Madonna news - Aug. 2004
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30 August - Madonna does Slane
Check out our tour diary
for the first details on Madonna's gig at Slane castle.
30 August - Madonna fans shut out of gig
Angry Madonna fans turned on salesmen after arriving at her gig
to find they did not have tickets. Police were called when 70 fans,
who shelled out hundreds of pounds, found there were no seats. Lawyer
Alain Gavin paid an agency £150 to see Madonna at Wembley
Arena on Thursday. He said: "Some of the people had flown in
from far away and they were very disappointed. Some paid £1,700
for three tickets. "There were kids of seven or eight-years-old
who were most disappointed." He bought his tickets from www.londonticketshop.co.uk.
Manager Michael James said 20 customers did not get tickets because
of a mistake. But he said fans turned on him and two other firms
before they had time to buy tickets from touts. He said: "I
feared for my life. I have received death threats. But we are not
a fraudulent company." Police are investigating. (source: Daily
30 August - Madonna’s friends to join her in Israel
Madonna won’t be the only celeb going to Israel to celebrate
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
The Reinvented singer — who has become a leading proponent
of Kabbalah — will be making a pilgrimage to Tel Aviv in September
to celebrate the Jewish holidays, and a source says that she will
be joined by hunky actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee
Furness, as well as Donna Karan.
The source says the “Van Helsing” star and the designing
woman have become “quite involved” in the controversial
offshoot of Judaism. “We still haven’t gotten a confirmation
from Demi [Moore] and Ashton [Kutcher],” says the insider.
“[Moore is] shooting a movie [“Half Light”] in
Wales and might not be able to join us.”
What’s more, says the source, the ABC news magazine “20/20”
will be filming the entire event and interviewing the Kabbalah Centre’s
leader, Rabbi Philip Berg — his first time ever on camera.
A spokeswoman for the show told The Scoop, “I can’t
confirm that.” Karan’s rep couldn’t be reached
and Jackman’s said he had no info on the story.
“It will be quite the media event for Kabbalah,” says
the source. “This all comes a month before a publicity extravaganza
in October, including a billboard on Sunset Boulevard to promote
a book on the red string — which wards off the evil eye —
as the got-to-have religious fashion accessory of the season.”
28 August - Madison Square Garden thanks Madonna
The current issue of Billboard (page 11) has a full-page ad, with
MSG thanking Madonna and her team for the 6-night run at MSG. The
text: MADONNA "POSTS" BIG NUMBERS AT THE GARDEN! (ALL
in BIG letters, across the page in 3 lines) There's a pic of M singing
to the left, with the following text to the right: Madonna has re-invented
the definition of "smash hit" with her acclaimed"Re-Invention
* All six performances completely sold out!
* Attended by 88,625 cheering fans!
* A whopping $12,674,925 in gross receipts!
Then, in a box, this text: RCE and MSG would like to thank Caresse
Henry, Arthur Fogel, Gerry Barad, Tres Thomas, Chris Lamb &
Everyone at Clear Channel Touring... and, of course, Madonna! (source:
Jim Radenhaus; MIR)
28 August - LL Cool J praises Madonna's kids books
Rapper LL Cool J has slammed critics for attacking Madonna's children
books. The Material Girl published the first of five books, The
English Roses, last year (03) but received bad reviews for her literary
debut, but the Phenomenon rapper - who penned "rap and read"
children's book And The Winner Is ... - fiercely defends the pop-queen.
He says, "I don't know why people didn't like Madonna's books,
maybe they don't think it's a valid art form, maybe they don't like
kids. Why not be rich and famous and take time to inspire kids?
That would embarrass whoever said you cannot do it! I don't understand
it at all!" (source: ContactMusic
28 August - Madge makes history as first queen of castle
All roads lead to Slane this weekend as Her Madgesty - aka Madonna
- is set to become Queen of the Castle.
The 46-year-old popstar will make history tomorrow when she becomes
the first female act to headline Slane in the 23-year history of
staging major concerts at the Co Meath venue.
Tomorrow’s show will also mark another new departure as it’s
the first time the scenic Boyneside amphitheatre will host one of
the country’s biggest outdoor gigs on a Sunday.
It was changed from the traditional Saturday fixture to facilitate
Madonna’s schedule during the European leg of her Re-Invention
However, the switch in date may partially explain the somewhat sluggish
ticket sales, despite claims by the concert organisers that the
vast majority of the 80,000 tickets have been sold.
Advertisements for the concert have continued to run all week, suggesting
it may not exactly be a sell-out show.
Some fans have complained the €88.50 ticket price was too expensive
- even for the aptly named Material Girl.
Many bids for concert tickets being sold on the internet have failed
to meet the reserve price. Two tickets being offered at less than
€80 without a reserve had failed to attract any bid by yesterday
afternoon, while a Wexford seller had only been offered €59
for a pair of tickets with a reserve price of €124.
Nevertheless, a large crowd is likely to go mad for Madonna as it
is the first opportunity for most of her Irish fans to hear hits
such as Vogue, Like A Prayer, Into the Groove and Crazy for You
in a live setting.
Fans are warned there will be no access to Slane before 3.30pm tomorrow.
Gates to the concert site will not open until 4pm with the first
act, techno-wizard, Paul Oakenfold, due on stage at 5pm. He will
be followed by Iggy Pop and The Stooges at 6.30pm before Madonna
makes her eagerly-awaited appearance at 8.30pm.
Concert-goers are advised to bring a mixture of clothing as the
weather forecast for tomorrow is for a cool, windy day with bright,
sunny spells but also some heavy showers.
Dublin Bus is running buses at 20-minute intervals starting at 2pm
from Parnell Square to Slane with return services straight after
the end of the concert. Tickets are €20.
