Madonna news - May 2004
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14 May - More on upcoming box set
Stereomover @ MadonnaVillage
reports: "[The box set] is slated for late June/early July
release. And will more likely than not, contain 3 or more discs.
I don't know what the discs contain yet as no one at Warner has
returned my mails all week... shit goin' on, i suppose, don't
know... Some names involved: Peter Rauhofer, Richard Vission,
Akufen, Johnny Rocks, Blow Up, Calderone, William Orbit, Tracy
Young. No title yet. No price yet. Hell, not even a catalog number.
It will contain new tracks (THAT we already knew), and will spawn
at least one single to promote it. The video will be the LIVE
performance. Madonna wanted [Easy
] as a single... Warner did not. Both agreed on a live
performance... the details are still being worked out.
14 May - Madonna.com reports tour documentary
Two days ago
MTV reported Jonas Akerlund will
be shooting a documentary of Madonna's tour, which later will
be released to theatres. Madonna.com
has now reported this news item in their news section, which adds
to its credibility.
14 May - Rocco gets ritual haircut
Pop star Madonna's 3-year-old son, Rocco, recently had his long
blonde hair sheared off in accordance with the Kabbalah. According
to the tenets of the religion, an offshoot of Judaism, a boy's
hair must remain untouched until he reaches the age of three,
London's Daily Mail said Thursday. At that time, the child's hair
may be cut as a symbol of his first step into manhood. Although
many people plan the first haircut for the child's third birthday,
others wait until the anniversary of the death of one of the movement's
founders, a 16th century rabbi, on May 9. Rocco's third birthday
was on Aug. 11 last year, but didn't start sporting his new look
until this week when he was spotted in at a Los Angeles restaurant
with his dad Guy Ritchie. It is a big deal to cut the child's
hair when the time comes -- lots of men in the community gather
round and each of them cut a bit off, said one Kabbalah insider.
14 May - Madonna gets her man
During more than three decades as a producer, Michael Seligman
has amassed enough anecdotes to fill a book or two. Or three.
While he can't reveal most of them, Seligman does recall one incident
involving Madonna he can relate.
In 1990, the year of Dick Tracy, Madonna is scheduled to sing
the film's Oscar-nominated song Sooner or Later (I Always Get
My Man) during the "Academy Awards" broadcast. "And
she worked her tail off for that song," recalled Seligman,
who served as the show's supervising producer. "She worked
with a choreographer. She worked for three weeks straight every
day, day and night, refining this number. She's a perfectionist."
The problem is not everything works perfectly during a live broadcast.
"We rehearsed everything and it went fine," said Seligman.
The production calls for Madonna to rise from below the stage
on a lift through a hole in the stage floor. Once Madonna is on
stage, a stage engineer in the rafters will be instructed to switch
on her microphone and she'll sing. "So it's time for Madonna
to sing and the stage manager with his headset on tells the stage
engineer to switch her mike on. But nothing happens. He repeats
himself. Nothing happens. The mike doesn't go on," said Seligman.
"So the stage manager tells Madonna in this nervous kind
of voice that the stage engineer is not answering his call and
her mike isn't being put on. 'But don't worry,' he said. 'You'll
be handed a mike when you get up on stage. It'll be fine.'"
Madonna apparently disagreed. "As the lift is about to go
up, she grabs the stage manager by the neck," said Seligman.
"Now the lift is going up and the stage manager is going
up by his throat. She finally drops him, grabs the mike and does
the number perfectly." Seligman later learns that the heat
from the lights in the rafters affected the engineer and he fell
asleep. "He looks for me in the truck after the number and
I told him that stuff happens," said the producer. "We
became friends after that."
And the song that Madonna sang? It won the Oscar. (source: Daily
14 May - Stage creates VIP pits *rumour*
reports: "Several rumours have been circulating recently
about the chance that the stage of Madonna's re-Invention
will have a special shape to include two "vip pits"
areas. MadonnaTribe sources are now able to confirm the rumour,
but - not to bust everybody's excitement - we understand that
the only way to get in the pits will be through promotional giveaways.
