Madonna played the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. The material girl kept her adoring fans waiting 2.5 hours for the perfect show. And although there were boos at first, all seemed to be forgiven in an almost two-hour set that was pretty typical Madge.
The show was part of her MDNA tour, MDNA being a shortening of her name and the name of her current album. She also showcased songs from 2008’s “Hard Candy,” as well as all of her 80s and 90s hits. The classic Madonna songs were done a bit differently, though. For instance, “Like a Virgin” was done as a waltz and “Open Your Heart” was performed as more of a folk song, complete with a Basque folk trio for backup.
So what about that 2.5 hour delay? Madonna claimed she wanted the show to be just perfect.
“We made so many changes between Europe and America, and I want to make the perfect show. Because my fans deserve it. And frankly I deserve it, too.”
Madonna has the most loyal fans in the world. They forgave her and enjoyed the show. She’s lucky. A lesser performer may have been booed off the stage after that much time.
During the show, Madonna made reference to the Pussy Riot affair in Moscow and turned a bit patriotic. She said she was happy to be back home, especially in the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
“Never forget that you’re lucky to live where you live,” she said. “So don’t get fat and lazy.”
The show was filled with the special effects that Madonna is known for and she didn’t disappoint. She had fake guns on stage and even did a strip tease for her fans.
Madonna took her obligatory shot at Lady Gaga by mashing up her song “Born This Way” with Madonna’s own “Express Yourself” and her own “She’s Not Me.” Madonna feels Gaga borrowed from “Express Yourself” for “Born This Way. She’s never made a legal challenge over it, but she sticks it to Gaga every chance she gets.
Madonna’s been around for a long time and is now 54. Is keeping your fans waiting 2.5 hours past the showtime on their tickets smart, megastar or not? It seemed to work for her on Tuesday night, but will it work if she does it again? Only time will tell. For now, Madonna maintains her intense popularity after almost 30 years.