UPDATED: Madonna And The Olympia Controversy
[UPDATE #2: Madonna's official response: "Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them. Unfortunately at the end of the show—after I left the stage—a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again."
Additionally, the French Version of the FBI, the DST has confirmed the 'riots' were indeed coming from Le Pen supporters and not Madonna fans.]
Our original article (published July 27th) is below:
Is it just me, or is ‘Turn Up The Radio’ better live than on the record?
Madonna pissed off her fans last night at her small show in Paris’ legendary Olympia theater. Basically because she only performed for 45 minutes. And 15 minutes of that was a speech. People slept on the streets to get into the show, some even traveled from the US and other countries. I would be pissed too. The problem wasn’t really with the show, by all accounts she was good. She even added new songs to the setlist solely for this performance, including a cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Je t’aime moi non plus’. There was even a specially created video that opened the show.
It seems to me that her management should’ve made it clear that this was a smaller, shorter show. The prices were the same as the recent 90 minute full MDNA show at the Stade de France in Paris, so everyone was expecting a full show at Olympia. It’s all about communication, people. Set those expectations!
Anyway, people were pissed and it wasn’t because she compared herself to Napoleon during the show (gotta love it). If it were me, I might be bitching that the show was so short, but let’s put it into perspective, shall we? This show was a chance to see Madonna, who plays arenas and stadiums around the world with usually 20 to 90,000 people in attendance. Olympia has 2,700. So, quit your bitchin’, is I really have to say.
Anyway, you can watch the show above. She sounds great. I like the stuff with Basque trio Kalakan. There’s even a part in her speech where she says she doesn’t “take your love for granted” and you can see her look down at Brahim, he’s nodding. Awww!
The show will be streamed as it played live, every hour on the hour until midnight tonight, London time. By the way, Madonna did not show the Marine Le Pen video that has Mme. Le Pen threatening a lawsuit at Olympia. I’m betting that’s just because the show was a pocket show and not the full MDNA deal. You can bet the Le Pen video will be played again when Madonna comes back to France to play Nice on August 21st.
For now, she’s off to Vienna. This MDNA tour is full of controversies of all types!