it was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt...... Many Thanks to the entire...https://t.co/Acwe7dUsVm pic.twitter.com/rbEyFl0akn— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2020
Caroline was one of two fans who got Madonna's polaroid picture on Thursday night at the London Palladium. Madonna took one picture but the polaroid flew off behind her, then she took another (but thought it wasn't too good), so took a third picture!
Thank you @Madonna with all my heart for giving me your Polaroid tonight! Meeting you and telling you how much you’ve inspired me and taught me over 35 years was an honour and dream come true. I love you ❤️#MadameXTour @LondonPalladium pic.twitter.com/yMbiWUu53b— Carolyn Preston (@carolynMfan) January 31, 2020
"She is here, isn't she Will?", asked a worried looking man at the London Palladium at about 20:00 on Wednesday night. "Yes", I said. I didn't actually know for sure, but he looked so anxious I thought a bit of reassurance wouldn't go amiss.
Anyway, the merch counter had just fallen over and there was a rising sense of calamity which didn't need adding to.
Madonna goes deep with her fans. The connection is genuine and mutual. Nobody blames her for cancelling shows due to extreme pain in her knees and hips, people just hope it's not on their night (she has subsequently ruled out shows on 4 and 11 February).
"I feel so guilty," another fan told me. "My mates had tickets for Monday night, which was cancelled and I've just sent a WhatsApp of my seat tonight."
"Where are you sitting?" I asked
"Row U in the stalls," he said
"How much did you pay?"
"£250" he said "Not bad eh? I think it's going to be great."
And it was - 5-star great.
It was perfectly imperfect, like one of those sketchy landscapes by Cezanne where you can see his underdrawings and misplaced lines, making it so much more beautiful and real than Canaletto's soulless precision.
Truth is the point of art, not perfection.
Not because the show was perfect, though. Madonna's movement was visibly stiff, lighting errors left dancers in the dark, and some of her banter fell flat. All of which only added to the "live-ness" of the event, which was more an evening of intimate cabaret than a stadium blockbuster show.
To read the rest of the review visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment
As you all know i have multiple injuries and have had to cancel shows to give myself time to recover.
So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows - on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at the Palladium in London. because doing 3 shows in a row is too much on my body and in fact my doctors insist i take a day off after every show but i believe can manage if i do 2 shows then I rest!
Its a miracle i have gotten this far but a-lot has to do with the fact that i do 6 hours of re-hab every day. 3 hours before show and 3 after with multiple therapies.
I have also switched to flat shoes and modified difficult. parts of the show. This has helped enormously but i still need to be careful and of course rest is the best medicine.
I never want to cancel any show and Im determined that i will make it to the end if i pace myself. God Willing.
Refunds will be automatically issued to the credit card on which tickets were ordered.
I appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!! Madame ❌
A note to all my fans: As you all know i have multiple injuries and have had to cancel shows to give me time to recover. So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows- on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at...https://t.co/fNnq0WWCOQ pic.twitter.com/cRyLY72qHk— Madonna (@Madonna) January 31, 2020
Madonna review, London Palladium: An eyeball-twisting audiovisual assault with more action than a Marvel movie
Madonna wants us to wake up. Actually, she wants us to do a lot of things. Come with her to the future. Protect her from her critics. Know that she agrees that America is in turmoil and the finger is pointed at the “psychopath in the White House”. But, above all, remember that she is a provocateur and “freedom fighter” - an artist who is, in the words of James Baldwin, which are fired like gunshots on the screen to open the show, “here to disturb the peace”. And we are in her maverick world now, an eyeball-twisting audiovisual assault of cello-playing nuns and cartwheeling soldiers in gas masks, like The Two Popes meets Hamilton.
Anticipation fizzes around the London Palladium tonight, because this is the debut of the London leg of intimate shows – she cancelled her first earlier in the week due to a knee injury. It would have been hard to play her steely, eye-patched spy at half tilt: there are handstands, a bit where she slides down a grand piano like Roxie Hart and, of course, plenty of straddling her exceptional dancers. Like her 2019 album, she appears as Madame X, a bondage secret agent who threads various nods to her career through her new globetrotting mish-mash of trap, Latin-pop and Afro-Lusophone folk.