Well, another quite expensive way to "get into the pit"
actually exist, and as far it is really expensive, the good thing
is that the proceeds are going to charity. Sweet Relief Musicians
Fund, the same who produced the 1996 compilation that features
the Madonna & Joe Henry duet "Guilty by Association",
is indeed currently auctioning on ebay a pair of tickets in the
VIP pit at Madonna's show on Thursday, June 24, 2004 at New York's
Madison Square Garden. Here's what they say about it: "As
if being at the front of Madison Square Garden for one of Madonna's
shows isn't enough winners will also get a signed photo of Madonna.
Madonna has always been a wonderful supporter of Sweet Relief
and now is your chance to help her help struggling musicians.
Bid now and help Madonna support artists in need. This charity
auction was sanctioned by Madonna." "
13 May - French tour theme
Madonna is planning a French theme for her forthcoming re-Invention
. The Brit-loving mother-of-two has apparently approached
Paris-based designer Christian Lacroix to create costumes for
her performances. According to Women's Wear Daily, she wants a
Dangerous Liaisons look and has also contacted Karl Lagerfeld
at Chanel. Ooh la la. (source: British
13 May - Madonna exhausted before tour even begins
Superstar Madonna has exhausted herself rehearsing for her upcoming
Reinvention world tour. The Material Girl, 45, has been practicing
her stage sequences for several months, but still finding time
to attend all-night Kabbalah meetings in Los Angeles. Madonna
and husband Guy Ritchie were photographer leaving a Kabbalah centre
in the early hours of the morning, with the singer's gaunt and
tired appearance shocking onlookers. One onlooker says, "I've
never seen her looking so tired. She looks like she's pushing
herself very hard and could do with a good meal." A member
of Madonna's tour team disputes the star's health is suffering
and her aberrance is simply due to working hard. The pal says,
"The truth is Madonna is putting in a huge amount of work
to prepare for her Reinvention tour. She is a perfectionist and
doesn't want to disappoint her fans. She looks knackered because
she is knackered. Mentally and physically preparing for a huge
world tour isn't a walk in the park. It drains the hell out of
you. She's maybe been pushing it a little bit hard but she knows
her limits." Madonna is rehearing 12 hours a day to get in
shape for the 48-date tour, which starts at Los Angeles FORUM
on May 24. (source: TeenMusic
12 May - MTV reports tour documentary
As if Truth or Dare
enough, Madonna's delving back into documentary fare once again,
this time with director Jonas Akerlund. The singer has already
started shooting for the untitled project, which will chronicle
her upcoming tour and the "new" Madonna, among other
things. She plans to release the documentary in theaters, her
spokesperson said. (source: MTV
12 May - Possible title of new song *rumour*
reports: "According to my reliable inside sources the new
song Madonna will debut on the tour will be a song called, Da
Prayer. Madonna collaborated with Mirwais and member(s) of Daft
Punk on this particular song, which can very likely be the new
song performed on the tour; the performance will either be included
as a melody with Like a Prayer or as a full performance of the
song alone. According to my sources this is the new sound of Madonna's
next studio album and please note that this is in no way a remix
of Like a Prayer
to do with the song. This news should be taken solely as rumors
as things are likely to change."
11 May - Music performance in Belgian club
Last friday, I went out partying in the Room
a club outside my hometown Leuven (Belgium). To celebrate their
2nd anniversary, there were some special diva performances. The
first performance was nothing less than an imitation of Music
@ the Drowned World Tour
with matching outfits and choreography. I thought it was done
pretty cool, so I thought I'd share some pictures with you (courtesy
of GayBelgium.be). ShowRoom is a cool gay-minded party @ the Room,
each first friday of the month.
