Madonna - MDNA Tour: Madonna kicks off ‘MDNA’ world tour in Israel

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Madonna - MDNA Tour: Madonna démarre sa tournée mondiale ‘MDNA’ à Israël.
Madonna - MDNA Tour: Madonna kicks off ‘MDNA’ world tour in Israel

Tel Aviv buzzing as Madonna kicks off MDNA world tour
By Hazel Ward (AFP) – 31/05/2012

TEL AVIV — In a black trouser suit and with her hair down, US pop icon Madonna hit the stage in front of an adoring Tel Aviv crowd late on Thursday to launch a hotly anticipated world tour spanning 30 countries to promote her new MDNA album.
Accompanied by bare-chested dancers dressed as monks on a cathedral-like set to the sound of church bells and Hebrew prayer, she opened the show with "Girl Gone Wild."
Excited fans were already pouring through the gates when they opened some four hours before the 9:45 pm (1845 GMT) start, with all 32,000 tickets sold out.
"I follow her worldwide," said Einat, a 41-year-old mother of three from London. "Starting the concert here is great politically, it's great for Israel. She's just amazing."
Russian fan Roma Ryabchikov said: "She's a real queen, this is going to be a very exciting concert.
"There is a very good mood here in Tel Aviv," added the 26-year-old lawyer, who flew in from Moscow and who said her favourite song was "Vogue," a gender-blurring number in which the male dancers are expected to wear high heels.
What promised to be an eye-popping extravaganza marked the start of the 53-year-old Queen of Pop's ninth world tour and her first since her "Sticky and Sweet" outing in 2008/2009.
From Israel, she is to move on to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before ending in early 2013 in Australia, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.
Kicking off her latest tour in Israel was a natural choice for the Catholic-born singer, who over the past decade has become deeply involved in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah.
Since then, she has been back to the Jewish state several times, on both public and private visits, last performing here in 2009.
There was speculation she might perform a mashup of "Express Yourself" with Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" which was released last year, sparking criticism it was uncannily similar to Madonna's 1989 hit.
Earlier this week, a video of Madonna rehearsing popped up on YouTube showing what appeared to be Madonna singing her own song, then cutting into the Lady Gaga version during the chorus.
Officials 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.
The first full dress rehearsal reportedly took place on Monday night, with the ever-controversial songstress pointing a gun at the crowd, as her dancers writhed around with machineguns and rifles.
Four years ago, she was criticised by anti-gun groups after sporting a pair of Chanel shoes with heels shaped like pistols.
Although Thursday evening's 35,000-capacity show was completely sold out, a day ahead of the performance, the diminutive diva briefly met with members of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum and handed them 600 tickets.
"We spoke to her for a few minutes and we asked if she would say anything about peace," Peace Now's Yariv Oppenheimer told AFP, saying it was the forum's first-ever contact with the petite singer, who has largely steered clear of getting involved with issues linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"She told us: I will say much more than a word about it."
Since she arrived in Israel late on Friday on an El Al flight from New York, Madonna has reportedly spent much of time rehearsing, praying or attending Kabbalah events.
Her partner Brahim Zaibat, a French-Algerian model in his 20s, also flew in with her, as did her four children, Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy, with pictures of them enjoying the beach splashed across the newspapers.
More than 4,000 fans have flown into Israel to attend the concert, with each paying from $62 (50 euros) for a ticket up to $620 for a VIP package.
Ahead of her arrival, the Material Girl asked for the stadium to include sleeping accommodation for her and her family, a games area for her kids and a lounge in which she will be interviewed by US TV host Conan O'Brian, who has flown in specially, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported.
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.
 

Madonna kicks off ‘MDNA’ world tour in Israel to raucous fans
By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, May 31, 9:04 PM

JERUSALEM — Pop music star Madonna is kicking off her new world tour in front of tens of thousands of ecstatic fans in Israel.
The Material Girl is singing her biggest hits, both old and new, to a raucous crowd near Tel Aviv.
The pop diva, who follows a form of Jewish mysticism called Kabbalah, has long claimed a special bond with Israel. She draped herself in an Israeli flag during her last performance in Israel in 2009.
After Thursday’s show near Tel Aviv, the “MDNA” tour moves to Abu Dhabi and includes stops in Istanbul, Cleveland and Buenos Aires.
Her last tour grossed more than $400 million.
 

