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It is an interesting and funny way to watch the show - the effect during Like A Prayer when the football pitch seems to be pulled away to reveal a starry universe and the audience turn on their torches is wonderful!
Thanks to Anna-Clare and Rachel
From The Boston Globe / Joanna Weiss - thanks to Micheal
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Kim Kardashian: Madonna is EVERYTHING! She looks soooo good!
Fred Durst: Wow. Great game. Madonna just took love performance to the NEXT level!!
Diddy: Madonna had the best Half-time performance of all time !! Everyone on that stage killed it! @nickiminaj @MIAuniverse @CeeLo
Neil Patrick Harris: I really dug the halftime show. Not sure how it looked on TV, but all the production and projections combined with Madonna rocking? Loved.
Giuliana Rancic: Thinking Madonna's boots were Givenchy. Trying to find out for sure. I need those!!! They were sick!!!
Kelly Ripa: We need to watch it again in slow mo. RT @ABTVHD: Totes! “@KellyRipa: Thank you MADONNA! #MDNA”
Sherri Shepherd: I think #Madonna is one of the few artists who thru the years has consistently been able to reinvent & keep herself relevant. Go 53 yr old
John Leguizamo: #madonna was cougarific
Snoop Dogg: Madonna killen the superbowl her show is soo fresh. Wowoowowowowowoowowowowowow!
Nash Overstreet: Whatever anyone says. That halftime was dope. Madonna has never been a "singer", but always a performer. That SHOW was crazy.
Sharon Osbourne: Madonna is back! She's the queen. Just sensational!
Paris Hilton: That was one of the best half time shows I've ever seen! Madonna was incredible!
Bethenny Frankel: Holy madonna balls. That was epic
Kelly Osbourne: Nothing I have watching musically has made my heart pump with so much joy then Madonna's performance #thesuperbowl f**king amazing!
Rainn Wilson: I wonder how much Madonna can bench?
Garry Shandling: Is this Madonna? Help me.
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Gold cape all over hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes, lined in leopard-print chiffon.
Black mini dress in silk cady, worn with leopard print short cape in silk charmeuse hand-embroidered with gold metal cut out pieces, studs, crystals, sequins and paillettes and a black python hand-studded and hand-embroidered belt with its removable matching flaps.
Black coat in silk cady hand-embroidered with shiny black rectangular sequins and micro pearls.
Gold metal hat hand-embroidered with crystals.
All worn with hand embroidered nappa leather gloves.
What a show, I wonder if schoolgirl cheerleader Madonna ever imagined she would be cheerleading the halftime show at the Super Bowl?
Madonna prepped four songs during a five-hour rehearsal Wednesday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, according to sources involved in the production of Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Madonna worked on renditions of 'Vogue,' 'Music,' new single 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' and 'Like a Prayer.'
During the opening segment of 'Vogue,' the international star sat in a golden throne and was carried aloft by a crew of young men.
Two previously unconfirmed guest acts, Cee-Lo Green and pop duo LMFAO, participated in Wednesday's rehearsal.
LMFAO's Redfoo and Sky Blu folded lyrics from their songs 'Party Rock Anthem' and 'Sexy and I Know It' into Madonna's 2000 hit 'Music.'
Green donned a bejeweled choir robe when joining Madonna for a duet of 'Like a Prayer.'
The rehearsal, originally scheduled as a four-hour session, stretched to five hours of work. At its conclusion, Madonna thanked members of the volunteer crew for staying late.
In a television interview scheduled to air today, Madonna says she’s anxious about taking center stage in Indianapolis.
'Oh, my God, I’m so nervous, you have no idea,' she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
'First of all, it’s the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is kind of like the holiest of holy in America. I’m going to come in halfway between the church experience, and I’m going to have to deliver a sermon that’s going to have to be very impactful.'
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She also joined one of the presenters of the NFL Network on the sofa to chat about her cheerleading past - including how she loved the quarterback, but he didn't love her and how she wants Lourdes to go to the University of Michigan.
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From Digital Spy
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From Moment Factory
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From BBC Newsbeat
madonnalicious reporters at the Big Weekend have confirmed that the same DJ is now onstage (8:55pm) playing the same set that was played before Roseland and Olympia. The countdown to the show has begun....
