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Madonna Opens 'MDNA Tour' in Tel Aviv: VIDEOS

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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. @c.j. "what has she actually done?"

    How incredibly clueless can you be? Take 30 seconds and google Madonna's history with the gay community and AIDS activism.

    Love her or hate her, that's your business. But claiming she has done nothing is just a blatant mistruth. Just because it Hasn't happened in the last ten minutes doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    I hesitate to call event that have occurred in the last 25 years as history, but learn just a little bit of the history of your own community and may e you wont look so ignorant.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 2, 2012 9:32:04 AM


  2. Oy.... All the bitter queens coming out in droves.

    Please tell us the amazing musicians that you enjoy more. Also please reiterate the same tired talking points about Madonna being old, her being played out, etc. she will continue to sell out concerts internationally despite all the squawking from our present vanguards of culture.

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Jun 2, 2012 1:02:54 PM


  3. I'm a Gaga fan and I'm not at all offended by the mash up of Express Yourself and Born this Way. It seems all done in good fun with a sense of humor. I don't find it at all mean spirited or bitchy as some people seem to.
    I also think it's silly when people set Gaga and Madonna against more alternative singers like Roisin Murphy. They're just two different things. I like pop artists like Madonna and Gaga, but I also like more alternative stuff. You can like both. ( I did wonder when the poster put Goldfrapp in the alternative group though. Their music is very pop/disco and not that far away from Madonna and Gaga. I like them but they're not that alternative.

    Posted by: Tommy | Jun 2, 2012 2:57:39 PM


  4. @GRAPHICJACK - thank you for telling it like it is! For a (then) teenage closet queer like myself, Madonna speaking publicly about tolerance and acceptance towards gays was a HUGE deal! At the sheer height of her career, she had everything to lose, and most other high profile entertainers of the day wouldn't touch the subject with a ten foot pole! She didnt NEED to do it, she just knew that it was the right thing to do and risked a great deal doing so.

    Sadly, most of Gaga's fanbase is simply too young to be aware of how different it was to be gay in the US before they were born. Even sadder still is how both entertainers have been pigeonholed into this horrendously overhyped, All About Eve - esque feud that probably doesnt even really exist! As a fan of BOTH of them, I sincerely hope they are somehow behind it all, knowing full well that fanning the flames keeps them both on peoples lips. Let the drama queen fans bicker! There is room in my ipod for both :-)

    Posted by: Natamaxxx | Jun 2, 2012 3:05:14 PM


  5. ...meanwhile, back at the ranch.... check out Mylène Farmer "Libertine" 2009 Tour... seems Monsieur Gautier is getting a lot of bang for his buck out of the black/white corporate look...

    Posted by: Perkin Warbeck | Jun 3, 2012 8:17:30 AM


  6. altho Madonna would be better off "pulling a Garbo" she insists on perpetuation of her character. She was never genius, but really... just admire that this spunky midge was able to harness worldwide success and fame before the advantages of Internet, Facebook, blogs, Twitter, and digital swiping.
    She stood up for us wayback when it was most needed... so give the ol' girl some credit... and "Respect Yourself" by doing so.

    Posted by: bALAN | Jun 4, 2012 9:03:41 AM


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