Tuesday, September 30, 2008

You Must Love Me


To me, the stunning Evita ballad You Must Love Me has been the highlight of every Sticky & Sweet show. Madonna has never before sounded so emotional and beautiful. Now tht the tour has left Europe and is about to start it's North American leg, I would like to think back of this wonderful moment of the greatest show on earth.

Where do we go from here
This isn't where we intended to be
We had it all, I believed in you
You believed in me

Certainties disappear
What must we do for our dreams to survive
How do we keep all our passions alive
As we used to do

Deep in my heart I'm conceiling
Things'that I'm longing to say
Scared to confess what I'm feeling
Frightened you'll slip away
You must love me
You must love me

Why are you at my side
How can I be any use to you now
Give me a chance and I'll let you see how
Nothing has changed

Deep in my heart I'm conceiling
Things'that I'm longing to say
Scared to confess what I'm feeling
Frightened you'll slip away
You must love me
You must love me
You must love me

Upcoming album


Take That are currently finishing off their new album, which is scheduled to be released in December. The first single will be released in November. No official word on a tour yet, but let's hope they'll hit the road again, after the fantastic Beautiful World Tour 2007!

Zac Efron in Sweden


My future husband Zac Efron is in Sweden, promoting upcoming movie High School Musical 3, and looks hot as ever!

Picture thanks to Perez Hilton.

Almost done

Yesterday my parents came over for the second time this week to help me out with my new appartment. Like last Wednesday, we got a lot of work done! Most of my lamps now hang, all my windows and my kitchen are crystal clear clean, my bathroom is clean, my doors are painted and my wardrobe closet is fixed.

I'm glad they came over, as I'm not really motivated to do things anymore (it's just taking way too long) so having some help and company around really helps! I guess by the end of this week everything will be done, which will be well in time before my housewarming party.

Miles Away




Have a first look at the Miles Away promo-single, that's being send out to radio stations as we speak. Miles Away, of course, will be Madonna's next single of her multi platinum album Hard Candy.
I wonder what the video will look like. I bet it's going to be a live shot from the Sticky & Sweet Tour, as there were camera's present at the Wembley Stadium show on September 11.

Monday, September 29, 2008

A sign of life

I'm sorry for my lack of updates lately. As I'm still in the final stages of moving houses, I temporarily have to live without an internet connection of my own, therefor making it difficult to update my site.

As of tomorrow, I will be back online, ready to update, so please bare with me and check back regularly!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Britney Spears single leaked

Click here to listen to Britney Spears' new leaked single Womanizer. I like it, what do you think?

New Zac Efron wallpaper


Look what I found? A brand new yummy yummy Zac Efron wallpaper. Just the ticket to get the weekend started!

Bye bye Europe


Tonight will be the final European show of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008. After this, the tour will move to North America, where Madonna will perform her first show on October 4th at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, after which she will move on to 4 nights at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The tour will stay in North America all through October and November, before moving to South America in December.

Having seen the show 4 times, and knowing it's a fantastic spectacle, I wish all the North and South American fans a wonderfull time at the shows, but of course, let the Greek fans have a blast tonight as well, at the final European show at the Olympic Stadium in Athens!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Almost home

As of yesterday both my television and my central heating boiler are working as they're supposed to, so right now the only thing not working in my new house is my internet connection, which will, if all goes as planned, get online by October 1st.

Ziena came over yesterday as the first official guest who wasn't there to help me out, but just for the fun of it. Obviously, it's not finished yet, as there is still some painting and cleaning to do, but it really does start to look like something. Sunday Ziena comes over again to do some painting, and Monday my parents are coming over for the second time this week, to help me paint and connect lights and stuff.

Tonight I'm getting a co-worker over for some beer, which will probably be a nice way to spend the evening. Also, yesterday I've put out invitations to my housewarming party which will take place on October 18th. I'm looking forward to it!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Great pictures from Paris

Madonna at Stade De France in Paris, during the fantastic Sticky & Sweet Tour!



Stade De France


Stade De France, as it was beginning to fill this weekend, for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour in Paris, France. I'm one of those tens of thousands of people you see on the field. This picture was taken hours before the stadium was filled, so you can imagine how crowded it was at showtime!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Progress!


Today my parents came over to help me out with my new house! My mom painted many of my doors, while my dad and I went to IKEA to buy new stuff.

We got loads of work done, and they're coming back on Monday to finish things off. Really great, my house really begins to feel like home now!

