Madonna is also doing several concerts in Germany this year.Image: WireImage / Kevin Mazur
It is by no means a given that Madonna is currently back on stage. A few months ago, the singer was battling a serious bacterial infection and even ended up in the intensive care unit. The start of her “The Celebration” tour was therefore postponed.
On November 15th, the superstar made her first stop in Germany as part of the tour – Madonna will even perform a second time in Cologne on Thursday. At the first concert, however, the audience had a rude awakening. Many vented their anger on social media that same evening.
Madonna keeps fans waiting in Cologne
Fans were allowed into the Lanxess Arena from 6:30 p.m. and the show was scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Madonna didn’t show up until shortly after 10 p.m.
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Understandably, this caused frustration. In addition: a 20-hour strike by the train drivers’ union GDL began on Wednesday evening, which resulted in restrictions on train traffic. Many fans already had problems planning their return journey home or to the hotel, although the railway tried to find alternative offers.
Fans are mad at Madonna
One person complains on X (formerly Twitter): “It’s just extremely disrespectful of the woman to the fans.” Anyone who had planned their trip home was now “smeared”.
An “Is there a chance that you can still come on stage, or do I have to ask for a refund?” the user asks passively-aggressively.
And this fan apparently finally had enough on Wednesday evening. The question here is: Did Madonna take a quick nap or was she just rude?
Madonna: Being late on stage is a tradition
In any case, the fact is: When it finally started a few minutes after 10 p.m., at least not many people had left the hall early out of frustration, the location was well filled. The singer started with “Nothing Really Matters”.
Incidentally, it is not uncommon for Madonna to make her audience wait at concerts. At the shows of the past few weeks she always only took the stage between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Maybe the word hadn’t gotten around to Cologne yet.
After all, she delivers over two hours and presents her greatest hits from four decades such as “Like a Prayer” and “Papa Don’t Preach”. The European leg of “The Celebration” tour ends on December 6th in London, after which the superstar heads to North America. The concert series finally ends with four performances in Mexico in April 2024.
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