Madonna hasn't lost any of her brilliance!
Madonna whose provocative style is just as iconic as her musical talent, has seduced audiences all over the world with her electric performances that have earned her many honors over the years including seven Grammy Awards, the title of best-selling female artist of all time, entry into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, 68 MTV Video Music Awards nominations, two Golden Globes, and two Brit Awards, among many others. So, when she announced her Celebration Tour, to celebrate her forty-year career, a major media frenzy ensued.
Everything you need to know about Madonna's concert in Paris
After London, Antwerp, Copenhagen, and Lisbon, Madonna arrived in Paris for two extraordinary concerts which took place on November 12 and 13 at the Accor Arena, before making her way back to the French capital to woo her fans once again with another two concerts taking place on November 19 and 20.
Vogue was on the ground last Sunday for the Queen of Pop’s concert. Madonna performed for a total of two and a half 30 hours of pure joy, and the show confirmed her status as an incomparable performer, a talented dancer, and a legendary singer. The show kicked off with the appearance of Bob the Drag Queen, known for winning the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, walking through the crowd wearing a costume inspired by the Marie-Antoinette one that Madonna wore during her 1990 MTV Music Awards performance of Vogue, and injecting plenty of humor into the night.
While images and videos recounting her career were projected on the screens, Madonna rose from the smoke in the middle of an enormous round stage wearing a mystical crown and dress designed by Eyob Yohannes to perform her 1998 hit Nothing Really Matters. Featuring dancers from (La) Horde, the collective that directs the Ballet National de Marseille, The Celebration Tour was full of exhilarating performances. Case in point, the star sang Like A Virgin from a huge cage surrounded by masked dancers, and she also performed Vogue alongside the American drag queen, bringing us a full-blown voguing show
The show was emotional
Madonna didn’t hesitate to share some of the most personal moments of her life. Her children, appeared on stage, with her daughter Mercy James playing the piano during her rendition of the song Bad Girl, and her other daughter, the 11-year-old daughter Estere, working the DJ decks during Vogue, many of the performances were emotionally charged while delivering powerful messages. During the song Live to Tell, she crossed the venue suspended several meters above the ground in a cage, while black-and-white photographs of her loved ones she lost to aids including Keith Haring and Freddie Mercury, were projected on the screens behind her.
Another reason that Madonna’s fans adore her so, is the fact that she opens up to her fans. At her Paris concert, she addressed why she had to cancel the first dates of her tour, following a bacterial infection that had forced her into a coma. “I wouldn’t be here today without the love and support of my children,” she said.
From sex to fashion
Legendary for her provocative style, Madonna has always stunned audiences with her incredible stage costumes whether wedding gowns, skin-tight leather looks, or cone breast corsets by Jean Paul Gaultier. The pop icon has always seduced and shocked with her rebellious attitude and femme fatale style. She continued her Celebration Tour momentum with a plethora of nods to her legendary outfits over the years including a Jean Paul Gaultier corset, Eyob Yohannes and Rita Melssen silk nightgown, leather cowgirl-inspired corset as an ode to the Don’t Tell Me era, and even a Versace metallic jumpsuit. The most memorable fashion moment however was the finale, during the tracks Bitch I’m Madonna and Celebration, which saw the dancers take to the stage dressed in the iconic star’s looks from her past, including the bodysuit from Hung Up and her wedding dress from Like A Virgin. In conclusion, Madonna still knows how to bring us a breathtaking show!
Written by Alexandre Marain