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Madonna: 'I want to reinvent pop tours'

Twenty-seven years ago, Madonna set the template for modern pop concerts with her Blond Ambition world tour.

From its hydraulic stage to Jean-Paul Gaultier's iconic costumes, it raised the bar for stadium-sized spectacle.

Now, after seven huge world tours, the star tells the BBC she's "exploring" a smaller-scale show in the future.

"I've done so many shows - world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it - that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too," she explains.

"I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience.

"This is something I'm exploring right now: the idea of doing a show that doesn't travel the world, but stays in one place and utilises not only humour and the music in a more intimate setting but other people's music, as well, and other entertainment.

"Kind of a revolving door of amazing, gifted, unique talent - dancers, musicians, singers, comedians, me, humour. I don't know! Like, I'm trying to come up with all those ideas now."

The concerts will presumably owe much to the vaudeville-style Tears of a Clown show that Madonna performed twice in 2016 - once as a gift to fans in Australia, and again at a fundraiser for her Raising Malawi charity.

The low-key gigs featured the pop icon dressed as a clown, riding a tricycle, chatting to the audience and telling jokes when not performing stripped-back renditions of some of her favourite songs.

Footage of the Australian concert appears on the star's new DVD, released on Friday, which documents her 2015-16 Rebel Heart Tour.

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, she talked about touring life, changing attitudes to sex, and her recent dispute with a courier company...

Before we start, there's one thing I need to know: Did your FedEx package ever arrive?

Ha ha! Yes, it has. FedEx is blaming customs, customs is blaming FedEx and we'll never know what happened. But I have it now.

So, I saw the Rebel Heart tour when you were in London and the DVD does a really good job of capturing what it was like to be in the audience. How do you go about that?

I was there every step of the way, every day for months and months. It's really hard to capture the true feeling of the excitement and the passion and the heat and the blood, sweat and tears. I'm pleased with the way it came out.

There's a particularly touching sequence during True Blue, where everybody in the audience embraces each other.

I know, it's a very sweet, emotional moment in the show. I didn't expect it to be, but when I look back at the DVD it almost brings a tear to my eye because everyone seems so in love.

How do you put a show like this together? Where do you get the ideas?

Everything's based around my song choice. So first, I go through my catalogue of songs with my band and I start working on things that excite me and inspire me in the moment. Some songs I'm sick of doing and I don't want to do them. Other songs I say, "No, I did that on the last tour, I don't want to do it again."

So I try to rotate things and I also try to reflect my current mood and what I've been feeling, and what's been inspiring me artistically or filmically, politically, philosophically. I try to put songs together in groups that have thematic connection, and then I try to tell a story. And then I do the visuals. It's quite a process.

What are the songs you don't want to do again?

Well, I tend to not want to do the songs I did on the tour before. That's what I mean. So if I did Material Girl on the tour before, or Express Yourself on the tour before, then I'll say, "OK, I did that for 88 shows. I can't do it again."

How do you keep a healthy balance between new songs and your back catalogue?

It's just playing in rehearsal. It's really hard for me, especially with my older songs, to do them with the original arrangement. Because 33 years later, after doing it for so long, you just have to reinvent things. Well, I do.

And it's fun for me to take an '80s pop song and turn it into a salsa song, or turn it into a samba, or make an uptempo song into a ballad.

The overarching theme of the tour was being a rebel. In the intro you say, "when fascist dictators come for you dressed as righteous men" you have to rise up and take a stand.

If you were doing the tour against the current political backdrop, would that message feel more relevant?

Yeah, I created that voiceover for my short film Secret Project,. I feel like it was a foreshadowing of things to come, like a prophecy.

You felt something in the air?

I did then - and I think people all thought I was being a little bit dramatic and extreme, but I felt like I was witnessing the beginning of it on the tour previous [to Rebel Heart]. And, of course, look what's happening in the world right now. It's pretty crazy.

Twenty-seven years ago, the Pope tried to get one of your shows banned. Now you have pole-dancing nuns and nobody bats an eyelid. Is that progress?

Is it progress? Well, I guess in some ways you could call that progress. When I released my Sex book, the idea of someone being scantily-clad on the street was an outrage. But look at social media today and it's nothing.

People get used to things, but I wouldn't call that progress. What I think of as progress is people becoming more open-minded, and people understanding the difference between art and exploitation.

When I was banned by the Pope, I was playing with the ideas of religion and sexuality, which are usually kept completely apart. Sex is considered a sin in the Catholic church. And I was questioning that and challenging that point of view because I don't, obviously, agree with it.

So now that no one's batting an eyelash about nuns on the stripper poles, it doesn't mean that the Vatican or the Catholic church is soul-searching or investigating whether they made the right choices. I don't think people are thinking that maybe sexuality and God don't need to be separate. That, to me, would be progress.

The DVD also includes the Tears of a Clown show you did in Melbourne. Was that a one-off or a trial run for a different type of Madonna concert?

