“I won’t stop ’til I drop”
The third Madame X theatre show in Lisbon started much later last night, at 10.52 PM. It was a great show, just a little shorter than the two previous shows at the Coliseu dos Recreios, lasting slighty less than 2hours and ½, therefore finishing at 1.15 AM.
The delay was due to the huge storm that hit Lisbon in the afternoon – an announcement was made at 10.30 PM saying they were having technical issues as a result of the storm – a few groans were heard but 20 minutes later the lights went down.
Madonna apologised a couple of times during the show for starting so late, and explained that the roof had leaked onto the stage during the storm.
The ticket stub last night was blue. It’s worth noticing that Lisbon is the first tour stop to have both a ticket stub and non-electronic, printed tickets. The design is slightly different from that of the American shows, with the same elements but minor changes that those who are deep into details will be able to notice.
A few tidbits from last night’s show from our friends Neil and Djs:
When Madonna changed her shoes behind the screen just before Vogue, she mentioned that she wasn’t putting on her usual high heels, and would be wearing much comfier but much uglier shoes instead. The shoes would really remind you of what she wore in the Blond Ambition Tour! She said that she had a hip injury as well as a knee injury, and so it was ugly shoes or no show, and she knew which we’d prefer!
She was in a great mood. If you attended one of the shows in North America you would notice her movement was slower but it didn’t look worse: she moved more carefully, but she didn’t look to be in pain.
Last night Dino D’Santiago didn’t join her on stage for Sodade and it looks like Papa don’t preach is permanently out, but her son David was on during Medellín.
The Polaroid selfie moment went on for a while – the first camera didn’t work so they brought out a second one, but that one kept giving images “with brown marks on them” so they brought out a third one! She took about five selfies altogether. Christian from the Philippines was the lucky high bidder with a 3k € offer, he gave her a crown and she wore it while they were chatting.
Valerie, her Colombian friend who lives in Lisbon who introduced her to the Fado scene and took her out to all the bars and clubs when Madonna first moved there was the beer bitch. At the end of their chat Madonna said she will keep going until she drops.
During American Life, just as she was about to start strumming the guitar she suddenly realised – and said into her mic – “I’ve got no picks” and then shrugged her shoulders and rolled her eyes, and strummed with her fingers. Someone ran on stage and handed her a pick before the next chorus.
At the end of Medellín the backing tape got stuck and then skipped, meaning that she was not singing in synch with the music, it only lasted around 10 seconds though and was quickly solved.
The film crew spotted at the first two European shows was no longer there – they filmed the Sunday 12th and Tuesday 14th January shows only.
Today is a day off but Madame X will be back on stage for show No. 4 tomorrow, 18 January.
Thanks to our friends Djs and Neil. Join us on the Forum for more!