Argentina must love her

Argentina, the homeland of Evita, must really love Madonna, as yet another show has been added at Buenos Aires River Plate Stadium. Now that the three previous announced shows are sold out, a fourth show will take place on December 3. Check Madonna's Official Site for details!

Below is the new official tour schedule:

August
23 - Millennium Stadium - Cardiff
26 - Stade Charles Ehrmann - Nice
28 - Olympic Stadium - Berlin
30 - Dubendorf Military Airport - Zurich

September
02 - Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam
04 - LTU Arena - Dusseldorf
06 - Olympic Stadium - Rome
09 - Commerzbank Arena - Frankfurt
11 - Wembley Stadium - London
14 - Parque Da Bela Vista - Lisbon
16 - Olympic Stadium - Sevilla
18 - Circuito Ricardo Tormo Cheste - Valencia
20 - Stade De France - Paris
21 - Stade De France - Paris
23 - Danube Island - Vienna
25 - Jaz Beach - Budva
27 - Olympic Stadium - Athens

October
04 - Izod Center - East Rutherford
06 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
07 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
11 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
12 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
15 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
16 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
18 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
19 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
22 - Bell Center - Montreal
23 - Bell Center - Montreal
26 - United Center - Chicago
27 - United Center - Chicago
30 - BC Place Stadium - Vancouver

November
01 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
02 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
04 - Petco Park - San Diego
06 - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles
08 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
09 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
11 - Pepsi Center - Denver
12 - Pepsi Center - Denver
16 - Minute Maid Park - Houston
18 - Ford Field - Detroit
20 - Wachovia Center - Philadelphia
22 - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City
24 - Philips Arena - Atlanta
26 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami
29 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City
30 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City

December
03 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
04 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
06 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
07 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos AIres
10 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
11 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
14 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
15 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
18 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo
20 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo
21 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Paris trip - day 5

On Monday, Jacolijn, Arjen, Annelies and I went to visit Disneyland Paris. As soon as we arrived it was obvious this was going to be a slow day for the park, and therefor a very good day for us, since there were practically no lines (I only had to use my FastPass once, so that says enough). We bought Hopper tickets, meaning we could visit both Disneyland Park as well as the Walt Disney Studios.

Space Mountain: Mission 2 was closed for refurbishment, which was a bit of a dissapointed (we knew this from Thursday on), but the rest of the attractions were so easy to get on, we didn't even really miss it.

My favourite rides are definitely the Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror (I never screamed on a ride as hard as I did on this one), Big Thunder Mountain, Crush Coaster and Pirates Of The Carribean. Then again, I love all of it, so there really is no need for a list of favourites.

When the theme parks closed, we went into Disney Village for some food and some shopping, to conclude our trip. After that, we drove back to Brabant, where we spend the night quite exhausted. Annelies and I went back to Groningen late morning/early afternoon, after spending a great great great weekend in Paris with Madonna and Disney. Thanks to all who made it such a fun time, especially Annelies, Arjen and Jacolijn!

Photo's will follow soon!

My Paris trip - day 4

Day 4, Sunday, again was showday, and this time we all had Golden Circle tickets. Nonetheless, we decided not to line up, and visited Montmartre instead. It's a beautiful area in Paris where one can visit the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge and of course have a great al fresco lunch. We did it all, and the weather was great, so go figure.

We went back to the Stade de France at about 4 PM and managed to get great spots in the stadium. However, the audience around us was absolutely horrible, so about halfway into the show we decided we couldn't take it anymore, and went out of the pushing crowd towards the back of the Golden Circle. Although this meant we didn't have such a great view of Madonna anymore as we did the first half of the show, it did make the show all the more enjoyable. Madonna, as always, was fantastic, so this was a great way to end my part of the Sticky & Sweet Tour!

My Paris trip - day 3

Saturday was show day, but we decided not to go queueing all day long. Annelies and I didn't have Golden Circle tickets for this show (as opposed to Sunday's show), so there was no way we could get near the stage anyway, so why waste your day in Paris?

Instead, the four of us went to the Eiffel Tour, which was again absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately the line to climb the tower was about two hours long, so we decided to enjoy the scene from ground level. It wasn't any less impressive just standing in front of it and watching it!

