Madonna isn’t an alcoholic, isn’t “having a meltdown” and isn’t converting to Islam, yet.
This is just some of what her 14,000 Sydney fans learnt on Saturday night when the diva kicked off the last shows of her Rebel Heart world tour at Allphones Arena.
“I don’t drink. So f— you… you’re not going to shut my s— down. You’re just jealous because I’m not an alcoholic,” she said during one on her many talk breaks, pointedly addressing reports of her erratic behaviour, which has plagued the shows during recent months.
After throwing a bouquet of flowers into a front row scrum she then made a comment about marriage which raised eyebrows as a group of men fought over the blooms.
“I can’t marry four people. I’ve not converted to Islam yet.”
She also referenced the ongoing custody battle between her ex-husband Guy Ritchie for her young, estranged son, Rocco.
“I don’t want to be accused of having a meltdown,” she said sarcastically. “Heaven forbid a mother should miss her son. It’s a crime. It’s a goddamn sin. I’m glad you have a sense of humour, because if I didn’t have one I couldn’t survive.”
Sydney waited 23 years, two hours and seven minutes for Madonna to take the stage.
She arrived shortly after 10pm, two hours after the scheduled start time, not that the fans cared as this show had it all.
Her superior vocals, Oprah like sermons and Baz Luhrmann-inspired showmanship demonstrated why Madge is still the queen of pop and pop culture.
The latter was highlighted by a cameo from a Game of Thrones star.
Brienne of Tarth, aka Gwendoline Christie, was called up on stage and gifted a rhinestone encrusted banana flask during a set list that comprised fresh tracks from her latest album Rebel Heart and “trips down memory lane”.
The classics were where her raw talent shone.
A heartfelt rendition of her 1984 cover of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore was close to pitch perfect while other golden oldies such as Like A Virgin, Material Girl, Dress You Up and La Isla Bonita were remixed allowing her to show off her timeless assets – her well maintained voice and tightly choreographed dance moves.
The 57-year-old performed solidly for close to three hours with more energy than the young #fitspo social media stars of today.
Source : TheSydneyMorningHerald