Concert traffic from the south and west is being encouraged to access
Slane via the N51 from Navan, while motorists from Dublin should
take the N2 route direct to Slane.
People travelling from the North are recommended to follow the M1
to the Dunleer intersection and then follow signs for Slane through
Gardaí have advised non-concert traffic, especially GAA fans
travelling to the Derry-Kerry football semi-final in Croke Park
tomorrow afternoon, that the N2 (Dublin-Derry) road at Slane will
be closed to traffic from 8pm this evening until 3am on Monday morning
due to the concert.
Motorists are advised to travel to Dublin on the N3 via Cavan, Kells
and Navan or to turn left off the N2 at Ardee to access the M1 route
to the capital. (source: Irish
28 August - Madonna
breaks down in tears at Wembley
Pop diva Madonna broke down in tears while dedicating the hit number
"Crazy For You" to her British fans on her last date in
Britain at Wembley Arena. Dressed in a kilt and with a T-shirt saying,
"Brits Do It Better", Madonna dedicated the song to fans
whom she said had "stuck by me for 20 years", and suddenly
broke down in tears. "Madonna was overcome with emotion. It
seems she has thoroughly enjoyed the tour and she was thrilled at
the crowd's response. She couldn't find a tissue so wiped her eyes
with the hem of her kilt, and then pulled herself together to do
the number. It was brilliant," The Sun quoted an onlooker as
28 August - Madonna's UK
tour splits critics
Critics have expressed reservations about Madonna's latest concerts
as she ends the UK leg of her world tour.
The singer visited Manchester and London as part of her 56-date
visits Dublin's Slane Castle on Sunday.
The star twisted her way through greatest hits and anti-war protests.
"This is a show of strange juxtapositions, one in which theatricality
is often substituted for sentimentality," The Independent said.
"Each time she picks up a guitar,
you know a message is soon to follow," wrote the newspaper's
critic Fiona Sturges.
This mix of pop and politics, coupled with ticket prices as high
as £150 each, made a number of critics uncomfortable.
"This new earnestness is terribly wearying," wrote the
Daily Mail's Amanda Platell. "We came along for a singsong,
and we got a sermon."
The Evening Standard agreed. "All was not wholly well. Five
costumes meant four spirit-sapping interludes and the mawkish backdrop
to American Life
bombs) was a reminder of Madonna's unwavering political ignorance."
Nevertheless some were impressed by the sheer professionalism of
"The concert ran as smoothly as a Broadway
show," wrote Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of the Financial Times.
"During costume breaks
we were kept entertained by a fire juggler, a skateboarder and frenetic
He described the staging of Madonna's songs as "imaginative,
sometimes eccentrically so".
"Why she sang a syrupy
ballad from Evita
an electric chair was unclear, while the use of a kilted bagpiper
and highland drummers on Into
was even more curious."
For some critics, the fact that the 46-year-old yoga fan was still
embarking on such huge tours more than proved her showbusiness credentials.
"Madonna has been playing gigs for so long she can do it standing
on her head, and last night she did just that," said the News
of the World.
"The likes of Emma Bunton, Rachel Stevens
and even Britney Spears will never be able to captivate an audience
the way Madge did," agreed the Daily Star.
Meanwhile the Daily Express noted: "Madonna's first ever gig
in Britain was at the Hacienda club in Manchester more than 20 years
ago - and this bold show proved she's still got what it takes to
thrill her fans."
The Independent on Sunday's Simon Price compared the concert favourably
to her previous Drowned World
"The actual show is slightly less spectacular
than the gravity-defying stunts and cutting edge choreography of
her last jaunt," he wrote, "but the selection of songs,
admittedly, is superior."
Nevertheless he joined the vast majority of critics in feeling that
Madonna's cover version of John Lennon's Imagine
sung against a backdrop of images of starving children, was ill-judged.
"This is the moment when I wonder whether the £150 includes
a complimentary sick bag." (source: BBC
26 August - Details on tour DVD
Visitors from fansite MadonnaTribe
Sharon and Jamesy apparently had the chance to talk to the crew
of the documentary at Wembley Arena that gave out some more details
about the releases from this tour. They told them that the London
and Paris shows are being filmed to be used in the documentary,
more or less like for Truth or Dare. The release date of the film
is at moment scheduled for August 2005. The dvd release will be
a "live in Lisbon" which according the documentary crew
has a release date set for March 2005. Please keep in mind things
are subject to change.
- Arnhem ticket contest on Belgian radio
Belgian fans who haven't yet got hold of tickets for the Arnhem
shows should head over to the website
of Radio Donna
. Die hard fans shouldn't have a problem with
the contest question. The winner will win no less than 9 (NINE!)
tickets for the show on september 9th. Good luck!
Those who didn't win and still want tickets, can contact
for info on Arnhem tickets for sale.
26 August - Madonna and Lourdes visit London hospital
What a difference a day makes. Last night Madonna was on stage for
her Reinvention tour in a racy corset, fishnet tights and thigh
length boots and jumping around like a teenager. But it was a different
picture just a few hours earlier when she looked more like a suburban
housewife. In my snap below she’s dressed demurely in a thoroughly
sensible tweed skirt, thick tights and a cardigan buttoned up to
the top. Sitting beside her is daughter Lourdes, who mum calls Lola.
They were at London’s Great Ormond Street children’s
hospital to launch Madge’s new book, Yakov And The Seven Thieves.
She told young patients: "I've got a gig soon and I need to
rest my voice, so my daughter Lola is going to read for you instead."Lourdes
read extracts from the book, the third in a series of five. (source:
~ At fansite Madonnalicious,
you can download a short TV report from London Tonight. You can
hear Madonna explain that she wants to save her voice for her show
the next night and that Lola has volunteered to read from the book
'Yakov and the 7 Thieves'.
