Fashionably late? Mai oui! But it was worth the wait.
Just as she did at her mini-concert in New York on April 30th, Madonna kept 2,000 fans – including designer John Galliano and rocker Lenny Kravitz – eagerly awaiting her arrival for two hours before taking the stage at Olympia Hall in Paris.
When she did appear on stage for her Hard Candy mini-tour, the 49-year-old performer offered a half-hour, tantalizing taste of her upcoming summer tour.
When the curtain rose, the audience discovered Madonna – wearing a black and silver satin dominatrix outfit – seated on a patent leather throne. Launching into “Candy Shop” before a pulsing video screen, the music icon mixed new and old material, including a video-screen cameo of Justin Timberlake, her duet partner in “4 Minutes.”
During the abbreviated six-song set, she accompanied herself on electric guitar for a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” before ending with “Music” and “Hung Up.”
Madonna also kissed up a bit to her by-invitation-only audience.
“Why do I have this relationship with France?” she mused from the stage. “I’m always drawn to working with French people – and frenching French people.”
During another unscripted chat, she made a bit of a gaffe as she discussed playing her first ever gig at the historic venue. “I’m sharing the same stage where Edith Piaf, Juliette Greco, Mistinguett and Marlene Dietrich have sung,” she said according to the daily Le Parisien, adding “They’re all dead.”
As the paper points out, that may come as news to the 80-year-old Greco – who released her latest album last year and is currently on a sold-out concert tour.”