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Madonna Confessions Tour: Crucified

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Towleroad correspondent Glé was in the fourth row at the Los Angeles Forum last night as Madonna opened her Confessions Tour and sent us these photos!

Towleroad has tickets to Madonna's concert in Atlantic City and we will be giving them away in the coming weeks to a Towleroad reader! Details soon...

More photos after the jump!

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Madonna's Re-invention Tour [tr]

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  1. A disco-ball encrusted cross - love it!

    Posted by: Mike P | May 22, 2006 11:32:43 AM


  2. I CANNOT f*cking wait anymore - gotta wait until July 30th! This girl still rocks my world.

    Posted by: H Trigg | May 22, 2006 11:34:02 AM


  3. I heard there were protesters at the concert. Any particular reason? or just the usual wingnuts,

    And I agree with H TRIGG. I don't know how I'm going to make it to the 29th. :-)

    Posted by: MT | May 22, 2006 11:52:34 AM


  4. She's so deep.

    Posted by: toby | May 22, 2006 12:06:11 PM


  5. People were protesting outside of the Forum because of a labor strike (regarding service employees at the Fourm). When we went to the dress rehearsal the night before opening, the picketers in front of the parking lot were really low-key.

    Posted by: G-Lock | May 22, 2006 12:07:55 PM


  6. Translation: Ms. Disco Jesus refused to move her concert to a venue that was not involved in a labor strike, thus crossing the proverbial picket line herself, and asking thousands of others to, too. What a class act.

    Posted by: Jim | May 22, 2006 12:37:23 PM


  7. BEST concert since Blonde Ambition's raw sexual surprise. Didn't know what I was in for when I went to the 'Friends & Family' thing (a friend COULDN'T PASS THE TICKET ON TO HIS STRAIGHT FEMALE FRIENDS AND HE *HAD* to show up FOR HIS BOSSES). Boo. what a dilemma...

    Anyway, at this point, you would think that a 40-something woman saying the f-word and gyrating her pelvis provocatively was quite a put-on (now that we're living in the jaded 2000's). Well, let me tell you, the lady still touts the best show around. I was close enough to see those muscles flex and that gap tooth flash. The harder she works and the sweatier she gets, the more energy she projects. With the non-stop tumbling dancers and the top-notch video projections, it's quite a show. If you have tickets already, HOLD ON to them for dear life.Gift/sell them to a friend as a seal of true friendship. She may never do a show this physically demanding again.

    Best of all, she was addressing everybody in the audience in a candid fashion, asking for suggestions, approval, critique -- this was the dress-rehearsal after all. at 47, she's still the insecure young ingenue who flashed her conicals at Cannes, eager to please, asking for approval, wanting us to love her. Ah, baby, I knew you never left.

    P.S. Ironically, that 'disco-crucifix' section was the slowest and most inert part of the program. lots of yummy dancer flesh to ogle from every angle of the stage.

    Posted by: antonio | May 22, 2006 12:41:31 PM


  8. this was one incomparable show. people were up for almost the entire show. the new version of music was amazing. the audience went wild. and I have to admit that I had my reservations about the cross but she pulled it off. it was a very touching and powerful moment. she went insane for let it will be. her vibe and energy were amazing. and like a virgin was the best. sexy and provocative. another highlight - actualy the whole show was the highlight - was the sorry interlude with all the worl leaders. hilarious and brave at the same time. she has created another masterpiece. long live the queen!

    Posted by: juan | May 22, 2006 12:45:05 PM


  9. does anyone else think she looks a little bit silly in that one piece bathing suit?? haha - who cares - Madonna is so amazing.

    Posted by: matt | May 22, 2006 1:08:57 PM


  10. I love it that, in the age of the Da Vinci Code and endless priest molestation scandals, Madonna has to try extra hard to be blasphemous and that she pulls it off with aplomb.

    I was teased a few weeks back with the possibility of reasonably priced tickets but they never materialized. Sigh.

    Posted by: Tom | May 22, 2006 1:47:29 PM


  11. Caveat: I don't much care for Madonna's music. Yet, I've admired her ability to remake herself into a dominant star for over 25 years.

    Madonna's current musical tour is labeled Confessions. As part of this gig, she hangs suspended against the backdrop of huge electro-cross (the Christian kind). I cannot imagine what possible context this symbol of Christianity, with her replacing the Nazarene, has in her program. Even an atheist like myself, though, cannot help but regard this ploy as a little over the top, or to use religious language, overtly sacriligious. Okay, it feeds into Madonna's hype as the counterculture persona, so her misuse of the symbol is obvious in that sense. Maybe her ego needs the counterculture comparison.

    Unlike Muslims, Christians tend to be fairly easy-going about spoofs on their religion. But Christians, despite some appearances, are people, too. They have feelings that might be a tad bit hurt by seeing the antithesis of Christianity using Christianity's universal symbol in such an irreverent and arrogant manner. Yes, it's just another irreverent gesture that goes hand-in-hand with the counterculture persona that is Madonna's hallmark.

    Still, if I find it offensive, and oddly I do, then imagine how Christians must feel? I guess it has something to do with an inability to "walk in someone else's shoes." And, bad taste is itself a signature mark used frequently by Madonna. So, while hardly surprised, once again Madonna has demonstrated her lack of class and her lack of emapthy. Can't be much "human" left with those two features gone?