Fans can watch the performance in an online stream at www.bbc.co.uk - and great news, fans outside the UK can watch it live too!
From BBC Newsbeat
Later this evening in a park in Maidstone, Kent, Madonna will be on stage. madonnalicious is asking for any fans who attend the show to send in their reports and pictures from the event.
Fans who cannot attend the event still can watch and listen to the event via TV, radio and online - visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2008/artists/madonna to see all the viewing and listening options - Madonna's set is expected between 9:15-10:05pm local time.
Also Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley interviewed Madonna in New York the morning after Roseland, and you can watch her talk about how she prepares for the show - visit www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/bigweekend/2008/artists/madonna to view the interview.
madonnalicious reader George sent in his pictures and memories from Madonna's showcase in Paris last Tuesday.
It was a great night. I queued from 1:00pm and was a long day in the sun. But once in and at the front I knew the wait was going to be worth it. Madonna made eye contact with me several times and the whole venue was buzzing. This will be one of my greatest memories.
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madonnalicious reader Olivier sent in these pictures from outside L'Olympia venue before the show yesterday evening in Paris:
Walked by Olympia Hall tonight before Madonna's show. No luck for me, I couldn't get in! I took a couple shots from outside.
There was a large crowd, 'NRJ Loves Madonna' posters everywhere, girls handing out candies to those on line, NRJ Radio limos with Madonna's CD cover on them and a great large Madonna display on the Olympia front!
And here are some pictures madonnalicious took of the ICON winners tickets and wristbands allowing them entrance to the venue.
LIVE - Saturday 10 May - BBC 3 - Madonna set between 9:15pm and 10:00pm
HIGHLIGHTS - Tuesday 13 May - BBC 1 - Highlights of show and Madonna's set
madonnalicious reader Steve sent in his experience of Madonna at Roseland:
It is 8:15pm and my date is a totally hot football player on crutches. No, I'm not kidding. His name is on some VIP list at the front door. And they are being very nice to him. And to me, because I am with him. But they are not being very nice to anyone else. Teams of Roseland security and NYPD are making sad attempts at controlling the crowd, who stopped cooperating about an hour ago. After all, Madonna is unveiling the Next Madonna inside tonight.
Virtually every person who plans to enter Roseland (and many who will not) have filled 52nd St. and all are focused on a teeny hole that leads into the Roseland Ballroom. Fans lined up for days - only to get wristbands that allow them to get a REAL wristband to gain entry. (Once inside, I stood next to someone who was wearing three - one for the sidewalk, one for the line, one for entry).
My date, with me physically attached to his arm, and I are escorted past the front door. My wristband is cutting off my circulation (but I'm still wearing it the next day. I'll just lose some weight to let some blood back into my hand). We enter the arena - and the instant I get a glimpse of the stage, I LEAP away from my poor date and sprint towards it. (Don't worry about him - they found him a seat in the VIP area, a chair, a cocktail waitress, and cute boys - and girls - to smother him.)
I have rushed to a position a few feet from the stage. I am quickly surrounded by a very amped up crowd, quickly dismissing my thoughts of grabbing a drink or using the restroom. I pop a Listermint instead and prepare to remain there for the next two hours. A DJ wearing rhinestone headphones takes the stage and gets the crowd moving with retro hits like 'Raspberry Beret,' 'Don't You Want Me Baby' and 'Billie Jean,' alerting the crowd that the REAL Queen of Pop is in the house. You could almost breathe easily until about ten minutes before Madonna took the stage.
It is 9:59 p.m., and you know something important is about to happen when the DJ stops smiling and an assistant creep onto the stage with a chilled Poland Springs water and a towel. I see the band crawl onstage - tour veteran Monte Pittman has shaved his head but this is otherwise a new crew.
The lights went black. The room shakes. The screen, previously a gigantic banner for Hard Candy, begins to melt into black licorice and the entire stage turns into an ingenious video screen - even the floor.
Two cameras on cranes are now circling overhead, swooping into the crowd. I could have touched it at one point if I'd wanted to. I flashed it a Peace sign. I think that this is being used as the MSN webcast intro (it IS 10:01 after all) and we are all extras in Madonna's movie. We take the cue - we scream, we wave.
