Sans her signature spectacle, Madonna paid tribute to victims of the Paris terrorist attacks on Wednesday.
The singer, 57, gave an impromptu performance near a memorial at the Place de la Republique.
While embracing her youngest son David, 10, the mother of four sang her recent single “Ghost Town” to an intimate crowd formed around her.
She also performed John Lennon’s “Imagine” and her classic “Like a Prayer.”
“Im singing some songs in place de la republique. Meet me there now #Paris . #rightnow #aftershow #rebelheartour,” the icon tweeted with a photo of the mother-son duo flashing peace signs.
The surprise appearance followed up her sold-out concert at AccorHotels Arena, the latest stop on her Rebel Heart world tour. She is set to take the stage in Paris again on Thursday.
Madonna has been vocal about her heartbreak over the attacks. In the midst of a November concert in Stockholm, Sweden, the Grammy winner broke down in tears while honoring victims.
“It’s been very hard for me to get through this show up to this point and not forget about what happened last night, so I need to take this moment to acknowledge the tragedy, the tragic killings, assassinations and the senseless endings of precious life that occurred last night in Paris,” she told the crowd. “Why am I up here dancing and having fun when people are crying over the loss of their loved ones?”
She continued, “However, that is exactly what these people want to do. They want to shut us up. They want to silence us. And we won’t let them. We will never let them! Because there is power in unity and I do believe that as much chaos and pain and senseless violence and terrorism that occurs around this world – not just in Paris – as much as that does occur, there is more goodness in this world. We are here to prove it.”