- GM pulls Guy Ritchie car ad after protest
Protests from seven safety groups have prompted General Motors to
pull a television ad that shows a young boy driving a Corvette sports
car so recklessly that it goes airborne, officials of the automaker
The ad, featuring the Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash,"
has aired repeatedly during the Olympics. The groups, including
Consumers Union and the Centre for Auto Safety, complained that
it was "the most dangerous" spot they have seen in recent
Directed by singer Madonna's husband Guy Ritchie, the spot shows
a boy's daydream of racing the Corvette through downtown streets
and through a construction pipe. The safety groups said in a letter
to GM released on Wednesday that the spot could encourage children
to take their parents' cars for a drive.
"This ad is certainly
among the most dangerous, anti-safety messages to be aired on national
television in recent years," the safety groups said in a joint
letter sent to GM Chairman and Chief Executive Rick Wagoner. "It
is doubtful that General Motors would condone the beer industry
showing a "dream sequence" of 10-year-old children having
an after-school "kegger"," the letter said.
The ad does include a warning that drivers should operate the vehicle
safely and must have a license, but the automaker decided to stop
airing the spot, GM spokesman Joe Jacuzzi said on Wednesday.
"We decided to pull it due to responses and feedback we received,"
Jacuzzi said. "It's a big ad, and it's been airing for a while,
but we've got a whole campaign."
The Corvette ad is one of many spots GM prepared for the Summer
Olympics. GM is the largest television advertiser during the Summer
Games, spending 10 times more during the August 13-29 Olympics than
it typically spends during a comparable period.
The seven groups who signed the letter include Consumers Union,
Public Citizen, Centre for Auto Safety, Consumer Federation of America
and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety.
Groups have also protested controversial ads or marketing campaigns
from other automakers in recent years.
Ford was targeted when an ad showing a cat poking its head through
the sunroof of the SportKa, only to be decapitated when the roof
closes, found its way onto the Internet. But that spot, which Ford
said it never authorised and never aired, is still shown on the
Internet, where it has created a buzz.
Chrysler pulled its sponsorship of the "Lingerie Bowl",
which featured models in scanty outfits playing football and aired
during halftime of the Super Bowl in February. (source: Reuters
25 August - Madonna fans donate
tickets in aid of Sudan
Music legend Madonna and two of her biggest fans have come together
to help the Final Hour Appeal.
Tessa Flattery, 31, and Marie-Claude de Bourgonniere, 29, have decided
to auction front-seat tickets for the Thursday performance of the
artist’s worldwide Re-Invention tour. The thrilled fans were
given the complimentary tickets when they went to Madonna’s
opening night at Wembley on Sunday.
‘We were just chatting
in our seats and we noticed this American security guard with a
Madonna-style cowboy hat around the back of the stage,’ said
Mrs Flattery. Ten minutes later he was walking up the stairs where
we were sitting. Everybody let him through and he came up to us
and said: “These are for you, courtesy of Madonna”.’
Both were sceptical at first but they realised it was true and their
emotions took over.
Mrs Flattery said her friend was ‘bawling her eyes out’.
‘She’s obsessed with Madonna.’
But the friends quickly realised that they could not use the courtesy
tickets because they would be unable to get flights to England on
the Thursday. Despite offers of money from fans around them, they
kept hold of the tickets until they decided what to do.
would love to go back on Thursday, but I’ve got a little daughter
to look after,’ said Ms de Bourgonniere, a mother of three.
‘I just hope we can give somebody the same buzz we had.’
Mrs Flattery said it was a chance not to be missed.
don’t let this slip by. If anybody idolises Madonna the way
my friend does, then this is giving them a chance to experience
what they’ve always wanted. Whoever gets those tickets is
not going to be disappointed.’
Mrs Flattery, a mother of four, bought the tickets in April in advance
of her friend’s 30th birthday. She was on the telephone as
soon as the ticket hotline opened. After 20 minutes, she got through.
The only seats left cost £150.
‘It was now or never.
I said to Marie-Claude: “Do you want them or not?”.’
It was lucky for them that Ms De Bourgonniere said yes – all
the Wembley tickets were sold out half an hour later. Both of them
said the tickets were worth every penny. Their memories will stick
with them forever.
‘It was just mind-blowing,’
said Ms de Bourgonniere. ‘It was the best day of my life,
apart from when I had children. If I could thank Madonna personally,
Mrs Flattery has been an avid fan since the beginning of the singer’s
musical career in the 80s. The artist, who reportedly arrived in
New York in 1978 in search of fame with only $35 dollars in her
pocket, is never one to shy away from controversy. Both friends
said she was the biggest female superstar of the modern era.
They could see the performer backstage with her children and film
director husband Guy Ritchie. They also saw her kiss her dancers
goodbye before being ushered off at the end of the show.
was just fantastic,’ said Ms de Bourgonniere.
was in great shape and was absolutely beautiful. There was so much
adrenaline there and the crowd was buzzing. I’ll never forget
it.’ (source: This
25 August - Madonna
concert organisers defiant
Organisers of Madonna's first Irish concert have attacked reports
that they were ignoring disabled fans. Former Taoiseach John Bruton
had claimed his officials were told there would be no discounts
for helpers bringing wheelchair-bound fans to Sunday's show. Justin
Green, of promoters MCD, said: "We take our commitment to inclusiveness
seriously and take issue with any suggestion to the contrary. "The
approach taken by MCD in its allocation of tickets is standard practice
across the industry, including such organisations as the GAA, Croke
Park and Punchestown. Mr Bruton's intervention on this matter is
rather puzzling given that MCD received correspondence from Meath
Accessible Transport on June 29th. MCD replied on July 5th offering
a number of free tickets and direct contact numbers for our safety
Around 80,000 fans are expected to gather at the Co Meath venue,
Slane Castle, this Sunday as Madonna headlines the one day festival.
