Madonna cancels second show
Illness on Tuesday forced the queen of pop, Madonna, to postpone the second concert of her new world tour on Tuesday, a day after launching it with a show laden with provocative anti-war images.
The rolling back of the 45-year-old superstar’s Los Angeles concert came after she announced on Monday she had cancelled her Israeli concert dates amid fears of possible attacks in the volatile region.
“Madonna has the stomach flu and was ordered by her doctor to rest this evening. She will be back at 100% and can’t wait to entertain her fans“, an announcement posted on her website said.
Fans who paid $200 a piece for tickets to the Material Girl’s Tuesday concert will get to attend a special concert on Wednesday instead.
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The musical icon launched her 50-concert tour in energetic style before a capacity crowd at the Inglewood Forum late on Monday, switching seamlessly from jewelled costumes to military fatigues that evoked war in the Middle East.
But as the queen of the revamp began her Re-Invention tour, the mother of two announced she had been forced to pull the plug on her Israeli tour as violence racks the West Bank and Gaza.
“It’s not a good idea to go there and do concerts,” she told the US television entertainment show Access Hollywood in an exclusive interview aired late on Monday.
The British tabloid newspaper The Sun reported on Monday that Madonna had cancelled her three Israeli dates after she received threats against her and her children, seven-year-old Lourdes and three-year-old Rocco.
But Madonna denied she or her brood had been threatened, saying: “No, if I had my way, I’d go. My manager wouldn’t let me.”
She said her manager scrapped the Israeli concerts scheduled for September because of the “attack on the leader of Hamas”.
Under the shadow of Middle East violence and the war in Iraq, the 45-year-old Madonna kicked off her politically fuelled tour with the energy that made her world famous more than two decades ago.
A video backdrop showing tough images of US soldiers at war and injured children popped up during her camouflage-clad rendition of American Life, drawing ire from some members of the audience.
Images of a Palestinian boy walking arm in arm with an Israeli were shown, and pictures of ill or injured children formed the backdrop as Madonna sang John Lennon’s Imagine.
While there were around 12 costume changes, gone were the conical bras of her 1980s heyday, replaced by more sober and less sexually provocative duds.