11 May - Madonna begins breeding rare sheep
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have fallen so in love with country life
that they have started breeding sheep. The couple are hoping their
celebrity name will help to sell a rare breed of lamb called Polled
Dorsets. News that the stars have some woolly friends emerged
during a hearing into ramblers' rights to roam across their country
estate. Madonna's £9 million country retreat is a working
estate with a nationally renowned shoot. Ramblers should not be
allowed to walk across it, a public planning inquiry heard. Philip
Eddell, a consultant estate manager for the popstar's 1,200-acre
Ashcombe House, on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, told the inquiry
the impact of allowing public access to 12 plots of land would
be "devastating". "The impact on the estate of
having the land shown on the provisional map included as open
country would be devastating," said Mr Eddell. The singer
and her film director husband Guy Ritchie claim around 100 acres
of land at Ashcombe House, in Tollard Royal, has been inaccurately
classified as open country on a provisional map. (source: ITV
11 May - Madonna's pig squeal!
Imagine pop star Madonna squealing like a pig. This would have
been a reality, if Aphex Twin had had his way. Dance music mastereo
Aphex Twin wants Madonna to squeal like a pig in his upcoming
album. According to the New York Post, the diva agreed to contribute
hog-like, grunting sounds, but changed her mind at the last moment.
"I wanted Madonna to just do stupid noises. There wasn't
going to be any singing on the track. Just grunts, moans and pig
impersonations. I really wanted to hear Madonna doing a pig,"
Twin was quoted as saying. (source: WebIndia123
~ FYI, this was reported a long time ago too...
11 May - Soap actress next for Madonna snog
The list of celebrities playing on the ever-popular lesbian kiss
theme lengthens today, with one soap actress admitting she wants
to kiss Madonna. After Blondie singer Debbie Harry admitted she
enjoys lesbian sex yesterday, EastEnders' Charlie Brooks told
one radio interviewer she hopes to follow in the steps of Britney
Spears and plant a smacker on the Material Girl. Brooks, who played
murderer Janine Butcher in the show before leaving earlier this
week, said she would enjoy meeting the star, even if Madonna tried
to kiss her. "I'd let her. I'd really like that - full-on,
on the lips," the pregnant actress admitted to Capital FM.
The comments follow the media uproar over Madonna's MTV awards
appearance last year, where she kissed pop starlets Spears and
Christina Aguilera. Since then, less famous celebrities have spoken
of their faux lesbianism to grab the limelight.
Coronation Street's Kate Ford, who plays Tracy Barlow, joked earlier
this year that she wants the soap's bosses to write a cameo for
Hollywood star Christina Ricci, so that she can have an on-screen
- and presumably off screen - affair with her.
On screen, male super-stars are also keen to sign up for gay romance,
although off screen is a different issue. Colin Farrell and Jared
Leto are set to start in the biopic of legendary warrior - and
bisexual - Alexander the Great later this year, while Jake Gyllenhaal
and Heath Ledger have inked a deal that will see them playing
cowboys in love for Brokeback Mountain. And on the small screen,
the soaps have pushed ahead with gay kisses - Coronation Street
is currently showing its first gay relationship plot in its 43-year
history. (source: UK.Gay.com
11 May - Lack of condoms kept Madonna and JFK Jr from having
Madonna failed to consummate her romance with John F Kennedy Jr
because they didn't have any contraception, according to a new
book written by the late socialite's former university pal. Robert
Littell claims the pair were worried their fling would become
public if they went out to buy condoms. In his new tell-all, THE
MEN WE BECAME, Littell says, "John and Madonna were in a
hotel room in Chicago, unable how to figure out how to get some
contraception into the room without getting caught. "While
them managed to entertain themselves, they never achieved what
would have been the definitive celebrity coupling." (source:
11 May - Caresse hints at Dutch concert
German website MadonnaMusic
asked some more information on the lack of a German tour stop;
here's what Caresse Henry replied: "Unfortunately the closest
venue is Arnhem (Netherlands). We have been trying to visit as
many countries as possible and Germany is one of those we have
always visited. The decision not to visit Germany this time is
not due to lack of interest by the German fans rather than lack
of time during this summer. I am sorry that you are disappointed.
I am sure we will visit Germany on the next tour." (thanks
for the translation from German)
If this information is correct, the venue would be the Gelredome
one of the 3 largest stadiums in the Netherlands. It has a movable
roof, so it can be used as a closed venue, giving room for 16000
standing places. However, there's no information (yet) whether
this venue has been booked or even considered.