This is a show of two halves: the first is an aggressive blast of political messaging and theatre noir that is also a comment - and Madonna doesn’t do subtle - on being under attack herself. She opens with her disco ode to police violence, “God Control”, dressed in a glittering revolutionary outfit; then she’s on the run, pushed and shoved between her cast like a pantomime villain during new song “I Don’t Search I Find”, as phrases like “f*** off” flash overhead. There is more action than a Marvel movie: comic interludes, blowjob innuendos and a bizarre charity auction – during which she proclaims that “Madame X is also a saint” and a ballsy fan gets onstage to try and hand her £1000 cash (she quips that she’ll have to fire her security).
“Vogue”, meanwhile, feels fairly low impact, but other flashbacks are a reminder of her sustained influence on pop culture. At one point, her dancers and three young daughters - Mercy, Stelle and Esthere, dressed in slick Nineties fashion (now fashionable once again) - gather beside her to chorus, “I’m not your bitch” after a rendition of “Express Yourself”. You could say that it’s a cheap shot to bring her family into it, but when she sings her earth mother banger “Frozen” as her other daughter, Lourdes, dances on a projection screen around her, it’s genuinely moving.
To read the rest of the review visit: uk.news.yahoo.com/madonna-review
Madonna has resumed her Madame X tour after cancelling her first night in London after being ‘plagued’ by injuries.
The singer, 61, made her return to the stage at the London Palladium - which holds just over 2,200 people, for her smallest-ever full-length concert in the UK. In order to make her performance even more special for the audience, fans were asked to store their mobile phones in sealed pouches throughout the show so they weren’t disturbed during her performance. She was later seen leaving the theatre with her rumoured boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams, 26, who is also one of her dancers.
Following the visual extravaganza she had just given her fans, it’s no wonder she wanted to dress down and be comfortable for the ride home, and she went for a personalised Versace dressing gown with her ‘M’ logo on the back, with matching black trainers with a gold chain on them as she headed to her waiting car.
Madonna looked back to full fitness as she performed for her fans in London, after having to cancel the first show of her run in the city. She had told fans: ‘I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday January 27th in London. Under doctors guidance I have been told to rest for a few days.
Madonna has blamed her English ex-husband Guy Ritchie for the unusual faux British accent she was heard speaking with around the time they were married.
The singer reflected on her infamous articulation as she appeared on the London Palladium stage on Wednesday night as she resumed her Madame X Tour following multiple cancellations.
The BBC reports that the 61-year-old donned a British accent while speaking to the crowds before saying: 'I didn't know what anyone was talking about until I heard old interviews of myself. And then I was horrified and flabbergasted. Why did you let me do that to myself? It's all Guy Ritchie's fault,' she added.
The couple, who owned a Wiltshire estate together as well as properties in London, were married between 2000 and 2008.
From Yahoo! News
The Madame X Tour finally premieres in London tonight. To all those going have a fabulous time, and let us know what you think of the show by hitting the 'Comment' button at the bottom of this post.
Longtime producer Tracy Young made history Sunday night by becoming the first woman to win a Grammy in the best remixed recording, non classical category for her edit of Madonna's empowerment anthem "I Rise."
This was the first Grammy nomination for Young, a Miami-based producer who's worked with Madonna as a remixer and DJ since the late '90s. Young has also done official edits for a bevy of other pop royalty including Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Britney Spears.
'I’ve seen more and more female engineers in the studio, and I think moving forward, we will continue to be recognized,' Young told Billboard Dance earlier this week. 'This field was and still is mostly dominated by men. But it is changing. I’ve definitely seen more women DJs, and hopefully, more women will come forward and start producing. I have hope.'
While the Grammy for best remixed recording, non-classical was presented before this evening's live telecast, Young's win is a big moment for the Grammys nonetheless in a year when issues of gender inequality are swirling around the Academy and nearly every producer in the electornic music categories was male.
Madonna has said she is 'deeply sorry' for cancelling the first London show of her Madame X world tour.
The star had been due to begin a run of 15 dates at the London Palladium from this Monday.
