Madonna treated tens of thousands of ecstatic people in Israel to the inaugural show of her “MDNA” world tour on Thursday night (5/31/12), performing in a country where she has long claimed a special bond. She rocked and controlled the stage and arena in top form.
She landed in Israel last week, arriving with her children, her boyfriend, Brahim Zaibat and a 70-person entourage. She spent the days leading up to the performance rehearsing for the sold out powerhouse show and visiting Kabbalah centers.
Her spiritual serenity may have been challenged by Israel’s aggressive paparazzi, who have been camped outside her beachfront hotel and near the stadium where she performed.
For years, violence kept musicians away from Israeli stages. Now, with the ebb of the Palestinian uprising over the last decade, performers planning concerts have faced pressure from activists to cancel their appearances in Israel as political punishment. This did…
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