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
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
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
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
So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows - on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at the Palladium in London. because doing 3 shows in a row is too much on my body and in fact my doctors insist i take a day off after every show but i believe can manage if i do 2 shows then I rest!
Its a miracle i have gotten this far but a-lot has to do with the fact that i do 6 hours of re-hab every day. 3 hours before show and 3 after with multiple therapies.
I have also switched to flat shoes and modified difficult. parts of the show. This has helped enormously but i still need to be careful and of course rest is the best medicine.
I never want to cancel any show and Im determined that i will make it to the end if i pace myself. God Willing.
Refunds will be automatically issued to the credit card on which tickets were ordered.
I appreciate your understanding and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!! Madame ❌
A note to all my fans: As you all know i have multiple injuries and have had to cancel shows to give me time to recover. So as not to surprise you i want to let you know ahead of time that I will be cancelling 2 shows- on Feb 4 and Feb 11th at...https://t.co/fNnq0WWCOQ pic.twitter.com/cRyLY72qHk— Madonna (@Madonna) January 31, 2020
Anticipation fizzes around the London Palladium tonight, because this is the debut of the London leg of intimate shows – she cancelled her first earlier in the week due to a knee injury. It would have been hard to play her steely, eye-patched spy at half tilt: there are handstands, a bit where she slides down a grand piano like Roxie Hart and, of course, plenty of straddling her exceptional dancers. Like her 2019 album, she appears as Madame X, a bondage secret agent who threads various nods to her career through her new globetrotting mish-mash of trap, Latin-pop and Afro-Lusophone folk.
This is a show of two halves: the first is an aggressive blast of political messaging and theatre noir that is also a comment - and Madonna doesn’t do subtle - on being under attack herself. She opens with her disco ode to police violence, “God Control”, dressed in a glittering revolutionary outfit; then she’s on the run, pushed and shoved between her cast like a pantomime villain during new song “I Don’t Search I Find”, as phrases like “f*** off” flash overhead. There is more action than a Marvel movie: comic interludes, blowjob innuendos and a bizarre charity auction – during which she proclaims that “Madame X is also a saint” and a ballsy fan gets onstage to try and hand her £1000 cash (she quips that she’ll have to fire her security).
“Vogue”, meanwhile, feels fairly low impact, but other flashbacks are a reminder of her sustained influence on pop culture. At one point, her dancers and three young daughters - Mercy, Stelle and Esthere, dressed in slick Nineties fashion (now fashionable once again) - gather beside her to chorus, “I’m not your bitch” after a rendition of “Express Yourself”. You could say that it’s a cheap shot to bring her family into it, but when she sings her earth mother banger “Frozen” as her other daughter, Lourdes, dances on a projection screen around her, it’s genuinely moving.
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The singer, 61, made her return to the stage at the London Palladium - which holds just over 2,200 people, for her smallest-ever full-length concert in the UK. In order to make her performance even more special for the audience, fans were asked to store their mobile phones in sealed pouches throughout the show so they weren’t disturbed during her performance. She was later seen leaving the theatre with her rumoured boyfriend, Ahlamalik Williams, 26, who is also one of her dancers.
Following the visual extravaganza she had just given her fans, it’s no wonder she wanted to dress down and be comfortable for the ride home, and she went for a personalised Versace dressing gown with her ‘M’ logo on the back, with matching black trainers with a gold chain on them as she headed to her waiting car.
Madonna looked back to full fitness as she performed for her fans in London, after having to cancel the first show of her run in the city. She had told fans: ‘I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday January 27th in London. Under doctors guidance I have been told to rest for a few days.
The singer reflected on her infamous articulation as she appeared on the London Palladium stage on Wednesday night as she resumed her Madame X Tour following multiple cancellations.
The BBC reports that the 61-year-old donned a British accent while speaking to the crowds before saying: 'I didn't know what anyone was talking about until I heard old interviews of myself. And then I was horrified and flabbergasted. Why did you let me do that to myself? It's all Guy Ritchie's fault,' she added.
The couple, who owned a Wiltshire estate together as well as properties in London, were married between 2000 and 2008.
From Yahoo! News
The star had been due to begin a run of 15 dates at the London Palladium from this Monday.
In a statement, the singer said she had been 'plagued' by injuries since the beginning of the tour and was told by doctors to 'rest for a few days'.
She added that refunds would be given to those who had bought tickets for Monday's performance.
Madonna's Wednesday show will still take place as scheduled.
