Liz Rosenberg's Statement on Paris Show
'Candy Shop' outro / 'Human Nature' intro

Madonna booed in Paris over show length

Madonna fans vented their anger after the star ended a special intimate show in Paris after just 45 minutes.
The singer said she had 'a special affinity with France' as she opened the last minute concert, but drew boos from many disappointed fans.
Some had camped outside the Olympia club since Wednesday in anticipation of the show.
The 2,000 tickets sold out in minutes, with fans paying between £80-£200 and some changing hands for up to £1,000.
Madonna was also criticised for talking about politics instead of singing, after revealing she had a message for France's extreme right-wing leader Marine Le Pen.
France's National Front is threatening to sue the star for using an image of Ms Le Pen with a Swastika superimposed on her forehead at a concert earlier this month.
'I know that I have made a certain Marine Le Pen very angry with me,' Madonna told fans.
'It's not my intention to make enemies. It's my intention to promote tolerance,' she continued.
Afterwards 33-year-old Guillaume Delaval complained: 'She spoke for 15 minutes about tolerance, it's not the UN here.'
Speaking to the BBC's John Hand at the show, Paris resident Allain Zambrana, 26, from Nicaragua, said he wanted to ask for his money back.
'I felt very frustrated because I camped out on the streets and then the show just ends like that.'
Several fans cried 'refund!' as they realised Madonna had left the stage for good, with some audience members taking to Twitter to complain.
'We are singing 'shame on you',' explained Pierre from Belgium. 'Because she says she loves her fans but then she does this.'
Dutch fan Ellis Van Zoen, 22, agreed the show was 'very short', but added: 'I'm torn - I thought it was a fantastic show and it was special. I don't want to see fans yelling at her but I can understand why.'
Madonna also offered veiled criticism of the party's anti-immigrant stance, as she paid homage to a France which she said had once 'opened its arms to minorities'.
'We are entering some very scary times in the world,' she told the crowd.
'People are afraid, and what happens when people are afraid? They say 'get out! You're the reason. You're the problem. You're to blame.''
The 53-year-old, who performed in an array of outfits including a black leather pencil skirt and French beret, also paid tribute to several French artists.
The event was also streamed live on YouTube, where separate footage showed fans chanting and booing while throwing throwing empty bottles and cups onto the stage after the singer had left.

From BBC News


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Hi Jim - thanks for your message and I appreciate what you are saying.

Its upsetting for us fans to see that she really is not that bothered and appreciative to her fans who have supported her from the 80's. She is a great performer and I'm am not ditching that, but it feels like she is on autopilot when she is on stage and that show from her facial expressions. She really does not want to be there, and lets face it as its all another money making business. We gave so many suggestions to what songs she should sing on this tour and its a shame that she only chose a few 80's and 90's track which was her mark. She just wasted times with songs like Candy Shop, Human Nature and so on.

What would have been great is to have a best of Madonna songs tour which would have been something special. We don't want to hear her speak about politics every time she performs, and please why expose yourself? Another attention seeking Madonna!


Hello Phil

It definitely seems to have been a communication failure, or a series of them. Certainly, I've never been given a 'thank you' which I have had to pay in order to receive lol (a reference to Liz Rosenberg's statement).

Nevertheless, it's good to hear that you found Madonna's performance amazing, notwithstanding the problems with it. Thanks for sharing your first-hand experience of it.


Hello Bristar

Those pics are heartwarming, aren't they. It was really nice to see her that contented.

It would be nice if she found that happiness again. Heck, it'd be nice if I did too haha.


I m french and was at this (mini show). I have been a big fan for years , attending her shows several times; The show in Paris was so amazing,The probleme was nobody in the audience knew or had been informed this would be so short. Ok she could not do the same show as in Stadium, but a show less than 50 minutes... 3O minutes more would have been perfect. We were all astonished and a lot of people went angry .The show was so great that when it stopped all of a sudden, nobody understood. there was nothing political, lots of angry people shouting were real fans. When you love , you cannot accept everything .Critics an anger is also a proof of love. Sorry Madonna. I ve always loved you and always will but we all felt like being conned . Dont say that these people were "thugs". They were real fans having a great time, having spent lots of money, spent hours and days out . 30 mn more of show, nothing would have ever happened



I agree with you totally. In fact, only the other day, I was looking at the photo of M, Guy, Lourdes and Rocco at the premiere of 'Arthur and the Invisibles' and, my, what a happy woman M (and family looked)! I would go as far as to say as I have never seen M look happier before or since.