We then went to the Champs Elysee, with all the nice and expensive shops. I bought myself a great poster of Paris to hang in my new living room, so I was quite happy. Jacolijn gave me a Bullet Bill (from Mario Kart) action figure, which was even more fun!

After a quick meal at McDonalds we went to the Stade De France. Annelies and I stayed outside for a while to grab some beers, and then went in. Although we didn't have Golden Circle tickets, we still had a great spot, right next to the beverages stands. The good thing about not being in the Golden Circle, is the fact that people aren't pushing as much as they are up front, so there's actually room to dance. Madonna put on a great show again, just as she did in Amsterdam and Dusseldorf, so I had a great night!

My Paris trip - day 2

On Friday morning we woke up early to beat the rush hour on our way to Paris, which worked out mostly. The ride was pleasant, as there's always a lot to see around the French highways, so I had a good time.

Around 11 AM we arrived at Saint Denis, which was the area where both our hotel, as well as the Stade De France, where we were going to see Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour again, are situated. The hotel was good, so after unpacking we went to take a look at the stadium. As it turns out: it's huge. I suppose it's the biggest venue I've ever seen Madonna, but it's pretty impressive nonetheless. Of course, nothing can ever beat seeing Madonna at Bercy Paris, but this was a good alternative.

In the afternoon, we went to visit the grave of Jim Morrison and then walked to Madonna's hotel. There was quite a crowd gathered outside, but not large enough to think Madonna would actually arrive anytime soon, so we went out for dinner instead.

After a nice dinner we went back to Madonna's hotel and waited for about 20 minutes. By now, the crowd was huge, so we suspected Madonna would show up soon. Alas, after 20 minutes the hotel security took away the barricades and told us Madonna wasn't coming today after all.

Oh well, we went back to the hotel, took a nice beer, and went to sleep.

My Paris trip - day 1

So, I'm back from my wonderfull weekend in Paris; time to write a report! Annelies and I left Thursday morning to pick up our rental car, which turned out to be a nice one. We drove to Brabant, where we would spend the night at Jacolijn and Arjen's house, not only because it's a lot closer to Paris, but also simply because it's fun.

After dinner, we played loads of Super Mario Cart on the Nintendo Wii, which is an absolute blast! I'm totally lousy in playing, but it's so much fun doing so. After three hours of pinguins, crabs and Bullet Bill, nothing seems ridiculous anymore!

After a nice glass of wine we went to bed to prepare for an early morning, to drive to Paris!

Updates ahead

I'm back from Paris! We've been having a great time the entire weekend! Right now I'm not yet back home, but I will be updating with travelstories this afternoon CET! Be sure to check back!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Away mode

This weekend, I'm going to have a blast! I'm going to see Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008 at the Stade De France in Paris for both shows, September 20 and 21! September 21 we've got Golden Circle tickets!!!

As if the shows aren't fun enough, on Monday Annelies, Jacolijn, Arjen and I are going to Disneyland Paris!

It's gonna be a great weekend! I'll post again on Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ready to move


Everything's packed! I'm ready to move!

The last day

Today will be the last day I will actually live in my old house. I've paid rent until the end of September so technically I can still be here as much as I'd like, but obviously there's no need, since all my stuff will be in my new appartment as of tomorrow. It's going to be a busy day today, finishing off the last rounds of packing. I'm taking everything with me, except my computer. My internet connection has not been fixed yet, so in order to be able to check my email (and, of course, post here), I'm letting my computer stay in the old house for as long as possible. When all goes right, I will have a connection at the new place by October 1st, but seeing this is an internet service provider we're talking about, I'm not counting on it.

Meanwhile, at this moment my house is looking like Hiroshima. There's debris and boxes everywhere. I never really thought about it that when you clean out a closet but don't have anywhere to put the boxes, the mess will be twice as large, as the empty closet stays in it's place, but will be joined by huge boxes of stuff. I can hardly walk in my living room anymore. Good thing all of this will be moved tomorrow. I can't wait to start filling my closets again at the new appartment.

Well, it's back to packing boxes for me. I intend to keep my stereo unpacked today for as long as possible, so that I can still enjoy some music while being busy. That means I'll have to work my way around it, which is what I'm going to do right now.

Monday, September 15, 2008

My arm in the media


You can actually see me on this picture from the Sticky & Sweet Tour at the LTU Arena Dusseldorf, which appeared in a German newspaper. It's my arm raised in the air on the left, right in front of the runway!

