Yesterday we learned that Madonna would be live streaming her intimate club performance at the Olympia Theater in Paris, France for fans online but today we are hearing about the experience for fans inside the venue in Paris. Those of us who watched the live stream know that the show lasted only 8 songs long and was over in about 45 minutes. I assumed that the rest of the concert would proceed in person for fans at the Olympia Theater in Paris … I was wrong. 45 minutes is all the fans got in person as well … and many of them were angry because of how expensive the concert tickets were for such a short show. Yikes! UPDATE: Madonna‘s publicist has issued an official statement about this controversy, read it in full below.
Madonna was booed and called a “slut” by disgruntled fans after a gig in Paris last night (July 26). The intimate show at the city’s 2,700-seat Olympia Theatre was a last-minute addition to the singer’s ‘MDNA’ tour, with tickets offered to fan club members first and selling out in less than five minutes. However, the gig was considerably shorter than other performances on the tour. Madonna performed just eight songs, ending her set with a cover of Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘Je T’aime… Mon Non Plus’ and leaving the stage 45 minutes after she had come on. Some fans apparently felt short-changed after paying between 80 and 280 Euros (£62 and £219) for tickets. Video footage uploaded to YouTube shows gig-goers chanting “Remboursez!”, French for “We want our money back!”, shortly after Madonna left the stage. Later in the video, a group of fans begin to chant “Salope!”, a derogatory term that translates as “slut” or “whore”. Scroll down to watch the video.
HMMM … while I think it is a bit excessive to yell out these sorts of derogatory names, I can understand the fans’ anger at having paid so much money for so little show. Let me be clear, it is completely outrageous to call a woman a “slut” and a “whore” because a concert was cut short. Misogyny of that sort is totally unacceptable. But calls for refunds? Yeah, that’s totally justifiable. I’m not gonna lie, I watched Madonna‘s concert at the Olympia online yesterday and I felt a tiny bit “cheated” when it was over so quickly … and I didn’t pay anything for the show. I can absolutely understand the anger from fans who spent so much money to see a concert only to be treated to a very short performance. At the end of the day, I highly doubt Madonna knows or even cares about this incident. She will carry on her MDNA World Tour, raking in the money along the way. Still, I think it would’ve been nice for her to give her fans a bit more for their money. But, it’s Madonna we’re talking about here … I guess you get what you pay for.
UPDATE: In response to this fan furor, Madonna‘s publicist Liz Rosenberg has issued the following statement:
Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank-you to France, which she expressed at the start of her show. Despite a grueling concert tour, she desperately wanted to perform for her fans in an intimate setting at the historic Olympia as a means to honor her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years. The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2,000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans. The show cost Madonna close to a million dollars to produce. She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show, which was streamed for millions of fans around the world.
LOL! To me, this sounds pretty much like Madonna‘s camp is saying … Quit complaining, you’re lucky you got what you got ;) I’m not sure that this statement will adequately quell the bad feelings among fans but it’s the response I was expecting to hear. Folks hoping for a refund are likely shizz outta luck. Does this official statement make you feel better or worse about this situation?