Madonna stuck her finger in the socket at about 10:02 p.m. The DJ booth rotates around and there she is: sitting on a throne, wearing a black tuxedo with rhinestone Adidas stripes, holding a cane, wearing black fingerless gloves.
This moment is like a terror ride at Disneyland gone wrong. I am only catching glimpses of her through the waving arms, pogo-ing fans, and cellphone cameras. I myself thank my trainer and do a few demanding jumps just to get a good look at her.
She descends the stairs, tosses her cane, and gives us a taste of her new candy - 'Candy Shop.' This moment is saturated with love for those of us who are WELL aware that Her Eternal Hotness has left New York. There is nothing like makeup sex, right? The number zips by in an instant.
Madonna wastes no time losing her jacket and grabbing a guitar. Now in a black, see-through top, she cries to the crowd. 'Are you ready?!' Welcome to my Candy Shop.' Madonna performs 'Miles Away,' the second song from the new album "Hard Candy." Her mike is breaking up a bit. She glances over to Rosie O'Donnell, standing nearby, and shoots her a 'Do you believe this?' look. The video is outstanding - a plane takes off and turns into a Google satellite map of the Earth.
I am wondering, 'Is it possible to crush a rib cage? If you did, how would you know it?' Well, I'll deal with it later, because I'm looking at something truly important at the moment: the single bead of sweat that is forming at Madonna's brow. Her hair is golden glamour, with a hint of her trademark roots. Her no-makeup look almost looks like wax - flawless cream skin, pencil-thin eyebrows, charcoal eyes, peach lips, rose lip liner. She is wearing nothing but an amazing manicure and a Kaballah string.
The room goes really, REALLY black. Blacker than ever. Suddenly, the opening shots of Timbaland in '4 Minutes' is on the stage video. Justin Timberlake appears out of nowhere. My feet elevate off the floor and my body moves forward another two feet. I think this is when I went deaf in one ear - the crowd easily drowned out the music. Decked out in a white jacket with black scarf, JT seems sort of overwhelmed, passes on this opportunity bask in the spotlight. Sort of dazed and clearly nervous, he grabs his crotch for the shrieking front rows, but backs off. He is NOT gay for pay, unfortunately.
Madonna strips off her blouse, now revealing a black leotard top. The two of them mount giant pillars that look like speakers, and they do a very clever dance routine atop them that does a great job of recreating the video. But JT's mike is having problems, and Madonna smiles at him. 'Deal with it, baby.' This is no CGI effect - these two mega-talents lock eyes and present their duet for the first and possibly only time live.
Gulping about half a bottle of champagne and stepping up to the mike, Madonna thanks Justin and says, 'I've made what seems like 100 records. And every time I do, it feels like the first time. And the best time. I was so lucky to work with Justin, Timbaland, Pharrell. The best.'
Now in a rhinestone Cannabis guitar strap, she bangs out the opening chords of 'Satisfaction' - just as Britney Spears did on the MTV Awards! 'Is this a Rolling Stones concert? Fuck that. I live in the present. But wait, [dramatic pause]....this is for you guys who slept on the sidewalk. I want you to sing along.' Then comes one of the single most bizarre performances ever - heavy metal 'Hung Up.'
It's close to working, but Madonna seems to be struggling and at one point, they all lose it. Madonna turns and looks at the keyboard and drummer, and they virtually have to go 'one, two, three' just to get the song started again. No worries, the front row is a lump of the devoted, hands in the air, shouting 'Every little thing that you say or do....' She turns, ascends the stairs, and lands on her derriere. She laughs, gives the finger to the crowd, and yells FUCK OFF!
Give it 2 Me
Madonna has not appeared in New York since she adopted her child or worked for Malawi. At the brink of becoming a political figure herself, she is here tonight to dance. Now sporting a black hoodie with HARD on the front and CANDY on the back, Madonna performs 'Give it 2 Me,' the next video and the fourth and final track from the album, with the help of some old faces (Jason, her dance partner since the Reinvention Tour) and the guys from 4 Minutes. She dances like mad - she no doubt works harder every morning.