The Fine Gael TD had said he contacted the promoters on behalf of
Meath Accessible Transport to raise awareness of the problem. The
Co Meath representative said he was told there would be no concessions
for workers accompanying paid ticket holders as they had made a
donation to the Irish Wheelchair Association. Mr Green said they
allocated nine tickets to Meath Accessible Transport, which represents
several disabled campaign groups, after correspondence in July.
In a statement the promoters said: "We would have hoped that
a public representative of such long standing would have made a
more thoughtful, and less opportunistic, intervention." (source:
25 August - Jimmy Page declines
free Madonna ticket
Legendary guitarist Jimmy Page has snubbed the chance of seeing
Madonna on her re-Invention tour for free. The Led Zeppelin rocker
was offered tickets by two of Madonna's guitarists as he opened
a new Virgin store in London. The backing musicians were desperate
to lure their hero to one of the Material Girl's London dates -
but he politely refused. A source says, "They brought along
some concert tickets and said they'd love it if he came along. "Jimmy
apparently said, 'Thanks, but no thanks.'" (source: ContactMusic
25 August - Madonna fans are warned
Madonna fans have been told to keep clear of the dangerous waters
of the Boyne River by the owner of Slane Castle.
The Irish coastguard unit Gardai will patrolling the flooded waters
to ensure there is no trouble as 80,000 fans gather for the queen
of pop first ever concert.
Lord Henry Mount Charles, the owner of the historic County Meath
Castle said: "The Boyne is a hungry river, it is reputed to
claim 12 lives a year, not I might add, on concert days.
we have had some very unfortunate incidents. People look at it and
admire it, but don't go near it. At some of the previous tragedies
people have had tickets in their pockets and that is just crazy
Chief Superintendent Michael Finnegan, who is heading the security
operation, said the river is flooded and even more dangerous than
A team of 120 Gardai including the drugs unit with dogs, the mounted
unit, the Garda sub-aqua team and crowd control officers will be
policing the village from Saturday onwards.
Superintendent Finnegan said: "The Garda operation has served
us well in the last number of years with Robbie Williams and U2."
He said there will be a strong Garda presence from Saturday afternoon
to the early hours of Monday morning.
He warned fans that there will be a special sitting of Navan Court
on Sunday afternoon and drugs and drink-driving laws will be thoroughly
enforced. (source: Yahoo!
25 August - Slane braces
itself for Madonna concert
Residents in the village of Slane are relaxed ahead of this year’s
huge open air concert with Madonna’s performance guaranteed
to draw both parents and children alike.
As miles of steel fencing was erected around the castle venue many
of the local business owners said they were expecting an older more
mature crowd to turn out for the star, whose career has spanned
"There are a lot of kids being kept at home
and the parents are going to the actual concert," laughed Michelle
Matthews of the Conyngham Arms Hotel in the town.
expecting a more mature crowd than in previous years, people between
25 to 35 to 40. Any residences that have been booked have been of
an older age group," the hotel owner said.
Even though the 80,000 tickets are not yet sold out for Madonna's
first ever Irish concert, the hotel owner said businesses would
do a strong trade for the Sunday concert.
Ms Matthews said that every B&B, guesthouse and hotel across
the entire Co Meath area from Drogheda to Navan was booked out.
Colette Gallagher, a barmaid in the Boyne Valley Inn, said people
feel that the 46-year-old singer would attract an older crowd and
the young people may not turn out.
"But then again people
come for the atmosphere. All the pubs would be jammed. I’m
not saying going to be quieter I'm just reckoning that any other
year it was sold out," said the 32-year-old, who will spend
the weekend behind the bar.
Fans were asked to pay €88.50 for tickets for the Queen of
Pop’s Reinvention concert on August 29 and promoters said
95% of the 80,000 allocation have been snapped up.
In other years the tickets for Robbie Williams, U2 and the Red Hot
Chili Peppers at the venue located just 30-minutes from Dublin were
sold out within hours.
Ms Gallagher said there was a buzz about the town, which is home
to around 1,200 people, as Slane Castle prepared to host the ultimate
" Yea I think it will be fairly peaceful
the worst one was the Bob Dylan concert but you will get the odd
row. Last year was very peaceful and I hope that this year will
be as well."
Though everyone admits that for the older residents in the area
it is a restriction and for some a very worrisome weekend.
Des Smyth, who runs a Londis foodstore and garage in the town, said
he did not mean to be negative or a spoilsport about the concert.
He added: "I consider it a nightmare the crowd, I don't look
forward to it as the crowd is too big. It is a huge imposition on
peoples daily lives especially for old people who feel intimidated.
The barriers are there to project them but it extenuates the siege
aspects of it."
Gardaí said there would be a huge security operation with
120 gardaí on duty at any one time.
The owner of Slane Castle, Lord Henry Mount Charles, said: "We
took on board their concerns. The issue obviously was that the concert
was being played on a Sunday. The last time that happened was 20
years ago and there was a very different scenario in operation.
There was a very much lower level of policing."
He said everyone realised what went wrong at the Bob Dylan concert
in 1984 where there were riots.
"I'm confident it will
go according to plan," he said.