10 May - Mazar hates working with Madonna, denies rumours
Madonna has a reputation as a tough taskmaster even with
her friends. Debi Mazar, the divas long-time friend, says
she doesn't like to work with Madonna because she's such a hard-driving
boss. "I actually hate doing videos and I really don't even
like working for Madonna because she's such a perfectionist,"
Mazar told Sharon Osbourne for an episode of her show that airs
tomorrow. "The hours are long, it's grueling, she's ... always
like, 'Do this! Do that!' She's she's, you know, Madonna!
... She really works you to the bone."
Mazar also blasts widespread reports that she and Madonna ended
their friendship over Kabbalah. "When that... broke, I was
like, 'Wow, that's so awful that somebody would try to make it
look like we weren't friendly,'" Mazar says on "Sharon".
"We called each other immediately when all that stuff came
out. We were like, 'Oh my God, did you see that?' She was like,
'Yeah,' and she goes, 'Oh it's so ridiculous please!' It's
just another day in her life but for me, I've never had my name
associated in a negative way with her or anybody else. I was kind
of like, 'Oh my God!' " (source: MSNBC
07 May - Platinum package update
Seat locations are now available for all platinum packages. Users
can now purchase packages and receive real-time seat locations
during the purchase process. This is your chance to secure guaranteed,
great top price level seats. Packages are moving quickly so reserve
yours now. Click
here for more information
. (source: Madonna.com
Meanwhile, there are new tickets available for all dates at London's
Wembley Arena at Ticketmaster
07 May - More news on remix album *rumour*
Stereomover @ PeterRauhofer's
has posted more news on the rumoured remix album:
"Alongside unreleased remixes from American
and a new track, some classics like Into
, that Stardust remix of Holiday
, Crazy For You
unreleased mixes of Music
are set to be included on the comp. It is still hush as Warner
might make it available to fans by selling it at the shows. Things
are rough at Warner right now. And Madonna's last two albums for
them might end up being compilations. It will probably be a double-disc,
but some have speculated that it be 3 discs. Loaded with pictures,
interactive material, and complete discography. I doubt the 3-disc
thing and knowing Warner, all we will get are radio edits of these
mixes, but it is still possible. [...]
This comp will be announced once the tour has kicked off on May
24th. In my opinion, there will not be another single from this
album and those Akufen and Daddy G remixes were actually for songs
other than Easy Ride
. A lot of her classics are being given a new twist.
But you never know... We'll see..."
06 May - No tour for Australia
visitor Gillian, asked Caresse Henry whether Madonna would be
visiting Australia and New Zealand on the re-Invention
, here is the response:
" Unfortunately we have such a short window of time for touring
and cannot fit this into the itinerary but I know Madonna loves
Australia and New Zealand and hope to get her there very soon.
We will be televising the show although know that isn't enough
and apologize. There just isn't enough time in the day and the
summer in particular! "
06 May - News on the 'surprises'
The show will contain a few surprises; click
here for more information
06 May - Another source on the setlist
A report by Stereomover, member of PeterRauhofer's
confirms the setlist we posted yesterday. Click
here to read his message
05 May - Complete tour setlist
We can finally reveal the complete setlist for the tour. Click
here for the spoiler
05 May - Special guest on the show
reported some news on a special guest on the show; click
here to read
05 May - Spoilers on setlist, choreography and stage *rumour*
member Kat has gotten some info from one of the dancers, which
is mostly the same as the info we got from other sources and therefor
pretty reliable. Check our tour news
for spoilers on the setlist, the choreography and the
05 May - More on Barcelona *rumour*
Spanish fan club member Isla Bonita reports: "Barcelona's
Radio Station "Radio Flaixbac" has told me that Madonna
will play an intimate concert in Barcelona, and she will record
three songs from this concert for an upcoming live cd, that will
go on sale this christmas. Also MTV Europe will broadcast to all
Europe this show, like they did with the Barcelona Springsteen
show in 2001.
