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Watch Footage of Madonna MDNA Tour Kickoff in Tel Aviv

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Madonna‘s MDNA tour launched last night (May 31) in Tel Aviv, Israel and already, footage of the Material Girl has surfaced online. From the elaborate, religious-themed opening segment to her ‘Express Yourself’/’Born This Way’/’She’s Not Me’ mashup, you can witness Madge in all her marching band sexpot, Gaga-bashing glory.

The opening features a cathedral-like set up, with monks chanting, bells tolling and fans shrieking. It’s easily four to five minutes of set up and anticipation before Madge even takes the stage.

For ‘Vogue,’ she donned an update of the famed cone corset. What’s old is new again with Madonna.

The costumers are pretty hot, so check those out!

As for her Gaga mashup, she’s dressed like a majorette, complete with a red and white uniform and white, patent leather boots. She performs ‘Express Yourself,’ then bleeds it into ‘Born This Way,’ seeming to point out that the song is so similar that you can lay it next to her own tune and it blends right in. She even mimics the choreography from the ‘BTW’ vid.

Normally, we’d think this was sorta cute, like Madge was giving herself up to the power of ‘Born This Way,’ but bah! She’d never do that. She is Madonna, after all. Pop music is her domain; she doesn’t share the crown with the next generation! The fact that she adds the ‘She’s Not Me’ clip to the mashup makes it a dig.

Come on, Madge. We love you, unconditionally, but aren’t you a little old for that kind of catty behavior? Why lend credence to something you’ve already dissed in a smug, glib way? We do notice Madge grooving to the song and looks like she likes performing it; she’s not exactly grousing while being all sorts of born this way.

We can’t wait to read Gaga’s tweet about this, if she chooses to even comment. Can someone broker peace between these two titans of pop music? There needs to be a peace accord or a treaty…and then a duet!

There’s plenty of footage to watch in case you’re jonesing for a dose of live Madonna.

Watch Madonna MDNA Tour Opening

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdimZYepu_8

Watch Madonna MDNA ‘Express Yourself’ + ‘Born This Way’ Mashup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHywJ3ySKNQ

Watch Madonna ‘Turn Up the Radio’ Live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFf1zUkKePY

Watch Madonna ‘Vogue’ Live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NJ0EegEKo8

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