Last night, Madonna performed for a nearly sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center. While the show itself got mixed reviews (read ours here), it did provide the typical pop concert spectacle, complete with at least over a dozen outfit changes. But the other spectacle was on the other side of the stage, as thousands of show-goers came wearing everything from jeans and tees to, well, see for yourself. Our intrepid A&E reporter, Victor Fiorillo, snapped some of the most outrageous looks seen at the show. Read more »
The sacred and profane were on full display last night at Madonna’s Rebel Heart show at the Wells Fargo Center. Fans even broke out the Pope and nun costumes — plus the usual full drag-queen glam outfits you see at all her shows. You can imagine that months ago when the news of Pope Francis’s visit was announced that Madonna and her team must have cooed with pleasure at the timing that coincided so neatly with her tour stops in New York City and Philadelphia. The 57-year-old singer referenced His Holiness a lot throughout the night and noted, “You know what I think is interesting is that the Pope is stalking me. Either that or he’s secretly in love with me.”
Unless you were hiding under a big rainbow rock, you know that the Material Girl herself was in Philly last night bringing her Rebel Heart tour to town for a packed house at the Wells Fargo Center. Of course, the gays were out in full-force, taking in everything that the “Unapologetic Bitch” brought to the stage. We rounded up 10 of our favorite Instagrams from last evening’s raucous festivities for your own viewing pleasure.
Last night, Madonna brought her Rebel Heart tour to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and she had a very special guest get down and dirty with her on the stage: CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
It appears that the Material Girl pulled Cooper on stage during her “Unapologetic Bitch” number, and proclaimed that he had been “very bad.” She then proceeded to give Mr. Cooper an on-stage spanking of sorts. Thanks to the lovely world of Instagram, the moment was captured for all of our viewing pleasures.
Needless to say, we’re pretty sure that Madonna will pull all kinds of interesting stunts when she lands here in Philly this Thursday, September 24 at the Wells Fargo Center.
I was front & center as the unbelievably adorable, unbelievably dorky @andersoncooper became tonight’s #UnapologeticBitch for @Madonna’s #BarclaysCenter #Brooklyn debut. And we’re all the better for it. Watch him literally go #AC360. ❤️ #RebelArt #RebelHeart #RebelHeartTour #Madonna #AndersonCooper #Banana
A few months ago, I suggested that Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour playing here in Philly several days before the Pope’s arrival was no mistake, and since then, I’ve wondered what outrageous act she’ll perform to make a “political statement” about the Catholic Church. It appears I have some of the answers.
Last night, Madonna previewed the tour in Canada, and when it came to the song “Holy Water,” she essentially performed a pole dance on a giant cross with a bunch of scantily-clad “nuns.” She later broke into a version of “Vogue” with giant projections of Biblical art in the background and a reenactment of a the last supper.
There’s a few videos floating around the internet that show the act, although the quality of them aren’t the best (and who knows how long they’ll be online before they get pulled). Here’s one that shows the Material Girl getting down on the cross:
Here’s another that’s a slightly better quality that shows the Biblical art and the last super reenactment:
The Pope who? There’s a lot more going on in Philadelphia this September besides a visit from the Vatican. We rounded up 25 LGBT events, shows, and minglers that will keep you busy during back to school season.
Faced with Discrimination Photobooth: Equality Pennsylvania is teaming up with the William Way Community Center for this free event where guests can take a picture and describe why discrimination is a problem that isn’t just theoretical. Thursday, September 3rd, 11 am, free, William Way Community Center, 1315 Spruce Street
Sharon Needles: The RuPaul icon “with the look of a cover model and the soul of a shoe” will be at Kung Fu Necktie for a one-nigh only show, featuring the Haus of Ham and The Homophones. Thursday, September 3rd, 7 pm, $20-50, Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 North Front Street
FringeArts Festival 2015: There’s so many queer performances at this year’s FringeArts Fest that we’d be here all day if we listed all of them: everything from You Are the Hero to Not For Profit to Growing Into My Beard. In short, there’s something for everyone. Opens Thursday, September 3rd, various times, prices, and locations
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Madonna was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and as you might expect she practically took over the whole show. Three Madge segments are making their way around the Internet this morning, including a performance of “Holiday” on toy instruments with Fallon and Philly’s The Roots. (What are those weird hand thingies Questlove is holding?)
I’ll admit that I was kind of sick seeing all those photos from that Tidal press conference, the stage lined with “A-list pop stars” claiming they were being robbed of their artistry. Daniel D’Addario from Time accurately summarized the strange press event in his article “Jay Z’s Tidal Press Conference Showed He’s Out of Touch“:
“The launch event for the rapper’s streaming service was a big mess. After its splashy launch press conference yesterday, the primary argument for Tidal — the two-tiered music service recently purchased by Jay Z that costs either $9.99 or $19.99 per month — is that artists deserve more money for their work. It’s not necessarily a wrongheaded argument, but the manner in which Jay Z and his contemporaries have pressed the point is embarrassingly out-of-touch.”
There is something slightly disingenuous when Madonna, who’s net worth is estimated to be $800 million, took to her Instagam account to claim “Tidal is not about consumption and greed! Its about protecting an art-form that is beloved to all of us MUSIC! … ”
All that aside, there might be one way that Tidal might work, and the key word here is “might.” That’s if some of these A-list celebrities release exclusive music to the service, like Beyoncé did over the weekend. Read more »
Atlantic City is working overtime to get the gays down for a visit. This afternoon, Visit AC released a new video showcasing its entertainment lineup for 2015 and its chock full of gay and gay-adored entertainers. They’re pulling out the big guns, too. I’m talking Madonna (October 3rd), Lady Gaga (July 24th), Ricky Martin (October 17th), Wanda Sykes (June 12th and 13th), Margaret Cho (July 18th), Idina freaking Menzel (July 10th).What Ellen was too busy?
The concerts and comedy shows only scratch the surface of the other LGBT-specific events lined up for the summer. Others include Sandblast (July 17th to 20th), Fire Island Black Out (August 7th to 9th) and the Miss’d America pageant this fall. I also have word from a reliable, yet anonymous source that there will be a second club opening this summer that “focuses on the LGBT community.” Stay tuned for any updates.
Check out the entertainment-lineup video below. Get more info on dates and tickets here.