In a statement, the singer said she had been 'plagued' by injuries since the beginning of the tour and was told by doctors to 'rest for a few days'.
She added that refunds would be given to those who had bought tickets for Monday's performance.
Madonna's Wednesday show will still take place as scheduled.
'I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday 27 January in London. Under doctors' guidance I have been told to rest for a few days. As you all know I have injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour but I must always listen to my body and put my health first. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my fans or compromise the integrity of my show. So I will keep going until I cannot.'
From BBC News
Pop legend Madonna has canceled another show in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, the city that inspired her newest album Madame X, as she struggles to cope with pain from 'ongoing injuries', her tour promoter said on Wednesday.
Promoter Everything Is New issued a statement on Facebook apologizing to fans and thanking them for the 'well-wishes for Madonna’s recovery'.
'We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans due to the unforeseen and last-minute changes to the schedule,' it said.
Wednesday evening’s concert was the second show the star has canceled since kicking off her European tour in Lisbon on Jan. 12, where she has lived since mid-2017.
'Sorry I had to cancel tonight,' the 61-year-old wrote on Instagram after the first cancellation in Lisbon’s Coliseu dos Recreios venue on Sunday. 'But I must listen to my body and rest!'
According to the promoter, Madonna’s final show of the initially scheduled eight in Lisbon on Thursday is expected to go on as scheduled.
In Lisbon where Madame ❌ began her journey.......thank goodness for my beautiful Vintage cane and most of all thank you to Dino and Victoria and all the amazing Musicians who showed up. 🙏🏼 We went to Church! ON GOD!! #madame❌ #livingroomsessions #lisboa https://t.co/bd2hasKclN pic.twitter.com/SZoMsah0my— Madonna (@Madonna) January 21, 2020
Madonna has cancelled another show on her Madame X world tour, as she battles an ongoing, but unspecified, injury.
The star gave fans in Lisbon just 45 minutes' notice that her show on Sunday night was being called off.
'We regret to inform you that Madonna is unable to perform this evening,' an email informed ticketholders at 19:45. She had been due on stage at 20:30.
'Sorry I had to cancel tonight,' the star wrote on Instagram, 'but I must listen to my body and rest!'
It is the eighth time Madonna has had to cancel a show on her current world tour, which sees her playing smaller, intimate theatre venues.
She has not revealed the nature her injury, but told one audience in San Francisco she was suffering from a 'torn ligament' and 'a bad knee' in November.
Madonna began the current stage of her Madame X tour in Portugal's Coliseu Dis Recreios theatre on 12 January, and had seemed to be in good spirits, interacting with the crowd and drinking port on stage.
The star said it was her first drink 'in a month' and that it had 'got her through' the strenuous show.
She also joked about her '25 injuries' and told the audience 'don't pay attention to what goes on from the waist down', reported Lisbon-based music magazine Blitz.
The star also traded high heels for flat shoes during last Thursday's concert.
'They are very ugly but it was either wear these boots or cancel the show,' the star was quoted as saying by the Portuguese website Sapo.
Madonna said she hoped the tour would resume this week, writing on Instagram: 'See you on Tuesday, fingers crossed.'
From BBC News
The Portuguese press were full of Madonna stories today, ahead of the European premiere of the Madame X Tour in Lisbon tonight. Thanks to Dirk for the pictures!
Tracy Young has made herstory as the first woman nominated in the category of Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the Grammy Awards.
For Young - who has spent more than 25 years in the music industry, and who was recognized for her Pride radio remix of Madonna's "I Rise" - the nomination is "overwhelming."
"First of all just to be recognized, I feel like I won already," she told The Advocate in a recent interview. "If I do win, that would just be a bonus."
A win for Young would also be a major victory for women and LGBTQ people. For Young's entire career in the music industry, the lesbian DJ has worked in a field dominated by mostly straight men - particularly in music production and remixing.
This lack of representation reflects itself in her category. Since the Grammys first launched Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical in 1998 (that year, the trophy went to Frankie Knuckles, the "Godfather of House Music"), not a single woman has received a nod - a span of over 20 years.
"It's just hard for women to break through in this industry," Young said. "It's just very male-dominated and I think always been that way."
