3 items from 2012
By Zachary Swickey
Our favorite material girl Madonna has been touring the globe in support of her latest studio album, Mdna, and has posted an interesting behind-the-scenes clip of life on the road, titled “Inside the DNA of Mdna.”
Like her landmark documentary "Truth or Dare" and her "Reinvention Tour" doc "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret," the clip is in classic black and white. “I feel like my training wheels are being taken off before I’m ready,” she says just before her massive show in Rome (where she famously went on to moon the audience). “I feel like I’m going to crash a few times.”
The tour’s co-directors and choreographers appear just as stressed as Madge herself (if not more so, working to please one of music's most notoriously hard-working icons and all), and they all shout at plenty of dancers to get to their acts together. »
- MTV News
If you've ever seen Madonna's 2004 documentary "I'm Going to Tell You A Secret," you know her young son Rocco Ritchie is a bit of a ham, and now, all these years later, Rocco looks to be following in his mama's footsteps as an entertainer and even joined her on stage as a backup dancer at the launch of her Mdna world tour last night at Tel Aviv, Israel's Ramat Gan Stadium.
The 11-year-old is clearly comfortable in front of a crowd – Madonna performed in front of sold out crowd of more than 35,000 screaming fans. Like his pop star mother, he seems comfortable with costume changes too, sporting three different looks during the show, including flowing, priest-like robes, a sparkling blue tank and headphones and an all-black number.
And while he may have gotten his looks from his father – he's practically a mini-me of film director papa Guy Ritchie »
- John Mitchell
Recently, audio circulated of Madonna preparing for her new tour. In a short clip, she sings Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as a mashup with her own, similar-sounding “Express Yourself,” as well as the pointed track “She’s Not Me.” Yes, it’s a cute and witty barb, one that’s meant as a gentle affront to Madonna’s heiress apparent Gaga, but I’m not laughing. I’m not exactly weeping either, but I’m more annoyed than titillated. It's just... not that funny? Or rather, too on the nose, petty, and not funny. For me, it’s of a piece with Madonna’s post-2005 career, a stretch where too much of her output and decision-making feels like the work of a canny assistant, someone who knows »
3 items from 2012