Packing up

Today and tomorrow I'm packing, since Wednesday I'm moving my stuff into my new home. I kind of enjoy packing, all sorts of things I forgot I even had suddenly show up, along with many photo's from the past couple of years. That's a bit weird, my ex boyfriend and I went to Antwerpen for a week, back in 2003, and all those pictures I'd hidden way back in the closet. Now they're back, and it made me pretty sad looking at them. Still, I decided to keep them, as a great memory of a fantastic vacation.

So while packing is good fun, the actual moving itself will be horrendous, I suspect. Right now I'm living two stories high, and my new appartment is four stories high. In both cases, you've guessed it, there's no elevator, so it's going to be a real physical challenge getting everything moved. I'm trying to get as much help as I can, but unfortunately there aren't many friends still living in Groningen left, and besides, it's a Wednesday so many of my friends will be working. Right now I'm having three friends helping me, but hopefully there will be some more.

Even though I'm not looking forward to moving itself, I am very much looking forward to the results. The carpeting made the appartment a lot more like a home, but actually having your furniture and stuff placed where it should, will really make it a nice place to be!

My tour stats

After next weekend, when I go see my last two Sticky & Sweet shows, I will have seen Madonna 13 times live in concert. During these 13 times she sang 260 songs for me in total, of which there are 68 different songs. The only song she sang in every show I went to, is Music. The following numbers are the stats of how many times I have seen the songs live.

This list is based upon my attendance of 1 Drowned World show, 3 Re-Invention shows, 4 Confessions shows, 1 Hard Candy showcase and 4 Sticky & Sweet shows.

4 Minutes 5
American Life 3
Beat Goes On 4
Beautiful Stranger 1
Bedtime Story 3
Borderline 4
Burning Up 3
Candy Perfume Girl 1
Candy Shop 5
Crazy For You 3
Deeper And Deeper 3
Devil Wouldn't Recognize You 4
Die Another Day 7
Don't Cry For Me Argentina 1
Don't Say You're Sorry 4
Don't Tell Me 4
Drowned World 5
Erotica 4
Express Yourself 3
Forbidden Love 4
Frozen 5
Future Lovers 4
Get Stupid 4
Get Together 4
Give It 2 Me 5
Hanky Panky 3
Heartbeat 4
Holiday 4
Hollywood 3
Human Nature 5
Hung Up 9
I Deserve It 1
I Love New York 4
Imagine 3
Impressive Instant 1
Into The Groove 7
Isaac 4
Jump 4
La Isla Bonita 9
Lament 3
Let It Will Be 4
Like A Prayer 7
Like A Virgin 4
Like It Or Not 4
Live To Tell 4
Lo Que Siente La Mujer 1
Lucky Star 4
Material Girl 3
Mer Girl 1
Miles Away 5
Mother And Father 3
Music 13
Nobody Knows Me 3
Nobody's Perfect 1
Nothing Fails 3
Oh Dear Daddy 1
Papa Don't Preach 3
Paradise 5
Ray Of Light 9
Secret 1
She's Not Me 4
Sky Fits Heaven 1
Sorry 4
Spanish Lesson 4
The Beast Within 3
Vogue 7
What It Feels Like For A Girl 1
You Must Love Me 4

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Tour entrances

As the Sticky & Sweet Tour is moving along through Europe (Lisbon is hosting the show tonight), I thought it would be fun to have a look at Madonna's costumes as she arrived on stage for each tour. Obviously, she's wearing multiple outfits for each show, but the entrance costumes are always the ones people remember, so here we go!

Virgin Tour 1985

Who's That Girl World Tour 1987

Blond Ambition Tour 1990

Girlie Show World Tour 1993

Drowned World Tour 2001

Re-Invention Tour 2004

Confessions Tour 2006

Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008

Under rug swept

Thanks to my brother in law, my new appartment is now fully carpeted! We spend the entire evening and half of the afternoon, but finished it off quite easily. It looks great! Carpeting can really turn a house into a home! I can't wait for next Wednesday, to move all my stuff and spend my first night in my new place.

Remind me to snap some pictures to post here!

On my bedroom wall

I need to buy myself this poster next weekend, at the Sticky & Sweet shows at the Stade De France in Paris. I bet it will look great on my new bedroom wall!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Press release

LiveNation, producer of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008, has issued the following press release, celebrating the sold out Wembley Stadium show, last Thursday in London.

