Thursday, May 30, 2024

Madonna “Forgives” Elton John at Concert in France


Madonna has held out an olive branch to Elton John. She dedicated her song “Masterpiece” to him in Nice, France. She said, “I’m a big fan of his, he’s a fan of mine. I forgive him. You know what? You gotta start somewhere.”

Ok, Madonna, it’s a classy moment. Here’s the video: Madonna tried to give it a little zetz by singing “Masterpiece,” the song that she won the Golden Globe with over Elton’s “Gnomeo and Juliet.” But I think she meant it.

Earlier: Madonna is getting ready to hit America with her Girls Gone Wild tour. She’s raised a ruckus in every city so far throughout Europe to the point where there were warnings in St. Petersburg about the audience’s safety. Toward the end of the first leg, Madonna finally stopped showing a Nazi swastika on her forehead during a video. There’s no definitive word, but it’s unlikely she’ll be showing the swastika at Yankee Stadium on September 6th and 8th. Even for Madonna, that would beyond permissible.

Meantime, there are seats galore on for Madonna’s US shows. There are over 9,000 seats at the two Yankee Stadium nights, currently being touted. But every American show is the subject of massive re-selling. There are 1,700 seats for sale both nights at the Staples Center, and the sole night at Madison Square garden has a big chunk in flux.Live Nation doesn’t care. Even if scalpers bought big numbers of seats, they bought ’em. Live Nation has made its money. It does mean you can buy a seat to see Madonna anywhere in the US for about $55 day of show. Bring your spyglass!

Still, the European tour was a big success saleswise. Live Nation says Girls Gone Wild could be its biggest tour of 2012.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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