Sunday, March 3, 2024

Madonna Leaves Out Her Original, Biggest Hits Like “Like a Virgin” and “Material Girl” from Tour — Too Expensive or Too Much Staging Needed

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As I’ve said before, Madonna did not write her biggest hits. Others did.

So if you were hoping to hear “Like a Virgin,” “Material World,” “Borderline,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” and so on, the Celebration tour is not the place for you.

Tonight at London’s O2 Arena Madonna debuted her set list and guess what’s missing? All of those songs.

That’s because she would have had to pay license fees to perform them. Believe me, the songwriters could have been thrilled. But the budget — and maybe ego — doesn’t allow it.

She does sing Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive.” Why, for god’s sake? She must have gotten a good deal on it.

But “Express Yourself”? “Cherish?” “Frozen”? “Who’s That Girl?” “Beautiful Stranger”? Play ’em at home!

Here’s a link to the setlist.

Roger Friedman
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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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