It was close to 9pm when Madonna took to the stage last night at the Singapore Sports Hub, a mere hour after the stated starting time (“mere” because fans in the Philippines had to endure a three-hour wait).
And Her Madgesty was in fine, provocative form. The 25,000-strong crowd was roundly blasted with a torrent of F-bombs, a healthy amount of stripping and the sight of the Material Girl strutting up and down the stage like only she can.
All this to an 18-song set that included classic hits like Deeper & Deeper, an acoustic True Blue and Like A Virgin given a fresh spin through musical re-arrangement (then sadly delivered through a sub-par sound system).
But the true audio gold last night? The comments heard within the cavernous stadium, both from Madonna herself and the crowd. Here’s a sampling of what went down.
“I heard Madonna is going to start one hour late leh!” “Har?! Then like that how! Lucky I got take leave tomorrow.”
“Yah lor! But she better not finish too late, wait no more MRT!” -- Two female concert-goers being very, uh, practical
“It’s a little bit hot in here. I’m gonna take some of my clothes off! Hope you don’t mind!” -- Why did Madonna even bother asking?
“Wah, her legs are damn sexy.” -- Female fan to her supremely bored male partner, who was playing a game on his phone and proving that straight guys don’t make up the Queen of Pop’s main fan base
“It’s so hot up here. Are you sweating as much as I am? Let me see your armpits right now!” -- The moment Madonna demanded an answer...and we held our breath as the crowd lifted its arms
“I’m gonna sing you special people a song about love and I want you to sing along. C’mon people, don’t make me do all the work!” -- No such thing as a free song, according to Madonna
“Nobody f*cks with the Queen.” -- Madonna getting literal before launching into Like A Virgin
“I heard the government was informed of everything she would be doing in the concert beforehand.” -- Self-important male fan announcing to everyone within earshot
“Wah lau, pay so much money, the stage so far! Can’t see anything!” -- An irate male fan dressed to party in a bright pink sequinned jacket upon finding out he was extremely far from the party
“Hello, hello... You’re blocking me, can sit down?” -- Annoyed fan to another dancing up a storm in front of her. Annoyed fan, for the record, was blatantly ignored
“And now, it’s just me, with my Singapore fans.” -- Madonna managed to make the cavernous setting feel somewhat intimate as her dancers headed off the stage before she sang Crazy For You
“Can I use the F-word around here? Thank god, because I’ve been trying not to swear all night!” -- Madonna with a smirk
“Catch, motherf*ckers! Very good, you all get a gold star!” -- Madonna being naughty AND nice to her backup dancers as she lobbed a pair of maracas at them
“Sometimes, alcohol helps you make the right decisions.” -- Madonna taking yet another swing (or is it swig?) at her concert protestors
“Sometimes, it’s a long journey to the top. Sometimes, it’s short. But I like it long. Thirty-two years to make it to the top, motherf*ckers!” -- Madonna, to loud cheers
“You guys...get some English classes!” -- Obviously Madonna was not impressed by our standard of English
“Ai kee jiak muay mai (shall we go for Teochew porridge)?” -- What Singapore concert-goers do post-concert (apart from high-tailing it to the MRT station)
Photos: Willie Yeo