LAST NIGHT'S PERFORMANCE IN LONDON SURPASSES $12 MILLION - HIGHEST GROSS OF ALL TIME AT WEMBLEY STADIUM! RECORD BREAKING SALES IN SOUTH AMERICA!

Last update: 2:11 p.m. EDT Sept. 12, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Sept 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
"All Hail! Madonna still reigns supreme as pop queen." -- Evening Standard, Friday, September 12, 2008

The Material Girl does it again! With a sell-out crowd of over 74,000 fans and a gross of over 12 million USD, Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour easily surpassed all previous grosses at both the old and the new Wembley Stadiums.

This record breaking performance adds another first following last week's confirmation that Madonna's Zurich performance in front of 72,000 fans was the largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland.

With upcoming European sell-outs in Lisbon, Paris and Athens, the beat definitely does go on and Sticky & Sweet is certainly destined to be the tour of the year.

But it's not just Europe that is enthralled by the world's tastiest sweetheart. In South America fan demand has been so great that multiple dates have now been confirmed everywhere dates were announced, resulting in three performances in Buenos Aires, two in Santiago and Rio de Janeiro and a final three performances in Sao Paulo before the tour wraps up on December 21st.

The North American continent is no exception. Sticky & Sweet kicks off October 4th in New York with over 66,500 tickets sold for five consecutive sold out arena performances including one at New Jersey's Izod Center and four Madison Square Garden events before heading throughout the US and Canada and culminating in Mexico City where Madonna's two Sticky & Sweet concerts November 29th & 30th sold out in record time.

Sticky & Sweet boasts two hours of non-stop hits that include new twists on old favorites ("Vogue," "Borderline," "La Isla Bonita," "Like A Prayer") coupled with sensational versions of modern classics ("Music," "Hung Up," "4 Minutes," "Give It 2 Me").

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring

Sick of it

Another 'funfilled' day of painting, moving and cleaning coming up. I must say I'm getting pretty much fed up with it after a week of doing nothing else than working and painting.

Monday my parents are coming over to do my carpeting, to which I'm very grateful, as there's no way I could do it myself. I'm not that much of a handyman, so I wanted the store to come do it for me. Unfortunately, they were fully booked for at least a week, so that wouldn't give me enough time to do my moving. So I was kind of worried what to, until my parents offered to help me out. So, in just two days the house will finally begin to look like a home!

Anyway, I need to get going. Have a nice day!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Pictures of Wembley

The Daily Mail also posted these great pictures of Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour at Wembley Stadium London. Note Gwyneth Palthrow and Kate Hudson having fun in the audience!








...and a great time at Wembley

Not all news from Wembley is negative today, as The Daily Mail has posted this very positive review of last night's show:

Strike a pose: Madonna puts on a jaw-dropping show as A-list friends cheer her on at Wembley
By Lizzie Smith
Last updated at 1:54 AM on 12th September 2008


Madonna stayed for just an hour at husband Guy's 40th birthday party and here's why - she needed all her energy for last night's incredible performance at Wembley Stadium.

The 50-year-old queen of pop showed off her honed and muscular body as she cavorted around the stage in a white silk top hat, high cut leotard, fishnets and leather stiletto boots.

Her energetic routine would have put to shame artists half her age, and proved those hours in her private gym have paid off.

The mother-of-three is touring the world with her Sticky and Sweet tour which is flying to 37 venues for the roadshow in just under four months, transporting a team of 250.

Amongst the thousands of fans last night were her A-list friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, whose mouths dropped open in amazement at Madonna's athletic exploits.

The audience also included Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Fergie from the Black Eyed peas.

The decadent two-hour show, which involved £1million of jewellery, saw Madonna perform many of her greatest hits, as well as indulging in eight costume changes.

The pop superstar arrived onstage dressed in a Givenchy outfit in a vintage white American car for the first section of the four-part show.

Labelled Pimp, the opening sequence was recently described by the Material Girl's publicist as a homage to '1920s deco and modern day gangsta pimp'.

Madonna followed up that segment of the concert with Old School, a tribute to the her roots in the urban dance music of early 1980s New York.

The remaining two sections, Gypsy and Rave, continued the high-energy performance.