The Slane Castle owner would not reveal if the ultimate material
girl was going to avail of the stately bedrooms at his historic
castle. (source: Ireland
24 August - Madonna
contributes Little Star to new children charity compilation
R.E.M., the Dixie Chicks and Maroon 5 are singing for a considerably
younger audience on a new compilation album, Mary Had a Little Amp,
set for an October 5th release. The collection features prominent
artists issuing new songs or re-interpreting children's classics
to benefit People for the American Way's Project Kid Smart and Start
Smart America. The organizations are working to guarantee preschool
education for all American children.
"Obviously musicians have a power to bring an issue at least
into the public's view," says Julie Burton, Project Kid Smart
director and compilation co-organizer. "We talked to the Dixie
Chicks and we asked them to consider doing this with us. They really
stepped to the plate and said, 'Yes, let's see if we can make it
The Dixie Chicks contribute a new rendition of the Kermit the Frog
classic "Rainbow Connection," drawing on their experience
as mothers. "Maybe the most miraculous thing about being a
mother is seeing the incredible capacity a young child has to learn,"
the trio said in a statement. "Imagine if all children in our
country had the chance to go to a good school early on."
R.E.M's offering, "We Walk," is a fitting one, as the
band debuted the song on children's network Nickelodeon in 1983.
"I've always thought it was a neat little gem," says band
manager Bertis Downs, who sits on the board of People for the American
Way. "It was never a single or anybody's idea of a commercial
song, but it's cool, and it's kind of a kid's song."
Other album highlights include a rare version of Graham Nash's "Teach
Your Children," which Burton describes as "the coda to
the whole CD" and Maroon 5's take on "Pure Imagination,"
a song from Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Mary also boasts
new songs by Moby, a collaboration between Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
about "Superman and flying over buildings" and Jack Johnson's
re-working of the "3 Rs Song."
"This was not
a hard issue to approach the artists with," Burton says, "because
children are our future."
The Mary Had a Little Amp track listing:
Blue Man Group featuring Dave Matthews
"Rainbow Connection," Dixie Chicks
"Teach Your Children," Graham Nash
Party in the Loquat Tree," Indigo Girls
"3 Rs Song,"
"When You Wish Upon a Star," Joe Henry
"Gentle Breeze," Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson
"Pure Imagination," Maroon
and Ann Wilson with Brian Wilson's band
"How to Be Strong," Roseanne Cash
24 August - Madonna to buy Greek
Michael Jackson once went to great pains to buy the bones of the
so-called Elephant Man, but Madonna looks set to go him one better
-- by becoming the proud owner of the corpse of one of Jackie Kennedy's
exes. The Material Girl has reportedly been mulling over a real-estate
deal that would give her a private Greek island, one that just happens
to include the grave of multi-billionaire Aristotle Onassis. Madonna
has made several trips to the isla bonita, but is said to be a bit
concerned about the mortgage payments one would have to shell out
on a $300 million purchase. We don't see any reason for concern,
since the residuals from Swept Away should take care of the first
fifteen minutes or so... (source: RollingStone
24 August - Madonna.com calls shots
on ring tone offer
Madonna and m-Qube have made it possible for the star's North American
fans to download polyphonic ring tones and other licensed mobile
content from her official
, across most major carriers and without the need for
a credit card.
The mobile company said this was the first artist-driven online
store of its kind.
"Madonna sees the future of the music
business tied intimately to the wireless space and doing this deal
is the first step of many to utilize the robust capabilities of
mobile phones," Madonna's manager Caresse Henry said.
Visitors to Madonna.com
can purchase the handset-personalization products just by providing
their mobile phone number and handset type. The charges appear on
their wireless bill.
Andrew Miller, m-Qube's senior vp business development, said being
chosen by an artist like Madonna validated his company's mobile
storefront strategy and the importance of cross-carrier premium
"It's Madonna's music, so the store
is going to be her way, on her terms," he said. "This
is not through the label. This is working directly through the artist.
When fans think of Madonna, they will think of the music and her
Web site, not their phone company."
This approach is not suitable for all artists, he added, but is
particularly appropriate for someone of Madonna's iconic stature.
Participating in her own store also gives her a larger share of
the proceeds because there is no label involvement.
Direct premium billing means that consumers who do not have or choose
not to use a credit card are able to purchase the products. "In
some territories we offer customers both credit card and carrier-billed
options, and about 90% choose carrier-billed," Miller said.
M-Qube is headquartered in Boston with offices in Redmond, Wash.,
and Toronto. The company's strategic wireless partners include Verizon
Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Sprint PCS, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile
USA, Nextel Communications, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Bell Mobility,
Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, Microcell, SaskTel, MTS and Aliant
Mobility. (source: HollywoodReporter
23 August - In Red with Madonna
It's not often I'm genuinely star struck but when I was granted
an audience with the Queen Of Pop it was a different matter.
I got backstage on the first night of Madonna’s London concerts
— and met my childhood hero. And I'm thrilled to reveal that
she didn't disappoint me.
She was funny, charming and, of course, a little bit bossy. Her
mere presence dominated the room. I presented the Queen Of Pop with
a special Bizarre gong for Gig Of The Year for the sensational opening
night in Los Angeles of her Re-Invention
And just before she leapt on stage to the opening chords of Vogue,
she ordered me to "strike a pose" as my snapper took pictures
Madonna told me: "I feel a little bit nervous about this -
but thank you so much for the award. I hope you like the show as
much as the first one. And, hey, I'm glad you wore matching boots
to mine — now we're best friends."
Madonna celebrated her 46th birthday on Monday night with hubby
Guy Ritchie and some of the tour crew at over-priced posh London
But when I asked what she thought of the food, she replied: “Oh,
I didn't eat it. I don't really eat food in restaurants - you can
never be quite sure what's in it, can you?”
