After a 25-year lull between local shows that ended in 2012, it looks as if Madonna has gotten into the groove with the Twin Cities again. The pop queen will return to Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 8 in support of her upcoming album, "Rebel Heart." Tickets go on sale March 16 at 10 a.m. for $40-$355 via Ticketmaster or at the arena box office.

Look for a media blitz to start March 16 surrounding the tour and album, including a weeklong stint with Madge on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Her pagan-looking Grammy Awards performance last month, which drew some fire from conservative groups, was the warm-up.

The 56-year-old music icon finally ended her drought of Minnesota performances in 2012 when she packed Xcel Center for back-to-back nights on her MDNA Tour. Those shows were light on old hits and carried an unusually dark tone, so fans are no doubt hoping for a more classic Madonna experience this time around.

Chris Riemenschneider

Gaga and Vaughn take the plunge

Lady Gaga and Vince Vaughn plunged into the icy waters of Chicago's Lake Michigan at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Special Olympics Chicago President Casey Hogan said Sunday that Lady Gaga made the plunge with more than 4,500 other participants. Hogan said the singer's appearance was "a very nice surprise." Lady Gaga recently announced her engagement to "Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney. Photos show her and a bare-chested Kinney going into the water together. Vaughn, a native of the north Chicago suburb Lake Forest was dressed in a Chicago Blackhawks jersey and jeans. The air temperature was a frigid 20 degrees.

more concert news: Two of music's hottest newcomers from a couple of years ago, Alabama Shakes and Father John Misty, will inaugurate what could be a popular new spot for summer concerts and other events near downtown Minneapolis. The two indie music darlings will co-headline May 30 on historic Hall's Island under the Plymouth Avenue Bridge over the Mississippi River just north of downtown. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. for $45 via and First Avenue outlets. First Avenue nightclub is behind the unique booking, which will host about 8,000 concertgoers with a 5:30 p.m. start time. "When we started working on this show, I immediately thought of the Hall's Island site as the perfect location," First Ave GM Nate Kranz said, crediting the Minneapolis Parks Department for bringing the island to their attention two years ago and other city staffers for getting behind the idea.

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