Nightmare at Wembley


Madonna's Sticky & Sweet concert at London's Wembley Stadium yesterday, turned out to be a logistic nightmare. Read MadonnaTribe's article below:

Madonna fans who attended yesterday's Sticky & Sweet Tour in London didn't know they were embarking into a day that was going to become a nightmare.
Both Live Nation and the Wembley National Stadium staff were treating customers in a totally unacceptable way.
The Hot Ticket customers - reportedly counted in as much as 1.250 people - who paid £249.00 to live what they call "an experience" were continously treated with no respect by the rude and very aggressive security staff of the venue and when they were just trying to ask normal questions about the utterly unorganized way they were handling their entrance in the stadium, they were told they didn't even know that people were let in.
A shot and bossy blond security manager even had the gut to tell people who paid £249.00 to get the famous "priority access" to shut up or she wouldn't let them in the pitch but kicked them out of the stadium.
Security kept telling people to "talk to the promoter" (Live Nation) because it was all their fault. Live Nation people were blaming local staff. So basically it was the fans that didn't get the respect they deserved in the end.
To make things worse people a lot of people from the seated sections report that they could hardly hear anything during the show from their over priced seats and when they told the venue staff, they simply said they had to "complain to Madonna".

To complete the night, thousands people, a sea of people (as you can see from the photo above) were left "trapped" in front of the tube station that simply closed its door after midnight and all the only way police dealt with the situation was by saying "go away, get back to the Stadium to make phone calls and to get water, find a bus". It was a really shameful way of treateing turists, families, happy fans who assumed London was a civil city to live in and people are being taken care of in case of need when these huge events are taking place.

Fans and Live Nation customers are really fuming today. Please contact Live Nation and the Wembley venue to complain about the unbelivable disorganization they have handled the only Madonna date in London, ruining it for so many people.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It just keeps on going

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour 2008 just keeps adding more shows! After fenomenal sales of the first show in Sao Paulo, a second one was added. Now, a third show at the Morumbi Stadium has been added, on December 21! The same goes for Buenos Aires, where a third show has been added at the River Plate Stadium on December 4!

August
23 - Millennium Stadium - Cardiff
26 - Stade Charles Ehrmann - Nice
28 - Olympic Stadium - Berlin
30 - Dubendorf Military Airport - Zurich

September
02 - Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam
04 - LTU Arena - Dusseldorf
06 - Olympic Stadium - Rome
09 - Commerzbank Arena - Frankfurt
11 - Wembley Stadium - London
14 - Parque Da Bela Vista - Lisbon
16 - Olympic Stadium - Sevilla
18 - Circuito Ricardo Tormo Cheste - Valencia
20 - Stade De France - Paris
21 - Stade De France - Paris
23 - Danube Island - Vienna
25 - Jaz Beach - Budva
27 - Olympic Stadium - Athens

October
04 - Izod Center - East Rutherford
06 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
07 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
11 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
12 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
15 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
16 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
18 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
19 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
22 - Bell Center - Montreal
23 - Bell Center - Montreal
26 - United Center - Chicago
27 - United Center - Chicago
30 - BC Place Stadium - Vancouver

November
01 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
02 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
04 - Petco Park - San Diego
06 - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles
08 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
09 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
11 - Pepsi Center - Denver
12 - Pepsi Center - Denver
16 - Minute Maid Park - Houston
18 - Ford Field - Detroit
20 - Wachovia Center - Philadelphia
22 - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City
24 - Philips Arena - Atlanta
26 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami
29 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City
30 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City

December
04 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
06 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
07 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos AIres
10 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
11 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
14 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
15 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
18 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo
20 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo
21 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo

Birthday bash

Two lovely pictures of Madonna and Guy Ritchie entering British pub The Punchbowl, to celebrate Guy's 40th birthday, yesterday in London. Madonna, of course, is also in London today for her Sticky & Sweet concert, tonight at Wembley Stadium.

Remembering the Twin towers


Can you believe it's already been 7 years since the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed? It seems like almost yesterday when the news showed the unbelievable images of the burning towers.

Yesterday, Dutch television showed the movie united 93 (got that one on DVD), and a documentary reconstructing the events from within the towers, altered with interviews with actual survivers. I never really thought about how it would have been withing the towers, since obviously on television we only saw the exterior images of the disaster. Very imressive to see how many people risked (and all too often gave) their own lifes to save others. I can't imagine how horrifying it must have been to be in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

One year... and counting


This will be the last of my '...and counting' series: I'm a non smoker for exactly one year today! Therefor, I think I've proven I can do it, so there's no need for me to post the countdown every month again. I know now I will never start smoking again, and I'm thrilled it's already been a year since I puffed away my last cigarette!

