Madonna - MDNA Tour: Press Reviews

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Kicking off tour, Madonna shows she's no lady (Gaga)
By Dan Williams
TEL AVIV | Fri Jun 1, 2012 9:38am EDT
Reporting by Dan Williams; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte.

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Pop superstar Madonna kicked off a new world tour on Thursday wishing peace on the Middle East even as she showcased grim dance routines depicting violence and bloody gunmen among her more colorful numbers.
Madonna, 53, mixed hit songs over three decades in music with tunes from her recent album, "MDNA," before a packed audience, and she took a sly dig at younger diva, Lady Gaga.
"She's not me!" Madonna belted out at the end of "Express Yourself," which she had reworked to include a sampling of Lady Gaga's recent "Born This Way."
That song from Lady Gaga, who emerged on the pop music scene about four years ago and has enjoyed a huge following, was noted by many fans and critics as being very similar to Madonna's late 1980s dance club smash.
Since Lady Gaga, 26, released "Born This Way," there has been speculation that a generational challenge was in the works and comedians have poked fun at any imagined rivalry between the two women.
Despite occasional lighthearted touches such as a baton-twirling routine in cheerleader formation and a psychedelic homage to Indian philosophy, the dominant mood at Thursday's concert in Tel Aviv seemed more grim with a stage shrouded in black and red and costumes that often appeared ominous.
VIRGIN SACRIFICE
"Like a Virgin," a dance tune that helped propel Madonna to stardom as risqué pop ingénue in the 1980s, was performed as a mournful cabaret with violin accompaniment. At one point, the singer was trussed up and hoisted into the air by four male dancers, then lowered onto a platform as though into a volcano - a virgin sacrifice.
For "Gang Bang," Madonna wrestled with armed intruders whom she then dispatched with a pistol - their "blood" spattering across an enormous video backdrop. In a routine for "Revolver", she wielded a Kalashnikov rifle, used by many modern-day insurgents, while one of her dancers favored an Israeli Uzi.
The exertions never sapped her confident singing, though she did become somewhat breathless during remarks to the audience at Ramat Gan stadium on Tel Aviv's outskirts.
"I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason. As you know, the Middle East and all the conflicts that have been occurring here for thousands of years - they have to stop," she said to cheers.
A devotee of Jewish mysticism, Madonna had dubbed the first leg of her 28-country "MDNA" tour the "Peace Concert" and distributed free tickets to some of the Palestinians who attended from the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem.
Among them was a woman named Yasmine, who declined to give her last name in light of Palestinian calls to boycott the Madonna concert and other cultural events in Israel. She offered a mixed assessment of the show.
"I wasn't a fan of the intro. It was too aggressive and massacre-like," Yasmine said. "Her (Madonna's) speech about peace and the mention of Palestine was heartfelt, though."
Avihay Asseraf, an Israeli who dedicated a Facebook page to Madonna's visit, was more sanguine about the darker displays.
"That's how she chose to express herself this time," he said. "Ultimately this is a show, a spectacle, and it's all for fun."


Madonna parades into Israel on tour
(UKPA) – 01/06/2012

Madonna cheered on her own arrival as she kicked off her MDNA world tour in Israel dressed as a cheerleader.
The 53-year-old showed off her bulging biceps and toned physique in a variety of outfits, including a cheerleader's uniform and an updated version of her famous Jean Paul Gaultier coned corset.
Madonna told the 35,000-strong crowd in Tel Aviv: "I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason."
"You can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world, we all bleed the same colour," she added, as the crowd cheered wildly.
"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."
Madonna reportedly donated 580 tickets to her show to members of both the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps, but not all of them were accepted.
She was joined on stage by her 11-year-old son Rocco, whose father is British director Guy Ritchie, who performed with her backing dancers dressed in a number of outfits including a monk's habit and a sparkly vest teamed with large headphones.
The show began with church bells and Catholic imagery on screen before the sound of Hebrew prayer hailed the arrival of devout Kabbalah follower Madonna on stage inside a confessional. She shot her way out through the glass of the confessional with a rifle and burst into her hit Girl Gone Wild.
This is Madonna's ninth world tour. She will next head to Abu Dhabi and then to Europe and the Americas before finishing in Australia in early 2013.


- Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews: Haredi journal: Madonna desecrating holy sites

Haredi journal: Madonna desecrating holy sites
Religious newspaper slams queen of pop's 'disgraceful' concerts in Israel; says 'gentiles abuse faith in Kabbalah cult, turn righteous graves into trendy desecrated place'
Kobi Nahshoni Published:  06.01.12, 08:56 / Israel Jewish Scene

While fans in Israel awaited Madonna's concert, some decided to voice their protest against the queen of pop's visit to Israel in an ultra-Orthodox journal.
The religious journal 'HaEda' slammed the singer's concerts in Israel, calling them "disgraceful," and further stated that her faith in Jewish mysticism which includes her visiting the graves of the righteous while in Israel, "desecrates the holy sites."
Titled "Kabbalah cult sponsors shameful performances in Holy Land," the article reported that the residents of northern Galilee and Tiberius were "shaken and disgusted" after realizing Madonna intended to visit the holy cities in northern Israel.
The journal does not mention Madonna by name but rather refers to her as the "famous gentile singer."
According to the journal, over the past few days rumors revolving Madonna's intention to buy an apartment in Safed have been floating around, causing "pain and rage within the god-fearing community." The journal referred to the singer's intentions as a "Kabbalah sponsored gimmick."
The journal reported that following a protest led by the religious citizens of the area, the singer postponed a planned visit to the Galilee.
The article further wrote that "the non-Jews abuse their faith in a ridiculous cult, turning the graves of the righteous into a 'trendy' and touristy place."


- London Free Press: Madonna kicks off MDNA tour

Madonna kicks off MDNA tour
By WENN.com
Last Updated: June 1, 2012 4:42am

Pop superstar Madonna handed out 600 tickets to her opening tour concert in Israel to peace groups in the country, according to reports.
The Material Girl's MDNA show debuted in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and the crowd at the Ramat Gan stadium was treated to an all-singing, all-dancing set.
Local reports suggest Madonna met with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists on Wednesday, and handed out free tickets for the sold-out concert to groups including the Palestinian Israeli Peace NGO Forum.
The organization's chairman Ron Pundak tells Israeli news website Haaretz, "I am glad because Madonna appreciates Israeli and Palestinian peace activists who work together in advancing the peace and highlights this important issue in times of diplomatic stagnation."
During the show, Madonna told the audience that she chose the Holy Land as her first tour stop to push for peace in the Middle East: "I chose to start my world tour in Israel for a very specific and important reason. You can't be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world. 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."


- MTV Canada News: Madonna Kicks Off MDNA Tour Wrapped In Israeli Flag


- MTV Newsroom: The Real Star Of Madonna's 'MDNA Tour': Her Son Rocco Ritchie


- Daily Telegraph: Madonna tells Israel: you can't be a fan of mine and not want world peace


- Us Magazine: Madonna Brings Back Infamous Cone Bra at Israel Concert


- The Sun Showbiz: Madonna is gunning for Middle East peace


- BBC News: Madonna wows fans in Israel


- BBC News: Madonna world MDNA tour kicks off in Israel


- Mail Online: Bulging biceps and cheerleader outfits! Madonna kicks off her MDNA world tour in Israel and son Rocco joins her onstage too


- Mail Online: Madonna's cone bustier is BACK after 22 years as Jean Paul Gaultier reinvents iconic design for MDNA tour


- Mail Online: Rocco Don't Preach! Madonna's 11-year-old son joins her onstage in Israel wearing a priest outfit as he shows off his moves


- LA Times: Fashion: Madonna launches tour with high fashion, majorette costumes

 

Madonna - MDNA Tour: Press Reviews
Madonna - MDNA Tour: Press Reviews
Madonna - MDNA Tour: Press Reviews
Madonna - MDNA Tour: Press Reviews

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