Madonna kicked off her Sticky And Sweet world tour in Cardiff last night a week after her 50th birthday.
But age proved no barrier to Madge who delivered an epic show with eight costume changes. Fans who had paid up to s160 for tickets and flown from all around the world, were taken on a high-energy trip through her career.
Madonna split the show into four: Pimp, Old School, Gypsy and Rave. She arrived on stage in a sexy black outfit for opening number Candy Shop.
Husband Guy Ritchie was spotted in the crowd as his wife changed into a white top hat and appeared in a white limo for her second track Beat Goes On.
Britney Spears famously snogged on stage by Madonna showed up for third song Human Nature but not in person. She appeared on a huge screen above the stage – trapped in a lift, wearing a hoodie and looking disturbingly like young Madonna.
For Bond theme Die Another Day the dancers acted out a full-on boxing match in a full-size ring on stage.
Madonna lap danced around a pole in red hot pants to her early hit Into The Groove, then sang alone from the centre of the stage for an emotional performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s You Must Love Me – from Evita.
But the highlight came during She’s Not Me when four dancers dressed as Madge through the ages came on stage.
For two hours, the Queen of Pop reworked songs from her 25-year history. The colossal roof at the Cardiff venue was closed to keep the rain out – and to make the sound even louder.
Rap and R&B stars Kanye West and Pharrell Williams put in virtual appearances alongside Britney, but there was never any doubt who the real star was. With another 50 dates to go around the world, Madonna’s back with a bang.