My 1000th post


It's official: this is my 1000th post on Totally Theo! Starting in August 2005, Totally Theo is up and running for over 3 year now, and I'm planning on continueing for a long time! Thanks to all my readers for keeping coming back!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Coming up


Not one, but two milestones are coming up tomorrow at Totally Theo! Wanna know what they are? Be sure to check back tomorrow!

No doomsday


We're still here, in spite of doomsday talk over this machine!

The world's biggest physics experiment has succeeded in its first major test as a beam of protons was successfully fired all the way around a 17-mile tunnel beneath the Swiss-French border.

The protons traveled the full length Wednesday of the $3.8 billion Large Hadron Collider that scientists hope is the next great step to understand the makeup of the universe. There were a series of trial runs.

Two white dots flashed on a computer screen indicating that the protons reached the final point of the world's largest particle collider.

Scientists hope to see what the components of atoms are made of by smashing them together. The startup had been eagerly awaited by 9,000 physicists around the world who will conduct experiments here.

Help on the way

Yesterday Ziena, Harm Jan, and I again went for an evening of painting in my new place to live. Again, we got a lot of work done, so I;m quite happy! I'm really glad they're helping me out so much, as there would be no way I could have done this on my own. Tonight Annelies will be helping me, so again I hope to get a lot of work done.

I'm glad I've got so many friends willing to help me out!

Congratulations to Guy


Congratulations to Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels director, and of course, Madonna's husband), who turns 40 today!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Stage set-up

This interesting set of pictures from a webcam inside the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, where Madonna played tonight, shows us just how huge the Sticky & Sweet Tour stage is, and how complex it is to build.

Praise McDonalds

My poor friends over at One News Now are upset over the next step towards equality McDonalds is taking. All the more reason for me to start spending as much money as I possibly can at the Golden Arches!

By the way, this guy Randy Sharp from the AFA (pictured above) looks like a total fucking retard!

The American Family Association (AFA) says it's disappointing to learn that McDonald's is now spending a lot of money to send its employees to specialty events it has incorporated into its internal company training -- in addition to giving external money toward promoting homosexual events.

Randy Sharp is director of special projects for AFA, which is leading a boycott against the international hamburger retailer. In January, says Sharp, McDonald's sent 56 employees on an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego for the "Pioneer Summit," a conference it created and organized for the sole purpose of learning to better incorporate and promote the homosexual agenda within their own company.

"This wasn't an instance where McDonald's sent their employees to an outside homosexual event," Sharp clarifies. "This is a conference that McDonald's itself put on for their employees. It cost tens of thousands of dollars to pay all of the lodging and travel expenses for these 56 employees to go to San Diego...." The spokesman for the pro-family group calls that "just another indication that McDonald's is selling out to the homosexual agenda."

According to an article in Echelon Magazine -- a source for business professionals in the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community -- the conference in January "breathed into life" regional employee groups which have come to be known as the McDonald's Gay Lesbian Allies Network, or MGLAN.

Sharp says this latest revelation shows that the company is trying to indoctrinate its employees to accept the homosexual lifestyle. He argues it will lead to homosexual employees and their supporters -- corporate leaders among them -- demanding special recognition and benefits from the company, opening the door to a work culture that fully embraces same-sex "marriage" and relationships.

The pro-family activist says the January conference is even more reason for customers -- and independent franchise store owners across the country being forced to use part of their sales to help fund these events -- to boycott the company's involvement in them.

AFA called for the boycott this summer when McDonald's refused to remain neutral rather than support the homosexual agenda, and donated $20,000 to join and place a board member in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Zac Efron again!


Another day, another cute Zac Efron pic!

Give me power

As you know by now, I'm moving to a new appartment in just a few days, so right now I'm busy trying to get everything sorted out. one of the things I need to do, obviously, is to get my utilities fixed. When it comes to water and gas: not a problem.

Electricity however, is a different story. The person who lived in my new house before me, apparently tried to rip the utility company off, by placing an illegal electricity meter. As a result, the utility company doesn't recognize my connection (even though I've got service), so I've spend the entire morning on the phone, being reconnected to many different departments trying to sort things out.

As of yet, I'm still not sure wether or not everything's working out. They're going to call me back in two days maximum, so I will probably get a mechanics guy coming over to place a new meter. I just wish things wouldn't have to be so fucked up difficult.

