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Our friends at Live Nation Bay Area are giving away a ‘Crave’ VIP package (valued at $1,000) which includes a pair of tickets, pre-show perks, a limited edition Madonna gift item, commemorative VIP laminate with custom lanyard, and designated, hassle free VIP check-in! One lucky winner will be drawn for this Halloween treat!

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Madonna’s Madame X Tour Underway At BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Madonna has officially kicked off her Madame X Tour with a series of performances at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn.

The tour, which features Madonna taking a break from the arenas and stadiums she usually performs in, to instead, provide more intimate performances for her fans, will continue at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House until Mid-October when she heads to Chicago Theatre.

Other venues to be featured on the tour include The Wiltern in Los Angeles; the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco; the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas; The Boch Center at Wang Theatre in Boston; The Met Philadelphia in Philly; and will finally close out its North American leg at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami.

Then, early next year, Madge heads across the pond for more shows in London, Paris, and Lisbon.

The tour features Madonna, in her noirish Madame X persona, along with the all-female Orquestra Batukadeiras

The Madame X Tour is created and directed by a team led by Madonna, including Jamie King as Creative Producer and Megan Lawson as Co-Director and Lead Choreographer. Additional creative contribution and choreography by Damien Jalet, Costume Design by Eyob Yohannes and Set Design by Ric Lipson for Stufish Entertainment Architects.

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Madonna Is the Ultimate ‘Soccer Mom’: I’ll Do Anything for My Kids’ Passions

Dedicated to her darlings! Madonna does everything she can to keep her kids happy.

The Grammy winner, 61, opened up about moving to Lisbon, Portugal, in 2017 as a “soccer mom” at her Thursday, September 26, concert at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In July 2018, the English Roses author opened up about her decision to relocate for her son David’s soccer skills, telling Vogue Italia, “Any woman who is a soccer mom could say it kind of requires you to have no life in a way, because things change from week to week and games change from weekend to weekend — sometimes they’re in the city, sometimes they’re not, and we would never know until Thursday night whether they’re on Saturday or Sunday, if at 12 or later.”

She went on to say, “It’s impossible to make plans, and then you feel like you’re not being fair to your other kids, or being fair to me!”

Madonna, who adopted David, 14, in 2006, also welcomed Mercy, 13, and twins Estere and Stelle, 7, to the family. They joined Lourdes, 22, and Rocco, 19, who the Michigan native shares with her ex Guy Ritchie.

Her youngest three children danced onstage at their mom’s Thursday concert, rocking out to “Human Nature,” “Crave” and “Like a Prayer.” Mercy, Estere and Stella’s older sister Lourdes made an appearance as well, dancing to “Frozen” in a sequined black leotard that showed off the Mercy tattoo on her upper inner arm.

When not dancing with their famous mom onstage, the family is transitioning well to life in Lisbon, the “Like a Virgin” singer said. “What’s amazing is how resilient they are and how they embraced all things, especially music, dance, soccer and sports — things that connect them to other people makes adaptation easier,” Madonna explained to Vogue Italia. “They learned to speak Portuguese through doing all those things with people, not by sitting in a classroom and learning in a didactic way, like writing on a chalkboard. Instead, it’s fun, it’s interactive.”

She’s trying to keep the youngest members of her brood from owning phones since she lost Lourdes and Rocco to their cells. “I made a mistake when I gave my older children phones when they were 13,” she told British Vogue in June. “It ended my relationship with them, really. Not completely, but it became a very, very big part of their lives. They became too inundated with imagery and started to compare themselves to other people, and that’s really bad for self-growth.”

With reporting by Gina Bacchiocchi

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The nominations for the annual UK Music Video Awards have been revealed!

The annual ceremony takes place at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm on Wednesday October 23 and will be hosted by Bug frontman Adam Buxton.

Madonna has a nomination in the category Best Pop Video – International with “Dark Ballet”!

