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September 2012

Gaultier Pays Tribute to ’80s Pop Stars

Jean Paul Gaultier’s show tonight was an absolute hoot. Paying tribute to pop stars of the 1980s, the designer dressed his models to look like Grace Jones, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Annie Lennox, with hilarious accuracy.
Karlie Kloss was dressed as Boy George, with hair ringlets and a rainbow colored kimono coat. Joan Smalls, in a tight black lace dress, was Sade. Jessica Stam was Madonna, in her 'Desparately Seeking Susan' phase, and Lindsey Wixson, dressed in denim-colored sequins, channeled Jane Birkin and 'Je T’Aime...Moi Non Plus.' So what if Ms. Birkin was from the wrong decade? The show was still a trip worthy of a Vegas act. At the end, there was an appearance by that fascinatingly wacky French character Amanda Lear, wearing a pink bathing suit.
Speaking of the 1980s, Susanne Bartsch, the nightlife figure famous since her parties in the Copacabana in New York, was sitting in the front row, as was a KISS tribute band.
'Vogueing’s back, Madonna’s back,' Ms. Bartsch said. 'Who’s going forward?'

From The New York Times

Penny Marshall Brought Madonna And Rosie Together As Pals

Director Penny Marshall teamed Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell up on the set of baseball movie A League Of Their Own because she thought the pop star could help keep the actress trim and in shape.
Madonna and O'Donnell became best friends while making the 1992 film and they have their director to thank - because Marshall figured Ro and Mo, as she called them, would be a good influence on each other.
The filmmaker recalls, 'I said, 'Mo, you keep food out of Rosie's mouth and Rosie, you teach her how to play ball'.'
Marshall also told Madonna to relax her work-out regime on set - because she was too ripped.
She adds, 'She was in great shape and she came with a trainer and I said, 'You've gotta stop; your arms shouldn't be this cut in 1943... They (women) didn't work out that much.'


Win Madonna MDNA tickets with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Today is the day! Once Madame Tussauds Las Vegas posts the final Madonna trivia question on their Twitter and Facebook, the winner will be chosen for two tickets to Madonna’s October 13 show at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, two tickets to the attraction and an invite to her figure launch on October 11!

The first person to post all five correct trivia question answers at once in the Madonnalicious Forum after the final question is asked wins!

***Important, you must be willing to pay for airfare/accommodations in order to participate.***

Madonna celebrates Yom Kippur in New York

The 'Celebration' singer is a devotee of Jewish offshoot Kabbalah and joined with other followers of the religion to celebrate the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the calendar for Jewish people.
Madonna, 54, arrived at the city's Park Avenue Armory wearing a bright purple sweat suit with the number 86 on them and a hat with the word 'Vogue' written on it.
A source told the New York Post newspaper: 'Madonna was the last to arrive, and it seemed like they were holding up the ceremony to wait for her.'
'She came through a back entrance with her daughter, Lourdes, and was seated in the front row. Once she was seated, it could begin. All the men were in white but Madonna had a loud track suit on. Also there was her younger boyfriend [Brahim Zaibat], who arrived wearing cream.'
While her entrance may have caused a stir, the 'Hung Up' singer certainly focused during the service, and appeared oblivious to those around her, including fashion designer Donna Karan, who was seated nearby.
The witness added: '[Madonna] definitely set herself apart from everyone else. She is like the queen of Kabbalah.'
A statement on the Kabbalah website explains the religious day's significance, saying '[During] Yom Kippur, we sit on the throne with Binah and remove the fog in our lives for the entire year to come.'


Win Madonna MDNA tickets with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

This is the third day of Madame Tussauds Las Vegas’ Madonna trivia contest! They’re giving away two tickets to Madonna’s October 13 show at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, two tickets to the attraction and an invite to her figure launch on October 11!

Make sure to check their Twitter and Facebook to catch up on the previous questions of the day and find out future questions for you to win!

All you have to do is be the first person to post the five correct answers all at once in the Madonnalicious Forum Friday 28 September!

Madonna says she was being 'ironic' calling Obama a Muslim

Pop star Madonna said on Tuesday she was being deliberately 'ironic on stage' when she erroneously referred to President Barack Obama during her concert in the nation's capital as a 'black Muslim.'
A video clip posted on YouTube by audience members at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington captured the 54-year-old singer delivering a rousing, profanity-laced political speech about freedom during her show on Monday.
'Now, it's so amazing and incredible to think that we have an African-American in the White House...we have a black Muslim in the White means there is hope in this country, and Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man,' Madonna said.
Obama, campaigning to be re-elected on November 6, is widely known to be a practicing Christian.
Responding to a media furore unleashed by the YouTube video, Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday through her spokeswoman saying her reference to Obama's religion was facetious.
'I was being ironic on stage. Yes, I know Obama is not a Muslim - though I know that plenty of people in this country think he is. And what if he were?'
'The point I was making is that a good man is a good man, no matter who he prays to. I don't care what religion Obama is - nor should anyone else in America,' she said.