Like I've said before, the show was meant to be intimate in a
small place, maybe in Barcelona's Music Theatre, but because of
the spanish fans reaction it could be changed, and it could be
in Palau Sant Jordi, a much bigger place, so all the fans can
get a ticket. This will be probably the last show of the tour,
at the end of September." (thanks to Frank from DivinaMadonna
for providing us this info)
05 May - Possibly Spain, but no Italy or Germany
reports: "We are very sorry to make this announcement. Caresse
Henry has informed us that possibly 2 more European countries
will be added but Italy and Germany are not included this time
around. She said she is "So sorry, we are limited with the
amount of cities we can do in a summer. I apologize. And thank
you for all your support."
One of our readers from Spain has informed us that a Barcelona's
radio station today stated that Madonna will come to town to make
a special concert during the "Forum De Las Culturas 2004",
which will be opened from May 9 to September 26. If this news
will be confirmed, as we hope for Spanish fans, it will the most
important concert of the summer in Spain."
04 May - Madonna fights threat to privacy
Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie begin a fight
this week in a nimby protest not in my backyard
against public rights of access to their estate in Wiltshire.
They will object at a public inquiry to the opening up of part
of their 1,132-acre Ashcombe estate, near the village of Tollard
Royal, under the new right to roam legislation.
The couple say free access for walkers would violate private
and family life and their home under the European Convention
on Human Rights. The Countryside Agency, the government body implementing
the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, has begun mapping
areas of open country, giving access to about 8 per cent of England,
classed as mountain, moorland, heath and downland.
Land in the first two mapping areas, the south-east and the lower
north-west, will be opened in September. The singer and her husband,
described as Mr and Mrs Ritchie in documentation, are appealing
to the planning inspectorate against the inclusion of 17 parcels
of their land on the maps.
Their estate which they bought for £9 million two
years ago is run as a commercial sporting business. Madonna,
who has two children Lourdes and Rocco, divides her time between
the Grade II-listed Georgian Ashcombe House, the former home of
society photographer Cecil Beaton, and houses in Beverly Hills
The singer she had a hit with the single This
Used To Be My Playground
and starred in a film Body
in the nineties is not expected to attend
the hearing. Her spokesperson said: She will not be making
Madonnas time at the estate has not been without problems.
She has complained about low-flying aircraft, suffered an attempted
burglary and was ordered to take down 12ft-high security gates
after neglecting to apply for planning permission.
She was later granted retrospective permission. (source: The
04 May - News on encores & number of songs
has reported the number of songs on the show, as well as some
information on the encore songs. Click
here for the spoiler
03 May - I'm gonna destroy my ego
Madonna says she used to be extremely selfish and was provocative
just to satisfy her own ego. "At the start of your career
you've got a message, but then you get distracted with time. You
get money, fame and you start to put emphasis on the wrong things,"
she told Austrian magazine Woman. "I had to finally admit
that I did a lot of things to satisfy my own ego, for the fun
of shocking people and out of an overblown sense of self-importance,"
The 45-year-old singer went on to say that becoming a mother was
what finally changed her attitude toward life: "It happened
much too late. I was 38 when my daughter was born. Before that
I wasted a lot of time looking for love in the wrong places. I
destroyed good relationships and I was a magnet for lousy guys."
"Before having Lourdes I wasn't at all interested in what
I could do for other people," Madonna added. "I looked
at the people around me and I thought: What can they do for me?
Do they look good next to me? Will they give me what I want from
them? It was only when I gave birth to Lourdes that I thought
to myself: What do I want to teach her?"
Madonna, who also has a son with husband Guy Ritchie, added that
now that she's a mother she can't spend most of her day on beauty
care like she used to: "Today I have the choice: I can either
play guitar or have a manicure. I can't do both."
The singer, who attends religious sessions at the Kabbalah Centre
in Los Angeles, says she's even convinced her husband Guy Ritchie
to read up on the Jewish spiritual teachings. "My husband
was always a scientific type and a total Darwinist when I met
him. He was never interested in spiritual things like God and
the Bible. But Kabbalah is based on scientific facts and that
captured his analytical mind. "My daughter also attends her
own spiritual course every Saturday where she learns about sharing
and the power of her words. It's changed her a lot - she doesn't
overreact as much anymore," she said. (source: News24
03 May - Early songs on tour
We have some more spoilers
time about the early songs included in the setlist.