Young's commitment to her craft is one of the reasons she was able to have a breakthrough. She has worked to create remixes of hits by over 100 top artists, including Lady Gaga, Cher, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Madonna, with whom she has 14 collaborations. Over 50 of her tracks have reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Club Chart Hits.
"Music for me is not an option. That's the only thing I know how to do. So it has to work for me," Young said.
To read the rest of the article visit: www.advocate.com/music
Nothing More Healing than a holiday with La Familia! 🎉🌈 pic.twitter.com/aEMdFeeHt7— Madonna (@Madonna) January 5, 2020
Bringing in the New Year as best I can with 2 injuries! And yes Im paying for it today....... but i dont regret it because if Ive learned one lesson in life its to have No regrets!!! Ever!!!
Life is a journey, a process, and we all make mistakes and we learn from them and move on!! 2019 kicked my ass and taught Madame ❌ some very expensive lessons but she would not trade them for anything for what we risk reveals what we value...........And I am so very blessed and grateful for all the beautiful experiences and souls I have encountered and created with and fallen in love with this past year! ♥️ Here’s to another decade of dreams and Evolution #newyear #newbeginnings #health #happiness #love
And yes Im paying for it today....... but i dont regret it because if Ive learned one lesson in life its to have No regrets!!! Ever!!! Life is a journey, a process, and we all make mistakes and we learn from them and move on!! 2019 kicked my ass and... https://t.co/AgGd6ZsIrC pic.twitter.com/ZZZbbYg8Eq— Madonna (@Madonna) January 1, 2020
Madonna sure loves a holiday!
As the music icon gets ready to say goodbye to 2019, pop culture fans are buzzing over her latest Instagram photos with a familiar face.
On Tuesday morning, Madonna shared two pictures with her rumored boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams while sailing on a private boat.
'Saying Good-bye to 2019! We Continue to Swim with Sharks! And Take the Road Less Traveled by!!' she captioned the shots. '#fun #healing #davidbanda @ahla_malik.'
While one of the shots includes her son David Banda, 14, fans couldn't help but wonder if Ahlamalik—a 25-year-old backup dancer—was enjoying the trip as a friend or something more.
Earlier this month, Ahlamalik was spotted putting his hands around Madonna's waist on a hotel balcony in Miami.
He's also been able to be part of the singer's Madame X Tour as seen on social media. At this time, however, these two aren't confirming anything.
From E! Online
Lil Buck is an extraordinary performer who has led the Memphis jookin scene for years and he sat down with HL to reveal how Madonna got to be ‘like a sister’ to him!
Lil Buck was catapulted into stardom after a video of him performing “The Swan” went viral back in 2011. Since then, Lil Buck – whose real name is Charles Riley – has toured with Madonna and performed alongside her during her Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012. He also co-choreographed and performed in Janelle Monáe’s 2010 “Tightrope”, and has worked with a slew of celebrities over the years including Kendall Jenner, Spike Lee, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
HollywoodLife sat down with Lil Buck who EXCLUSIVELY dished on what it’s been like working with Madonna and how despite initially “bumping heads” with the “Vogue” singer, she’s grown to become “one of his best friends.” The famed dancer and choreographer was discovered by Madonna after she held a competition called the Dance for Madonna Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Competition. “This company called Dance On reached out to me about a pop star. They couldn’t get into who it was and I had to sign in confidentiality. I eventually found out it was Madonna, it was a whole competition to be on her tour,” he explained.
“As soon as I heard it was a female pop star I was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do this because I know how that goes,’” he revealed. “You know, you look back at the past and you look at any of Madonna‘s old tour videos or tapes or any pop star. If they’re a rebel, especially if they have a strong way of presenting their art in their own way they just take their art to the next level. Madonna is really one of those people who challenges stigmas in a lot of different things. I know how it is when she makes guys wear brassieres, like crazy things. If you look at it from my perspective, I’m at the head of a real life street dance, you know what I’m saying? Like, I’m from the hood, hood. You know what I mean?”
