Noel Cruz demonstrates how he takes standard-issue (or even badly done celebrity dolls) and turns them into the spitting images of some of the biggest stars in the world. The “Maleficent” re-do is magnificent. The only one I'm not wild about is his Madonna—she's hard to do right.
Darren Hayes (ex-Savage Garden) a great singer/songwriter in his own right, has penned (or whatever one does on the Web) a column for Attitude in which he passionately argues that the world needs a brilliant Madonna album.
“What is this love affair between gay men and Madonna? It’s distinct from our admiration for all other popstars – a very particular tryst entirely separate from the love of Cher, Kylie, Mariah etc. While I can appreciate the qualities all these strong divas have in common, there’s something different about Madonna. If you grew up gay during her reign there is something of her rebelliousness invariably in your DNA. As a teen I identified with her refusal to be categorised. Neither butch nor feminine, tough nor soft. Especially in the '80s she challenged what the definition of beautiful was and her resilience and determination were infectious.”
Lots of great points are made in this by-a-fan-for-fans piece. Let's hope Madonna reads it and heeds it. And adds Hayes to her list of collaborators!
My pal Jeannie is hosting another Madonnathon NYC on Sunday, July 20, from 8PM—2AM at Rockbar (185 Christopher St.). If you're not sure what to expect, just try to envision a room filled with shame-free Madonna fanatics sharing, caring, dancing and romancing. In the bathrooms, expect people to be drying their armpits using the hot-air blowers on the wall. You get the picture.
The Retro Futura Tour 2014 will be headlined by ex-Thompson Twin Tom Bailey, playing his first dates in 27 years! The co-headliner is Howard Jones, with appearances by Midge Ure, China Crisis and Katrina née Katrina and the Waves.
“This will be the first time I've sung the Thompson Twins' hits in decades.
“It's taken a long time, but now I'm really looking forward to playing those songs to some of the fans that were there first time around.”
Lady Gaga posted a shot from a 2011 Metallica concert, claiming it was from her own gig this week. When called out, she testily reposted a photo from the festival she was playing, snarking that perhaps some Madonna fans could use a microscope to count the obviously large number of people who were there to see...
...well, to see a number of acts. It's a festival, not a Gaga concert.
Oh, and the second image she tweeted was from the Quebec festival she was playing, but from 2013.