Friday, April 19, 2024

Madonna Fans Thought They Caused Lights to Flicker at Barclay Center, But It was Just a Con-Ed Substation Issue


Madonna fans can rest easy. They did not cause a Con Ed power dip in Brooklyn Thursday night.

Many fans went on social media suggesting their enthusiasm or Madonna’s actual electrical draw made the lights flicker at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn right before midnight.

But Con Ed says no, it was a problem at a local substation, and had nothing to do with Madonna’s Celebration Tour.

Many fans are calling the Celebration Tour “the late show.” On her first two nights in Brooklyn, Madonna didn’t start her show until 11pm, and it ended just after 1 am. The tickets calls for 8pm, which means a lot of the 14,000 fans who come early are there for six hours.

There’s a likelihood that Madonna and Live Nation are paying hefty union fees for this luxury. New York shows usually have to be wrapped by 11pm, otherwise the clock starts ticking. Drake is said to have paid $500K recently for a late show at Madison Square Garden. But you know, Madonna goes on when she goes on. In London, the O2 Arena just pulled the plug at 11pm, cutting short the show.

PS On Thursday night, actress Julia Garner was Madonna’s special sitting on a chair guest for the song “Vogue.” Garner was supposed to star in a movie Madonna was directing about her life, but it was cancelled by Universal Pictures.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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