For a woman who has just turned 50, Madonna could be forgiven for being obsessed with time.
In her first concert since reaching the milestone, a ticking sound and images of clocks punctuated the opening night of her Sticky and Sweet world tour.
The message “Game Over” filled screens around the stage as she left on Friday night, but her energetic performance – which including skipping, pole dancing and break-dancing – would seem to suggest her career is anything but.
Madonna sealed her position as Queen of Pop by entering the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on a throne in a glittering black Givenchy outfit before revisiting classic looks and hits during a two-hour set.
The only thing some fans could be rightly disappointed with was a lack of controversy, after her last tour saw her suspended on a crucifix.
The diverse production was not without drama however, with Britney Spears making a much-anticipated appearance on a video screen.
A film of CCTV-style footage showed her trapped in a lift, wearing dark glasses and a hooded top.
Britney whispered: “Express yourself, don’t repress yourself,” as Madonna sung Human Nature – one of many in which she also played guitar.
A raunchy version of Vogue set pulses racing at the stadium, with dancers in bondage clothes and black masks contorting at the front of the stage, before fans revelled in a heavy metal version of Borderline.
Source: MSN Music UK