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Tel Aviv gig kicks off Madonna's MDNA world tour

US pop icon Madonna was to launch her hotly-anticipated MDNA world tour with a show in Tel Aviv on Thursday, kicking off a roadtrip of more than 80 countries in what will be her longest-ever.
When she hits the stage at Ramat Gan stadium on Thursday night with what promises to be an eye-popping extravaganza, the 53-year-old Queen of Pop will be embarking on her ninth world tour, this time in support of her new album MDNA.
Announced in February, the tour - Madonna's first first since her wildly successful 'Sticky and Sweet' outing in 2008 and 2009 - will move from Israel to Abu Dhabi and on to Europe and the Americas.
It is expected to draw to a close in early 2013 in Australia where the singer has not performed in more than 20 years.
During the show, which is due to kick off at 1745 GMT, Madonna was to perform more than 20 songs, most of them from her new album.
But she was also expected to belt out some of her best-known hits from the 80s such as 'Like a Virgin', 'Material Girl' and 'Papa Don't Preach.'
Many online newsites said her two older children - 15-year-old Lourdes, and 12-year-old Rocco - would also take part in the show.
'This show is epic and bigger than anything she’s done before. There are many more costume changes. We’re taking 700 shoes on the road,' her costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips told the WWD website.
'Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer,' she said.
Thursday evening's show at Ramat Gan stadium, which has a capacity of 35,000, was completely sold out.
The Tel Aviv show is reported to have cost $3.9 million (3.1 million euros).
As for the outfits, Madge has reportedly signed up a list of designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.
She will also be wearing Prada and Miu Miu shoes, as well as footwear and lingerie from her Truth or Dare line, with her signature conical bra also set to make an appearance.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News

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