Madonna opens up about riot at Paris concert

Jul 31, 2012, 09:01 IST | ANI

Madonna has hit back at reports that claimed that a riot broke out at her Paris concert because her show lasted just 45 minutes.

Earlier reports had suggested that fans were angry that she played only ten songs, but the 53-year-old has taken to her official site to clarify the controversy.


“Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them,” aur quoted her as writing on the site. “Unfortunately at the end of the show - after I left the stage - a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans.

The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again,” she wrote.

TMZ had reported that the people in audience who staged the riot were not angry about the shortened set, but rather about the pop icon’s use of a video featuring a swastika over and the image of politician Marine Le Pen.

Liz Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for the ‘Frozen’ singer, also released a statement to clarify that the show was never meant to be a full concert.  “Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show,” Rosenberg said in a statement provided to ABC News Radio.

“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.

“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,” Rosenberg added. 

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