Others nominations in the same category:
Billie Eilish – When The Party’s Over
Madonna – Dark Ballet 
Rosalía – Aute Cuture
Rosalía – De Aquí No Sales
Sigrid – Sucker Punch
Tove Lo – Glad He’s Gone

You can see the full list of nominations HERE

Picture from behind the scenes of “Dark Ballet” video

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Belgian choreographer does Madonna show

Belgian Damien Jalet has worked on the choreography for Madonna’s new tour, Madame X. He worked with Madonna on the opening number as well as three other songs in the show, so he writes on his Facebook. ‘A longtime dream has come true’ says Jalet.

The choreographer who is originally from Brussels worked previously with his life partner Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, but has built a very succesful solo carreer thus far. He has worked on music video’s by Editors and Bjork. The first Madame X concert took place on September 17 in New York

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Madonna Dons Hat By Moroccan Designer Youssef Lahlou for World Tour Opening

Madonna wearing Youssef Lahlou’s custom design.
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Madonna’s Madame X Show Takes The Underplay To The Next Level: Live Review

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Brooklyn Academy of Music
Capacity: 2,983
Sept. 19, 2019
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It was in 2017, while in the midst of doing press in support of the Rebel Heart Tour live album that Madonna first expressed her interest in mounting a series of smaller–scaled shows. Speaking to the BBC, Madonna mused “I’ve done so many shows—world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it—that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too. I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience.” 

Cut to 2019 and Madonna has put that dream into motion via the “Madame X Tour.”  It kicked off on Sept. 17 with the first leg ending Oct. 12 after a 21-show(!) residency at the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, whose stage has also hosted noted non- multi-platinum pop artists such as Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson, Steve Reich, John Cale, the late Lou Reed and Twyla Tharp. Along with being one of the few times Madonna has played a small venue (in 1985 she played NYC’s Radio City Music Hall, her opening act, a then upstart rap group called Beastie Boys), the shows both at BAM and the remainder of the tour serve as a stark contrast to the massive and multi-faceted stage craft that has helped make Madonna one of the most consistent live performers of her generation.

Madonna Announces Intimate ‘Madame X’ Tour

It’s not just the scale or seating capacity (the BAM theater is at 2,100) that marks a significant change in Madonna’s creative strategy. Unlike her previous tours which grossed close to $1.3 billion dollars and sold over 9.5 million tickets, according to Pollstar Boxoffice reports, the ‘Madame X Tour” is only hitting select cities in the U.S. (Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco) and Europe, including Lisbon, where Madonna now lives as a self-described ”soccer mom” and whose fado scene inspired both Madame X the album and the live show (spoiler alert- her intentions might be pure but Madonna’s relatively thin and ever so auto tuned vocals are no match for fado’s mournful undertones).  

Each stop on the tour consists of a residency of a week or more rather than one or two appearances per venue. The decision to perform and then set up camp is an increasingly appealing one. Witness the popularity of Las Vegas residencies, which in essence allows the artist to commute to work and enjoy a semblance of a normal life; something that Madonna, who has three of her six children performing with her (her eldest Lourdes is featured via video during the emotional highlight “Frozen”) would no doubt see as a plus. The residency also allows for fans to see Madonna more than once during the run of her shows as well as enjoying more flexibility when choosing what night they will attend. 

A series of shows means sets and staging do not have to be broken down every night, which helps keep costs down; although judging by the sets, costumes and the fact that Madonna flew over at least 15 musicians from Portugal and Cape Verde it’s clear that she had no qualms about putting her money where her vision was. Running at about two-and-a-half hours in length, Madonna hits the stage at a brutal 10:45 p.m. with about 85 percent new material. Older hits such as “Vogue” and “Human Nature” are reconfigured to better suit the more grown folks atmosphere. While the late set time is annoying, especially since tickets say the show begins at 8:30 and all phones are locked up once you enter the venue via Yondr, Madame X is a crowd pleaser; a gorgeously designed and artfully executed production, skillfully mixing Broadway caliber set design, scrims, video and lighting to create the world of the elusive Madame X. What exactly the whole Madame X conceit is remains unclear, but Madonna and her team have ensured that everything looks and sounds great. This, even as you’re realizing that you’re going to be getting home at 2 a.m.

