madonnalicious' last show of the Madame X Tour turned out to be memorable for many different reasons.
Sunday night was the second show of the Le Grand Rex residency for Madame X. The previous nights late running rehearsals, as the crew worked to re-block certain sections of the show due to the stage dimensions, meant that the doors did not open until 9:40pm.
Expecting another late night, we were happy to be find doors opened by 7:00pm, however the show did not start till around 11:15pm, and was the 'shortened' version of the show.
To be front and centre of any Madonna show is an experience like no other, and a great joy to be around some fans who are respectful of each other and their space (unlike some who were clawing, fighting, elbowing and vaulting over seats on their way to get past people).
When Madonna threw her guitar pick into the audience during American Life, to my joy and surprise it landed at my feet and I was able to pick it up!
All was going well, until the Cape Verde video was playing, the audio stopped, we looked around at each other, then the power all went out leaving us in a very dark theatre with no clue what was happening. After a minute or so the lights came back up and then Madonna appeared onstage. She explained something had happened with the set for the next section of the show and they were trying to fix it. She was then joined onstage by Gaspar, and told the story of meeting his great-grandmother and how they sang an Elvis Presley song together. Then she sang the Elvis song 'Can't Help Falling in Love With You', this was directly in front of us and a unique experience. She then asked for requests and someone said 'La Vie en Rose' but she said she had forgotten the words. Then she was informed by backstage that the show was ready to start again.
During 'Killers who are Partying' she asked for fans to get closer to the stage (there was about a two metre gap between the front row and the stage), she told security that they should let them closer. However this just caused a huge surge forward and people vaulting over seats, even coming for the back of the theatre pushing forward, desperation in their eyes. Then security moved people back after that song, but Madonna invited people forward again and so it all happened over again and from then on no-one really moved until Madonna's security team cleared the front to be able for her to leave the stage at the end during the 'I Rise' finale. Lots of the show was missed with people being moved about all over the place, with the venue security trying to do their job.
A surprise guest appeared during the Medellin finale, when the last dancer to join her was her son David Banda, and she commented that 'he had been bought up well by his mother'.
At the finale, we managed to get three fist bumps from the dancers (thanks Daniele, Sohey and Allaune) and our Madame X Tour journey was done! A memorable ride from 4th row, back of the stalls, up in the balcony in London and front row in Paris, we have seen the show from all views and it was a wonderful experience.
Immense Gratitude to the Rex Theatre and everyone who has worked so tirelessly to make our very complicated show work inside this beautiful and unique theatre ! 🇫🇷.....,.....♥️...............🙏🏼 #madamextheatre #legrandrexparis #godcontrol pic.twitter.com/dRJggNqA7I— Madonna (@Madonna) February 24, 2020
Gwendoline Christie could not hide her excitement as Madonna sat down to join her for a racy chat during one of her recent shows.
In a short clip shared by the Like A Virgin star from one of her London Palladium concerts, she is seen coming into the audience to converse with the Game Of Thrones actress mid-gig.
Alongside the video, she wrote in the caption: “Madame X plays a Game Of Thrones with one of her favorite Knights! @gwendolineuniverse #madamextheatre #thelondonpalladium.”
Madonna is seen approaching Christie, who played Brienne of Tarth in the hit fantasy drama series, who is sat in the audience at the famous venue.
“We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” the singer says.
At one point during the chat, Christie tells Madonna: “I love you!”
Things became slightly more risque as Madonna then asks her: “Do you come to the theatre often, by yourself?”
Christie replies: “I love to do it alone… If you want something done well, you have to do it yourself.”
Madonna then asks the actress where her drink is, and she pulls out a beer bottle.
Christie says: “Is this OK, do you like beer?”
Madonna responds by taking a sip from the bottle before gargling it in her mouth and spilling some over her chin.
As Christie cleans her face off, Madonna makes a Game Of Thrones reference as she jokes: “Winter is coming.”
The actress replies cheekily, to a huge cheer and applause from the audience: “Tonight you’re so great, winter isn’t the only thing that’s coming!”
