It was necessary to take his pain in patience, Saturday evening at the Grand Rex, in Paris, to see Madonna. The 2,800 spectators of the first of the singer’s twelve concerts in the capital had to wait until midnight to see their idol appear on the stage of the Grand Rex. The show was scheduled to start at 9 p.m.
In question, according to the production, unforeseen technical problems, caused by the incompatibility of certain decorations with the scene of the famous Parisian hall where the star must close a tour that she wanted as close as possible to her audience, in theaters and cinemas in the United States and Europe.
“She wanted everything to be perfect”
“Tables had to be changed, leading to new repetitions. Madonna is really demanding. She wanted everything to be perfect for this first Parisian date. She worked with her dancers and musicians until 9 p.m. this evening. Yesterday and the day before yesterday, she had already repeated four hours each time, ”said a technician.
After an admittedly flawless show, Madonna released her audience, without apologizing, shortly after 2:15 a.m. on Sunday. Most were left without public transport, like Jonathan, 28, living in the great Parisian suburbs.
“I don’t know how I’m going to get home, but it was still worth the wait. The show was great, “said the young man, who had spent 221 euros for a jump seat in the orchestra. Seats varied between 85 and 385 euros. Despite the technical delay, a first part with the only musicians of Madonna in jazz lounge mode was maintained, without counting an intermission of 30 minutes.
Dancer, prisoner, mother, singer, saint, whore, spy, activist …: Madonna is all of these at once and much more in this most intimate, committed and probably ambitious show of her career, in residence at the Grand Rex in Paris until March 11. These twelve performances will complete this “Madame X Tour”, which began in New York in September, passed through Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon (which inspired her latest album) and London.
Jean-Paul Gaultier was present
For this first Parisian, Jean-Paul Gaultier, his favorite designer who again signs for her an equally provocative wardrobe, was at the forefront. Madonna came to sit next to her in the middle of the show, paying tribute to the stylist who recently announced that she wanted to stop the collections.
“Wake up!”, “The artists are here to disturb the peace”, a quote from the black and homosexual writer James Baldwin, are some of the slogans that punctuate the show with police repression, wars, weapons sold over the counter in the USA, global warming and even homophobia. A gigantic rainbow flag symbol LGBT marks the end of the show, just before the song “I Rise” with which Madonna and her thirty dancers, including her children, and musicians leave the hall raised fist, crossing the hall Great Rex.