“You have this huge responsibility of carrying this street dance in the best way, especially not being from Memphis on top of that,” the Chicago native said. “So I’m trying to navigate the best way to put this street dance out there that I’ve been introduced to since I wasn’t born in Memphis originally and there’s a huge responsibility being at the head of that and trying to do it the right way. I didn’t want kids to see me wearing certain things and then they feel like they wouldn’t want to do that. A lot of kids give up easier in my neighborhood just because there’s no platform for us to do what we do artistically. So if there’s no way out for you or if you feel that there’s a way out but you’re not comfortable doing that then it could be demotivating in a sense where they don’t even want to go for it. So I thought about it that deep.”
“Especially with what I’m trying to do with Memphis jookin now, I didn’t know if that was the right move for me. So me and Madonna we’re kind of bumping heads for a little bit at the beginning but then eventually we learn to respect each other’s views on art and what’s important. Just like how the streets were important to me there’s a lot of topics and subjects that she touches upon that the whole world needs to open their eyes to, even the people from my neighborhood. Eventually we grew to love each other and she’s become one of my best friends.”
Lil Buck was introduced to the Memphis jookin scene at the age of 11, but has been dancing all his life and got into street dance after growing up watching Michael Jackson‘s music videos. The talented star, who is also classically trained in ballet, eventually spent several years as a choreographer and dancer for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One show in Las Vegas.
From Hollywood Life
Madonna was pictured surrounded by her brood as she headed to London following the festive period. The 61-year-old was joined by her boyfriend Ahlamalik Williams, as she made her way through New York’s John F. Kennedy airport with her daughters Estere and Stelle, seven, and their big sister Lourdes Leon, 23.
She appeared to be in high spirits, despite recently canceling a string of tour dates, as she wrapped her arm around her little one while smiling at the camera. And it seems the iconic singer barely attempted to go incognito through the building, as she was dressed in an extravagant black coat with lace on the sleeves while rocking her statement fingerless gloves and pink-tinted shades. Meanwhile, her beau was dressed head-to-toe in black as Lourdes was prepared for the long haul flight in her grey trackies and pink jacket.
Madge’s appearance comes after the mother-of-six found herself in a legal clash with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The 51-year-old director allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. It’s said the motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s children should be spending Christmas. However, it looks like their 14-year-old son spent time with Guy, as he posed with his dad and brother Rocco, 19, in a Boxing Day snap.
Per doctor’s orders, Madonna is canceling the last North American show of her Madame X tour because of injury.
On Tuesday, the 61-year-old pop legend opened up to fans on Instagram about the pain she has experienced in recent performances on the tour.
Sharing a video of a moment in her show that requires her to ascend a ladder, Madonna wrote that the maneuvers left her in tears.
'As I climbed the ladder to sing Batuka On Saturday night in Miami I was in tears from the pain of my injuries, Which has been indescribable for the past few days. With every song I sang, I said a prayer that I would make it to the next and get thru the show. My prayers were answered, And I made it.'
The singer - who resumed her tour after canceling a few dates earlier this month due to what she described as 'overwhelming pain' - wrote that though she has chosen to power through in the past, she now must take precautions to avoid irreparable injuries.
'I consider myself a warrior I never quit, I never give in, I never give up!! However this time I have to listen to my body And accept that my pain is a warning I want to say how deeply sorry I am to all my fans. For having to cancel my last show.'
I was in tears from the pain of my injuries, Which has been indescribable for the past few days— Madonna (@Madonna) December 25, 2019
With every song I sang, I said a prayer that I would make it to the next and get thru the show.
My prayers were answered,
And I made it.
I consider myself...https://t.co/7KtBktU9VZ pic.twitter.com/SjhwKQYH8g
madonnalicious wishes a Happy Christmas to all our readers!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! pic.twitter.com/VLIBxwXlZJ— Madonna Scrapbook (@m_scrapbook) December 24, 2019
Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reportedly become embroiled in a legal clash just days before Christmas. Director Guy, 51, has allegedly filed a motion in their divorce case asking for the ‘enforcement or execution of a judgement or order’. The motion was put forward on 23 December, according to DailyMail.com. The timing may suggest that the exes have disagreed over where some of Madonna’s six children should be spending the festive period. Judge Deborah Kaplan has allegedly not made a decision yet on the case brought to Manhattan Supreme Court – which is said to deal with disputes over children.