Christie was thrilled to see the video had been shared on social media, responding to Madonna’s post “Our queen, love you endlessly” along with several heart emojis, raised hands and a pair of kissing lips.
The British actress has previously talked about her adoration of the hit music star, and in 2016 she was invited up on stage by Madonna at her concert in Sydney.
The Madonna super-fan later revealed that she “cried” when she was sent a text from the singer’s manager asking for her to go up onto the stage.
She told Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2017: “I used to dress up as Madonna in my bedroom and I would try to copy the dance routines and I would be trying to do my Madonna look.
“I’d borrow my mother’s make-up – I’d go there, I’d really go there on the look!”
From Yahoo! News
Queen of Pop Madonna also continues to be the Queen of Dance Clubs, as the superstar collects her landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart with "I Don't Search I Find."
"Dance is my first love," Madonna tells Billboard in an exclusive statement, "so every time one of my songs is celebrated in the clubs and recognized on the charts it feels like home!!"
"I never take the support of my fans for granted and it's always like the very first time."
With the new No. 1 (on the chart dated Feb. 22, which will post to Billboard's website on Feb. 19), Madonna becomes the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs.
Further, Madonna becomes the first act to have tallied at last one No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart in five separate decades, having collected leaders in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and now, in the 2020s.
The Dance Club Songs chart measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs, and which launched as national survey in the Billboard magazine issue dated Aug. 28, 1976. Madonna continues to have the most No. 1s on the list. She outpaces runner-up Rihanna, who has 33 No. 1s.
The Queen of Pop is the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart.
Madonna earns her record-extending, landmark 50th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, as "I Don't Search I Find" rises 2-1 on the Feb. 22-dated survey.
The chart, and all rankings dated Feb. 22, will refresh on Billboard.com on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (a day later than usual due to the Presidents' Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, Feb. 17).
"Search" was remixed for clubs by, among others, Honey Dijon, Endor and DJLW.
With 50 No. 1s on Dance Club Songs, which measures reports submitted by a national sample of club DJs (and which launched as a national survey in the Billboard issue dated Aug. 28, 1976), Madonna outpaces runner-up Rihanna, who has notched 33 No. 1s. Beyoncé and Janet Jackson follow with 22 and 20 leaders, respectively.
With the coronation, Madonna additionally becomes the first act to have scored at least one No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in five separate decades, having tallied nine in the 1980s, 13 in the '90s, 18 in the 2000s, nine in the '10s and, now, one (so far) in the '20s.
Madonna is also the first act ever to score as many as 50 No. 1s on any single Billboard chart, extending her record over George Strait, who has earned 44 leaders on Hot Country Songs.
"Search" is the fourth Dance Club Songs leader from Madonna's album Madame X, which arrived as her ninth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 2019. It follows "Medellín," with Maluma (June 29), "I Rise" (Aug. 31) and "Crave," with Swae Lee (Nov. 16). The set is her first to generate four chart-topping hits since Confessions on a Dance Floor yielded a quartet in 2005-06: "Hung Up," "Sorry," "Get Together" and "Jump."
"Search" further marks Madonna's 10th consecutive Dance Club Songs No. 1, her longest such streak. (Katy Perry holds the record with 18 straight No. 1s in 2009-17.) Twice before, Madonna managed seven No. 1s in a row, first with "Causing a Commotion," from the Who's That Girl soundtrack (1987), through "Justify My Love," from her first greatest hits set, The Immaculate Collection (1991), and then with Ray of Light's "Nothing Really Matters" (1999) through Music's "Impressive Instant" (2001). Madonna's current run began with "Give Me All Your Luvin'," featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., in 2012.
Madonna spent a day off from the Madame X Tour visiting the Tate Modern gallery in London on Tuesday.
Writing a Letter to the Westminster Council explaining that dropping a 9 ton Iron Curtain on my head may not work in their favor............:..:::::: ✉️ ❌ #madamextheatre #thelondonpalladium pic.twitter.com/ddjYewFEOo— Madonna (@Madonna) February 9, 2020
Fans at the Thursday 06 February show in London got to experience Madonna's acapella version of Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'.