Grabbing her water and mike, Madonna twirls to the edge of the stage and squats down, inches from the rabid crowd. My right arm is permanently fixed above my head, and my right leg has been swallowed by the surrounding mob. Madonna wraps up the night with a dense, thuddy street-wise 'Music' with her troupe of dancers. Now that she basically hasn't lived in New York for over ten years, her vision of it is sort of in a bubble.
It was very Keith Haring World, right down to the music the DJ played in the pre-show. Madonna ascends the stairs, where her troupe is waiting, strikes a pose, and slowly closes the show in her trademark fade-out.
Those of us who have been smashed together separate ourselves from one another, our clothing virtually attached by sweat. While many of the crowd choose to remain in the Ballroom and schmooze with the likes of Rosie, Fran Drescher, Dolce & Gabanna, and the Heatherette designers, those of us who preferred some oxygen left the room only to be assaulted by the awaiting media. 'Did you see the show?' People who seemed to be sweating were yanked aside for commentary.
At the Verizon bus, my date was waiting for me, reclining in the recording bus where the Verizon livecast was being mixed, and we watched a video of Timbaland's birthday party. After grabbing a poster, I gave my football player hero a huge hug and shoved him into a cab. Some H20 took priority. And now the burning question: When should I remove my wristband?
From New York Post - Pagesix.com
From DJ Danny Echi:
Last night Madonna gave a super-exclusive free private concert meant to be her most intimate performance in decades, for her most die-hard fans. There were NO TICKETS to this show. Instead, only wristbands were used in a system of security checks meant to ensure that fans got into this show without it being raided by ticket scalpers.
Fans lined up, in the street, some camping out for days in advance to get one of the under 800 white wristbands (we heard they actually gave a total of 775 wristband's) that were given out at 6AM on the day of the show as the first step in the process to admittance to this concert. They were tightly applied to the wrist by Roseland Security.
You had to make two lines outside Roseland, one to get the wristband and a second line to get into Roseland. Most people went home or to work. On the evening of the show, when the majority of the people returned to go back on line, the wristbands were inspected by Roseland Security under a blacklight for any signs of tampering/removal.
Anyone who's bracelet was not properly in tact did not advanced to the next step, which was to get the second blue wristband tightly applied right over the first one. From there, fans were led directly into the venue, before a gauntlet of press and V.I.P. will-call tables.
At the concert Madonna performed '4 Minutes', with special guest Justin Timberlake and dedicated the night to her most die-hard fans, who had made it into this show. Everyone spotted actress Fran Drescher (aka Maddy's NYC apt. next door neighbor on the right hand side of the balony. On the left hand side of the balcony was Roise O'Donnell who waved to all the audience several times (and the crowd loved it).
This was a special show for Madonna, who had her car driven around the block late the night before right after 11:00pm when she finished doing her soundcheck, to see the fan's in line. She wanted to encourage and thank her core fans with this show, and did a pass at slow speed with her window down to send a wave of excitement through the line.We were all shocked that she did this. It was a blissful moment and a real kind moment on Maddy's part.
Last night at Roseland three merchandise items were sold. A white Hard Candy hoodie, a men's white Hard Candy t shirt and a women's grey Hard Candy t-shirt.Upon exit after the show, concert attendees showing their two intact wristbands were given the exclusive show Madonna @ Roseland poster, this poster was not for sale and was created especially to commemorate this special concert. It measures 23" x 23" square.
Dreams come true if you want it go for it, work for it and make it happen.
I just got home from the Roseland show....not sure if people outside of the world can or can't view it online....but it was great!
I got in totally last minute so didn't have a chance to see the whole scene and look at the merchandise (I saw some people with FanFire bags and posters). Just as I arrived a DJ was finishing 'Candy Girl' by Michael Jackson....then Candy Shop started and M took the stage. She looks fantastic! Was in great spirits and really gave a lot of NY energy to the crowd.
The first 20 or so rows were clearly all true fans, jumping up and down like crazy and singing back to Music loud enough to please her. The sheer number of celebritities in attendence was over the top - I personally spotted Harvey Weinstein, Donna Karan, Rosie O'Donnell, Alex Rodriguez (a famous NY baseball player), Josh Groban, and models galore. Everybody was all in it for a great time.
Lucky Paris - you're next!
Hard Candy official merchandise was also available at the show - and is also now available through www.madonna.com
Thanks to DJ Danny Echi