came on and all was forgiven.

She struggled for the first couple of songs and then sat and poured her heart out, explaining the pain she was in.

The theatre erupted with love.

The show was like nothing I have ever seen on a concert or theatre stage before.

It was brilliant and worth every penny of the ‘overpriced tickets’ that people had referred to when they went on sale.

The whole production from the staging, musicians and graphics were just incredible. Her vocals were fantastic – she seems to sing better live than she does on television.

It was a pleasure to be in such an intimate show with my idol, and by the end of it, I felt like the whole room fell in love with her all over again.

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Madame X pop up exposition in Paris has opened today – view gallery

 

The Madame X pop up exposition opened today at 12 Rue des Filles du Calvaire in Paris, art by MAE Couture and photo’s by Ricardo Gomes.

Pictures in this gallery have all been taken by Dirk Timmerman

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Ook de Queen of Pop is maar een mens van vlees en bloed: Madonna annuleert 15de show in paar maanden tijd (Belgium news)

 Madonna (61) heeft alweer een show afgezegd omwille van haar knie – het 15de concert al in enkele maanden tijd. Is het einde van de Queen of Pop nabij? Niet per se, zeggen kenners. “Ze kan nog lang zalen vullen, zelfs zonder nieuwe hits.”

De wereldtournee die gepaard gaat met haar veertiende studioalbum ‘Madame X’ begon in september al in mineur. Twee weken voordien werd de openingsshow in New York afgezegd door productieproblemen. Uiteindelijk begon Madonna er twee dagen later aan. Maar op 7 oktober was het weer prijs: een andere show in New York werd geannuleerd wegens een knieblessure, nadat de superster van een piano sprong en verkeerd landde. “Het is moeilijk om toe te geven dat ik ook maar een mens van vlees en bloed ben”, reageerde Madonna toen. “Het doet me enorm veel pijn, maar het is tijd om de hoge hakken even in de kast te steken.”

Tape en lijm

En die gingen de maanden nadien nog dikwijls de kast in. Zondag annuleerde de zangeres nog een concert in Parijs. “Ik ben twee nachten geleden op het podium gevallen van een stoel, recht op mijn staartbeen. Deze gebroken pop, bij elkaar gehouden met tape en lijm, moet de volgende dagen in bed blijven, zodat ik mijn tournee met een glimlach kan eindigen.” Al 15 afgelaste optredens in een paar maanden tijd. En de kans bestaat dat er de komende dagen nog volgen. Madonna treedt deze en volgende week nog vijf keer op in Parijs. Intussen krijgt ze tot zes uur revalidatie-oefeningen per dag.

Volgens de concertorganisatoren krijgen de fans het geld van hun tickets terug. “Dat is ook zo”, getuigt BV-kapper Jochen Vanhoudt. Hij is sinds 1983 een diehardfan en ging al naar 50 shows over de hele wereld. “Voor deze tournee hebben mijn man en ik tickets voor tien shows gekocht: twee in New York, drie in Londen, één in Lissabon en vier in Parijs – waaronder die show van afgelopen zondag. Ondertussen hebben we er vier gezien, en ze waren alle vier fantastisch. Maar de vliegtickets en de hotelboekingen voor de andere shows zijn we natuurlijk kwijt. In Lissabon stonden we zelfs al aan te schuiven voor het concert toen we hoorden dat het niet doorging.” Toch zijn Jochen en zijn echtgenoot Ken hun sympathie voor Madonna niet kwijt. “We hebben net medelijden met haar. Tijdens haar concerten zie je dat ze sukkelt met haar knie. Ze heeft pijn. Na één show zagen we haar, gesteund door bodyguards en een kruk, naar de auto strompelen. Madonna heeft dringend een nieuwe knie nodig, denk ik.”

Jochen Vanhoudt is diehardfan en ging al naar 50 shows over de hele wereld.
 James Arthur Jochen Vanhoudt is diehardfan en ging al naar 50 shows over de hele wereld.

Zit er slijtage op haar lichaam? Of is er meer aan de hand? De vrouw die pop bijna veertig jaar geleden op de wereldkaart zette en een mode-icoon werd met haar puntbeha, ging vorig jaar op het Eurovisiesongfestival al pijnlijk uit de bocht. Van dat optreden herinneren we ons vooral valse noten. De nieuwe singles die ze nadien uitbracht van haar langverwachte album ‘Madame X’, vier jaar na het geflopte ‘Rebel Heart’, sloegen niet aan. “Maar in de albumlijst heeft ze nog wél gescoord. ‘Madame X’ stond op de tweede plaats in de top 200 en ging uiteindelijk tien weken mee. ‘Rebel Heart’ zelfs 32 weken, wat vrij lang is”, zegt muziekkenner Sam Jaspers van Ultratop. In de Amerikaanse Top 200 van Billboard bereikte ‘Madame X’ zelfs de hoogste plaats. “Van dat album zijn nog enkele singles in de hitparade gekomen, maar geen in de top 50. Dat heb je natuurlijk als die nummers niet meer helemaal op de radiozenders passen en geen jong streamend publiek bereiken.”