Since Obama's first presidential run in 2008, fringe groups and a smattering of opponents have espoused rumours that he is secretly a Muslim, similar to persistent but unfounded assertions by some political foes that he was born outside the United States.
Madonna has been outspoken in her support of the president, going so far as to rip off her shirt during recent concerts to reveal the word 'OBAMA' inked across her lower back.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Madonna Endorses President Obama

Madonna brought her MDNA Tour to Washington, D.C. on Monday night, and added a bizarre dose of politics to the show.
'Y'all better vote for f--king Obama, OK? For better or for worse, all right? We have a black Muslim in the White House. Now that's some amazing s--t,' she said. 'It means there is hope in this country. And Obama is fighting for gay rights, so support the man, goddamnit.'
Her comments came in the middle of an extended speech that touched on Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and traced the civil rights movement from America's inception to Obama's election.
This is not the first time Madonna has mentioned Obama during her live act. Earlier in September, she thanked the president and unveiled a (presumably fake) back tattoo of his name.
'I've seen some scary things,' she said at the time. 'I've seen people being locked up and put in jail for speaking their minds, for being gay, for not practicing the right religion, for not dressing the proper way. Yeah, it's scary. But what it made me realize is how lucky I am to be living here in America. It doesn't mean that this is the perfect country. We have a long way to go.'
She also expressed her gratitude for the First Lady: 'Thank god for Michelle Obama.'
The popstar has made waves all along the tour, by covering Lady Gaga and thanking the young singer for 'imitation,' putting a swastika on Marine Le Pen's forehead, supporting Pussy Riot and gay marriage in unfriendly territories.


MADONNA: A Transformational Exhibition

Richard Corman, who photographed Madonna a few times 30 years ago but who didn't exploit his exquisite portraiture until recently, has partnered with W Hotels Worldwide, vitaminwater and Rock Paper Photo for a new show called MADONNA: A Transformational Exhibition.

The exhibit combines Corman's work with some by George DuBose in what is called a combination of 'music, photography and pop culture.' It kicked off in Mexico City on Thursday 20 September and will travel to Singapore, Paris, Bangkok, Hong Kong and New York throughout the year.

It's not an official Madonna event, but it's interesting to note that Rock Paper Photo is Madonna's manager Guy Oseary's online fine art photography gallery.

Below are pictures of the invite and the W Hotel in Mexico City both pre-opening and at the opening (and pre and post grafitti art).

Thanks to Jerry

Win Madonna MDNA tickets with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

madonnalicious is working with Madame Tussauds Las Vegas to give away two tickets to Madonna's MDNA show in Las Vegas on saturday 13 October:

Attention everyone! Madame Tussauds Las Vegas is giving away two tickets to Madonna’s October 13 show at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, two tickets to the attraction and an invite to her figure launch on October 11!

They’re releasing five trivia questions every day on their Twitter and Facebook beginning TODAY, Monday September 24 and ending on Friday September 28.

The first person to post the five correct answers all at once in the Madonnalicious Forum (in the madonna, madonna, madonna section) on Friday 28 September wins!

***Important, you must be willing to pay for airfare/accommodations in order to participate.*** Don’t miss out on the chance to see Madonna in concert!

Events: Shaun's Gay Bar - Mitzvah

Shaun's Gay Bar - Mitzvah
Saturday 29 September 2012, 10pm - 2am
Mary's Attic - 5400 N Clark St., Chicago, Illinois 60640

This Summer's hottest viral video jumps off of You Tube and into Mary's Attic for one night only. With well over a MILLION views of his 1992 Madonna themed Bar Mitzvah video, friend of Mary's, Shaun Sperling, has had a whirlwind ride taking him from Perez Hilton to The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel and now Ellen in October. Before heading out to Hollywood for Ellen, we're seeing Shaun off with a party taking you into a modern take on the day he became a man.

Midnight sees Shaun's full recreation of the viral number as well as 'modern' takes on the traditional Bar Mitzvah format, RARE Madonna prizes and DJ Moose spinning the best of prime era Madonna and other dance hits from 1992, plus the very best live concert footage and videos from the era.

