It will be interesting to see if Madonna pulls off any “stunts.” She has always gotten off on doing something out of the ordinary to “shock” people, such as when she kissed Britney Spears. TGO
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INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Pop superstar Madonna said it was a dream come true to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday and conceded she was feeling pressure at the idea of singing in front of the huge live television audience.
Last year’s Super Bowl attracted 111 million U.S. viewers – the largest for a single TV broadcast in the United States.
“This is a Midwesterner girl’s dream to be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show,” said Madonna, who was born in Bay City, Michigan.
“In over 25 years of performing that I’ve done, I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much as I have … trying to make the most major show at this Super Bowl,” she added.
Asked if she felt the pressure of the massive audience, Madonna, who has performed at stadiums around the world on her global tours, replied simply “Yes, I do.”
Madonna, whose biggest global live TV performance was likely Live Aid in 1985, said she would sing three “old songs” and her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin'” during the show.
The 53-year-old Material Girl said she would dedicate her performance to her father.
“I was raised in the Midwest, and he is the personification of Midwestern values, he gave me the work ethic that I have, so if I am a hardworking girl who never stops it’s because of him.
“Also, I am sure of all the things I have ever done in my life this will be the thing he is most excited about,” she said.
The halftime show has increasingly featured high-profile pop acts, a far cry from the first Super Bowl in 1967 when college marching bands entertained the crowd.
Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, The Black Eyed Peas and Janet Jackson are among recent performers.
Jackson’s appearance in 2004 was the most controversial as she made headlines worldwide with her infamous “wardrobe malfunction.” Justin Timberlake, who was performing with Jackson, grabbed her costume and tugged at it, exposing her breast’s nipple to millions of TV viewers.
Madonna said all efforts had been made to ensure there would not be a similar episode in her show.
“Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe, there will be no wardrobe malfunction – I promise,” she said.
Asked which quarterback she would choose if both called her for a date on Saturday night, the entertainer picked the New York Giants’ Eli Manning over the New England Patriots’ Tom Brady. Why Eli? Because of the New York connection, she said.
A question about Victor Cruz, the salsa-dancing wide receiver from the New York Giants, got her doing some salsa moves for reporters who packed the room. “He’s inspired me,” she said.
(Reporting by Susan Guyett and Simon Evans; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Bob Tourtellotte)
Madonna performing at the Super Bowl; this has all the makings of a “wardrobe malfunction” or other such event. One never knows what to expect from the Material Girl… TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records, will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The NFL and NBC announced Sunday during the Detroit-New Orleans game that the Grammy Award-winning singer will highlight the show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5.
The show is the most-watched musical event of the year, with more than 162 million in the U.S. tuning in to see The Black Eyed Peas’ performance with Slash and Usher in Dallas at halftime of Green Bay’s Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh last February.
Madonna, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will join such acts as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, The Who and the Rolling Stones to perform during recent Super Bowls. She will collaborate with a team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King, and artists from Moment Factory.
Madonna, currently in the studio working on a new album, has a new film “W.E.” which she directed, wrote and produced and will open nationally two days before the NFL’s signature event.
The Super Bowl and halftime show, sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, will be broadcast worldwide on NBC.
Paul, you did good. This one is the best-looking wife you’ve had yet, and more than likely your last… TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Former Beatle Paul McCartney marries American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on Sunday and will serenade her with a song written in her honor, media reports say.
McCartney will wed the divorced New Yorker in a civil ceremony at London’s Marylebone Register Office before 30 invited guests, ahead of a reception in his back garden in north London, the reports say.
The 69-year-old singer-songwriter, whose success in writing some of the world’s most enduring pop classics with the Beatles has helped him to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, is marrying for the third time.
He and Shevell, 51, posted wedding banns last month in the same place where McCartney married his late first wife Linda in 1969, at the height of the Beatles’ fame. Linda died of breast cancer in 1998. His second marriage, to former model Heather Mills, ended in acrimonious divorce in 2008.
A fridge filled with champagne was delivered on Saturday to the house in the upmarket neighborhood of St John’s Wood — within a stone’s throw of the Abbey Road studio where the Beatles recorded most of their albums.
The couple went to a local synagogue where Shevell, who is Jewish, received a blessing, before dining at a floating Chinese restaurant with family and friends.
McCartney’s spokesman declined comment on Saturday, but McCartney himself briefly spoke to reporters outside his home, saying: “Hi guys, thanks for coming out. We’re looking forward to it.”
Asked if he was nervous about the big day, McCartney laughed and said: “Don’t be silly, now. Of course not,” according to the Sunday Mirror.
The choice of wedding date seemed especially poignant as Sunday would have been the 71st birthday of John Lennon, McCartney’s songwriting partner, who was gunned down in New York in 1980.
As well as the new song, he plans to sing “Let it Be,” which he sang to Shevell on one of their first holidays together three years ago, and then her favorite, “Let Me Roll It,” according to the Sunday Mirror.
McCartney’s fashion-designer daughter Stella made Shevell’s dress and helped create the three-course organic vegetarian menu, the paper reported.
McCartney has a son, two daughters and a stepdaughter from his marriage to Linda, and a daughter from his marriage to Mills.
All his children will be at the wedding, and his brother will be best man, the Mirror said, adding that the couple would honeymoon in the Caribbean.
(Reporting by Avril Ormsby; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
GhostRider this way cometh: This is really incredible, February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in New York to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and are greeted by hysterical fans at JFK Airport. Two days later, a record-breaking seventy-three million viewers — approximately 40% of the U.S. population at the time — tuned in to their first Sullivan appearance on February 9. I was almost 8yrs. old and I have a slight memory of this, being that I lived in NYC at the time and The Ed Sullivan Theater was one block down from my grandmother’s in Hell’s Kitchen. Here we are 47 yrs later, and Sir Paul McCartney is still making news by waking up the Atlantis crew on Saturday morning, Flight Day 8. When Space Shuttle Atlantis left Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, July 8, it marked the final lift-off for the long-running Space Shuttle Program, which has dominated NASA’s manned operations for the past four decades. Who would have guessed that Paul of the Beatles, his music and relevance, would have out-lived many of the NASA missions. == Click on NASA link above to hear his wake-up call.