Her name has become an adjective.
It carries with it allusions to progressiveness, superstar status, reinvention, even queendom. Even her fan club is called Icon.
If she’s not modest, it’s because her universe of adoring fans haven’t asked that of her. In the greatest of all ironies, there’s no one word to accurately describe her, but she’s chosen only one word to proclaim her mantel, and that word is Madonna.
Fierce, controversial and perhaps the most successful female recording artist of all time, Madonna descends on St. Paul, when her latest “Rebel Heart Tour” plays the Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 8.
Ostensibly, the tour is a vehicle to promote her 13th studio album, “Rebel Heart,” and being a rebel is near and dear to the almost 60-year-old.
The album, which received largely positive reviews, is a collaboration with several artists, including Avicii, Kanye West and Diplo, with curious guest spots by the likes of Mike Tyson (yes, the boxer).
The tour is a different matter altogether. While tracks from the album will be performed live, “Rebel Heart” also will feature a bevy of songs from Madonna’s long career, some of which haven’t been performed in nearly 30 years. So, you can expect “Like a Virgin,” “Who’s That Girl” and “Holiday,” while newer titles such as “Holy Water” and “Devil Pray” slide in amongst them. There’s even a cover of Edith Piaf’s signature tune “La Vie en Rose.”
With costumes purportedly inspired by everything from a matador to Joan of Arc, the “all-arena,” 35-city tour is sure to be a boon to Madonna’s fans, and tickets can be had from $50 up to (and, in some cases exceeding) $400.
Madonna has gone on record saying, in part, the album “Rebel Heart” was in response to living in a time when artists aren’t encouraged to be rebellious.
And, while some (most notably BBC1) have questioned her ability to draw in newer, read younger, audiences, Madonna still unquestionably reigns as the Queen of Pop. The tour stops are sure to sell out, especially with older songs from the Madonna canon set to be performed. Madonna isn’t one to look back too much; she’s too busy pushing forward.
If the tickets are a bit pricey in some sections, it’s doubtful the fandom will mind too much. After all, one doesn’t expect a cheap seat when it comes to seeing the Queen.