Madonna Cancels Australia Tour, Adds France Gig
Madonna has reignited her longtime love affair with France by adding another concert date in July in Paris, but has cancelled her plans for a trip to Australia.
The singer’s MDNA show features performances of "Girl Gone Wild" and "Express Yourself," titles that are proving to be metaphors for the stars’ recent international escapades.
Despite a brouhaha with French right wing politician Marine Le Pen that has led to a lawsuit over “injury” against the singer, Madonna will perform at the Olympia in Paris on July 26. Her July 14 concert at the Stade de France incurred the wrath of Le Pen who is pressing charges after Madonna screened a video featuring a photo of Le Pen’s face with a swastika superimposed on it.
The “Give Me All Your Luvin” singer is giving her fans the love, offering just 2,700 tickets on the Olympia’s website with members of her fan club getting priority. Fan club members can buy the tickets through July 19 before the tickets become available to the general public on July 20. Madonna’s concert promoter Live Nation has already anticipated more demand than supply for the limited seating so plans to air the concert live on the web.
The singer had already scheduled an August 21 date in Nice and is confirmed to perform in the Southern French city.
As her French fans get ready to dance, Aussie admirers of the iconic star have expressed disappointment on Facebook and Twitter over her withdrawal from plans to perform in the country. Live Nation confirmed the cancellation, but gave no reason for it. Rumors of high ticket prices and unavailable venues have circulated.
The pop star has not performed in Oz in 20 years and didn’t make a stop there on her last two tours, citing logistical and financial problems.
Madonna may be 53 years old but the star, currently promoting her album MDNA, is still stirring up controversy. In addition to the drama in France, Madonna flashed a nipple to a an audience in Istanbul with mostly Islamic fans.
Yet her fans remain loyal, including celebrity friends like Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Stella McCartney who attended her show in London on Tuesday.