Madonna Surprises 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' with Sing-A-Long

Madonna had an extra special surprise for one of her biggest (and most famous) fans as her MDNA Tour rolled into Chicago this week.
The Queen of Pop singled out Shaun Sperling, best known as the 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' after a 1992 video of him 'Vogue'-ing his way into Jewish manhood went viral last month, as she performed 'Like a Prayer.'
Madonna leant down from the stage with her microphone, allowing the now 33-year-old Sperling to sing a few lines from her 1989 classic.
Publicist Liz Rosenberg told HuffPost Gay Voices that the pop superstar was unaware of Sperling's YouTube fame. 'Madonna never goes to that area of the stage to get people to sing along with her, but clearly she was being spiritually guided to the one person out of 20,000 who deserved to sing along,' Rosenberg said.
Regardless, the 'Bar Mitzvah Boy' said the chance encounter with his idol left him feeling ecstatic.
'I am now even more inspired to continue paying forward the lessons that Madonna taught me 20 years ago of self-respect, love, individuality, acceptance of others and always striving to be a better human being,' he wrote on Facebook. 'I feel incredibly grateful that my 13-year-old dreams are coming true, and most of all for the love and support that I have in my life.'
As Rosenberg notes, the Madge-ical moment was bashert, which is Yiddish for 'meant to be.'


Liz Smith: 'Madonna’s Last Stand? Never!'

Liz Smith had this small comment to make on Madonna in her recent column at

And speaking of touring, in the same issue of RS, Rob Sheffield reviews Madonna’s 'MDNA' tour, now in the U.S. The headline: 'Madonna’s Last Stand? Never!' This spectacular endeavor is reviewed positively, and ends with the writer observing, 'Every time we think we’re over Madonna, we end up chasing her down the street...that 'is she over?' question will always keep coming up. And make no mistake, Madonna will always get a perverse kick out of it.'

MDNA in Chicago, Illinois

Ahead of the first of Madonna's MDNA shows at the United Center in Chicago tonight, madonnalicious reader Matt shares this picture of a car he spotted in a Chicago parking garage with a custom 'MDNA' Illinois numberplate.

Please keep sending any pictures/videos to us at [email protected] - large amounts of pictures/and or video clips can be sent via

Events: Washington DC Madonnarama

On the eve of her concert in DC, Town are celebrating Madonna. Madonna music, Madonna video, Madonna imagery, Madonna performances, free drinks for those that REALLY go all out and give us Madonna outfits.

Saturday 22 September.
Doors open at 10pm.
The cover is $8 from 10-11pm and $12 after 11pm.
$3 drinks before 11pm.
The Drag Show starts at 10:30pm.
Music and video downstairs by Wess.
21 and over to enter with a valid government issued ID.

For more information visit

Madonna Inspires Example's Healthy New Lifestyle

British rapper Example credits pop superstar Madonna with inspiring his healthy new lifestyle.
The hip-hop star - real name Elliot Gleave - has turned his life around in recent years after admitting he previously struggled with 'a couple of minor soft controllable addictions'.
He now eats healthily and enjoys 'power smoothies', and insists he has been following Madonna's example of keeping fit.
Example tells British newspaper Sunday Mirror, 'I used to read how she had her own nutritionist, masseuse and personal trainer and think she was an idiot. But the summer took it out of me. I did 48 gigs in two months. However hard you think you can work, you can't. I'm having 10 hours sleep a night. I've got a blender and I'm making power smoothies. A blender has changed my life. All I do is eat superfood salads with legumes.'


Madonna on Gaga: 'Imitation is the highest form of flattery'

Madonna has appeared to take another swipe at Lady Gaga, saying 'imitation is the highest form of flattery'.
The singer dedicated her track 'Masterpiece' to the younger star during a performance in Atlantic City, New Jersey, over the weekend, and appeared to accuse her of imitating her.
She told the crowd: 'I love her. I love her. I do love her. Imitation is the highest form of flattery.'
She then cryptically added: 'And one day, very soon, we're gonna be on stage together. Just you wait.'
Madonna, 54, has previously accused Gaga, 26, of copying her track 'Express Yourself' on her single 'Born This Way'.
She said: 'I thought, 'What a wonderful way to redo my song'. I mean, I recognised the chord changes. I thought it was... interesting.'
During her current MDNA tour the star has also been performing a version of 'Express Yourself' which leads into 'Born This Way'.