Madonna démarre son "MDNA world tour" à Tel-Aviv
AFP 31/05/2012 à 21:10

Madonna a lancé jeudi soir en Israël son très attendu "MDNA world tour" avec un mégaconcert au stade de football de Ramat Gan, près de Tel-Aviv, devant 35.000 fans de la Reine de la Pop américaine.
Durant sa tournée mondiale, sa neuvième, la star de 53 ans doit donner plus de 80 spectacles dans une trentaine de pays, au Proche-Orient, en Europe et sur le continent américain. Cette tournée s'achèvera début 2013 en Australie où la star ne s'est pas produite depuis 20 ans.
Ce tour du monde, le premier depuis les concerts culte de la tournée "Sticky and Sweet" de 2008/2009, accompagne son dernier album studio "MDNA", le douzième, sorti en mars dernier.
Ses fans en Israël ont payé jusqu'à la bagatelle de 5.000 shekels (1.000 euros), hôtel compris, pour pouvoir l'acclamer. Le concert devait se dérouler à guichets fermés, les spectateurs s'étant arrachés les billets les moins chers, de 240 à 2.400 shekels (50 à 500 euros).
"Il est normal qu'elle commence sa tournée en Israël puisqu'elle en a adopté la culture et la religion", expliquait une groupie venue exprès de Hawaï, Cocoa Chandelier, 41 ans, 1,80 m "sans les talons aiguilles" mais coiffée d'une perruque, outrageusement accoutrée, en assurant n'avoir jamais loupé un concert de Madonna.
"On fait pas mieux que Madonna en Terre sainte. Elle est des nôtres!", se flattait Carmit Zindani, une Israélienne de 32 ans.
Madonna, une habituée d'Israël, initiée à la tradition ésotérique de la Kabbale, et ses danseurs se produisent sur une scène géante, spécialement construite. Pendant une heure et cinquante minutes, elle offrira au public une vingtaine de chansons, dont ses tubes les plus connus, "Like a virgin", "Material Girl" ou encore "Papa Don't Preach".
Produit par l'Israélien Shuki Weiss et Live Nation, le coût du spectacle est estimé à plus de 15 millions de shekels (3 M EUR).
"Ce show est énorme, il dépasse tout ce qu'elle a fait avant. Elle va changer de costumes encore plus souvent. Sept ou huit fois. On a emmené 700 chaussures avec nous", a précisé la styliste Arianne Phillips qui dessine les tenues de Madonna.
- Adepte de la Kabbale -
La star et ses danseurs seront habillés par une flopée de designers, parmi lesquels Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang et Dolce & Gabbana. Madonna portera des chaussures Prada et Miu Miu.
Entourée de très importantes mesures de sécurité, Madonna était arrivée vendredi à Tel-Aviv en provenance de New York accompagnée par son petit ami franco-algérien Brahim Zaibat, ses quatre enfants, et 70 membres de son personnel, selon les médias locaux.
Le stade de Ramat Gan a déployé les grands moyens pour répondre aux exigences de l'icône de la pop, notamment en installant à son intention une salle spéciale équipée d'une table pour massages, un jacuzzi, ainsi que des chambres à coucher personnelles pour elle-même, ses enfants, son habilleur et d'autres membres de son personnel.
A la veille de son concert, la pop star a rencontré des membres du Palestinian-Israel Peace NGO Forum, qui chapeaute plusieurs ONG pacifistes, à qui elle a distribué 600 billets.
"Nous l'avons rencontrée pendant quelques minutes et lui avons demandé si elle dirait quelque chose sur la paix", a déclaré Yariv Oppenheimer, le secrétaire général de La Paix Maintenant à l'AFP, en précisant que c'était la première rencontre de l'association anticolonisation avec la chanteuse, qui s'est toujours gardée de prendre position sur le conflit israélo-palestinien.
"Elle nous a répondu: +Je dirai bien plus qu'un mot sur le sujet+".
Son dernier spectacle en Israël remonte à 2009. Elle avait alors donné deux représentations à Tel-Aviv. Elle avait alors rencontré le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu et s'était rendue au Mur des Lamentations, le site le plus sacré du judaïsme dans la Vieille ville de Jérusalem.
La "Material Girl" s'était aussi rendue en Israël en 2004 et 2007 pour des visites privées. Non juive, elle est adepte de la Kabbale, la mystique juive secrète et réservée aux initiés, et a choisi à ce titre de se faire appeler Esther.
Sa grande rivale, Lady Gaga, est attendue le mois prochain à Tel-Aviv.
 

