First night in Paris
Doors opened at 9:20 PM at Le Grand Rex for the first Madame X theatre show in Paris tonight, with very long queues of fans on the sidewalks all around the venue.
Customers were informed via email that due to a technical delay the doors were expected to open at 9, with the show beginning at 11 PM and ending at 1:30 AM but we expect some further delay.
The show eventually started at midnight and ended at 2:15 AM. Madonna performed the longer version of the current setlist, opening with God Control. As you know, Crave is not part of the show anymore.
Security checks at the door were slow, with many people still queueing outside at 11 PM. Adding that to the technical delay that forced the venue to keep the doors shut until past 9 PM sort of set a bad vibe to the night, with the audience that seemed tired and somewhat subdued despite Madonna being on fire, playful and fine form, giving a very passionate performance.
That ended up in a few weird interventions from the audience, with a guy shouting “shut the fuck up and sing” during the Polaroid moment (which he clearly didn’t get as being part of the show), and it was clear that Madonna heard him.
The selfie went for 2000 € to a fan from Germany named Nicole who posted the Polaroid on Twitter after the show.
The champagne bitch was no other than Jean Paul Gaultier, Madonna thanked him for expanding her cultural appreciation of everything with his enthusiasm and their years of collaboration and she was sweet to him when he didn’t happen to understand some of the things she was saying or asking.
He said he always dreamed of dressing her and would have killed someone who did it instead of him.
They had some banter from her about him grabbing her breasts when he dresses her, how he wanted to marry her, and how marriage doesn’t suit her.
Madonna happened to mention that the Paris audience was “low key low key” and noticed that many Italian fans were attending, “the only ones who scream loud”. She wasn’t happy with people leaving to go to the bar (and rightly so) because that was distracting and asked to “shut the fucking door: in or out.”
Once again Madonna didn’t wear a wig for Vogue but she had her own hair combed and styled with a hairpin to create the curl. She didn’t do her walk through the audience during Medellín – a change introduced in the last shows in London that made especially sense at Le Grand Rex as the stage is rather high and the stairs quite steep (she particularly careful when walking down for the I Rise final).
Thanks to Djs and Simonc from the MadonnaTribe Forum.