Dua Lipa en co

En dat jonge publiek luistert vooral naar popprinsessen als Dua Lipa en Taylor Swift. “Maar of dit nu het einde van haar carrière betekent? Nee. Het aantal shows dat ze nog wél doet, blijft straf. En zolang haar lichaam het aankan, kan Madonna volle zalen blijven vullen. Daar moet ze niet eens nieuwe hits voor scoren. Ze heeft genoeg fans in haar carrière verzameld.”

Ook Tanja Dexters, zelf een grote fan, hoopt op beterschap. “Heeft ze er misschien genoeg van en kan het haar niet meer schelen? Dat kan, hé. Haar muziek en stijl van de laatste jaren kunnen mij niet echt meer bekoren, maar ik blijf haar wel volgen. Madonna blijft zichzelf vernieuwen en dat vind ik knap.”

Bekijk ook: 10 spraakmakende momenten uit de carrière van Madonna

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Madame X in very good spirits at 6th Paris show

Madame X was in very good spirits last night and performed the full show!

She joked around about God is a woman with a broken leg and kept hopping around on her good leg repeating this over and over. The beer bitch moment was back so no ‘La Vie En Rose’. The polaroid sold for 3000EUR to Petra from Croatia.

Madonna later on went to speak about her injuries and that she had no idea that by the start of the tour she would be a broken mess by the end of it.

She seemed to be in a great mood and kept on joking throughout the night.

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Madame X exclusive merchandise at MAE Couture pop up shop!

Surprise! Madonna makes the best out of her residency at Paris Le Grand Rex to open an exclusive pop-up store in town. Discover exclusive Madame X items created in partnership with Madonna and stylist MAE from March 4 to 14, 2020.
 

Madonna keeps on surprising people in Paris! First with her shows at Le Grand Rex for being hours late and then cancelling some more because of her health!
But the Queen of Pop has not yet said her last word, far from it!
The singer makes the best of her stay in Paris for her “Madame X Tour” to open from March 4 to 14, 2020 pop-up store in the Marais area.

Available in this pop-up store then, exclusive items created by painter and stylist MAE with the colors of Madonna’s “Madame X Tour. Black, red, white t-shirts or hoodies but some items are also displaying camouflage patterns or the artist herself and her intimate world tour. Exclusive items in limited edition only available at this pop-up store.
And to be honest, we’ll have to fight to her a t-shirt or a hoodie.

But that’s not all, Madonna’s pop-up store also provides – among others – customized hats, vinyls, pictures numbered by the artist and shot by Ricardo Gomes.
More than the average store, Madonna’s pop-up store is also the occasion to visit the singer’s visual universe, the same as the one she provides on stage.

Please also note a charity sale will be held on Thursday March 12 for the foundation created by MadonnaRaising Malawi. Give not further thoughts and let’s go on a shopping spree.

Queen of Pop fans, let’s meet in her Parisian pop-up store!

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Worn by Freddie Mercury and Madonna, the kimono takes centre stage in a new London exhibition

The kimono has been worn by Jedi knights in George Lucas’ Star Wars movie saga, Freddie Mercury on stage, and David Bowie in his futuristic alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

“Its very fluidity is, I think, what makes it such an iconic inspiration,” said Anna Jackson, curator of the “Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk” exhibition which opened on 29 February at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

V&A director Tristram Hunt said: “When we think about fashion, the kimono might not be the first item that comes to mind.” The exhibition, which runs till June 21 and tracks the kimono’s evolution from medieval times in Japan, “challenges this perception”.

Full article at Prestige Online

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Meeting Madonna at Le Grand Journal in Paris – five years ago today!

 

Five years ago today we traveled in the early hours by car to Paris to attend the Le Grand Journal TV recordings.

The weather was quite cold and upon arrival we quickly made our way into a nearby restaurant to get something to eat. We met up with fellow team member Fred (and later Alex) and counted the hours.

Once we were let inside the studio, our names were checked and we had to hand in EVERYTHING we brought (including wallet, phone etc.)

While waiting outside the entrance to the recording studio we caught up with M’s team to have a chat. Madonna was still rehearsing and the future Madame X needed it all to be absolutely perfect. Once inside we were placed on the tribune (we couldn’t pick our own seats). We were happy with where we were at, we would have perfect view once M would sit at the table for the interview.

Not long after Madonna took the stage to perform Living For Love and Ghosttown. She wasn’t happy though and performed Ghosttown a second time, complimenting the crowd by saying to her band ‘their clapping is confusing me’……

After the interview and the TV show ended, we were asked to stay in our seats. Confusing times followed, but to make a long story short we were handed a green bracelet and were made aware we were included in the organised Meet & Greet with Madonna! Words can’t begin to describe the emotions we felt. I wasn’t looking my best (thank those long hours in the car for that) and the chocolate bar I secretly brought inside the studio had started to melt in my pocket…..sticky & sweet indeed.

We were asked to wait in a locker area and were all shocked when Madonna & Andy Lecompte passed us by on their way to the ‘meet & greet’ area. Our little group was the first to go inside the area and meet Madonna. She was getting a touch-up (why I don’t know, I have rarely seen more make up on a person than right there and then) and we had to form a line in front of the red cloth.

Madonna was then led by her manager towards the first group of fans…..Us.

 

She shook hands with the first two guys that I had no clue of who they were and then spoke to Hans, she had quite some issues pronouncing his name. Then she was directed to me and was introduced by her manager ‘this is Kimberly’. Trying to look my best and hoping my teeth weren’t too dirty from the melted chocolate I held out my hand to shake hers. First thing I remember looking into her eyes was the excessive amount of make-up (but then again this was for a TV show) and the huge fake eyelashes, but nonetheless she still looked more beautiful than you can ever imagine she actually does. Her eyes!!

She was shown my tattoo of her autograph she wrote previously back in 2013 in Berlin. I told her how I got it tattooed the very next day. She held my arm, looked at it and said ‘oh wow’ (not sounding too impressed I must ad, but she did try). Before I knew it people were undressing themselves left and right in order to show Madonna their tattoos. The poor woman had no idea what was happening……I remember being very calm and explaining to her that ‘we were all just a bunch of crazy people from Holland’, even though from the six fans present only two actually were.

After the photographer took around five or six shots our meet & greet was over. I turned to Madonna and said something along the lines of ‘Thank you so much and I will see you on tour’. But in true Kimberly style, while turning and trying to walk away in grace, I tripped over one of those cables that were spread out on the floor. I distinctly remember seeing Madonna chuckle again…….

We received the photograph only a few days later because it had to be ‘approved’ first (in other words, it needed some photoshop). One year later I was blessed to be given a signed copy of the photograph, without a doubt my favourite item in my collection!

Five years later…..still blessed as it was the most amazing day!

Click HERE to read my full detailed report which I wrote back in the day

 

Kimberly

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Madame X Tour – March 1st show is cancelled

Sunday, 1-March, 2020 – For Immediate Release.

MADONNA’S MADAME X SHOW THIS EVENING AT THE GRAND REX IS CANCELLED.

We regret to inform you that tonight’s Madame X concert at The Grand Rex is cancelled as a result of ongoing injuries.

Fans who purchased their tickets online should contact their point of purchase for any refund requests. For any additional questions, please contact them.

We regret the disappointment to fans.

(Madonna.com)

(@Henk for MU / Paris)

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Madame X Tour Le Grand Rex Paris February 29 – Live Report by Marjolein

Madonna aka Madame X – Le Grand Rex
Paris February 29th 2020

 

The Show was great but shortened. She started with Vogue, no talk in the crowd (beer she got from Gaspar) but I didn’t mind (saw the full show in Chicago).

At one point the Polaroid was sold to a woman from Germany (Olivia) and somebody said something about politics which pissed M off and rightly so. She said every country still has or has had a head of state which has done wrong and she made a point of thanking Olivia and that it was nice meeting her. And I cheered loud! But other than that she was in a good mood.

Movements were slower than usual and careful but she still is fantastic. I love her for everything she stands for. My highlights were Extreme Occident (sang beautifully), Frozen of course and I Rise. And I like her man, he’s so sweet with her on stage.

The Grand Rex is a beautiful venue, acoustics were a little off (loud and shrill sometimes). The crowd was enthusiastic and it was a magical evening with Madame X.

witnessed by Marjolein Heijen-Pilk
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Madame X performs the short version at fifth Paris show

For the first time Madame X has performed the short version of the show on a first night of two shows in a row. Usually the pattern was: full show on the first night, short show on the second (which she also explained while performing in London).

