'Motor City - the hometown girl is back!' she declared towards the start of the two-hour and 10-minute show, and later she told the crowd that, 'Detroit made me who I am today' before talking about her involvement with entrepreneur and philanthropist Dan Gilbert - owner of Rock Financial, Quicken Loans and the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers - in women's empowerment and youth boxing programs as well as 'some new schools we're building.'
Though she acknowledged the city's recent financial problems and bankruptcy, Madonna announced that 'Detroit is making a comeback people, so watch out. We got heart, baby. We're in the heart of America. With all of its heart and all of this love we are gonna build this city back up. Believe that!'
Madonna - who was born in Bay City, Mich., and raised in the Detroit suburbs of Pontiac and Rochester - also gave shout-outs to her father Silvio 'Tony' Ciccone, and to daughter Lourdes, who both attended Thursday's show. She dedicated 'Rebel Heart' to her dad, thanking him 'for making me so strong and instilling this drive in me to survive.' And before her version of Edith Piaf's 'La vie en rose,' Madonna credited Lourdes - a second-year student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor - with inspiring her to pick up the ukulele, which Madonna played on the song, and also noted that Lourdes both plays the ukulele and speaks French better than her mom.
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