I’m wearing my French beret!
Madonna‘s one-off intimate club show in Paris at L’Olympia certainly got people talking. Whether it was the gun-slinging mashup of Die Another Day/Beautiful Killer, or that final, iconic weeping pose before she left the stage after the gorgeous cover of French classic Je T’Aime.
But, oh, the controversy. Marine Le Pen supporters boo-ed and started a ruckus. It was later found out that they planted themselves there, filmed their ‘riot’ at the show and then uploaded it to Youtube. But some of the fans complained, too.
If you are one of the many die-hard Madonna followers, you’d probably already know that previous club gigs like Koko, Roseland and Brixton were rougly 50 minutes long – less, even. Not one of them had as much attention to detail, choreography and technology incorporated into the show as L’Olympia.
Those who attended the show thinking they were getting full on MDNA tour, must have had a few screws loose. All in all, i’d have felt lucky to be in such a small room, watching her so closely – a true treat for those used to watching her from a distance. It was nice to come home from a long day, turn on Youtube and watch Madonna perform right from my living room.
With that said, she did seem to be acting a little weird, a tad bit preachy. I would have loved to see Girl Gone Wild performed, an album version of Open Your Heart, a shortened speech replaced with another song. Not sure why this wasn’t formatted for 1080p on Youtube, but as the Rolling Stones say - you can’t always get what you want.
Madonna certainly didn’t have to televise a performance of this caliber, so we’re lucky to see some of the tour cuts in high quality. We could have just gotten a live recording of Turn Up The Radio, and watched her stand there and play guitar. L’Olympia was especially nice for those who aren’t going to see the show, or have a long wait until it reaches their city. Overall I give kudos to M for giving this to us, especially after a somewhat shoddy promo campaign for MDNA.