Madame X is yet another example of what the industry refers to as an “underplay.” In lay person’s parlance an underplay is when an A or maybe B+ level musician opts out of the de rigueur arena or shed tour in favor of a more intimate and modest venue. It’s a trend that’s been bubbling under for a while but, not surprisingly, Madonna has helped to focus attention and generate buzz. For years Madonna has been rightfully heralded as a queen of reinvention, seamlessly going from nascent trend to nascent trend, changing up her look and influences to best suit the zeitgeist and capture the attention of her wildly devoted, diverse but, frankly, aging fan base. With Madame X, Madonna joins the ranks of an impressive list of musicians who have also turned the volume down, so to speak. 

There’s Raphael Saadiq who kicked off his “Jimmy Lee Tour” with a series of low-key club dates; he will double back in 2020 to play larger halls), Jay Z, who throughout his career has graced the stage of NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom and BAM, and most notably Bruce Springsteen’s Tony winning and sold out stint on Broadway.  Nick Cave, whose double album Ghosteen drops next week, has spent the last year on the road with “Conversations With Nick Cave” in which the revered singer/songwriter plays stripped down versions of his extensive catalogue and takes questions from the audience.  The irony is that Cave, after decades of slugging it out as a cult artist, embarked on his first US arena and festival tour not even two years ago. The move back to a more subdued, if such a adjective can used to describe Cave’s music, signals that Cave remains in touch with his loyal fans and is at the point of his career where he can afford to take calculated risks.

But the undisputed king of the underplay must be the late Prince. Throughout his career Prince would double dip; headlining a sold-out arena gig during prime time and then do a looser late night/early morning gig at a club or lounge; often on the same night. The shows, which were the worst kept secret in town, were aimed at the faithful and by all accounts were the stuff of legend. Or sometimes Prince would just skip the bigger space altogether and just rock out at NYC spots such as Irving Plaza or the now shuttered Roseland.

Getting the chance to see a mega star in such close proximity helps to add a magical and elite vibe. Rather than being one of twenty-thousand, a fan is part of a community and can brag that not only did they see Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” shows but were part of the “Madame X” experience; close enough to see every nook and cranny; metaphorically speaking. Underplaying feels more special and in many ways it is since for obvious reasons there are less tickets available. For reasons I can’t quite understand I had never been to a Madonna concert. But now I can say that I was there when she played BAM.

Since 1983 Madonna has courted controversy, some legit and some manufactured. Her music and presentation has championed the underground and been a voice for, among others the LGBTQ community. But perhaps her most significant cultural impact is that while she might not always be the first one in the pool, over the course of close to four decades she’s proven herself to be the performer who makes the biggest splash and whose artistic choices continue to matter.  The Madame X shows are yet another remix. Even though Madonna is, to some degree, following rather than leading the pack these days, the industry is paying especially keen attention to how The “Madame X Tour,” which thus far has received universally strong reviews and ticket sales, pans out.

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Catch Ric’key Pageot and his wife (Parlor Social) performing on Friday 9/27

 

In NYC for Madonna this week? Then, mark your calendars for Friday, 9/27! Madonna has kicked off her #MadameX tour and she’s joined by Ric’key Pageot, her longtime pianist and accordion player. This is Rick’s 4th world tour with Madonna and on days that Rick is not performing or practicing, he and Dessy Di Lauro, his wife will be playing a number of Parlor Social shows across different cities.

