Madonna joins with Schumer on tour

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MADONNA thinks artists deep into their ca­reers should stop if they don’t have any­thing more to say. But at 56, the singer says she still has things to talk about and, in short, she feels like Pablo Pi­casso.

“I like to com­pare my­self to other kinds of artists like Pi­casso. He kept paint­ing and paint­ing un­til the day he died. Why? Be­cause I guess he felt inspired to do so,” she said. “Life inspired him, so he had to keep ex­press­ing him­self, and that’s how I feel.”

Madonna re­leased her self­ti­tled de­but al­bum in 1983 and her latest al­bum, Rebel Heart, ear­lier this year. She said the key to stick­ing around was her con­tin­ual de­sire to in­spire oth­ers.

“I don’t think there’s a time, a date, an ex­pi­ra­tion date for be­ing cre­ative,” she said. “I think you go un­til you don’t have any more to say.”

The pop icon will launch her Rebel Heart tour on Septem­ber 9 in Mon­treal. The tour in­cludes more than 60 shows across North Amer­ica, Europe, Aus­tralia and Asia.

Co­me­dian Amy Schumer, whose new movie Train­wreck will re­lease in Aus­tralia on Thurs­day, will open for three Madonna shows in New York.

“She’s a role model for women, and I am too, and I think it’s a good match,” said Madonna, who added that the idea to bring Schumer on board came from the singer’s man­age­ment team. “I love her and ... I just thought, ‘ That’s in­ter­est­ing, ( I’ll) try some­thing new and dif­fer­ent.’”

Madonna says pick­ing the setlist for her up­com­ing tour has been hard, mainly be­cause she wants to sing her new­est songs but also sat­isfy her long­time, diehard fans.

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