Madge, who follows a strict macrobiotic diet, looked sensational
in her Christian Lacroix basque and fishnet tights as we chatted
Guy was happily talking to all the dancers in their amazing costumes
as they limbered up. There were also several stars backstage who
had turned up to see the singer in all her glory.
Her best pal Stella McCartney was in the audience and got a dedication
from Madge at the start of Crazy
. Kylie Minogue caused a huge commotion in the camped-up
crowd as she took her seat at Earls Court Arena with her little
Other stars boozing backstage afterwards included U2, Sugababes,
Leah Wood and fashion designer Matthew Williamson.
Madonna - the biggest-selling female solo artist ever thrilled fans
with an amazing set list of songs spanning her two decades at the
There was everything from Hanky
proving that unlike most of today’s wannabe pop muppets, Madge
is a real hit machine. My personal highlight was towards the end
of the show when, dressed in a kilt, Madonna tore around the stage
for a medley of Into The Groove
and Papa Don't Preach
It was impossible to sit down and, in fact, most fans danced throughout
the entire show.
At the end Madonna, who now lives in the UK with Guy, told the sell-out
crowd: "It's good to be home." It's good to have you here,
Madge. (source: The
23 August - Madonna
fans to get special train in Portugal for concert
Portugal's state rail operator CP said it would operate a special
train to take Madonna fans from northern second city Oporto to Lisbon
for the pop superstar's first-ever concert in the country on September
13. Return tickets will cost 21 euros (26 dollars), the company
said in a statement. The company does not have plans to operate
a similar service on the following day when the top-selling singer
will close her "Re-Invention" world tour with a second
performance in the Portuguese capital. Only one Lisbon date was
originally planned, but a second was quickly added in response to
big public demand for tickets. The self-proclaimed Material Girl
kicked off the European leg of her tour, which began in Los Angeles
in May, on Saturday [Aug 14th] with the first of two concerts in
Manchester, northern England. After Manchester the 45-year-old singer
is to perform in her adopted hometown of London, followed by appearances
in Dublin, Paris, Arnhem in the Netherlands, and finally Lisbon.
23 August - Madonna: Strain
with the Kabbalah?
Could Madonna and Kabbalah be kaput? One insider tells Star Magazine
that Esther, as she's known in those circles, is becoming disillusioned
with The Kabbalah Centre. The source says, "She's upset that
they've been marketing off of her. She's tired of them constantly
coming to the well for money, and she was furious they leaked she
was going to Israel. She's over it."
Hubby Guy Ritchie may have had enough, too. When Madonna recently
performed in Fort Lauderdale, Ritchie reportedly got into a scuffle
with one of the Kabbalah rabbis, who kept interrupting him when
he was talking to the missus. (source: seattlepi
23 August - Madonna's father
surprised by daughter's 'wife' role
Pop legend Madonna's father Silvio Ciccone is proud that his daughter
has changed her ways and settled down with a family. But Ciccone
still finds it hard to believe the middle-aged mother-of-two is
the same girl that he raised in Michigan. Ciccone says, "It's
true, she's a good wife. When I see her with Guy (Ritchie), I can't
get it in my head that she's the same girl I raised. She was hell
on wheels when she was younger. "Now she's got this marriage
and I'm proud that she's been able to keep it going this long."
23 August - Rupert Everett
approves of Madonna's Kabbalah fixation
British actor Rupert Everett has leapt to the defence of famous
friend Madonna over her conversion to the controversial Kabbalah
faith. Madonna began studying the controversial offshoot of Judaism
in 1997 and has managed to encourage her film director husband to
embrace the mystical teachings. Her attempts to convert the spiritually
confused Britney Spears seem to have failed, but Madonna's Next
co-star and pal Everett can see the positive affect
her new found faith has had on the Music superstar. He says, "It's
made her much, much softer." (source: ContactMusic
23 August - Madonna buys Kabbalah
book for Britney
Madonna has spent thousands of pounds to buy a rare 12th century
book on the Kabbalah religion as a gift for Britney Spears, according
to reports. Britney has kept the Zohar text with her at all times
since Madonna sent it to her, according to The Sun.Both singers
are devotees of the Jewish-based religion. Britney said the Zohar
book, which offers philosophy for life as well as astrology and
numerology, paints "a bigger picture than even the Bible."
"It's just so interesting to me because I've never read that
stuff before," she said. A friend told The Sun: "Madonna
has always looked out for Britney. "When Britney was going
through a tough time earlier in the year, Madonna used Kabbalah
teachings to help her through. "Britney was delighted with
the book. She has read it thoroughly and seems completely taken
with it." (source: Yahoo!
23 August - Slane public
for a public information notice about the concert at Slane
Castle. It notes that gates will open at 4pm. Opening acts are Paul
Oakenfold (5pm to 6pm) and Iggy Pop & The Stooges (6.30pm to
7.30pm). Madonna will be on stage around 8.30pm. The notice also
warns for forged tickets, gives a route description and transportation
tips, and lists some "do's and do not's". Too bad they
didn't notice they listed the wrong year for the gig... ;-p
23 August - New book about re-Invention
On the occasion of Madonna's re-Invention Tour in Europe, a new
Madonna book is released entitled: "MADONNA LIVE !"
The book contains 128 pages, is printed on thick paper, has a hard
cartonboard cover and lots of pictures from the re-Invention Tour.