Madonna has claimed the London Palladium tried to "censor" her by cutting short a concert after she ran over her curfew on Wednesday.
The singer was performing her Madame X show when the lights and sound were switched off and the curtain closed as she went past her 23:00 GMT deadline.
Madonna shared a video on Instagram, which showed her trying to sing her final song in front of the curtain.
The Palladium had warned her not to break the strict curfew.
The pop superstar is in the middle of a residency at the venue.
She wrote: "It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew, we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs nine tonnes.
"Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt. Many thanks to the entire audience who did not move and never left us. Power to the people!!"
The venue denied that staff had used the fire curtain, but did not directly comment on the show being cut short.
"Contrary to a number of reports, at no point during last night's performance did staff at The London Palladium pull down, or attempt to pull down, the Iron Fire Curtain," a spokesman said.
The video footage appeared to confirm that it was the main cloth curtains which were used closed, rather than the iron fire curtain.
Madonna emerged from the closed curtain with her backing dancers as the crowd chanted her name. She performed her final song, I Rise, with the house lights turned up and her microphone switched off.
"I've been warned by Westminster council," she told the audience during the first night at the London venue last week, adding that she knew an "iron curtain" would fall over the production if she ran late.
Previous shows in the US have run considerably later than the London dates, with fans often kept waiting for several hours.
One fan wrote on Twitter: "Madonna just got cut off mid song by the Palladium curtain dropping and the lights coming up as she overran the curfew. Glorious moment. She finished the show a cappella in front of the curtain like a champ!"
Another said: "So not only did we finally see the utterly iconic Madonna live but she missed the curfew and the Palladium shut the lights and sound off. As the curtains fell, Madonna and her dancers stormed back onto the stage and sang I Rise a cappella backed by the audience."
From BBC News
it was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt...... Many Thanks to the entire...https://t.co/Acwe7dUsVm pic.twitter.com/rbEyFl0akn— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2020
Caroline was one of two fans who got Madonna's polaroid picture on Thursday night at the London Palladium. Madonna took one picture but the polaroid flew off behind her, then she took another (but thought it wasn't too good), so took a third picture!
Thank you @Madonna with all my heart for giving me your Polaroid tonight! Meeting you and telling you how much you’ve inspired me and taught me over 35 years was an honour and dream come true. I love you ❤️#MadameXTour @LondonPalladium pic.twitter.com/yMbiWUu53b— Carolyn Preston (@carolynMfan) January 31, 2020
"She is here, isn't she Will?", asked a worried looking man at the London Palladium at about 20:00 on Wednesday night. "Yes", I said. I didn't actually know for sure, but he looked so anxious I thought a bit of reassurance wouldn't go amiss.
Anyway, the merch counter had just fallen over and there was a rising sense of calamity which didn't need adding to.
Madonna goes deep with her fans. The connection is genuine and mutual. Nobody blames her for cancelling shows due to extreme pain in her knees and hips, people just hope it's not on their night (she has subsequently ruled out shows on 4 and 11 February).
"I feel so guilty," another fan told me. "My mates had tickets for Monday night, which was cancelled and I've just sent a WhatsApp of my seat tonight."
"Where are you sitting?" I asked
"Row U in the stalls," he said
"How much did you pay?"
"£250" he said "Not bad eh? I think it's going to be great."
And it was - 5-star great.
It was perfectly imperfect, like one of those sketchy landscapes by Cezanne where you can see his underdrawings and misplaced lines, making it so much more beautiful and real than Canaletto's soulless precision.
Truth is the point of art, not perfection.
Not because the show was perfect, though. Madonna's movement was visibly stiff, lighting errors left dancers in the dark, and some of her banter fell flat. All of which only added to the "live-ness" of the event, which was more an evening of intimate cabaret than a stadium blockbuster show.
To read the rest of the review visit: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment