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Madonna opened her 'MDNA tour' in Tel Aviv last night.

MadonnaABC News reports:

The elaborate stage production, which started over 30 minutes late, was not totally sold out — there was space at the back of Ramat Gan stadium. The festivities started with monks ringing a church bell, and an altar onstage. Madonna appeared in a confessional, and then broke out of it, kicking things off with her song “Girl Gone Wild.” The first part of the show featured Madonna and her dancers brandishing numerous guns for the songs “Revolver” and “Gang Bang.” During other parts of the show, she appeared wearing a red and white majorette outfit, and also in a Jean-Paul Gaultier-designed cage-like bustier.

The set list was a mix of old and new tracks, and included Madonna’s much-discussed mash-up of her own hit “Express Yourself” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” with a few lines of her song “She’s Not Me,” from the 2008 album Hard Candy, sung repeatedly — and pointedly — at the end. Other songs performed included “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Like a Virgin,” “Vogue” and what proved to be the most popular number of the night, “Like a Prayer,” which featured a gospel choir.

She also made a speech about spreading peace in the region:

“We are all human beings. We all bleed the same color. We all want to love and be loved….If we can all rise above our egos and our titles and the names of our countries and the names of our religions…and treat everyone around us…with dignity and respect, then we are on the road to peace, OK? So, start today. Start now, each and every one of you. You are the future. We are the future, and if there is peace here in the Middle East, there can be peace in the whole world, OK?”

One image used in the show reportedly causing controversy is this still (below) from a montage in her "Nobody Knows Me" interlude which shows her overlayed with a Hitler mustache and a swastika.

Watch eight videos, including the opening (spoilers) and speech for peace, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Opening:

Speech for Peace:

Nobody Knows Me:

Express Yourself/Born This Way:

Best Friend/Heartbeat:

Turn Up the Radio:

Like a Virgin:

Masterpiece:

More videos here.

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  1. Who else in the world can do this?, go to utterly dreadful nations (though not necesssarily Israel) and other parts of the world (or scheduled to, like Russia) and outrage their ridiculous mores and pretentious forms of righteousness, than these rather magnificent, usually American, women performers such as Madonna and Gaga with messages of freedom and equality? Squabbling over competitiveness and age mean absolutely nothing. What they do for women, gay people and the underpriviledged everywhere is both joyful and heroic. Does anybody get the picture?

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 1, 2012 1:44:54 PM


  2. GraphicJack and Uffda: You've got it so right. We forget (and for some weren't born yet) that she shocked our societies in the 80's and brought about change that we take for granted these days. Doing these things in cities around the world where cultures need advancing is still provocative and beneficial to the people living there. I'd happily take Gaga and Madonna performing in abundance - allies are always welcome.

    True, Madonna was more daring when she was speaking out decades ago, but they both serve a purpose at large today. We may find the shows pedantic and derivative in our (more) comfortable cities today, but thankfully we have the luxury of ambivalence that comes in no small part from these women being on our side.

    Posted by: Tim | Jun 1, 2012 2:17:49 PM


  3. Call me ageist if you want, but I'm older than Madge. It kind of creeps me out to watch her these days, much like seeing a fifty-something bald guy with his cap on backwards. I mean what's wrong with admitting your age? It doesn't mean you can't be in shape and energetic.

    Growing old gracefully is the least ageist thing you can do, and it's way more sexy than pretending to be young when you are not. Case in point: Eric Clapton vs. Mick Jagger.

    Posted by: Jacques | Jun 1, 2012 2:42:19 PM


  4. YAWN.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 1, 2012 2:58:12 PM


  5. I have no problem with Madonna's age and her acting or dressing younger (hey, I do it all the time). But I agree with Tadpolicus: Madonna's narcissism and, I would add, enduring demand for our attention do seem to overshadow everything she says and does. This is why I have never liked or respected her, as much as I've enjoyed dancing to her old hits from time to time. The spectacle she creates for her videos, shows and herself has never been brilliant and now has become tiresome, as far as I'm concerned -- a sound and fury signifying nothing.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Jun 1, 2012 3:24:00 PM


  6. "What has Madonna actually done?" ARE YOU INSANE? The reason why someone like Gaga is able to so easily publicly support gay causes without hurting her career is because someone like Madonna came before her.

    In 1987, at the height of AIDS hysteria, Madonna became the first major music star to donate 100% of proceeds from a concert to AIDS charities. She made personal appearances at benefits for AMFAR and APLA bringing much needed attention to their events. She included HIV/AIDS prevention information in the liner notes of her huge hit album 'Like A Prayer' and appeared in an AIDS PSA when most acts with similar international acclaim would never even want to be associated with such a thing. She gave a 2 part candid interview to The Advocate in 1991 -- a decade before it became 'ok' to promote yourself so openly to the gay community. Next to Liz Taylor, she is probably the biggest star in the world to have been SO outspoken about HIV/AIDS compassion & charities. She included a full-on gay kiss between 2 of her male dancers in 'Truth Or Dare' -- for many of us, the first time we had EVER seen such a thing onscreen. Did she "steal" vogueing or did she help shine an enormous light on a previously little heard from subculture?

