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Sir Elton John was a surprise guest at Madonna’s concert in Nice, France last night (August 26th).
The singer, who was joined by long-term partner David Furnish, watched Madonna from the audience at the Charles Ehrmann stadium.
His appearance in the crowd reinforced the truce between the two singers following their fall out in 2004.
Sir Elton famously enraged Madonna when he accused her of lip-synching during her Re-Invention tour – but the pair made up at an awards ceremony last year.
Madonna’s concert in Nice was the second night of her 27-date Sticky and Sweet world tour, which began in Cardiff last Saturday (August 23rd).
Among the 300 items going on show are the pink dress the singer wore in the Material Girl video, and the evening dress from the 1996 film Evita. A black bustier she modelled in her Open Your Heart video and the wedding dress she wore during her Like a Virgin tour will also be displayed.
“This is an unprecedented collection of Madonna memorabilia, that represents every stage of her glittering career,” said exhibition curator Ted Owen.
“These are museum-quality pieces – but they will be presented in keeping with the glamour and sense of theatre that the queen of pop has made her trademark – and Madonna fans should be very excited indeed.”
The Give It 2 Me singer has reportedly instructed her lawyers to stop the organisers of new exhibition Simply Madonna: Materials of the Girl from displaying the racy notes.
Madonna sent the 17 letters – which include photographs – to her then-boyfriend James Albright in the 90s and signed some of them Spanky, said to be a reference to her fondness of being spanked during sex, while others include a lipstick kiss.
“Who would want private sentiments to someone they loved revealed? Lawyers sent a warning. She hopes it will work,” a source revealed.
The show will open in East London in February, and will include some of the most iconic stage outfits she has worn during her 25-year career.
Highlights of the 300-item show will include her iconic pink Material Girl dress, which she wore in the video to her 1985 hit, and the gown she wore playing Argentinian heroine Evita in the 1996 movie.
The raunchy black satin tasselled bustier that she wore in the video to ‘Open Your Heart’ will also go on show at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, east London, as will the wedding gown she wore for her ‘Like a Virgin’ tour and the baseball outfit she wore in the 1992 film League of their Own.
A spokesman for the gallery described it as “a treasure trove of over 300 personal items brought together for the first time.”
Exhibition Curator Ted Owen said: “This is an unprecedented collection of Madonna memorabilia, that represents every stage of her glittering career.
“These are museum-quality pieces – but they will be presented in-keeping with the glamour and sense of theatre that the queen of pop has made her trademark – and Madonna fans should be very excited indeed.”
Madonna, who has just turned 50, kicked off a 27-date world tour with a performance at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium last Saturday.
Her Sweet and Sticky tour takes in 16 European venues, including London’s Wembley Stadium, before travelling to North and South America.
‘Simply Madonna: Materials of the Girl’ opens at the Old Truman Brewery on February 21 next year and runs to March 22.
By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent
Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie was baffled by the high standard of security for the first night of his wife’s world tour – insisting there were ’20 levels’ of personnel protecting the star.
Ritchie went along to the first show of the Sticky & Sweet world tour in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday to support his singer spouse, presenting her with a massive bouquet of flowers before she went on stage.
And the director admits that life on tour with the star is often tough as there are so many security checks separating the couple.
He says, ‘It’s quite an experience being on tour with the missus. In America you get full-on motorcades and 15-car escorts from the police. In London, you’re lucky if you get one rozzer. It’s something else on show night. There will be 20 levels of staff before you get through to see the missus.’
Ritchie saw the show for the first time on the opening night, and insists that Madonna definitely didn’t disappoint.
He adds, ‘This is my fourth tour. I went to almost every single show the last time around but I hadn’t seen any of this one before tonight. I loved it.’
He has been watching from the wings at almost every performance on her last four tours, living through the stress, sweat and tears of his wife’s gruelling military preparation.
On Saturday night in Cardiff I was lucky enough to stand shoulder to shoulder with him watching his missus in her element on stage for the first night of her brilliant Sticky & Sweet Tour.
And the RocknRolla director gave his expert opinion on Madge’s big night at the Millennium Stadium.
“But I hadn’t seen any of this one before tonight. I loved it. It is a great show.”
“I love all her dark songs best. Some of the songs come from genuine suffering, let me tell you.”
I shared the journey from London to Cardiff with Guy to see Madge’s big night, stopping off for a real ale on the way.
He added: “It’s quite an experience being on tour with the missus. In America you get full-on motorcades and 15-car escorts from the police.
“In London you’re lucky if you get one rozzer. It’s something else on show night. There will be 20 levels of staff before you get through to see the missus.”
