Madonna com­pares her­self to Pi­casso, says art has no ‘ex­pi­ra­tion date’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY MESFIN FEKADU THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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 self-ti­tled de­but al­bum in 1983, and her latest al­bum, “Rebel Heart,” ear­lier this year. She said the key to stick­ing around is 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 Sept. 9 in Mon­treal. The tour in­cludes more than 60 shows across North Amer­ica, Europe, Aus­tralia and Asia.

“The theme I re­ally truly ex­plore in this show more than any­thing is love and ro­mance,” she said in a phone in­ter­view from her home in New York City last week. “I want peo­ple to walk out like they’re feel­ing inspired and like they’ve seen some­thing they’ve never seen be­fore (and) felt some­thing they’ve never felt be­fore.”

Co­me­dian Amy Schumer, whose new movie “Train­wreck” opened im­pres­sively at No. 2 with $30.2 mil­lion last week­end, 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 rather than the usual run-of-the-mill - have a band, have a DJ. It’s def­i­nitely a new thing. I hope it works - fin­gers crossed.”

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

“I re­al­ize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks try­ing to fig­ure out which of my old cat­a­logue I want to do,” she said. “It’s a puz­zle that we have to put to­gether ‘cause the­mat­i­cally the songs - the old and the new - they have to go to­gether; son­i­cally they have to go to­gether.”

AP PHOTO

In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Madonna ar­rives at the 57th an­nual Grammy Awards in Los An­ge­les. The pop icon will launch her Rebel Heart Tour this fall, which in­cludes more than 60 shows across North Amer­ica, Europe, Aus­tralia and Asia.

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