'I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday 27 January in London. Under doctors' guidance I have been told to rest for a few days. As you all know I have injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour but I must always listen to my body and put my health first. The last thing I want to do is disappoint my fans or compromise the integrity of my show. So I will keep going until I cannot.'
From BBC News
Promoter Everything Is New issued a statement on Facebook apologizing to fans and thanking them for the 'well-wishes for Madonna’s recovery'.
'We sincerely regret the disappointment to fans due to the unforeseen and last-minute changes to the schedule,' it said.
Wednesday evening’s concert was the second show the star has canceled since kicking off her European tour in Lisbon on Jan. 12, where she has lived since mid-2017.
'Sorry I had to cancel tonight,' the 61-year-old wrote on Instagram after the first cancellation in Lisbon’s Coliseu dos Recreios venue on Sunday. 'But I must listen to my body and rest!'
According to the promoter, Madonna’s final show of the initially scheduled eight in Lisbon on Thursday is expected to go on as scheduled.
In Lisbon where Madame ❌ began her journey.......thank goodness for my beautiful Vintage cane and most of all thank you to Dino and Victoria and all the amazing Musicians who showed up. 🙏🏼 We went to Church! ON GOD!! #madame❌ #livingroomsessions #lisboa https://t.co/bd2hasKclN pic.twitter.com/SZoMsah0my— Madonna (@Madonna) January 21, 2020
The star gave fans in Lisbon just 45 minutes' notice that her show on Sunday night was being called off.
'We regret to inform you that Madonna is unable to perform this evening,' an email informed ticketholders at 19:45. She had been due on stage at 20:30.
'Sorry I had to cancel tonight,' the star wrote on Instagram, 'but I must listen to my body and rest!'
It is the eighth time Madonna has had to cancel a show on her current world tour, which sees her playing smaller, intimate theatre venues.
She has not revealed the nature her injury, but told one audience in San Francisco she was suffering from a 'torn ligament' and 'a bad knee' in November.
Madonna began the current stage of her Madame X tour in Portugal's Coliseu Dis Recreios theatre on 12 January, and had seemed to be in good spirits, interacting with the crowd and drinking port on stage.
The star said it was her first drink 'in a month' and that it had 'got her through' the strenuous show.
She also joked about her '25 injuries' and told the audience 'don't pay attention to what goes on from the waist down', reported Lisbon-based music magazine Blitz.
The star also traded high heels for flat shoes during last Thursday's concert.
'They are very ugly but it was either wear these boots or cancel the show,' the star was quoted as saying by the Portuguese website Sapo.
Madonna said she hoped the tour would resume this week, writing on Instagram: 'See you on Tuesday, fingers crossed.'
From BBC News
On Tuesday, the 61-year-old pop legend opened up to fans on Instagram about the pain she has experienced in recent performances on the tour.
Sharing a video of a moment in her show that requires her to ascend a ladder, Madonna wrote that the maneuvers left her in tears.
'As I climbed the ladder to sing Batuka On Saturday night in Miami I was in tears from the pain of my injuries, Which has been indescribable for the past few days. With every song I sang, I said a prayer that I would make it to the next and get thru the show. My prayers were answered, And I made it.'
The singer - who resumed her tour after canceling a few dates earlier this month due to what she described as 'overwhelming pain' - wrote that though she has chosen to power through in the past, she now must take precautions to avoid irreparable injuries.
'I consider myself a warrior I never quit, I never give in, I never give up!! However this time I have to listen to my body And accept that my pain is a warning I want to say how deeply sorry I am to all my fans. For having to cancel my last show.'
I was in tears from the pain of my injuries, Which has been indescribable for the past few days— Madonna (@Madonna) December 25, 2019
With every song I sang, I said a prayer that I would make it to the next and get thru the show.
My prayers were answered,
And I made it.
I consider myself...https://t.co/7KtBktU9VZ pic.twitter.com/SjhwKQYH8g
The pop superstar has turned to osteopath Jean Michel Ete for his autohemotherapy rehab fix, which mixes blood with ozone gas.
The Like A Virgin singer posted video of the process on social media on Thursday - her twin daughters Stella and Estere stood by mom as blood was extracted, mixed with the gas and pumped back into Madonna’s body via an intravenous drip.
'Infusing the blood… Vitamin drip… Tibetan bowls… singing and meditation… Felt amazing afterwards!!' the singer wrote.
She is hoping the treatment will help her complete her Madame X Tour after cancelling three Boston, Massachusetts shows over the weekend.
She announced she was pulling the plug on the concerts on Instagram, writing: 'the pain I’m in right now is overwhelming and I must rest and follow doctors orders so i can come back stronger and better.'
Madonna will resume her tour at the Metropolitan Opera House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
There is no change to the additional performances on 20, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29-February and 1, 3,4, 7 & 8-March.
Tickets for the 18-February performance will be honored at the 10-March event. Tickets for the 19-February performance will be honored at the 11-March event. Fans who are unable to attend the rescheduled dates may obtain a refund at point of sale prior to 18-February. We apologize for any inconvenience.
There is no change to the additional performances 27, 29 & 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 15-February.
Tickets for the 26-January performance will be honored at the 16-February event. Refunds if required will available via point of purchase. We apologize for any inconvenience.
'Please forgive this unexpected turn of events. Doing my show every night brings me so much joy and to cancel is a kind of punishment for me but the pain I’m in right now is overwhelming and I must rest and follow doctor’s orders so I can come back stronger and better and continue the Madame ❌ journey with all of you.'
The Madame X Tour is scheduled to resume on December 7 with three shows at The Met in Philadelphia and then head to Miami at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theatre with seven shows starting on December 14. There are no other changes to the remaining 2019 shows in the U.S. at this time.
As we are unable to reschedule the Boston dates due to the tight scheduling through the balance of the year, refunds will be automatically issued to the credit card on which they were ordered.
Of course the late starts have become a very public issue for an otherwise very private show, where no phones are allowed and you are transported into her incredibly elaborate and unique world. Someone even attempted to sue her for the late starts.
She addressed that during a speech on the theme of the show, "Artists are here to disturb the peace," quoted from, as she put it, "The great James Baldwin." In the speech, as she talks with the audience about fighting for freedom she warns them you won't always be popular, you won't always have the most Instagram followers and you won't always be on time because being a freedom fighter takes time.
"Madame X" is Madonna at her best, unapologetic, uncompromising, unyielding and in complete control. She isn't going to apologize for not finishing until 1:30 on a Monday night. And hell I saw Prince many times where he didn't even take the stage until two. Rock stars, or in the case of Prince and Madonna, pop stars with rock star swagger, adhere to their own rules. And that's what makes them special and why we love them. It is the attitude and their ability to express and do the things we wish we could but often aren't allowed to.
Madonna can start a show after 11 on a Monday. For most people you can't just say, "F**k it," as she does in the show, "I'll start work when I want." This said if you are going to keep people out until two on a Monday night you better have the show to back it up.
"Madame X" is a revelation. It is, in its own way, as revolutionary in live performing as Vegas residencies were when everyone like Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and others started doing those years ago. "Madame X" feels like a play thanks in large part to the incredible projections that act as another character. It is performance art, and brilliant performance art with a message.
To read the rest of the review by Steve Baltin visit: www.forbes.com
In a video posted to Madonna’s Instagram account, Katy is seen having the time of her life at the show in LA’s Wiltern Theatre. Then, Madonna is seen approaching Katy and asking ‘is this an empty seat right here? Do you mind if I sit there? As you can see I do need to sit down.’ The two then reminisced about their relationship and ‘knowing each other’, with Katy, 35, reminding Madge, 61: ‘I’ve put my heel on you before.’ ‘I think I sucked on your heel,’ replied Madonna. Always the provocateur - hope she never changes.
After Madonna asks to swig some of Katy’s beer, Katy - who recently released new single Harleys in Hawaii - then quipped ‘we probably have all the same STDs.’
Katy has cited Madonna as having an influence on her career.Afterwards, Katy paid tribute to her hero, saying: ‘You are the queen,’ before kissing the two rings on her left hand and praising her support of women, to cheers from the audience. All in all, a pretty heartwarming moment. Despite the STD chat.
Madonna of course released her 14th studio album Madame X earlier this year. It reached number one on the US albums chart and number two in the UK. She has sold over 300 million records worldwide. She’ll bring her Madame X tour - comprised of 90 shows around the globe - to London in January, where she will play a residence at the London Palladium. The set list includes 25 songs old and new. We can’t wait.
Madonna also introduced Joe Henry, who is Melanie's "incredibly talented, wonderful, lovely" husband who is an "amazing singer, songwriter, artist, producer, human being." The singer went on to reveal that she has "written a lot of amazing songs with" Joe.
Both Madonna and events promoter Live Nation were named in a class-action lawsuit filed by Nate Hollander after the Florida ticketholder claimed he lost money when the pop icon pushed back the start time of her concerts from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The lawsuit alleges Madonna has had issues with punctuality during her current ongoing tour, routinely making concertgoers wait two hours longer initially scheduled.