Madonna, 61, and Guy have a son Rocco, 19, together. The former couple - who divorced in 2008 - waged a public custody battle over Rocco, which ended in 2016 with Rocco being allowed to live in London with Guy. The pop songstress and filmmaker previously clashed over where Rocco would spend Christmas in 2015.
Rocco - who was 15 at the time - ended up staying with Guy, but Judge Kaplan ruled that he had to return to America some time before starting school. Madonna, 52, has six children. During her eight-year marriage to Guy, Madonna adopted David Banda, 14, from Malawi. David has recently been spending time with Guy in the UK. The Material Girl singer has four other children: Lourdes, 23, Mercy James, 13, who was adopted from Malawi, as were twins Stella and Estere, seven. Guy married Jacqui Ainsley in 2015 and they have three children together.
Fans who were due to attend the last night of the US leg of the tour in Miami last night, found out at very short notice that the show was cancelled. No news yet on what caused the cancellation.
Madonna is hoping a radical new blood treatment will help her bounce back from the mystery pain that forced her to cancel a series of Madame X dates last month.
The pop superstar has turned to osteopath Jean Michel Ete for his autohemotherapy rehab fix, which mixes blood with ozone gas.
The Like A Virgin singer posted video of the process on social media on Thursday - her twin daughters Stella and Estere stood by mom as blood was extracted, mixed with the gas and pumped back into Madonna’s body via an intravenous drip.
'Infusing the blood… Vitamin drip… Tibetan bowls… singing and meditation… Felt amazing afterwards!!' the singer wrote.
She is hoping the treatment will help her complete her Madame X Tour after cancelling three Boston, Massachusetts shows over the weekend.
She announced she was pulling the plug on the concerts on Instagram, writing: 'the pain I’m in right now is overwhelming and I must rest and follow doctors orders so i can come back stronger and better.'
Madonna will resume her tour at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
On World AIDS Day🌎🌍🌏 Iwant to Acknowledge some of my dearest friends ♥️who were lost to a disease That no one understood nor could the medicine be found to keep the disease from being fatal.— Madonna (@Madonna) December 2, 2019
There are so many others.............https://t.co/FyR6FnERjV pic.twitter.com/YqKV1ZZkHJ
As a result of the 'highly specialized production elements', the first two Madonna’s Madame X Tour dates in Paris originally slated for Tuesday, 18-February and Wednesday, 9-February have been rescheduled to 10-March and 11-March respectively.
There is no change to the additional performances on 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29-February and 1, 3,4, 7 & 8-March.
Tickets for the 18-February performance will be honored at the 10-March event. Tickets for the 19-February performance will be honored at the 11-March event. Fans who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates may obtain a refund at point of sale prior to 18-February. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Madame X 2020 tour will relaunch in Lisbon on 12-January where it plays 8 sold out shows through January 23rd. It then proceeds to London whereas a result of the 'highly specialized production elements', the Madame X Tour date originally slated for Sunday, 26-January at the London Palladium will now be rescheduled to Sunday, 16-February becoming the final date in the 15-show run in this city.
There is no change to the additional performances 27, 29 & 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15-February.
Tickets for the 26-January performance will be honored at the 16-February event. Refunds if required will available via point of purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Live Nation is sorry to confirm that Madonna’s Madame X concerts previously scheduled for November 30th, December 1st and 2nd at The Boch Center Wang Theatre are cancelled due to doctor’s orders. We sincerely regret the disappointment to Madonna's Boston fans.
'Please forgive this unexpected turn of events. Doing my show every night brings me so much joy and to cancel is a kind of punishment for me but the pain I’m in right now is overwhelming and I must rest and follow doctor’s orders so I can come back stronger and better and continue the Madame ❌ journey with all of you.'
The Madame X Tour is scheduled to resume on December 7 with three shows at The Met in Philadelphia and then head to Miami at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre with seven shows starting on December 14. There are no other changes to the remaining 2019 shows in the U.S. at this time.
As we are unable to reschedule the Boston dates due to the tight scheduling through the balance of the year, refunds will be automatically issued to the credit card on which they were ordered.