    Yes, during the years she was married, she had less visibility in many of these areas, but that's what happens when people settle down. She bristles at the suggestion she no longer acknowledges or cares about such a huge part of her fanbase.

    The whole comparison between her and any other artist is ludicrous. There's room for everyone. If you don't like her music, don't listen to it. If you don't like her shows or they're too expensive for you, don't go.

    As for the ageist thing, should she just roll over and die because she's hit a specific age? Should she give up doing what she's clearly best at just 'cause YOU don't like it?

    WAKE UP FOOLS.

    Posted by: Precious | Jun 1, 2012 3:50:16 PM


  7. Thanks, Precious! I appreciate what you're saying.

    @david quite a few comments ago, you compared Madonna sampling a bit of Respect Yourself to Gaga's rip off sampling of Express Yourself in Born This Way, and to Elvis ripping off hits like Hounddog and such from black Blues artists.

    1. Elvis actually sang the EXACT same songs as the black artists, just made it a bit more "white" to go down better to white audiences. That's a COMPLETE rip off, and M's and G's rip offs aren't anything near that extreme. Nice try.

    2. Madonna does sing the words Express Yourself in a similar way to the words Respect Yourself in the Staples Singers song... Thats about all I hear that's similar to the two songs, and I've listened to both songs for years.

    3. Come on - Born This Way has MANY similarities to Express Yourself.. The spoken word intro, the sound of both the stanzas and the chorus... The words are different but the song is practically the same.

    In closing, the biggest rip off in these comparisons you made are 1 Elvis, 2 Gaga and 3 Madonna. It's redonk to compre Madonna to Elvis in this case... Not even close.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 1, 2012 4:34:01 PM


  8. Lady Xerox might be a better singer but she's a fraud and has one of the most hateful and spiteful fanbase ever! Team Madonna all the way!!!

    Posted by: KillBilly | Jun 1, 2012 4:43:56 PM


  9. A picture is worth a thousand words, here a few thousand.

    http://www.listal.com/list/lady-gaga-did-not-steal

    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Jun 1, 2012 4:54:25 PM


  10. Gaga certainly isn't Madonna (and for that she'll be eternally grateful). Gaga is a vastly superior "musical" talent, and Madonna's immaturity, childishness and jealousy shines like a beacon. Grow up woman-get outside your ego/narcissism bubble for a day or two at least. Besides when has Madonna ever done a gay anthem? Oh yeah-autotuning 'Born This Way'.

    Posted by: Molc | Jun 1, 2012 5:11:03 PM


  11. I loath Gaga and her hateful fans!

    Posted by: KillBilly | Jun 1, 2012 5:27:34 PM


  12. You know, she can do whatever the hell she wants, and the show is probably fun when you're there, but when she starts talking about world peace I just have to laugh. C'mon, Madonna, you care about nothing but yourself -- you know it, we know it, so can the fake compassion.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 1, 2012 5:47:21 PM


  13. @MOLC, Express Yourself and Vogue are two of Madonna's gay anthems. What Gaga and her Little Ghouls don't seem to understand is that gay anthems aren't created, they're appropriated. Gaga can shove Born This Way down our throats but it doesn't mean we have to swallow it! WE decided what is a gay anthem, not Gaga and her Little Ghouls.

    Posted by: Paulie | Jun 1, 2012 5:48:08 PM


  14. This tour is awful. She ruins all of her old songs by "re-inventing" them. Just listen to the "re-invented" version of Like a Virgin. Terrible!

    Also, why does she keep doing the faux-lesbian stuff? Why would she think her mostly gay male audience would give a damn or would be turned on by that? Stupid.

    Posted by: Not a good tour | Jun 1, 2012 6:36:46 PM


  15. How childish. You people are really debating whether Madonna or Gaga is superior? It's pop music. You can like both of them, or one, or neither. But your arguments for or against sound like they come from children.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 1, 2012 6:45:25 PM


  16. That whole "Express Yourself/Born This Way" followed by "Shes Not Me" was extremely tacky. I expect my Madonna to take the high road. Childish...shes an icon and doesnt need to resort to this. The concert footage looks cool to me though--she always puts on a good show (IMO).

    Posted by: Religion=Poop | Jun 1, 2012 6:58:57 PM


  17. I thought the new rendition of Like a Virgin was beautiful, saw a whole video elsewhere... the background music is from the soundtrack of her movie, which is not as bad as one may expect (and the musical score is gorgeous there too)

    Posted by: V-8 | Jun 1, 2012 7:12:58 PM


  18. The new rendition of Like a Vigin sounds like horseshyt. Boring.

    Posted by: Garbage | Jun 1, 2012 9:04:56 PM


  19. I've never been a huge fan, tho I do have a few of M's songs on my iPod. I give her full props for what she's done, tho I honestly think she's gotten more from gays than given to us. This whole Gaga thing has turned me off in a big way. Madonna should show some class and humility and say that if there are any similarities she's genuinely flattered, all good art derives from something that came before it, intentionally or not. Instead, Madonna takes the low road and is coming across as appearing, well threatened. It makes me realize I'm exhausted by her fake accents and her smirky condescension. Now she seems to be seeking the next fad to cling to - electronica, etc. or else rehashing topics she addressed a long, long time ago. It reminds me of when I was young, and Ethel Merman was on Johnny Carson singing disco versions of her old songs cause "that's what the young people are into nowadays."