I like doing intimate shows and being able to talk directly to the audience; to play with them and use humour and pathos and truth, and share my life - and also make up stories. I like the freedom of it and I like the intimacy of it, and I would like to explore doing it more in the future.

Maybe a residency?

Yeah, a residency. If I look back at the Rebel Heart tour, my favourite [part] was really the last section where I got to just sit on the stage and play my ukulele and sing La Vie en Rose and talk to the audience. [It was] just more intimate. More audience participation and connecting to human beings - I feel I'm craving that more and more.

Did it feel like there was more room for improvisation in that section?

Yeah, I have freedom and I can make mistakes. That's another thing I do in Tears of a Clown - if I start a song off wrong and I make a boo-boo, I just turn around and go "Stop! Let's start again!"

When you're doing a sports arena show, you're linked up to video, you can't stop. Once the train leaves the station, you have to keep going.

There's a certain kind of adrenalin rush to that - but there's no room for error. So I like the idea of mistakes and freestyling. Free-falling, really. It's more exciting to me right now.

Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour is out now on DVD, CD and Blu-Ray and via digital retailers.

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Begin volgende week tour aankondiging

We hadden het natuurlijk allemaal al een beetje verwacht dat er op korte termijn aan aankondiging zou komen voor Madonna's nieuwe tournee. Via diverse (Europese) webwinkels was namelijk al bekend geworden dat mensen die het album Rebel Heart online besteld hadden in de loop van volgende week een mail zouden ontvangen met een link voor een exclusieve pre-sale van concertkaartjes.

Vandaag komt MadonnaTribe met het nieuws dat begin volgende week de tournee aangekondigd gaat worden! Door de eerdere aankondiging via de webwinkels weten we al dat Duitsland, Nederland (!), België (!), Denemarken en Spanje op de concertagenda komen te staan. MadonnaTribe weet ook te melden dat Madonna naar Italië zal komen met haar aankomende (wereld)tournee.

Update 26 februari: MadonnaTribe laat weten dat de tournee wordt aangekondigd op maandag 2 maart!

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Nieuwe tournee in (kleinere) concertzalen?

De eerste geruchten over een nieuwe tournee zijn er! MadonnaTribe meldt dat er wijzigingen in de band zullen zijn die Madonna begeleidt. Daarnaast lijkt het er op dat Madonna dit keer kiest voor de wat kleinere concertzalen in plaats van de grote (voetbal)stadions. Denk dan aan Ziggo Dome en Bercy in Parijs.

Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy
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Tourposter Brussel

Van Live Nation België ontvingen we de tourposter van het concert in het Koning Boudewijnstadion:


 

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Madonna World Tour 2012 - Een overzicht van de data

Vandaag werd de wereld wakker met dé touraankondiging waarop we allemaal zaten te wachten. De Madonna World Tour 2012 is een feit.
Op 29 mei 2012 start de tournee in Tel Aviv en zal nadien doorheen Europa en Noord-Amerika trekken. Onderstaande lijst is al bevestigd.
Zoals jullie onderaan kunnen lezen, zal de tour ook halt houden in Australië en Zuid-Amerika. 

Eén ding staat vast: het wordt een knallende zomer!

EUROPE
29-May Tel Aviv, Israel Ramat Gam Stadium On Sale Feb. 10
3-Jun Abu Dhabi Yas Arena On Sale Feb. 27
7-Jun Istanbul, Turkey Turk Telecom Arena On sale soon
11-Jun Zagreb, Croatia Maksimir Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jun Milan, Italy Stadio San Siro On Sale Feb. 13
16-Jun Florence, Italy Stadio Franchi On Sale Feb. 13
20-Jun Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi On Sale Feb. 16
24-Jun Coimbra, Portugal Estadio Cidade de Coimbra On Sale Feb. 11
28-Jun Berlin, Germany O2 Arena On Sale Feb. 13
2-Jul Copenhagen, Denmark Parken Stadium On Sale Feb. 13
4-Jul Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
7-Jul Amsterdam,The Netherlands Ziggo Dome On Sale Feb. 11
12-Jul Brussels, Belgium Stade Roi-Baudouin On Sale Feb. 17
14-Jul Paris, France Stade De France On Sale Feb. 14
17-Jul London, UK Hyde Park On Sale Feb. 10
21-Jul Edinburgh, UK Murrayfield Stadium On Sale Feb. 10
24-Jul Dublin, Ireland Aviva Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
29-Jul Vienna, Austria Ernst-Happel-Stadion On Sale Feb. 24
1-Aug Warsaw, Poland National Stadium On Sale Feb. 17
7-Aug Moscow, Russia Olimpiski Arena On sale soon.
8-Aug St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena On sale soon
12-Aug Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium On Sale Feb. 14
15-Aug Oslo, Norway Telenor Arena On Sale Feb. 20
18-Aug Zurich, Switzerland Stadion Letzigrund On Sale Feb. 24
21-Aug Nice, France Stade Charles-Erhmann On Sale Feb. 14