    Posted by: The Gay Species | May 22, 2006 2:26:26 PM


  12. gay Species, she does not "mock" christianity one bit. She performs "Live To Tell" on the Cross, while images of third world hunger, Aids, and other travesties flash on the screen. It was really moving. People need to stop judging performances until they actually see them.

    Posted by: dd | May 22, 2006 2:41:01 PM


  13. i just wish that her tour actually included South Africa - after Robbie Williams was here over Easter, we can do with another huge star like Madge... i would sell my body to see her live!

    Posted by: Ronald | May 22, 2006 2:42:59 PM


  14. I Used to love this woman. LOVED HER. Once, she was inventive, unique, unapologetic and trailblazing. Now, she's become completely average. Can she still kick ass on tour? Well, if the show I saw in Miami 2004 is any indication, then yes. Of course, with the current saturation of no-talent "celebrities" like Britney and Ashlee stinking up the market, she doesn't really have much competition. She is in amazing shape and she does put on a decent show. But she has lost her connection with the real people as her outrageously priced tickets shows. I'm sorry, but NO PERFORMER (not Streisand, Madonna, The Stones, NOBODY) is worth over 100 bucks a ticket. She flies through every number like she's bored, and rather than showering the audience with the love that was so apparent in her early years, she now bitches when they sit down during one of her songs. Sorry, Maddie, perhaps the people sitting down didn't think you worthy of standing. Paying 300 plus for prime seats can be a little draining. Or have you forgotten how much money that really is to an average person?

    This is a prime example of the stupidity of America's youth, who will shell out any amount of money simply because someone is famous. If Madonna had stuck to her political guns in the past few years, I might still find her interesting. If her music reflected something REAL, ORIGINAL and truly personal (as Ray of Light - her last good album - did), she might still have my respect. She's intelligent and has an obvious affect on our culture. She could easily to something beneficial with that - like being more vocal about the criminal Bush administration. She has enough money to make a Republican blush, yet what does she do with it but live in her CASTLE, untouched by the rabble who idolize her so readily? Get over yourself, Madonna. Seriously. Yes, she's had a huge impact on pop culture - no one will dispute that. But she's still just a woman. Just a singer. Just an entertainer (and one of the worst actresses to ever grace the silver screen - well except maybe J.Lo). And one who desperately needs to get grounded - and get rid of her tiara - fast.

    Posted by: Mike D. | May 22, 2006 3:41:44 PM


  15. These pictures are amazing. Just looking at them -- at her -- makes me question my sexuality! Although perhaps being sexually attracted to Madonna makes me still very gay. God I hope so.

    The clothes are SO COOL. I'm happy she's working with JPG again. They're a match made in Heaven (you know, that gay bar in Chelsea? ;).

    Posted by: dan | May 22, 2006 3:49:47 PM


  16. you know, it seems to me that Madonna keeps pulling these controversial stunts in an attempt to generate publicity and detract from the fact that she is no longer any good. Yeah, she still has a load of very loyal fans, but can you honestly say she is as good now as she was circa "Like a Virgin"? She should give it up before she is forced to by her numerous hernias.
    http://celebreligion.com

    Posted by: chars | May 22, 2006 5:18:43 PM


  17. I find it interesting that for all of Madge's talk about Kabbalah, it's Christianity that still informs her artistic side. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic? Or is it that performing Live To Tell atop a large bottle of Kabbalah water doesn't have the same impact as a crucifix?

    Posted by: Mikki | May 22, 2006 5:50:33 PM


  18. I think it's a joke for anyone to feel Madonna's ultimately quite empowering (but it's the bad kind of power, the progressive kind) use of a crucifixion image might offend Christians. So what if it offends Christians? If gay people have to put up with flouncy impersonations and women have to put up with backup hos, Christians can deal with the idea that they don't own the cross or the story of the crucifixion. It seems in the context of the show, it's used very meaningfully and not just pulled up for kicks. Of course Madonna does provocative things, but she's almost always provoking for a good reason, intellectually or socially. Plus she looks so pretty you just KNOW Jesus is wanting to scratch her eyes out.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | May 22, 2006 5:57:09 PM


  19. Madonna, Tom Cruise, MTV politics... isn't that era over yet?

    Posted by: 1630r | May 22, 2006 6:50:01 PM


  20. Madonna is so over. She's so tired. She hasn't done anything good in months. She's so...wh-what? Madonna has a new single coming out? omigodomigodOMIGOD!!!

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 22, 2006 8:57:19 PM


  21. What pop artist is "as good as" they were 20 years after they started out?

    P.S. Someone pimping a site called celebreligion.com suggesting Madonna should quit? How ironic. Without her you're nothing.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 22, 2006 9:44:10 PM


  22. July 2nd, I'll be under her spell.

    Posted by: 000000 | May 22, 2006 11:02:58 PM


  23. Doesn't anyone else find it tactless in the extreme for her Kabbalistic rabbi to be in the front-row audience witnessing her gross blasphemies of Christianity? Are we not supposed to notice? Contra Mikki, it is not her Catholicism that informs her act.

    Posted by: Antaeus | May 23, 2006 2:33:05 AM


  24. Crucifixions are so cliched. If she really wanted to shock and offend try mocking Islam. Then we will see if she can "live to tell". Even Maddie doesn't have that courage. Christianity is a soft target for publicity.

    Posted by: martin | May 23, 2006 2:54:28 AM


  25. Yeah, and a more deserving target at that.

    Posted by: Chad Hanging | May 23, 2006 8:44:37 PM


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