The book includes the following chapters :
2. the building-up to the Madonna re-Invention Tour 2004
3. the Madonna re-Invention Tour 2004 in America
4. the start of the Madonna re-Invention Tour 2004 in Europe
The book is priced only 5 euros, and is a must-have for all Madonna
fans. You can order the book via email firstname.lastname@example.org
and choose your language English, French or Dutch. You will receive
an e-mail with all the payment information, afterwards the book
will be send by postal services. Enjoy the Madonna re-Invention
23 August - Madonna racks
up new physique
Pop star and actress Madonna has been using a medieval-style wooden
'rack' to tone her physique. According to Britain's The Daily Star
she pays $120 an hour for private sessions on the Gyrotonic Expansion
System. The newspaper reckons it is responsible for her new muscular
look and says her breasts have also grown. The device - nicknamed
"The Rack" - is designed to stretch and strengthen muscles
all over the body. It was invented by Romanian ballet dancer Juliu
Horvath to prepare dancers for the stage. Madonna has reportedly
been working out for up to 90 minutes at a time on the machine at
a studio in London's St John's Wood. Madonna's muscular physique
was the talk of the evening this week when she celebrated her 46th
birthday with her husband at a London restaurant. Madonna wore a
sleeveless satin evening gown, revealing her toned arms, when she
and hubby Guy Ritchie, 35, dined at the Sketch Club in London's
West End. "She looked in tremendous shape for someone of her
age. Her arms were positively rippling with muscle," said a
fellow diner. (source: MSN
19 August - Madonna
visit to Israel confirmed (?)
Madonna and her husband, filmmaker Guy Ritchie, will spend Rosh
Hashana in Israel, it was confirmed Monday by Rabbi Yehuda Berg,
co-director of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles. The couple will
spend two days, primarily at the associated Kabbalah Centre in Tel
Aviv, Berg said. However, he denied Israeli press reports that Madonna
and Ritchie would meet with Kabbalah sage Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri
while in Israel to seek spiritual guidance. Madonna, who recently
adopted the Jewish name of Esther, has been a frequent visitor at
the Los Angeles Kabbalah Centre and has taken courses there. Her
series of children's books, the latest of which was published last
month, claims the Kabbalah and Judaism as inspiration. Britney Spears,
Demi Moore, and Paris Hilton have also taken classes, Berg confirmed.
18 August - Madonna fans
Not really an article on Madonna, but rather her fans, especially
her lookalikes and wannabes. Thanks again to Flo from France.
17 August - Madonna paintings auctioned for charity
celebrate the re-Invention tour, Belgian artist Leanardo Leno painted
seven beautiful Madonna paintings. During a press conference on
On friday, August 6th, the paintings were donated to 7 Belgian celebrities
who all had some kind of connection with Madonna. Among them were
singers Kate Ryan, Roxane and Sylver, who always named Madonna as
one of their major influences, and radio Donna DJs Caren Meynen
and Jan Bosman. During the press conference, each one of them gave
their own vision on Madonna. Each of the paintings represent a certain
aspect of La Ciccone.
ona Lisa M
o Shame Of Experience
The paintings will be auctioned on eBay and profits will go to Donxa
a charity organisation that fights poverty among Vietnamese children.
Meanwhile, the paintings are on display in the Mercure Grand Hotel
Royal Crown in Brussels. Visitors have the chance to win a ticket
for the second show in Arnhem. After September 7th, the art work
can be seen at the Crowne Mercure in Arnhem.
17 August - Madonna in Marie Claire
Our lovely French assistant Flo has sent us scans of the French
magazine Marie Claire, which features Madonna on the cover (the
well known Dah Len picture from 2000). The 4-page article talks
mostly about the death of Madonna's mother and the effect on her
life and career, and about her recent projects and private life.
Previously, Flo sent us scans of StarActu
- check the links in case you missed them.
16 August - Liz Rosenberg's Vogue article in english
has posted the
original article that Liz Rosenberg wrote for Vogue Magazine. Enjoy!
"You don't know whether to kiss me or to hit me. I get a lot
of that". So uttered a very sexy Madonna in her Breathless
Mahoney role while talking to crime fighter Dick Tracy and boyfriend
at the time, Warren Beatty, resplendent in his yellow trench coat)
in the film Dick Tracy.
If ever one lined summed up the media's love/hate affair with Madonna
over the last 22 years, that one says it just perfectly. Having
had a front row seat to this affair and often actually standing
between the Material Girl and the press who continue to love her,
worship her, trivialize her, criticize her, say she's over and continue
to write about her, begrudgingly respect her, still not sure of
her talent - even with over two decades of solid hit songs, I can
assure you it's been a very wild and ever fascinating journey. Although
being crushed against a glass wall at the Cannes Film Festival while
the paparazzi brought their full force to shooting Madonna in her
bullet bra was a little more than I bargained for years ago.
I can remember as if it were yesterday when this ball of fire strolled
into my office a bit like a Christmas tree fabulously accessorized
in the middle of the summer, many incarnations and lifetimes ago.
That hair ("It always looks the best after not washing it for
8 days"), the black rubber bracelets and torn tights ("oh
everyone's wearing them downtown"), the crucifixes that she
either wore or carried around in a pillowcase ("Jesus is sexy"),
the attitude - "No one's telling me what to wear," screamed
Madonna at her first photo shoot with famed lenseman Francesco Scavullo.
In some ways, she's exactly the same. She was fearless when nobody
knew who the hell Madonna was and she continues to be unafraid of
what people think of her music or her mind. Though at the start,
Madonna had no problem hitting you over the head with her message
if that's what it took to make you a believer. Her current commitment
to Kaballah may have taught her that delivering her messages whether
political or person in nature might best be expressed in a gentler
way. Her fierce loyalty to what and whom she believes in is ever-present
but she 'expresses herself' packaged with a softer hand that make
no mistake 'still wants to bring you to a higher ground'. The sheer
force of her power has audiences leaving her new show in total awe
- but not much different that the 3000 screaming gay boys at a disco
in lower Manhattan in l982 when the blonde bombshell was singing
"Lucky Star" to an instrumental track at 5:00 in the morning.
