By Bryant Gilmore
When you’ve shed as many skins as Madonna has over the years, you might start to worry about what you leave behind.
Reportedly, the Queen of Pop is so concerned with leaving behind her precious DNA in dressing rooms during stops on her MDNA world tour that a “sterilization team” has to come in after she’s left and carefully remove any traces that she may have left. Alvaro Ramos, her Portuguese tour promoter, acknowledges that the rumored sterilization situation is unique.
During a recent press conference, he reportedly said (via Vanity Fair):
We have to take extreme care, like I have never seen for any other artist. We cannot even look at the dressing room, after it is ready, or even open the door. We can only enter after her sterilization team has left the room. There will not be any of Madonna’s DNA, any hair, or anything. They will clean up everything. In the end it is all to protect her and make her feel comfortable. I do understand it, but it is taken to extremes.
They also reportedly construct fake ceilings and walls so she can be certain no one is filming her.
The “sterilization team” talk is the latest strange detail to emerge following a list of crazy rumored demands on her tour rider that includes a 200-person entourage complete with 30 bodyguards, yoga instructors, vegan chefs (even though Madonna is not vegan), 20 international phone lines in her dressing room and special furniture that has to be brought with her from hotel room to hotel room.
The "MDNA Tour" has courted controversy since it began. Madonna has flashed her bum and nipples to crowds in Rome and Turkey and placed a swastika on the forehead of French politician Marine Le Pen during her “Nobody Knows Me” video interlude, which resulted in threatened legal action.
The crazy tour demands and body part flashing have not deterred her hardcore fans from attending her show … the "MDNA Tour is on track to be one of the top ten highest grossing tours of all time.