So as some of you may know, it turns out that Madonna performed a mini-concert last night at the Olympia in Paris, and to my excitement, the concert aired on YouTube. I didn't even know about the show until I was checking my Facebook messages and I spotted a link to the YouTube show. And while Madonna gave one of the most energetic live performances I've seen in quite sometime (and gave a few of these 20+ pop stars a run for their money), the singer is making headlines on the negative front.
Clearly concertgoers didn't really listen to the speech she gave before singing "Masterpiece" because apparently dozens of fans booed Madonna after her show(case) at the Olympia in Paris. I even saw outside of the venue was left a mess by the concertgoers and I also heard that people held signs up saying she's "Addicted To Botox" and "Loves $$$" and even referred to her as a "salope" (in my Madonna voice "look it up") because Live Nation had the nerve to charge fans $100 to $300 a ticket for a 50 minute show.
Below is the full story from Madonnarama:
The 48-minute performance, including eight songs, one opening video, one interlude and a ten minute speech.
However, it’s not Madonna who should take the blame. Her management is solely responsible for this backlash.
Madonna gave it her all last night. She communicated with the audience, said a few words in French, added two new songs to the setlist, expressed her love for the fans and their country. The audience was ecstatic.
She felt it! They were singing, dancing, jumping up and down, and trying to get Madonna’s attention more than ever.
The total lack of information surrounding the “MDNA Tour at the Olympia” was disgraceful.
As required by law, details about this unique show, at a very special venue, should have been revealed before the ticket sale.
Fans got nothing… Only a date, a location and rather steep ticket prices.
Rumours were circulating about the length of the show due to the live stream, but nothing official had been stated.
The concert never once was described as a showcase/mini-concert and had the same ticket prices as the MDNA Tour concert at the Stade de France two weeks prior. Therefore, a full show was expected.
Even the organizers had absolutely no clue about its length!
Only Madonna’s management knew all the details and are fully responsible.
Keeping everything under wraps for the big night? Perhaps, but the surprise wasn’t a happy one for those expecting a complete MDNA concert.
Once the lights came up, fans who paid between 89,50€ and 276,50€, came from abroad or even slept several days in front of the venue, were of course disappointed.
Especially knowing that back in 2008, Madonna already performed a 30-minute set at the Olympia… for free.
In the end, Madonna’s performance at the mythic Olympia unfortunately didn’t have the desired effect and won’t be remembered as it should have been, but one thing is for sure… Madonna once again gave an incredible performance!
I was wondering also why the concert was so short? I was expecting to see her perform a few of my favorite cuts like I'm Addicted and Girl Gone Wild. So being that Madonna is the leader of the pack, she gets blamed for her managers and Live Nation trying to hustle her fans out of their hard-earned money. I'm thinking her employers felt if people knew Madonna was not giving the full concert on a live stream, the fans wouldn't have paid all that money to see her live. As a performer, you're more concerned with putting on the best show you can and making sure everything in the show goes right, and that's why you leave all the behind-the-scenes stuff to the people you hire. Also I was hearing that the reason the show was shorter was because the Olympia couldn't fit all the props she uses in her show. If Kylie could downsize her Aphrodite tour but give a full concert when she toured the U.S., Madonna could have done the same thing.
This is also another reason why I refuse to pay the price of rent in New York City to see a concert that's going to cost me at least over $150.00. No one should have to take out a mortgage payment to see a show. I'm sure heads definitely rolled last night after Madonna found out what went down, and this goes to show that even when you give people in your entourage a simple task the only way shit gets done is to micromanage them. From what I saw I thought it was a great show and while I do believe that her ticket prices are ridiculously steep, the woman does give you your money's worth.
In case you missed the live stream you can watch it as well as the fans booing her after the show below...