Madonna lance en Israël sa 9ème tournée mondiale
AFP 31/05/2012 à 13:47

La pop star américaine Madonna lançait jeudi en Israël son très attendu "MDNA world tour" avec un concert au stade de football de Ramat Gan, près de Tel-Aviv, où plusieurs dizaines de milliers de fans l'attendaient dans une ambiance surchauffée.
Durant sa tournée mondiale, sa neuvième, la star doit donner 84 spectacles dans 32 pays, au Proche-Orient, en Europe et sur le continent américain. Cette tournée s'achèvera début 2013 en Australie où la star ne s'est pas produite depuis 20 ans.
Ce tour du monde, le premier depuis ses fameux concerts de la tournée "Sticky and Sweet" de 2008 et 2009, accompagne son dernier album studio "MDNA", le douzième, sorti en mars dernier.
Ses fans en Israël ont payé jusqu'à la bagatelle de 5.000 shekels (1.000 euros), hôtel compris, pour pouvoir l'acclamer. Le concert devait se dérouler à guichets fermés, les spectateurs s'étant arrachés les billets les moins chers -- de 240 à 2.400 shekels (50 à 500 euros).
Madonna doit se produire sur une scène longue de 800 mètres pendant une heure et cinquante minutes, et reprendre 22 de ses chansons les plus connues, notamment "Act of contrition", "Like a prayer", "Born this way" ou encore "Like a virgin".
Produit par l'Israélien Shuki Weiss et Live Nation, le coût du spectacle est estimé à plus de 15 millions de shekels (1 million d'euros). Quelque 600 personnes participent à cette production, dont une centaine de chanteurs et danseurs, pour moitié venus des Etats-Unis.
Entourée de très importantes mesures de sécurité, Madonna est arrivée vendredi à Tel-Aviv sur un vol de la compagnie israélienne El Al en provenance de New York accompagnée par son petit ami Brahim Zaibat, ses quatre enfants, et 70 membres de son personnel, selon les médias locaux.
Le stade de Ramat Gan a déployé les grands moyens pour répondre aux exigences de l'icône de la pop, notamment en installant à son intention une salle spéciale équipée d'une table pour massages, un jacuzzi, ainsi que des chambres à coucher personnelles pour elle-même, ses enfants, son habilleur et d'autres membres de son personnel.
Pas moins de 70 chambres ont par ailleurs été réservées à l'Hôtel Dan de Tel Aviv pour accueillir la troupe entourant la star qui loge pour sa part dans une suite présidentielle.
"Madonna est là, 19 ans après sa première visite historique en Israël, ce sera LE concert de sa vie", assurait jeudi Yédiot Aharonot, le principal quotidien israélien.
Le dernier spectacle de Madonna en Israël remonte à 2009. Elle avait alors donné deux représentations à Tel-Aviv.
A cette occasion, elle avait rencontré le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu et s'était rendue au Mur des Lamentations, le site le plus sacré du judaïsme dans la Vieille ville de Jérusalem.
Madonna s'était aussi rendue en Israël en 2004 et 2007 pour des visites privées. Non juive, elle est adepte de la Kabbale, la mystique juive secrète et réservée aux initiés, et a choisi à ce titre de se faire appeler Esther.
Du point de vue du judaïsme orthodoxe, sa démarche est quasi-sacrilège. Elle ne s'est, en effet, pas convertie au judaïsme et même si elle le faisait, la tradition lui nierait le droit d'étudier la Kabbale, qui n'est accordé qu'aux hommes mariés de plus de quarante ans ayant étudié pendant des années le Talmud, la base de la législation religieuse du judaïsme.
Le principal texte de la Kabbale, le Livre du Zohar, a la réputation de faire perdre la tête à ceux qui se plongent dans ses mystères sans formation préalable.
 