Hollander claims he had bought three tickets for $1,024.95 in August for Madonna’s Dec. 17 concert in Miami Beach, which at the time of purchase was slated to start at 8:30 p.m., TMZ reported.
The lawsuit maintains that Hollander’s tickets lost considerable value after the singer delayed the start time of her remaining shows by two hours. Hollander said he'd purchased three tickets for the Tuesday night show, but was denied a refund after she switched her start times to 10:30 p.m.
Hollander, who has since assembled a group of similarly angry Madonna fans for his class-action suit, claimed the start time was too late because most concertgoers have work early the next day, TMZ reports.
Meanwhile, entertainment news website Wonderwall reports that more than 500 refunds were issued following Madonna’s scheduled 10:30 p.m. Thursday night show at the Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas. She did not come onto the stage until after midnight, and the concert did not end until close to 3 a.m., according to the entertainment news outlet.
The class-action lawsuit is pursuing the 'Like a Virgin' singer for damages.
From Fox Business
The Madame X Tour kicked off with a sold-out 16-show run at Brooklyn’s Howard Gilman Opera House (the theater is one of many facilities at BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music). Averaging less than 2,000 seats per night, Madonna played to intimate audiences over the span of a month. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the shows combined to gross $9.6 million and sold 31,401 tickets.
Broken out by month, Madonna’s nine shows in September grossed $5.5 million (17,708 tickets), followed by seven shows from Oct. 1-12 that earned $4.1 million (13,693 tickets). That averages out to $601,985 and 1,963 tickets per show.
Playing such intimate shows means that the extended stay at each venue is necessary in order to capture the wide-ranging audience that Madonna has previously been able to reach in just one or two shows per city. Her last venture in New York was a two-show stint at Madison Square Garden, where she grossed $5.2 million and sold 28,371 tickets on the 2015-16 Rebel Heart Tour. Further, she hit Yankee Stadium on Sept. 6 and 8, 2012, pulling in $12.6 million from 79,775 tickets - more than twice the attendance of her 2019 theater run, playing one-eighth of the shows.
Tickets for the new tour ranged from $757 on the high end to $50. Based on the New York stint’s final figures, the average ticket sold for $306.73 - a sharp increase from her career average of $115.81. For a more comparative look, excluding the 1980s and '90s before ticketing exploded in the new millennium, Madonna averaged $125.46 in the 2000s and $147.33 in the current decade. Averaging as many as 41,000 fans per night on the 2008-09 Sticky & Sweet Tour, Madonna had the flexibility of charging a more reasonable ticket. But with fewer than 2,000 tickets to sell each night in 2019, she’s experimenting with higher prices.
Though reports through Madonna’s 1993 The Girlie Show World Tour remain incomplete, the Queen of Pop has racked up an incredible $1.3 billion gross from 11.5 million tickets over 516 reported shows, making her the second highest-grossing soloist in the history of Billboard Boxscore (she is the highest-grossing female artist, while Bruce Springsteen is No. 1 overall).
The Madame X Tour continues with seven dates in Chicago through Oct. 28, followed by multi-show runs in six additional U.S. cities and three European legs. With about 75 shows to go, smart math projects the tour to wrap in the $50 million-$55 million range. But as many of the upcoming venues are larger than the theater at BAM (Chicago Theatre holds 3,500 and The Colosseum at Caesars Palace tops 4,000 seats), the final gross could stretch past $60 million before its March 8, 2020, close at Paris’ Le Grand Rex.
Due to scheduling limitations, we are unfortunately unable to reschedule the November 12th date. Patrons who purchased tickets for that performance will be automatically refunded. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The pop star, 29, was joined by the show’s culinary expert, Antoni Porowski, at Madonna’s final Madame X theater tour show in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Swift documented the fun outing with a selfie of her and Porowski, as well as other friends, on her Instagram Story, praising the 'Like a Prayer' singer for putting on an incredible performance.
'Thank you Madonna for an outstanding show,' she wrote. 'Shout out to the phenomenal dancers, singers, musicians, set designers, crew, wardrobe, glam and M who gave it EVERYTHING.'
The setlist for the show was packed with tracks from Madonna’s latest album, Madame X, but also included classics like 'Human Nature,' 'Vogue' and 'Like a Prayer.'
After multiple gigs at Brooklyn’s BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, the concert series will have a short residency at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago in late October, then another at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater in November.