Madonna seemed a bit moody and stiff during the start but loosened up a little later on in the show, though she wasn’t really feeling it and stayed moody throughout the polaroid section and kept referring again to the seven people in the audience that were able to respond enthusiastically to her.

It seems the beer bitch moment has been replaced by ‘La Vie En Rose’ from now on, not much talking before and went right into it.

 

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Madame X in tears at 4th Paris show

Last night’s show started a little after 11pm and finished at 1am, she performed the short version of the show as expected (2nd show in a row).

Unfortunately during Vogue Madonna took a tumble and was visibly in pain. During the polaroid moment Madonna started to cry and addressed how much pain she was in due to her ongoing injuries. She went on to say that she will be finishing this tour whatever the cost, the crowd starting chanting ‘WE LOVE YOU’.

Madonna then went on to perform with ‘Batuka’ and seemed to have regained her strength as she was flawless. 

Sending healing thoughts to Madame X!

Madame X is a warrior.

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Madonna at the Grand Rex: a show between burlesque cabaret and committed stand-up

10:15 p.m.. The Grand Rex has just fallen into darkness. The cries of the crowd pierce the sleeping eardrums and whirl in the Great Hall. Smartphones and connected watches are compartmentalized in impenetrable mini-bags during the entire concert, which will not be opened until the end, quickly. No pirate film or photo will disturb this show.

Except that taken by Madonna with a Polaroid – which she will sell, in Material Girl, at 2,000 euros, to a fan near her in the pit, after having dusted her for several seconds with her corset (her chest). The average price of a dozen more places for the Queen (in detail, from € 84 to € 386.50), which will be donated to Malawi.

On the stage, like a surreal Hitchcock photograph, Madonna’s shadow cast on a translucent curtain frantically strikes the keyboard of her typewriter. Behind her, the words of the American writer James Baldwin resonate with the shots of many shots, while a dancer twists, also in rhythm in roboting mode. “Art is there to prove that all security is an illusion … Artists are there to disturb the peace”, is composed as an incipit. The stage is set. The show can begin.

“I’m not here to be popular. I am here to be free ”
“Dark Ballet” follow “God Control”, for the first Act of his burlesque and slayer music hall. On the scene, riot police are trying to dislodge her, make her speak, intimidate her. Not without recalling certain futuristic paintings by a certain Luc Plamondon on his musical “Starmania”. She will not give in. Never.

On her turn, Madonna becomes a postmodernist chameleon queen. Sometimes sacred, she opens her heart to “Like a Prayer”, coiled in gospel choirs organized in “X” on stairs. Or by taking up, in complex French, “La vie en rose” by Edith Piaf, almost a cappella. Sometimes profane, she plays provocations. “I’m not here to be popular. I’m here to be free, ”she says in a scripted fashion, in front of an audience of fans who are totally won over.

This interaction is the preconceived thread of Arianne of the show. Our Lady declaims her stand-up in a furious cabaret. It must be said seriously: what happens between them and their fans is a unique connection. And the idea of ​​blaming him would not even occur to them.

It doesn’t matter if she had to cancel a few Parisian dates because of severe knee or hip pain. What does it matter, too, its endless delays (3:30 for the first show, 1:30 for the third). “Do you know many artists who have such an aura?” », Questions Hervé, who after having seen the date of February 18 canceled, managed to buy another seat on the parallel market.

Ode to Latin sounds
Act III of this Madame X Tour, the most streamlined, highlights the rhythms of the world and its syncretic influences. This table is devoted to the tones of fado, under a decoration of Azulejos geometry. Like an ode to Lisbon, where the diva has lived for several months to support her son David Banda, 14, who joined the Benfica training center.

It is also a clever means of interweaving morna rhythms, plaintive music emblematic of Cape Verde where it is accompanied by a dozen singers, met three years earlier on its route to the African continent. She connects the Hispanic titles (“Medellín”, “Batuka”, “Extreme Occident”) which surround her masterpiece “La Isla Bonita” mixed with the bass of trap music, while dancing during the concert.

Very involved in the defense of LGBTQ rights since the beginning of her career, and the appearance of the AIDS virus, Madonna will close her last Act by raising the standard of the rainbow flag, before going down in single file in the alley of the pit of the room, to touch a few hands, and leave the Grand Rex on “I Rise”, his anthem dedicated to the community.

“Thank you Paris,” she punctuates before spinning straight away in her van, heading for the Hôtel du Crillon. No, really, it’s us who thank you Madame X. Thank you for choosing France and its capital to close this intimate and human tour. And never give in, for 2h30.

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