NORTH AMERICA
28-Aug Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center On Sale Feb. 13
30-Aug Montreal, QC Bell Centre On Sale Feb. 18
1-Sep Quebec City, QC Plains of Abraham Site On Sale Feb. 17
4-Sep Boston, MA TD Garden On Sale Feb. 13
6-Sep New York, NY Yankee Stadium On Sale Feb. 13
10-Sep Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place On Sale Feb. 13
12-Sep Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre On Sale Feb. 13
15-Sep Atlantic City, NJ Boardwalk Hall On Sale Feb. 27
19-Sep Chicago, IL United Center On Sale Feb. 13
23-Sep Washington, D.C. Verizon Center On Sale Feb. 13
29-Sep Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena On Sale Feb. 13
2-Oct Seattle, WA Key Arena On Sale Feb. 13
6-Oct San Jose, CA HP Pavilion On Sale Feb. 13
10-Oct Los Angeles, CA Staples Center On Sale Feb. 13
13-Oct Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand On Sale Feb. 27
16-Oct Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center On Sale Feb. 27
20-Oct Dallas, TX American Airlines Center On Sale Feb. 27
24-Oct Houston, TX Toyota Center On Sale Feb. 27
27-Oct New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena On Sale Mar. 5
30-Oct Kansas City, MO Sprint Center On Sale Mar. 5
1-Nov St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center On Sale Mar. 5
3-Nov St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center On Sale Feb. 27
10-Nov Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena On Sale Mar. 5
15-Nov Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena On Sale Mar. 5
17-Nov Atlanta, GA Philips Arena On Sale Mar. 5
Tbc Miami, FL To Be confirmed On sale soon
The tour will also visit South American and Australia.
Additional cities and venues to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.
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Officieel Persbericht Madonna in België

MadonnaNed mocht het officieel persbericht ontvangen over het concert dat Madonna in Brussel zal geven:

Madonna komt deze zomer naar België! Haar komende wereldtournee houdt op donderdag 12 juli halt in het Koning Boudewijnstadion in Brussel. De ticketverkoop voor het concert van de Queen of Pop start op vrijdag 17 februari om 9u.



Madonna’s dansbare en uiterst meezingbare nieuwe single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” featuring Nicki Minaj en M.I.A. is een feit. Het uitgelezen moment om die single groots te lanceren: de halftime show van de NFL Superbowl. In de VS een bijna heilig moment tijdens dé sportmanifestatie van het jaar. Enkel de Groten der Aarde krijgen de eer deze korte pauze muzikaal op te luisteren. Madonna deed het groots en goed afgelopen zondag. “Give Me All Your Luvin’” is de voorbode van Madonna’s 12de studio-album “MDNA” dat op 26 maart uitkomt. Het album werd in New York en Los Angeles ingeblikt en herenigt Madonna met onder andere William Orbit, met wie ze het zeer succesvolle album “Ray of Light” maakte. Ook Martin Solveig, Benny en Alle Benassi, The Demolition Crew en Madonna zelf leveren productionele bijdrages aan “MDNA”, de opvolger van “Hard Candy’ (2008).  Zeker is alvast dat ook “Masterpiece”, het nummer waarvoor Madonna vorige maand de Golden Globe Award voor Best Original Song mocht in ontvangst nemen uit haar zelf geregisseerde langspeelfilm “W.E.”, op “MDNA” zal prijken. Sinds haar debuut “Madonna” (1983) met daarop de wereldhits “Holiday” en “Lucky Star”, verandert alles wat Madonna doet en aanraakt in goud en andere edele metalen. Al bijna 30 jaar is ze een referentie. Madonna is steeds trendsettend. Ze maakt handig en intelligent gebruik van de media en schuwt de controverse niet. The Material Girl is steeds mee met haar tijd, heeft een neus voor hippe zaken en is vooral een harde werker. Met meer dan 300 miljoen verkochte albums is ze de best verkopende vrouwelijke artieste aller tijden. Zeven Grammy’s, de belangrijkste muziekprijzen, heeft ze tot op heden in ontvangst mogen nemen. Haar komende wereldtournee brengt haar vanaf 29 mei de wereld rond. Het concert in Brussel op donderdag 12 juli is nog maar het tweede van Madonna in België. The Material Girl is back on the dancefloor!

 

Start ticketverkoop:
Vrijdag 17 februari om 9u

Tickets via Proximus Go For Music: 0900 2 60 60* of www.proximusgoformusic.be

Ticketprijzen (excl. servicekosten):
150 euro (eerste cat. zitplaatsen)
115 euro (golden circle staanpl.)
115 euro (tweede cat. zitplaatsen)
92 euro (middenplein staanpl.)
65 euro (derde cat. zitplaatsen)
45 euro (vierde cat. zitplaatsen)

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