Madonna tops her own theatrics again with creative show

Major headliners coming to Atlantic City is certainly commonplace. Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Aerosmith, KISS, Phish, the Dave Matthews Band and Metallica — just to name a few - have all thrilled fans with their over-the-top live shows here.
But there’s something special - an increase in energy, excitement and overall buzz - when Madonna comes to town.
Some of it is respect. She’s the world’s best-selling female recording artist and most successful solo artist in history and constantly reinvents herself to remain relevant in the ever-changing, always challenging pop music industry.
Some of it is curiosity. What will Madonna do this time around?
But mostly, it’s because Madonna never, ever disappoints with her theatrical live shows. And Saturday’s latest offering - 'The MDNA Tour,' named after her latest release - proved Madonna, at 54 years old, remains the greatest pop touring act in the world. And frankly, no one is even close.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s creativity was once again running rampant this time around as she did everything from staging a bloody shootout to being hogtied and abducted by masked dancers to offering a striptease, all while surrounding herself with stellar dancers, amazing production and even an entire drum corps suspended in midair.
A sold-out Boardwalk Hall was treated to what Madonna describes as a 'journey of a soul from darkness to light,' but the bottom line is that Madonna is the ultimate show woman, the P.T. Barnum of pop theatrics who isn’t afraid to cross any line if it means entertaining the masses.
With numerous costume changes that had the remarkably fit and still-gorgeous star in costumes that included a badass gunslinger and baton twirler, Madonna’s energy is nothing short of impressive. Most 20-year-olds can’t perform for two hours like Madonna does.
But no matter how great Madonna’s showmanship is, no one would be there if her songs weren’t any good. And those not fond of 'MDNA' might have been slightly disappointed with the night’s selections since about 10 songs from the new album were either performed, sampled or featured in an interlude, comprising about half of the night’s material.
Like the Material Girl’s most recent efforts, 'MDNA' heavily taps into electronic dance music nicely melded with Madonna’s pop sensibilities. While not her finest effort, 'MDNA' has some standouts, particularly the catchy opener 'Girl Gone Wild' and 'Turn on the Radio.' But 'I Don’t Give A,' where Madonna unnecessarily trotted out an electric guitar, and 'I’m Addicted' will be quickly forgotten for good reason: they are unmemorable ditties that barely work better live than the album tracks.
Of course any superstar who has been performing for more than 30 years is going to have a catalog so vast that fans will be unhappy with was left off the setlist. And on the “MDNA” tour, in particular, Madonna made it pretty clear that this was not a greatest hits tour.
The songs she didn’t play - including 'Music', 'Ray of Light', 'La Isla Bonita', 'Frozen', 'Material Girl', 'Lucky Star' and others - are testament to the amazing career Madonna possesses.
And even though Saturday night seemed a little lighter than past tours when it came to delivering hits, there were still plenty. She offered crowd-pleasers such as 'Papa Don’t Preach', 'Holiday', 'Vogue', 'Express Yourself' and 'Like a Prayer,' but some of the other hits were re-tooled to give fans something a little different.
For example, 'Express Yourself' was mixed with excerpts from Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' - perhaps to show the audience how similar they are - along with 'She’s Not Me' from Madonna’s 'Hard Candy' album. And 'Like a Virgin' contained samples from Abel Korzeniowski’s 'Evgeni’s Waltz.'
The most impressive reinvention was 'Open Your Heart,' which she performed with the Basque group Kalakan that included excerpts from Kalakan’s 'Sagarra jo!' The Spanish band also made other contributions throughout the show, including 'Masterpiece' and 'I’m a Sinner,' both from 'MDNA.'
Although not the greatest singer, Madonna has personality in her vocals that definitely make up for any deficiencies. And she remains a great dancer with a keen sense of quirky choreography that works for her and her dancers.
The production was better than any Broadway show you will see. With a crisp video screen that stretched wide across the stage and tall above the performers, the multimedia experience made the show seem more like a live movie than a concert.
The dancers were worth the price of admission themselves. Early on, the male dancers showed off remarkable moves in high heels and later bounced on and jumped off stretchy ropes and freaked people out when by contorting their bodies.
The only gripes about Madonna were things not related to her show. In typical Madonna fashion, she had Boardwalk Hall management keep the temperature of the hall pretty toasty - about 80 degrees - which is really annoying when she made the crowd wait until about 10:30 p.m. to take the stage, leaving the crowd waiting well over an hour after opener DJ Paul Oakenfold left the stage.
The MDNA Tour is poised to become one of the top-grossing tours of all time. And with good reason. Madonna remains not only on top of her game but makes everyone else try to raise theirs. One of her most creative and artistic tours ever, she will have a hard time topping this. But don’t ever bet against her.

From / Review by Scott Cronick