Dusseldorf newspaper review

You're out


How long can they stall it? Yesterday, after painting in my new appartment, I was really looking forward to seeing the season finale of Project Runway, and again: no finale. They just keep keep on focussing on two candidates who aren't sure of their spot in the finale yet. I really want to see the end now...

Monday, September 08, 2008

Loads of progress

Right after work, Ziena, Harm Jan and I went to my new appartment to do some more painting. I wasn't very happy cause at first I was thinking I would never get all the painting done in time before the carpeting needs to be done, but now, after an exhausting but satisfying evening, I'm a lot more positive! The three of us got loads of work done so I'm extremely grateful to both of them! At the rate this is going, I will be able to make it in time with no problems, so please keep you thumbs up for me!

Obviosuly, after a day at the office and an evening of painting, I'm really tired right now, so I'm going to bed, cause tomorrow waits a day just like this. I can't wait for all the decorating and moving to be over, I'm not cut out for this kind of work...

Two nights in Rio

A second Sticky & Sweet show has just been added at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Madonna will now also play Rio on december 15th.

Update! Today also a second show in Buenos Aires has been added, since the first one sold out this morning in just hours. Madonna will now play the River Plate Stadium on both December 6 and 7!
Here's the updated schedule:

August
23 - Millennium Stadium - Cardiff
26 - Stade Charles Ehrmann - Nice
28 - Olymic Stadium - Berlin
30 - Dubendorf Military Airport - Zurich

September
02 - Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam
04 - LTU Arena - Dusseldorf
06 - Olympic Stadium - Rome
09 - Commerzbank Arena - Frankfurt
11 - Wembley Stadium - London
14 - Parque Da Bela Vista - Lisbon
16 - Olympic Stadium - Sevilla
18 - Circuito Ricardo Tormo Cheste - Valencia
20 - Stade De France - Paris
21 - Stade De France - Paris
23 - Danube Island - Vienna
25 - Jaz Beach - Budva
27 - Olympic Stadium - Athens

October
04 - Izod Center - East Rutherford
06 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
07 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
11 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
12 - Madison Square Garden - New York City
15 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
16 - TD Banknorth Garden - Boston
18 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
19 - Air Canada Center - Toronto
22 - Bell Center - Montreal
23 - Bell Center - Montreal
26 - United Center - Chicago
27 - United Center - Chicago
30 - BC Place Stadium - Vancouver

November
01 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
02 - Oracle Arena - Oakland
04 - Petco Park - San Diego
06 - Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles
08 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
09 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas
11 - Pepsi Center - Denver
12 - Pepsi Center - Denver
16 - Minute Maid Park - Houston
18 - Ford Field - Detroit
20 - Wachovia Center - Philadelphia
22 - Boardwalk Hall - Atlantic City
24 - Philips Arena - Atlanta
26 - Dolphin Stadium - Miami
29 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City
30 - Foro Sol Stadium - Mexico City

December
06 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires
07 - River Plate Stadium - Buenos AIres
10 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
11 - Estadio Nacional - Santiago
14 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
15 - Maracana Stadium - Rio de Janeiro
18 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo
20 - Estadio do Morumbi - Sao Paulo

Dedicated to the Pope


From Reuters:

Pop star Madonna, once accused by the Vatican of staging one of the most satanic shows in history, has surprised fans by dedicating her hit Like a Virgin to the Pope at a sold-out concert held in Rome.
"I dedicate this song to the pope, because I'm a child of God. All of you are also children of God," the 50-year old "Queen of Pop" told the 60,000 fans that flocked to the Italian stop of her Sticky & Sweet world tour on Saturday.

Italian newspapers gushed over the singer's electric performance and called the dedication a surprising provocation. "At the Roman leg of her tour, Madonna didn't miss the opportunity for a provocation that will certainly be discussed," Italy's top newspaper Corriere della Sera said in a front-page report.

Madonna, who comes from a devout Italian Catholic family, has raised the ire of the Catholic Church in the past with sexually charged antics designed to shock. In 2006, she staged a mock-crucifixion at a concert in Rome to the backdrop of accusations from the Vatican of blasphemy. The Vatican also condemned her controversial 1989 video for the song "Like a Prayer" that featured burning crosses, statues crying blood and Madonna seducing a black Jesus. The Vatican later panned a show where she decked the stage out with religious imagery as one of the most "satanic shows in the history of humanity".
 
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