03 May - Fun for the road
New York Post columnist Liz Smith talked to Madonna on her upcoming
here for the full article
(contains spoilers on setlist, costume
designers and tour documentary).
02 May - Another bagpiper on tour?
The Scots lawyer who piped at Stella McCartney's wedding last
year has been asked to accompany Madonna on her forthcoming Re-invention
Lorne Cousin, a rural property lawyer at the Edinburgh-based legal
firm Turcan Connell, flew to Los Angeles last week where the rest
of the show’s performers are preparing for the five-month
The concerts, which kick off in LA on May 24, are scheduled for
48 venues across the US, Britain and France, with sell-out gigs
at London’s Earls Court and Wembley Arena, as well as Madison
Square Gardens in New York.
Although no further details of the tour have been disclosed yet,
another Scots piper, Calum "Spud" Fraser, was asked
to travel to New York for rehearsals in March. Fraser played at
the christening of Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s son Rocco,
at Dornoch castle in 2000.
Now Cousin, who specialises in the sale of estates and country
houses, will be adding his bagpipes to the tour.
Cousin, from Campbeltown, is no stranger to glittering events.
Last August he piped at Stella McCartney's wedding to Alasdhair
Willis on the Isle of Bute. The star-studded nuptials were attended
by celebrities such as Chrissie Hynde, Kate Moss and Madonna and
film director husband Ritchie.
Cousin is an accomplished solo piper and has regularly competed
in major piping gatherings across Scotland for many years, in
1988 winning the prestigious Burgh Cup at the Cowal Highland Gathering.
The gathering's oldest cup, dating back to 1901, it is open only
to over-16s resident in Argyll and Bute and an unwritten rule
among pipers dictates that once won, a piper doesn't compete for
Cousin also plays with the Kintyre Piping Society at their recitals.
William McCallum, the society's treasurer, has listened to Cousin's
piping for many years and rates his playing highly.
"He's always been a great little player, ever since he was
a boy," said McCallum.
"Last weekend he was up here judging a junior competition
for us. But he mostly plays in major competitions. Last year he
played in the Gold Medal standard and, although he didn't win
he is a very good player.
" He competed a lot in our junior competitions, but because
he lives in Edinburgh now he doesn’t play with us as much."
Although Cousin is too young to have played with the rest of the
Kintyre Piping Society on Paul McCartney's 1977 hit Mull of Kintyre,
his family have had celebrity ties for many years.
His father, Alastair Cousin, who is a well-respected vet in the
Campbeltown area, treated Linda McCartney’s pets when she
and her family spent time there, and he became a good friend over
Alastair Cousin is also the chairman of the Linda McCartney Kintyre
Memorial Trust, which helped to erect a statue of her two years
ago after she died of cancer in 1998.
The bronze statue was commissioned and donated by Paul McCartney,
but it was the trust who helped to facilitate the project in the
area and create the garden in which the sculpture now stands.
Famous family ties and experience of performing at competitions
and a celebrity wedding are one thing. Now Lorne Cousin faces
piping to huge audiences worldwide.
Leading Scots piper Lindsay Davidson, who is currently working
on a bagpipe opera, believes that piping is starting to become
more popular in mainstream music. He also believes that new technology
has enabled bagpipes to play alongside other musical instruments
in large concerts without tuning problems.
"Bagpipes are a lot more popular than they were," Davidson
"New technology has allowed them to break through barriers
and now players can tune up against other instruments in a way
they could never do in the past.
"There is also a growing interest in piping and what bagpipes
may be able to do in the future. A lot of this has been brought
on by young folk groups that are beginning to use pipes in their
records. People are starting to see them in a new light."
Davidson also believes bagpipes are easily incorporated into big
pop productions, such as Madonna's.
"The bagpipes are a dead ringer for the electric guitar,"
he added. "The two instruments can be interchanged with ease
and would work well in a large concert venue." (source: Sunday
01 May - American Life songs on tour
Click here for a spoiler on the American
Life songs that will be included in the tour setlist
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