Jay kerins

I have been a madonna fan since dancing around my bedroom to true blue in the 80s and just feel that this is starting to feel like the begining of the end? Madonna please wake up! Guy and live nation are mis-handling your marketing and mis represting you wrongly too many times now?!? Mdna is a great album and could of ensured that you kept others a bay for a lobg time, instead it has just ran into te haters arms with pool sales, awful chart positions and even worst marketing! Mdna tour, great i saw it in hyde park but no real marketing behind it? It wasnt even billed mdna tour until 3 monthd after tickets on sale?!? The theme of the tour doesnt match the marketing? Its just all really strange of you are allowing this to happen? And now paris?!? 45 mins?!? Where did it say that this was a mini show, it didnt, everyone including you tube vewers thought it was a normal length show... Yes, brixton, astoria, koko etc all short but the massive difference is these were promo shows... Not billed as part of a world tour! Everyone though this show would have the same feel as kylies anti tour? Madonna short ya management out! Honestly even the longtime loyal fans are becoming perplexed with the new live nation deal and the contuining issues coming through...


I want to add though that I do think the MDNA tour has some incredible art in it, and it's great to see Madonna doing full-on dancing again. In fact, she's gone much further in her physical performance than ever before.


Hello Aman

I can see where you're getting your view from and I agree with you to a certain extent.

I share your sensation of losing some of the vibe and admiration for her that we once had, however I think it just means that we know what is special about her as a performer - her unique qualities - and we are dismayed to see those special qualities becoming a little bit obscured by the operations of the business machinery. Regrettably, Madonna does seem to have been sucked up into the current business model of concert tours.

I think part of the problem is that Madonna never intended to be touring at this stage in her life. She wanted to be an actress, and a mother. The latter she has become in spades, and I'm sure most of us were touched when we saw how she was changed by becoming pregnant with Lourdes and then, after giving birth to her, bringing her up. Madonna seemed deepened and calmed by it, and her fulfilment was visible in her face and her dancing, besides her lyrics and voice. The singing-dancing-songwriting side must pale in significance for her, hence her statements (via Liz Rosenberg, if I recall right) that she is doing this for her fans - she'd rather be at home with the bairns, nurturing Lola's fashion talents, helping Rocco develop in whatever he is leaning towards (break-dancing, it seems at the moment!), and doing the same for David and Mercy with whatever they are drawn to, plus working on directing films.

For a woman, being an artist often differs from how it is for a man. Madonna reached the top a long time ago and sated her lust for peak status. She now has other priorities. It's just a shame that the business side is taking the approach that it is and something is getting 'lost in translation' between artist and fans.


What a bunch of ungrateful bitches. Don't they know that most of the MDNA show is just not possible to do on such tiny stage as L'Olympia?


I'm sorry but the moment I saw "intimate show" in a club I understood that it's gonna be a short that it was gonna be broadcasted on youtube. It was clear it's not gonna be a show like the ones on the tour because you DONT DO A 2 HOURS SHOW FOR 2000 PEOPLE IF YOU ARE MADONNA IN 2012. It's not the first one she's done like this. And her speech was ok.. how are you a Madonna fan if you say all you hear is "blah blah tolerance blah blah" and you just wanna shout "SING ALREADY!!". Don't call yourself a Madonna fan if you do that. And the fact that she did this show shows her appreciation.. she really had no other reason to do it for 2000 people.


Lets face it guys - Madonna does not give a damn about her fans, and since I've been a hardcore fan since 1986, I'm actually losing that Madonna vibe and admiration for her!

Who does she think she is, its all about making money and that's it. Its boring Madonna and have respect for your fans who have supported you from the very beginning...

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