Guy presented Madge with a bouquet of flowers before the gig, leaving pals in hospitality drinking 12-year-old malt whisky. Then, when showtime started, he took us to the stage, shaking hands on the way with all the guests and massive crew for the tour.
Madge pulled up to the stage in her blacked-out Merc — stopping for a quick kiss with her man before taking the stage to a deafening roar.
For the last six months I have seen photos almost every day of Madonna leaving the gym in pieces after putting herself through hell to be in perfect condition for her gigs.
And Guy, along with 60,000 other fans, was well impressed by just how incredibly fit she looks for a 50-year-old mum-of-two when she took to the stage for opening number Candy Shop.
He said: “Her legs are Olympic standard. She is in amazing shape. You won’t find a fitter bird than her. Her legs are so toned. She’s fitter than dancers on her tour who are half her age.”
BRITNEY SPEARS has a cameo role in the show, as The Sun revealed earlier this month. A video of the singer trapped in a lift is played during the performance of Human Nature.
Guy explained: “Britney in the lift is based on real footage the missus saw of someone stuck in a lift for 48 hours. The dancing is inspired by what happened inside.”
During an intricate dance routine with a skipping rope during Into The Groove, Guy joked: “Have you ever tried skipping? It’s not easy.”
He also pointed out some of the characters involved in the show: “She nicked my old guitar teacher off me. His name’s Monte.
“He was in a heavy metal band. Now she’s nicked him for the show. He teaches her too.”
Guy nodded his approval throughout — especially during the clever links between the show’s four sections, with pumping dance music mixed in with her classic tracks. He said: “That’s one thing about the missus’s shows. They are non-stop. You get in, she’s on and then you have two hours of non-stop entertainment.”
Guy, who turns 40 in two weeks, watched the entire show wearing a pair of classy shades — not because he’s a poser but because his eyesight isn’t what it used to be.
He added: “I haven’t seen a lot of the shows properly before because I always forget my glasses.”
You can’t blame a man married to Madonna for having trouble with his eyesight.
I couldn’t believe my eyes for most of the show on Saturday night. . .
I expected controversy and her trademark raunch in Cardiff, but for the first time there was no talking point like the Crucifixion scene from Confessions in 2006 or the electric chair on Re-Invention in 2004.
She had a tough task improving on those shows but she has done it yet again.
Madonna didn’t stop dancing in a show that had most of her fans pausing for breath.
The four main acts were punctuated by video.
Get Stupid was a satire of political leaders — ending on an image of BARACK OBAMA.
The Rain interlude was a computerised, sexless version of Madonna made to resemble her hero DAVID BOWIE to the sound of EURYTHMICS classic Here Comes The Rain Again.
More clever samples and mash-ups filtered through the set list.
FELIX’s rave anthem Don’t You Want Me mixed brilliantly with Like A Prayer, turning the stadium into a gigantic dancefloor.
FEDDE LE GRAND’s Put Your Hands Up For Detroit was a smart choice for the girl from Michigan to borrow for a techno version of Music.
TIMBERLAKE, TIMBALAND, KANYE and PHARRELL were all present — in video form.
I hate seeing Madonna play guitar but her rock version of Borderline became a thrash of STOOGES-style chords.
The gipsy section went over a few heads but it was class.
She was joined by a Ukrainian folk trio she knows through GOGOL BORDELLO star EUGENE HUTZ.
She’s Not Me was another highlight.
Madge attacks four of her dancers dressed as her images from the past.
Madonna’s energy and performance is incredible. I doff my cap to a 50-year-old pole-dancing and double-dutch skipping mother.
Without question, Madonna is still the Queen Of Pop. Long live the Queen.
When you begin with stars like Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Diddy, it’s bound to be a memorable evening.
By Jocelyn Vena
The VMAs are synonymous with wacky and controversial moments. And those particularly unpredictable opening acts have made the show stand out from all those stuffy Hollywood kudosfests. That’s why, in preparation for this year’s big show on September 7, we dug into the MTV vaults to bring you the top 10 most memorable show starters in VMA history.
#10. The year was 1984. It was the inaugural Video Music Awards in New York City, and it was the opening performance to define all subsequent opening performances: Madonna singing “Like a Virgin.” Between the now-infamous wedding dress, which included a belt that read “Boy Toy,” and the rolling and writhing around onstage, Madonna pretty much set herself up for success … and inspired a quarter-century’s worth of artists to try to beat her.
#1. What else could top our list than the VMAs’ ultimate girlie-action moment? Bringing our list full-circle back to “Like a Virgin,” Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, both dressed as brides, entered the stage together. They were soon joined by Madge herself, dressed as a groom, who then locked lips with each of the pop tarts. Britney later told CNN, “I didn’t know it was going to be that long and everything.” But are we sure glad it was!
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