First up for their ‘Not Giving Up On You Tour’ is this Friday, 9/27 at Ginny’s Supper Club below the world famous Red Rooster Restaurant. It’ll be a night of #SpeakeasySoul and #ProhibitionFunk by Rick, Dessy, and some very SPECIAL guests! Tickets are just $15 in advance. Get yours today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parlor-social-with-dessy-di-la…

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I’m Breathless yellow vinyl Barnes & Noble exclusive – pre-order now (link available)!

 

A collection of songs featured or inspired by the comic-book-turned-movie Dick TracyI’m Breathless is essentially Madonna‘s take on popular music from the ’40s, particularly big-band pop. Although her singing shows a surprising amount of range, the material tends to be nothing more than cutesy novelty numbers, like the double entendre-laden hit “Hanky Panky.” I’m Breathless approaches greatness only on “Vogue,” a hit single tacked on to the end of the record. Featuring an endlessly deep house groove and an instantly memorable melody, “Vogue” is a detatched, affectionate celebration of transcendent pop and gay culture and stands as Madonna’s finest single moment.

Release Date: 11/22/2019
Label: Barnes Noble Consign
UPC: 0603497854370
catalogNumber: 26209

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Madame X Tour VIP Medellín Experience, September 21 – Live Report by Juan (and buying the polaroid!)

When Madame X Tour was announced, the first cities were in the US and to buy tickets there was a lottery system. I saw the prices and told myself: Go for one ticket in NYC. I saw the list of cities and the days of each show and decided to enter the lottery for only one in one city and one price range: VIP Medellín. Front row experience. And yes, 1,995USD plus taxes. I entered.

The day the lucky winners were announced I was really nervous. No email. No email. Then I decided to check my credit card status and voilá, the charge for the ticket was there. The same day I received the email confirmation in the afternoon. Days before they emailed me with my seat: Row AA seat 12. Haaaaaaappy.

So this year my holidays were going to be in the US, last stop NYC. I had to be in NYC on September 21st. I arrived in NYC on September 16th. The opening night was going to happen on September 17th. I had no tickets for that show. So I entered the Icon contest for 10$ tickets but I did not win. So my friends and me decided to go to a Broadway musical: Beetlejuice. Next concert happened on Wednesday 18th. For that show there was no Icon contest, and I had a cruise on East River reserved. During the cruise I decided to check Ticketmaster, to see how much were tickets for the next concert, Thursday 19th. Then I realized prices went down for the unsold seats even the verified resale tickets. And I saw one ticket that my heart started beating fast: Mezzanine Row A. I bought it. My friends didn´t have tickets for any concert, they were with me just for holidays. But on Thursday they went to Ticketmaster and got tickets in Mezzanine for 95$. So we all went to the concert that day. No long queue, at 8pm we were inside the venue. That day the show started around 10:30pm. For me, I really enjoyed myself while waiting for the concert to start.

Show started. Amazing! No spoilers. But I had read that at one moment she took a selfie with a polaroid and sells it to the audience. First day, Rosie bought it. Second night Andy Cohen bought it. That night I was attending I saw how it was sold. Two fans went in front of stage, they offered around 100$. Then a girl from row D or E went and offered 1,000USD. OMG! She got the polaroid. Madonna said: “Only cash”.

My mind started to think the idea of trying to buy it on Saturday, I was going to be front row. So I decided to try it and went to an ATM and got cash.

Now my experience as VIP Medellín. Saturday September 21st, BAM. I arrived at 6:30pm. Only 5 people on VIP Live Nation queue. We entered the theater at 7pm. I went to the VIP area, there you can use your phones. Drinks, appetizers, photo call, music. Fantastic time there. Backstage tour started at 8:40pm. Amazing experience. We saw many area’s, and also where Madonna changes costumes. Toni Villanueva was there. Also we saw Celeste Rodrigues’ grandson: he plays with Madonna on stage. Applauses.

Back to VIP area and also a first look at my seat. My seat was #12, last seat on the row was #14. Concert started around 11:30pm. The guy from seat 14 told me: “This intro is amazing”.

