Tuesday, July 16, 2024

It’s Starting Again: Madonna Starts Second Show at O2 Arena Late, Gets Six Songs Cut off at End Because of Curfew

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Last night at the O2 Arena Madonna started late and got cut off at the of her second show.

The word put out was that the O2 had electrical problems so Madonna began her Celebration show at least a half an hour late.

But Madonna is famous for not making start times. On her last tour, if she made it within an hour the audience was lucky.

London and the O2 have a curfew, however. And so at 11pm, they pulled the plug on Madame X. Fans say four or five songs were missing after the abrupt ending.

That’s not good since the fans are paying thousands of bucks to see Madonna. They want the whole show.

As it is, they’re seeing a show that has pre-recorded vocals and a star who spends a lot of time sitting in chairs while performing her songs. Videos show the very clever direction in which Madonna — who moves slowly and needs rests — is surrounded by a lot of pyrotechnics and young dancers who crowd around her.

Well, she’s 65, and in better shape than most people that age. But what she’s attempting may be an over estimation of what the body can do.

The time thing is more pressing, however. Madonna’s predilection for arriving at the venue late and taking her time is going to turn off audiences on the Celebration tour.

Someone has to tell her, this is the way divas behaved in her heyday. Nowadays, acts like Taylor Swift and Pink start on time and have few if any malfunctions.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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