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Madonna Brings Her

Rebel Heart To Phoenix

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Madonna is bringing her Rebel Heart tour to the Gila River Casino on Oct.22.
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The One-Time Material Girl Is Bringing Her Latest Road Show To The Phoenix Metro Next Week, And Do We Have To Remind Everyone To Get Ready For A Little Raunch?

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By Karen Weil and Joe Lopez
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 16, 2015 — Madonna will bring her singular brand of pop music — along with plenty of titillation and controversial imagery, including dancers dressed as nuns swinging on poles shaped like crucifixes — to the Phoenix metro on Oct. 22 at Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale.

The 35-city tour (with dates in North America and Europe) is in support of her critically acclaimed Rebel Heart album, which recently kicked off in Montreal, Canada.

The Material Girl’s latest opens with a video montage – of her in various states of undress, along with religious and samurai/militaristic imagery – and a monologue.

Although not as scantily clad as her backup dancers, Madonna’s costume changes range from an odd twist on feudal-era Japanese dress to classic 1980s punk styles, complete with black leather boots.

It is unknown if the Queen of Pop’s latest live foray can top her 2008-2009 “Sticky & Sweet” tour – which was the highest-grossing of all time for a solo artist – or her 2012 “MDNA” tour, that year’s most successful.

According to a Vancouver Sun review, the performance seems to involve “throwing as much stuff against the arena wall as Madonna and her hirelings can think of, and seeing what sticks.”
Further, the critic said while the concert was not great — “there were many moments that were more suited to a much less experienced artist playing mid-size club or perhaps theatre rather than a wizened pro in an arena” — he described it as a “heckuva show.”

Meanwhile, Rolling Stone magazine – always one of the performer’s biggest boosters – praised the show as “everything only Madonna can do.”

Along with songs from her latest opus, Rebel Heart, Madonna will also perform numerous classics – some intertwined into other songs -- including “Holiday,” “La Isla Bonita,” “Like A Virgin,” “Justify My Love” and “Vogue.”

Although red-hot comedian Amy Schumer has opened certain dates, the first act for the Glendale show is Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and pop artist Michael Diamond (whose music can be found on SoundCloud, under the moniker Blood Diamonds).

“Rebel Heart” tickets start at $50; more tour and ticket information can be found at www.madonna.com and www.livenation.com.
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