Then polaroid moment arrived. I was in my seat. Madonna said: “How much will you offer for it”. Two or three people went near the stairs to the stage. So I moved there too. I went down on my knees. I had in mind what I was going to offer, I had the cash in my wallet. A young boy told: “It is my birthday, I offer you 500USD”. My heart started beating faster. OMG it is his birthday! But I was not going to fight against him. I had my money in my wallet and I took it out and a paper where I wrote the money I was offering. And displayed. Madonna said: “Madame X is a material girl”. Then looked at me and asked me: “How much do you offer?”. I told: “1,500USD” (and… I´m not a rich, don’t hang your shit on me…). I wanted wanted the polaroid so badly (well, everybody offering money wanted it so badly too). She asked my name and what I did for living. Told her: “Juan from Madrid. I work in a hospital, I´m a nurse”. “You save lives”. I think some people said: “For him (the polaroid)”. Maybe I´m wrong and they said the opposite. We counted the money, we shook hands. She also shook the hand of the birthday boy. I returned to my seat.

Wow, I was in heaven, I was in front row, Madonna in front of me, talking to me, and the polaroid in my hand… But the concert was on. I focussed again on the show and Madonna.

Now a little spoiler: at some point, she goes down to the orchestra section, and seats on a special seat put there for her: seat #16 (later removed when she goes back on stage). So she was there again (I noticed on Thursday how good my seat was, so I knew she was going to sit and speak with the guy next to me). She was so close to me and at same face level, that I was looking at her face and eyes for about… 5 minutes? 8 minutes? That was heaven. She also spoke to me while she was there, and when she left back to stage she said: “Thank you Juan for the cash”. OMFG!!!!!!!

I´ve seen her front row many times in Europe, but in previous tour in Europe the arena or stadium floor is standing, no reserved seats, so if you want front row you have to be in line for at least 2 days. Many people do it, I do it. I even know people that queued for one week. My first Madonna concert was DWT opening night in Barcelona. Since then, all tours. I used to go to one or two concerts each tour, maybe 3, but not more (I´m not a rich, don’t hang your shit on me). For this tour I already have been 2 in Brooklyn. I have tickets for 2 more in London and one more in Paris.

The concert was amazing, her voice sounded perfect. My favourite part was Frozen. You need to look at her and the backdrop video.

End of the night. Needed to sit for 10-15 minutes and text my friends. I was shaking. And then back to Manhattan by metro.

Thank you to Juan!

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Madame X Tour BAM NY Backstage Tour opening night report #2

Backstage Tour – Opening Night
 

During the pre-show party we were picked up by Justin and Bryan for the backstage tour. We were led into the back of the venue where we were given a lecture about the process of the show. Justin is the head of security and told us Madonna is one of the hardest working people in showbiz. She does about 100 entire shows before opening night! She is involved in every single detail of the show and it has to be perfect. From zipper to lightning.

After the interesting lecture, we were brought backstage, we were told we needed to stay in between the white lines on the floors, because the backstage was extremely packed. Usually there is a lot less stuff brought in at small venues like BAM. I believe everything goes into 9 trucks and it takes them aprox 9 hours to unload. I think it must be like playing ‘Tetris’ for Madonna’s staff.

We were shown the hallway to the dressingrooms, but we were not allowed to see them. We did see the smaller dressing area of Madonna and the one for the dancers. A setlist was hanging on a wall, so we got to see what songs she was going to do. I saw two of my faves (not gonna spoil) so I was really happy. We came to the musicians area, where all the instruments stood.

Everybody was quiet backstage. Justin told us it was because everybody was up since early that morning and they were very focussed. He also told us that all music was performed live, either onstage or offstage. Nothing was prerecorded. Then we headed onto the stage. There were these boring looking stairs. But don’t worry, during the show they use ‘geomapping’, to make things quite colourful. Nothing boring about this show! We took a group photo on the stage and after that we were escorted back to the pre-party area and we were free to get to our seats.

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