Portugal situation evolves
Our member and moderator of our Portuguese forum, Pam Anderson has translated for us an article that explains how the situation of the Madonna concert in Lisbon evolves.
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Maná promises to “cooperate” on the adjustment of Madonna?s concert dates
By Joana Gorjão Henriques
The Maná Church sent out a release yesterday, at 10:30 p.m., where they say their founder and president, Jorge Tadeu, promised to “cooperate” with John Giddings, Madonna’s rep in Europe, who came to Portugal in order to ask Igreja Maná for an adjustment of the dates of their convention in the Atlântico Pavilion, from September 8th to 11th.
Madonna’s show, ”Re-invention Tour”, is scheduled for the 12th, but it needs two days to be set up and, due to its technichal features, it can only be pulled off in the Atlântico Pavilion.
The press release is somewhat ambiguous and does not specify if Maná are willing to alter the dates of their convention. The church will be scheduling a conference with ”all the involved parties” for next week, they say in this document, where they also accuse Ricardo Casimiro, from Tournée, Portuguese promoter of the concert, of ”inadmissible attitudes” towards the church, of agitating the fans in such a way that he was ”threatened”.
By the time the release was sent out, it was impossible to obtain comments from Tournée and Parque Expo (which runs Atlântico Pavilion).
Until this day, Maná have refused to alter the place of the convention and celebration of their twenty years.
Besides the concert, Madonna would shoot a video and a DVD in Portugal, containing scenes from the rehearsals and the concert itself, which would be the last of the tour, after the U.S.A, England, Ireland, France and Holland.
Yesterday, before the release was sent out, Tournée refused to give out any information about this subject, not confirming whether the concert will take place or not. Luís Pinheiro de Almeida, from Parque Expo, the company in charge of running the Atlântico Pavilion, said that September 12th and 13th were still booked by that company. This concert is also featured in Madonna’s website, although it is the only one whose tickets have not gone on sale (most of the others are now sold out).
In the meanwhile, a group of fans has collected more than two thousand signatures in an internet petition which was started two weeks ago.
Translation Pam Anderson for Madonna Tribe