Madonna defies curfew and keeps singing with fans even after London Palladium pulls the plug
Pop legend Madonna, weathered by criticism for a string of cancelled concerts, has remained defiant and determined to deliver her fans a gig they’ll never forget.
And boy, did she deliver. Despite the curtain call the singer had one more song left to sing and she declared that the show must go on.
This was despite a nine tonne metal fire curtain coming down on Madonna and her team of dancers, she alleged. She later posted a tweet furiously claiming that London Palladium “censored” her.
it was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt…… Many Thanks to the entire…https://t.co/Acwe7dUsVm pic.twitter.com/rbEyFl0akn
— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2020
‘Power to the people!’
At 11pm, her Madame X performance was bluntly ended by event organisers.
She wrote: “It was five minutes past our 11:00 curfew, we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling down the metal fire curtain that weighs nine tonnes.
“Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt.
“Many thanks to the entire audience who did not move and never left us. Power to the people!”
In the video footage she posted alongside the tweet, she can be heard screaming, “f***, motherf***er,” as the curtain descended.
She then swung herself to face the packed stadium and carried on with her performance of “I Rise” as the house lights switched on and her microphone went silent.
Palladium cutting her show short at curfew came after organisers previously warned the star not to break it.
A spokesperson told the BBC that while the venue denied that staff used the fire curtain, they did not comment on the show being cut short.
“Contrary to a number of reports, at no point during last night’s performance did staff at The London Palladium pull down, or attempt to pull down, the Iron Fire Curtain,” they said.
While Madonna claimed the “iron” curtain plummeted down, the video appeared to show the main cloth curtain.
Fans offer praise and apathy towards Madonna’s ‘censoring’.
Her post provoked a mixed bag of reaction from fans. Some praised the pop guru for being a “Queen”, while others seemed less enthused given her track record of delayed gig starting times.
Can't stop the Queen!!!👑❌👑❌ https://t.co/Hg0EVefaHp
— Samuel Orris (@Samuel2292) February 6, 2020
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Love this. Yes she needs to start on time. She started at 9 instead of 8.30.But 11.15 was actually the final cut off point according to security so technically they cut her off before they should have. It certainly made for a memorable ending though, wish I'd been there! https://t.co/ATQSA6WiWT
— Jon Larkin (@jonnylarkin) February 6, 2020
Turns out @Madonna is a selfish diva and rapidly loosing "icon" status. The curfew is there for all the other staff, for whom she obviously doesn't give a damn, not for you princess. https://t.co/5G8tnMPQdy
— Matthew Gough (@MatthewG_Yoga) February 6, 2020