But what makes Madonna happiest these days, I asked her recently.
"Oh, probably the sound of my daughter reading me a poem in
French", Said Madonna softly. "Well is there anything
else you still wish for", I inquired? "How about no more
wars, for starters? How about everyone going to see Michael Moore's
new movie? What about my kids bringing their dishes to the sink
after they're done eating?" she said in no particular order.
There's no question that an enormous part of her happiness these
days can be seen on stage where Madonna has been most nights performing
her current extravaganza "The Reinvention Tour". "I
finally decided to take my own personal look back on my music and
my videos - really revisit them but put a new twist on them. I sat
down with my manager and best friend, Caresse Henry to figure it
all out. Next Jamie King, my director met with Caresse and I at
my house. He arrived with a shoebox in which he created his vision
of the show. I wanted to incorporate many elements of the Kaballah,
my feelings about war in general and George Bush in particular.
I wanted to enlighten and entertain the audience. I wanted it to
be an assault on the senses. I wanted to perform in Israel for the
Jews and the Palestinians at one show. Unfortunately my manager
nixed that one due to security concerns. One of my goals was that
every person in the audience should leave knowing that each of them
could make a difference in this world. I wanted to thank my fans
for their loyalty over the last 20 years and I think this show is
my personal thank you to them, said Madonna after her third cup
of coffee one morning.
Having seen literally hundreds of Madonna performances since the
day that Christmas tree walked into my office, I still cry when
she sings "Like a Prayer" and still shake my booty to
"Get Into The Groove" amidst 20,000 other Madonna fans.
And what of the media and their response? Madonna never reads any
of her reviews, which I think is a great idea. Her reviews are the
love the audience sends up to her on that stage. I, of course, can't
stop reading the reviews - so many of them still begrudgingly giving
it up to her. I don't know an artist, aside from the Beatles or
Elvis who can claim such an impressive number of hit songs that
served as such an important influence and backdrop in people's lives.
What a body of work - and what a body is what I often say to myself
while I continue to marvel at her stamina, her singing, her dancing,
her beauty and her grace. Though Madonna has claimed that some of
her cultural statements in the past were "pure exhibitionism",
there's no question that her influence on female self-empowerment
has changed the world. Perhaps this is threatening to some of the
male critics. No one can deny that she's opened more minds and more
hearts as an artist and an educator about expressing yourself, believing
in your dreams and fighting for them if necessary. Even the newest
generation of little children has the chance to be enlightened by
her series of children's books. The latest, "Yakov and the
Seven Thieves" shows an eternally optimistic Madonna that even
"naughty people" have something to offer this world. "I'm
naughty child No. l", laughed Madonna.
So what's the most important life lesson to learn, I asked Madonna
before one of her shows. "My Kaballah teacher taught me that
whenever in doubt about anything, 'act like God'. And how would
God act? He would be caring and loving. I try to be both and if
there's one lesson I can teach the world, that would be it."
16 August - Final stats for US shows
Special thanks to Jim Radenhausen and the MIR for providing the
final stats for Re-Invention
1. Inglewood, Calif.: $6,965,055 - 3 shows/43,158 attendance
2. Las Vegas, Nev.: $7,005,548 - 2 shows/28,341 attendance
3. Anaheim, Calif.: $4,164,450 - 2 shows/24,250 attendance
4. San Jose, Calif.: $5,543,715 - 3 shows/40,205 attendance
5. Washington, D.C.: $3,486,684 - 2 shows/26,788 attendance
6. New York, New York: $12,674,925 - 6 shows/88,625 attendance
7. Boston/Worcester, Mass.: $6,439,890 - 4 shows/46,075 attendance
8. Philadelphia, Pa.: $4,134,478 - 2 shows/30,575 attendance
9. East Rutherford, N.J.: $4,437,345 - 2 shows/29,315 attendance
10. Chicago, Ill.: $7,894,105 - 4 shows/59,591 attendance
11. Toronto: $5,322,703 - 3 shows/52,167 attendance
12. Atlanta: $3,450,874 - 2 shows/25,627 attendance
13. Fort Lauderdale/Sunrise, Fla.: $3,834,522 - 2 shows/28,208 attendance
14. Miami, Fla.: $4,145,760 - 2 shows/30,580 attendance
Totals for North American leg - 39 shows reported to Billboard -
$79,500,054 - 553,505 tickets
16 August - Madonna's healthy birthday
Pop superstar Madonna is celebrating her 46th birthday today (16
AUG 04) by treating her friends to a succession of expensive health
The Material Girl is spending a staggering $5,400 (GBP3,000) on
amethyst crystal steam-rooms, vitality pools, massages, hot stone
treatments and zen relaxation areas at some of her favourite London
spas, so she can unwind before her eagerly-awaited Re-Invention
tour dates in the capital this weekend (21-22 AUG 04).
A close source says, "She is really generous and figured since
she's been on tour, she fancied a relaxing birthday. She has insisted
on paying for everything and that all the massages and facials will
be her treat.
"It's her way of thanking them for being the most important
women in her life and for always being there for her. They have
booked up different spas in discreet places so she isn't photographed
in her toweling robe and slippers." (source: ContactMusic
16 August - Happy birthday Madonna!
Yesterday at the second show in Manchester, fans surprised Madonna
by singing Happy Birthday between two songs. It started out as a
plan by some fans who then involved Madonna's management and tour
team. A clearly moved Madonna thanked the crowd and dedicated the
next song to all her fans. More details in our tour
Congrats to all the fans who made that wonderful surprise happen!
The Mad-Eyes team wishes Madonna a fantastic 46th birthday!
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