Blood, guts and guns as Madonna kicks off world tour
By Hazel Ward (AFP) – 31/05/2012

TEL AVIV — Dark Catholic imagery was spliced with blood, guts and guns as Madonna burst onto the stage at Tel Aviv's Ramat Gan stadium late on Thursday to kick off her hotly-anticipated MDNA world tour of some 30 countries.
The portentous tolling of a church bell opens the first set with bare-chested monks in burgundy robes swinging a giant golden censer in front of a giant red cross.
A plainchant melody turns into a Hebrew prayer as monks rise out of the floor, mixing Jewish and Catholic imagery as the Material Girl rises in silhoutte, shattering the backscreen as she launches into "Girl Gone Wild."
Guns feature heavily in the next two numbers, "Revolver" and "Gang Bang" with the Queen of Pop and her dangers repeatedly 'firing' into the audience with a variety of guns, as huge images of empty bullet casings fall to the ground.
"Bang bang, shot you dead, shot my lover in the head," she sings as brains splat onto the back screen behind her in a number which ends with her shooting down one of the dangers and flinging the gun onto the floor.
Several songs later, the tone changes as Madge transforms into a red-and-white clad majorette, with her signature conical bra making an appearance in "Vogue," a monochrome number which blurs the gender lines.
This time, it appears as a cage-like bustier over a white shirt complete with black tie and trousers: office-wear -- Madonna style.
In between sets, she addresses the audience, urging Israelis to end the conflict and seek peace.
"I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason," she said, to wild applause and cheering.
"You can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world," she said. "We all bleed the same colour."
"If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and our religions, and treat everyone around us with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace.
"If there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world."
Excited fans were already pouring through the gates when they opened some four hours before the 9:45 pm (1845 GMT) start, with all 32,000 tickets sold out.
Turning heads at one of the main entrances was 41-year-old Cocoa Chandelier. Six-feet tall -- "without the heels" -- and with a boufant easily adding another foot, she said she had never missed a single of Madonna's concerts.
"It's quite appropriate that it's starting here in Israel. She has adopted this culture and religion," Chandelier told AFP, dressed in copious quantities of fluorescent plastic beads and earrings to match.
"That's why we've come all the way from Hawaii -- to support her."
Israeli fan Carmit Zindani, 32, beamed: "There is simply nothing bigger than Madonna starting her world tour here in the Holy Land. She is one of us."
"She's a real queen, this is very exciting," said Roma Ryabchikov, a 26-year-old lawyer who flew in specially from Moscow.
The eye-popping extravaganza marked the start of the 53-year-old Queen of Pop's ninth world tour and her first since her "Sticky and Sweet" outing in 2008/2009.
From Israel, she is to move on to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before ending in early 2013 in Australia, where she has not performed in more than 20 years.
Kicking off her latest tour in Israel was a natural choice for the Catholic-born singer, who over the past decade has become deeply involved in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah.
Since then, she has been back to the Jewish state several times, on both public and private visits, last performing here in 2009.
Officials 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.
Although all 32,000 tickets were completely sold out, a day ahead of the performance, the diminutive diva briefly met with members of the Palestinian Israeli Peace NGO Forum and handed them 600 tickets.
Since she arrived in Israel late on Friday on an El Al flight from New York, Madonna has reportedly spent much of time rehearsing, praying or attending Kabbalah events.
Her partner Brahim Zaibat, a French-Algerian model in his 20s, also flew in with her, as did her four children, Lourdes, Rocco, David and Mercy, with pictures of them enjoying the beach splashed across the newspapers.
More than 4,000 fans have flown into Israel to attend the concert, with each paying from $62 (50 euros) for a ticket up to $620 for a VIP package.
The Tel Aviv show is reported to have cost $3.9 million (3.1 million euros).
As for the outfits, Madge has signed up a list of designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana, Fausto Puglisi and J Brand.
She was also due to wear Prada and Miu Miu shoes, as well as footwear and lingerie from her Truth or Dare line.

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