It's a Monday night and about an hour before I am ready to leave to go see the final night of Madonna's takeover of the Wiltern for her "Madame X" show I get a text from her publicity firm telling me the show is running late due to technical issues and not to arrive at the venue until 11.
Of course the late starts have become a very public issue for an otherwise very private show, where no phones are allowed and you are transported into her incredibly elaborate and unique world. Someone even attempted to sue her for the late starts.
She addressed that during a speech on the theme of the show, "Artists are here to disturb the peace," quoted from, as she put it, "The great James Baldwin." In the speech, as she talks with the audience about fighting for freedom she warns them you won't always be popular, you won't always have the most Instagram followers and you won't always be on time because being a freedom fighter takes time.
"Madame X" is Madonna at her best, unapologetic, uncompromising, unyielding and in complete control. She isn't going to apologize for not finishing until 1:30 on a Monday night. And hell I saw Prince many times where he didn't even take the stage until two. Rock stars, or in the case of Prince and Madonna, pop stars with rock star swagger, adhere to their own rules. And that's what makes them special and why we love them. It is the attitude and their ability to express and do the things we wish we could but often aren't allowed to.
Madonna can start a show after 11 on a Monday. For most people you can't just say, "F**k it," as she does in the show, "I'll start work when I want." This said if you are going to keep people out until two on a Monday night you better have the show to back it up.
"Madame X" is a revelation. It is, in its own way, as revolutionary in live performing as Vegas residencies were when everyone like Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and others started doing those years ago. "Madame X" feels like a play thanks in large part to the incredible projections that act as another character. It is performance art, and brilliant performance art with a message.
To read the rest of the review by Steve Baltin visit: www.forbes.com
Katy Perry attended one of Madonna’s critically-acclaimed Madame X shows last night and kissed the queen of pop’s ring in tribute. We’d have done the same, to be honest.
In a video posted to Madonna’s Instagram account, Katy is seen having the time of her life at the show in LA’s Wiltern Theatre. Then, Madonna is seen approaching Katy and asking ‘is this an empty seat right here? Do you mind if I sit there? As you can see I do need to sit down.’ The two then reminisced about their relationship and ‘knowing each other’, with Katy, 35, reminding Madge, 61: ‘I’ve put my heel on you before.’ ‘I think I sucked on your heel,’ replied Madonna. Always the provocateur - hope she never changes.
After Madonna asks to swig some of Katy’s beer, Katy - who recently released new single Harleys in Hawaii - then quipped ‘we probably have all the same STDs.’
Katy has cited Madonna as having an influence on her career.Afterwards, Katy paid tribute to her hero, saying: ‘You are the queen,’ before kissing the two rings on her left hand and praising her support of women, to cheers from the audience. All in all, a pretty heartwarming moment. Despite the STD chat.
Madonna of course released her 14th studio album Madame X earlier this year. It reached number one on the US albums chart and number two in the UK. She has sold over 300 million records worldwide. She’ll bring her Madame X tour - comprised of 90 shows around the globe - to London in January, where she will play a residence at the London Palladium. The set list includes 25 songs old and new. We can’t wait.
Madonna is the cover star of the forthcoming edition of L'Officiel Italia magazine.
Madonna performed the third of her 10-night “Madame X Tour” residency at the beautiful Art Deco Wiltern Theatre in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 16, and the Queen of Pop, of course, came to impress.
She impressed me with her promptness: The show started without incident only 25 minutes after the updated 10:30 p.m. show time. Guy Oseary was in the house, back on the road with M - and keeping her on time? - after traveling with U2 to New Zealand, where he also visited mosques in Christchurch and overall showed up for “our Muslim brothers and sisters.” (Also at the Nov. 16 show? CAA honcho Bryan Lourd with his restaurateur-husband Bruce Bozzi, who snagged the Polaroid Madonna takes on stage for a cool two grand, which she noted would go to support Raising Malawi; director Peter Berg; and SNL alumna Vanessa Bayer.)
