Madonna brings sex, sin, inshallah 'n' shalom to her gun-toting 'peace' tour

Published June 5th, 2012 - 15:11 GMT

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Madonna totes guns in the Middle East
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Image 1 of 12: Madonna hit the Middle East all guns blazing, a region where live ammunition is not unheard of. She called it the Peace Tour, but brought AK47s on stage in both Israel and the UAE.

Palestine and Israel friends of Madonna
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Image 1 of 12: Shalom-Salam: she started the peace tour in Israel, inviting Palestinian peace activists to Tel Aviv. But she reportedly kept the Hebrew backdrop for the UAE leg, ruffling more than a few feathers. Sheikhas in the royal box were not impressed.

Cold Play do not boycott Israel
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Image 1 of 12: Some people called for a wider cultural boycott of Israel. Celebrities such as Cold Play and Lenny Kravitz who paid no heed have come under fire in the past. But Madonna paid no attention, choosing to keep the Tel Aviv concert on her list, keeping Kaballah friends happy.

burkas featured in Madonna's peace tour
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Image 1 of 12: It was a disorientating video-projected variety of sexual, violent and religious imagery, and an entreaty for Middle East peace. A contradictory tour for a contradictory region. Burqas featured for one night only in Abu Dhabi.

Madonna and child on MDNA Middle East tour
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Image 1 of 12: Madonna and child: most mothers don't want their kids anywhere near violence and sex but Madge isn't just any old mother. She invited her son to join her on stage in her peace dance with guns.

Like a Prayer in Middle East leg of Madonna tour
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Image 1 of 12: She combined sex and God onstage in Abu Dhabi - throwing in a touch of Islam alongside her usual Catholic rebellion. Fitting for a tour around the Holy Land perhaps?

Madonna's muscley sinewy arms were the focus of MDNA
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Image 1 of 12: Feeling the heat: Madonna decided to sweat it out in the desert, shunning all offers of AC and sophisticated cooling fan systems for the outdoor venue.

Madonna sings Lady Gaga in MDNA, Middle East
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Image 1 of 12: As if there wasn't already enough controversy, Madonna borrowed a little scandal from Lady Gaga by singing 'Born This Way', a song banned in a number countries in the region.

Madonna fans feel the heat with their Madjesty
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Image 1 of 12: Madonna fans in the Middle East leg of the tour were divided on whether she was too old, too 'hot', too hypocritical, too peace-pushing, too outrageous or just right.

Madonna shows Mubarak on her screens at MDNA
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Image 1 of 12: Even ousted former Egyptian President and current jailbird, Hosni Mubarak made a guest appearance at Madge's Tel Aviv concert-- appearing on the back-drop video projections.

Madonna walks the tight-rope in Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv
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Image 1 of 12: Balancing act: Madonna got into the groove with a dynamic mix of guitars and tight ropes in her new slack-rope routine.

Madonna swears with the F-word in the Middle East
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Image 1 of 12: Trash-talking: She cussed out the audience and the heat but better she stuck to foul language than politics some felt. "It’s easy to say I want peace in the world, but it’s another thing to do it,” she said and didn't we know it.

The Middle East leg of Madonna's MDNA tour, billed her Peace Tour, was the opening act to the world tour ahead, and certainly got off to a bang-bang, with guns blazing. The Queen of Pop and ever-evolving woman of a thousand contradictions, with fewer apologies, managed to impress and dismay in equal measure, whether for the heat storm she kicked up by shunning AC units on stage in Abu Dhabi, or the political upset brought about by her performing in Israel and talking 'peace'.

Air con wasn't the only thing she flew in the face of but religion, politics and sexual mores be damned, she was employing her usual defiant and brazen style of risque busty, bawdy and belligerent, with a cheeky nod to God in lyrical Inshallah and stage prop larger than life crucifix. 

There was the usual blend of ingredients intended to shock, as red-cloaked monks dancing to bells and Hebrew prayers, striptease, and same-sex snogs.  Madonna shouted “Hey Tel Aviv", and variously "Abu Dhabi are you ready?” before launching into “Girl Gone Wild.” The crowd screamed back at Ramat Gan stadium, and mustered a limited response in the heat of Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.

This week, the 53-year-old queen of pop started her 2012 MDNA tour in the Middle East, with a two-hour show that combined amazingly dynamic performances with thudding beats and provocative erotic dance, to the back-drop of sexual, bloody, political and religious images; and all delivered on a 'prayer' for Middle East peace.

 

 

What do you think of the MDNA tour in its Middle East leg opening? Please have your say on Abu Dhabi, Israel, or the nature of the Material Girl's show.

 

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I'm so happy to hear that Madonna has successfully delivered her energy to her UAE fans. But in between there were SOME FUNNY AND RIDICULOUS complaints too. I'll mention some of them one by one here;
(1) Madonna kept her fans waiting.... Ans: Yeah! Nobody wants to wait for anything. Even me.... "Time goes by so slowly for those who wait."
(2) Water supply was inadequate. Ans: Is that Madonna's fault? May be she'll throw water bottles next time onwards to her fans in between the show, like she used to kick balloons into the crowd during her Confessions tour?
(3) Madonna is too old to wear cheerleader outfits. Ans: Does she look that old? Some are still finding her sexy.
(4) Her act was lewd and inappropriate to children. Ans: Oh poor baby.... I guess you must have not known that it's a Madonna concert. Better stitch your tiny bum to the couch watching Disney Channel in TV.
(5) No enough parking space. Ans: I don't think she can do anything with that... Poor lady gets crucified again :-(
(6) Madonna shouldn't be allowed to enter UAE at least in the future. Ans: The idiot who said that doesn't even deserve to be on this earth....
(7) Some words Madonna shouted were too bad. Ans: Hello St:Pope! I see a halo over ya head.

Munawar (not verified) Tue, 06/05/2012 - 19:46

Discusting!!!

Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 06/05/2012 - 17:07

And so say all of us!! Her big message is See the big picture! Her show is in sections. It begins with a religious theme, the glass shatters to reveal the innocence of youth via Cheerleading. Then comes the intrusion of the gun toting, blood, and death - we are killing each other out there in the name of religion! It is the cause of most wars, yet as sge said in Tel Aviv "We all bleed the same colour". Next comes the leisure sections of how life could be, the various ways to enjoy without war. We can live together, procreate together and enjoy. So to the big finale a Celebration of 'Together as ONE". Don't follow the crowd - do something before its too late! Stop hating! All religions or non- religions can live together. All hail the Queen! Express yourself don't repress yourself.

Darolo (not verified) Sun, 06/10/2012 - 07:44

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