    Posted by: Will | Jun 1, 2012 10:58:17 PM


  20. I've never been a huge fan, tho I do have a few of M's songs on my iPod. I give her full props for what she's done, tho I honestly think she's gotten more from gays than given to us. This whole Gaga thing has turned me off in a big way. Madonna should show some class and humility and say that if there are any similarities she's genuinely flattered, all good art derives from something that came before it, intentionally or not. Instead, Madonna takes the low road and is coming across as appearing, well threatened. It makes me realize I'm exhausted by her fake accents and her smirky condescension. Now she seems to be seeking the next fad to cling to - electronica, etc. or else rehashing topics she addressed a long, long time ago. It reminds me of when I was young, and Ethel Merman was on Johnny Carson singing disco versions of her old songs cause "that's what the young people are into nowadays."

    Posted by: Will | Jun 1, 2012 10:58:33 PM


  21. @MOLC - Madonna actually wrote a "gay anthem" song on her Erotica album called "In This Life". It was explicitly about two gay male friends she lost to AIDS. She sang it live at the Girlie Show, and made an empassioned speech to the audience about it. This was in 1992. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sBOxrsCmPo)

    It's not a dance song, it's a ballad, but it's far more moving than Born This Way, which lyrics, let's face it, are pretty trite... "Chola or Orient made"? WTF?

    I give Gaga credit for trying to reach out and be supportive, but again, she's following a trail blazed by Madonna. Let's stop pretending Gaga's original or that she's the first diva to do this that or the other thing, because she's not. Talented, sure, but not original.

    And Gaga is just as "desperate for attention" and "fake controvesial" as Madonna... maybe even more so. At least Madonna waited for a new album to re-invent herself... Gaga does this practically weekly. It's why many of us are sick of her. She tries WAY too hard... I liked her when her first album came out, but after then, zzzz.... one or two songs are good, but I'm not a fan of her whole career.

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Jun 2, 2012 12:10:39 AM


  22. I love that she continually relies on Catholic imagery in a totally disrespectful way. I wonder if she'd mind if I wore a kaballahdingdong string up my ass as a thong. She's vile and talent free, no matter how much she busies her body with cartwheels and flips.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 2, 2012 1:33:26 AM


  23. Please stop

    Posted by: rick scatorum | Jun 2, 2012 2:50:04 AM


  24. These Gaga vs. Madonna debates are futile because nobody really is going to win them. Been into Madonna since I was a small kid in the 90's but since Ray Of Light her work leaves me cold. Her golden period for me goes from the debut to Justify My Love. There's a few gems after , mainly Take A Bow & Frozen but of late it all seems tired. She's a big, tough woman , she can take a little criticism.
    I really cannot stand the way some assume that if you see shortcomings in madonna's output you are 'bitter' and unhappy. It's a pretty revolting criticism to level at someone unless they are being cruel. And to be honest Madonna is coming off as unbelievably mean-spirited toward Gaga- As someone rightly pointed out, Madonna has 'appropriated other people's work throughout her career, from the Staples singers, Marilyn , David Bowie, Debbie Harry. All part of pop's creative/commercial licence. It seems a bit rich her taking such offense at Gaga .Madonna was not conceived in a vacuum. 'She's not me?' Indeed, Lady can play piano and maybe that's why Madonna feels a little more threatened by Gaga than she is Spears et al.
    Credit where credit's due - one of the most determined tenacious , disciplined performers in showbusiness and a true pioneer back in the day. But the material is getting thin, the stageshow is a laboured retread (garish catholic iconography tinged with raunchy iconoclasm?Have we not been here a million times before? The music is non-committal and prosaic. There's no destination in her song structures, no nuance in her phrasing anymore. Songs from way back when are more mature (compare Live To Tell & Like A prayer to these roided out,porno dancefloor nursery rhymes. Madonna needs a new angle and bashing the Gaga ain't it. As for ageism - I don't see Madonna hanging out with many of her peers these days, who's really got a problem with it? She hasn't developed with her audience and that seems sad because in 1998 that seemed exactly what she was going to do. Just my opinion, let's not get personal or nasty about this - there are bigger isssues.

    Posted by: Matt Lindsay | Jun 2, 2012 6:53:45 AM


  25. WE decided what is a gay anthem, not Gaga and her Little Ghouls.
    Posted by: Paulie | Jun 1, 2012 5:48:08 PM

    Little Ghoul is totally going to be my new term of endearment go to. It's so Morticia! Thank you Paulie!

    I think everybody would be a lot happier if they stopped listening to Vadge or Gaga and embraced Goldfrapp, Roisin Murphy or Jonna Lee. Each of these women are vastly more creative.


    Posted by: Tadpolicus Wex | Jun 2, 2012 7:12:17 AM


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