She impressed me with her ability to translate her stadiums-and-arenas thing back to smaller-scale venues such as theatres, where she started in 1985 with “The Virgin Tour.” She may be underplaying it, but Madonna is still packing houses wherever she goes and speaking her mind through powerful shows. The Madame X setlist we all know by now remains unchanged; none of the numbers she teased in the lead-up to the tour was included this evening, which began with “God Control,” the sounds of those bullets rallying the audience to their feet and, in spirit, to stand up, yet again…only two days after the Saugus High School shooting in nearby Santa Clarita, for gun reform across the United States of America. “I Rise” provided the perfect bookend to that message, which Madonna let speak for itself throughout the show. (Political commentary was kept at a minimum; there really isn’t anything to add to a song like “American Life,” is there? The audience brought up Donald Trump when she made a joke about small dicks, although she did note that she did move away, to Portugal, shortly after “D.T.” got elected, mostly “to become a soccer mom," but still. The girl has follow-through, no?)
Now…sure, the show is obviously much more contained, but it is no less grand. The staging is primitive; it would be basic to say it’s “basic,” and, in any case, so is Madonna, and so are her crew and her audience. Primitives…there to connect. Elements on stage moved and adapted to impress as well, seamlessly evoking the winds of “Dark Ballet” with M on top of a piano or becoming the fado club of the Queen’s and our dreams.
It’s a bit difficult to write about a show that’s meant to be appreciated right then and there (primitively!), you know. By partnering with Yondr, a company that makes sealable bags for cell phones, Madonna has exercised the ultimate control on the modern fan. And you’ll love it. No pics, no vids?! Did it even really happen? It did. I count myself lucky to be among the few who will have had the privilege of being in the presence of Madame X (and I got the T-shirt to show for it, OK).
She impressed me - much like she did 15 years ago when I saw her perform live in concert for the first time in Fort Lauderdale on my first of three “Re-Invention Tour” shows - with her commitment to dance and sing (in English and in Portuguese, ’cause she can), get up, and do her thing, always and forever boldly in her own terms, fuck the naysayers and the haters.
If you have a problem with how old Madonna is, what she looks like, what she sounds like; what she says; what she wears; what she does, what she doesn’t do - well…that’s your problem. Don’t hang your shit on her. She remains someone to admire, and to thank for making life for queer people, for HIV/AIDS patients, for anyone who connects to her lyrics and/or to her most steadfast of messages (to express oneself), that much easier. She does. To deny it is a fool’s errand. She did that. She’s still doing that. And she ain’t gonna stop.
This show is a journey into a moment that demands your attention but also treats you to the thrill of a lifetime, as well as the in situ live representation of Madonna’s journey. Her daughters are part of the show. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge, for experiences that will elevate not only her artistry but others, too (do sing “Hallelujah” with the Orquestra Batukadeiras when they join Madonna for “Batuka” and more), led to this moment. Enjoy it for what it is. I did. And I did loved it.
Martin Haro is a Peruvian writer living in San Francisco. During the aughts, he contributed Madonna show reviews and scoop from Miami to madonnalicious. He currently writes about social issues, art, and, of course, about Madonna at King of Cups
Madonna's rarely-seen sister Melanie was recently spotted in a clip shared to the singer's Instagram account, as the siblings joined together for a group prayer, amid Madonna's Madame X Tour. In the clip, Madonna and her team are preparing for a show, and they've all gotten together for a pre-show warm-up and prayer. Madonna introduces Melanie, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm so happy to have in this room right now, in this sprayer circle, and in this audience tonight... my sister Melanie."
Madonna also introduced Joe Henry, who is Melanie's "incredibly talented, wonderful, lovely" husband who is an "amazing singer, songwriter, artist, producer, human being." The singer went on to reveal that she has "written a lot of amazing songs with" Joe.
Tracy Young’s Radio Remix of Madame X’s 'I Rise' is nominated for a Grammy Award in the 'Best Remixed Recording' category.
Tracy Young’s Radio Remix of Madame X’s “I Rise” is nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Remixed Recording” category. Congratulations girls! Listen to all of the “I Rise” remixes here: https://t.co/vzatMogS9k #madamex #irise #godisawoman pic.twitter.com/y0VxZQCHZk— Madonna (@Madonna) November 20, 2019