Madonna has lived up to the title of her album Rebel Heart, which has topped 2015 critics lists in Rolling Stone, Digital Spy, Spin, and many other sources. Reports say that after the power at Madonna’s recent show in Glasgow was cut short, Madonna turned what could have been another concert PR disaster into a PR victory. Rolling Stone reported the news.
“Rather than ending the gig prematurely, a Santa hat-wearing Madonna and her team of dancers performed ‘Holiday’ sans electricity – even her microphone was shut off – and turning the arena into a giant sing-along.”
Right afterwards, Madonna took to Instagram to celebrate what turned out to be the most exciting concert ending of hers in years.
“We don’t stop till it’s over Glasgow! Don’t try to silence the Queen,” Madonna wrote.
It sounded like she got the last word in on whoever tried to cut her show short. However, the Queen of Pop was soon upstaged with a statement from the Hydro, the arena where she performed the concert. BBC reported the statement.
“Madonna finished her agreed set and then chose to come on for another song. By that stage, all the power and control equipment had already been disconnected by her own production engineers. I would stress that this was not a venue decision.”
Many Madonna fans have called the statement ridiculous. After the article in Rolling Stone, Miljan said what a lot of other fans at the venue thought.
“This is such BS. Holiday is a firm part of the setlist. She never does any other Encores except the ones that are already in the setlist.”
Many fans in the comments after Madonna’s Instagram post point out that it could have been the Glasgow City Council who told Madonna’s team they had to cut the cord. This explanation makes sense; there would be no reason Madonna would purposely cut the power before she was done with her final song and no reason the spokesperson from the Hydro would lie. Some fans, along with a lot of haters, point out that if Madonna actually started on time, the power cutting wouldn’t have happened. However, it’s important to note that according to the Scotsman, concert attendees were informed that it would start later than usual and end later than usual.
Madonna, who usually takes the stage around 9:30 p.m., took the stage around 9:45 p.m. for this show. Considering the fact the doors were opened at 8 p.m. and Madonna had an opening act, that’s not too bad. It’s not like her show in Manchester last week, where she started the show at 10 p.m. after many in the arena booed. The event was largely misreported by the general news media, who made it seem like the audience booed Madonna after she arrived on stage and that Madonna was so evil that she called her fans “diva b***es.” The alleged diatribe was Madonna being mostly tongue-in-cheek while criticizing complaining fans on Instagram, not the fans at the actual show.
Madonna has explained at many of her shows that the reason she sometimes starts later than usual is because of technical issues; she does not just sit backstage and laugh while fans, who paid up to hundreds of dollars, sit there. Madonna has always been a perfectionist. However, concert audiences have a right to be annoyed at her “perfectionism” when she comes out at 10: 20 p.m. in cities like Los Angeles. That didn’t end up being a PR disaster; Madonna put on a roof-raising show that made people forget about her starting late. Have you seen the Rebel Heart Tour? Do you think Madonna is wrong to go on stage a little later than usual, or are the complaints ridiculous? Let us know in the comments section.
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