After a bacterial infection that put her in hospital and forced her to reschedule all her concerts, Madonna kicked off her long-awaited ‘The Celebration Tour’ on 14 October, where the American singer gave a tour of her 40-year career.
The venue chosen to kick off Madonna’s world tour was London’s famous Arena 02. Madonna performed a setlist of 24 songs, including songs that she had not performed live for years. One example was “Nothing Really Matters”, from the album ‘Ray of Light’ (1998). Other unreleased songs included “Justify My Love”, “Bad Girl”, “Little Star”, “Bedtime Story” and “Rain”, which the singer had not performed at her concerts for 20 years.
As well as going through her record label, Madonna also had a few nods to other artists such as Michael Jackson, as well as paying tribute to all those who have passed away from HIV/AIDS such as Freddie Mercury. That’s not all, another surprise was to see her 11-year-old daughter Estere voguing and her other daughter Lourdes Leon was grading her sister’s performance. The artist also did some covers such as “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” and “I Will Survive”.
Madonna’s 40th anniversary tour seems to be one of the most ambitious tours we have seen in the pop world in recent years. Another highlight of ‘The Celebration Tour’ was a stellar appearance by Tahliah Barnett, known artistically as FKA Twigs, who sat the UK-born but Jamaican-descended singer and dancer in a chair while a cast of dancers gave her some pretty racy streepties.