Jay Leno joked during his Tonight Show monologue on Friday night, “Did you hear about Madonna? Madonna announced she is changing her name. Madonna is changing her name to Esther. I’m not making that up. She changed to Esther because ester is an ancient Hebrew name that’s in the Bible. You know, unlike ‘Madonna’. That’s what she told ’20/20′ tonight. She said she wants to go by the name Esther now. Unless, of course, she’s trying to book a hotel room or dinner reservation. Then it’s Madonna. Just tell them Madonna — Esther, formerly Madonna, called.”
Madonna’s Advice For Reading Her Book To Children
June 19, 2004 – Dennis Miller joked during his ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ interview on Friday night: “You know, Madonna is now Esther now. She changed her name. You probably heard that. She’s writing, too. She’s written a kids’ book. She encourages you to read to your kids at night in a a pretentious fake British accent.”
Madonna Win Over Ramblers
June 19, 2004 – The Sun reports Madonna and hubby Guy Ritchie claimed victory on Friday in her battle to keep ramblers off her Wilts country estate – despite being told to open up some of her land. Their land agent Philip Eddell said he was happy with the result. He added: “It’s fair to say we are very pleased – but the process is still going on.” Read more.
Madonna’s Tour Grosses Over $23 Million From First 10 Shows
June 19, 2004 – Contributed by StilettoSadist: Madonna’s Re-Invention tour is off to a kicking start. Billboard reports Madonna sold out all three performances at The Forum in California, capacity 43,158 for a gross of $6,965,055. The Forum is where the tour debuted. The next stop was at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, capacity 28,341. Madonna played two sell out shows grossing $7,005,548. Tickets for the MGM Grand shows were higher than any other ranging from $78.75-367.50. The third stop on her tour was Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, capacity 24,250. Madonna sold out both shows their grossing $4,164,450. Continuing she played 3 sold out performances at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, capacity 40,205. Those shows grossed $5,543,715. From May 24th to June 9th 2004 Madonna sang and danced through 10 sh7ows for a magnificent combined gross of $23,678,768.
Madonna Dines With Rabbi Michael Berg
June 19, 2004 – The New York Post reports Madonna was spotted eating lamb chops at Kabbalah Rabbi Michael Berg’s 31st birthday party at kosher restaurant Solo with hubby Guy Ritchie and Donna Karan. The singer had earlier performed her second show at Madison Square Garden.