Madonna, 57, put on a much-hyped free concert last night in Melbourne last night, but didn’t take to the stage until more than three hours after she was supposed to start.
Fifteen hundred fans waited amiably in the pouring rain for doors to open at 8:30pm.
At 8:50, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary came out of the venue and told the waiting audience Madonna would not be on stage until 11:30pm. As it was, she finally began at about midnight.
The Tears of a Clown show was for devoted members of Madonna’s fanclub and selected Telstra customers ahead the Australian leg of her Rebel Heart tour which begins at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday.
Among the frustrated hordes was Fifi Box, who had to get up for her breakfast radio gig just hours after Madonna finished the show at 3am.
— Fifi Box (@fifi_box) March 10, 2016
When she finally emerged, at midnight, she was dressed in a clown outfit complete with stripey socks, and even rode around the stage on a trike. Despite the slapstick antics, she clearly had serious issues on her mind, and at one point broke down on stage over her son, Rocco. While she was in Melbourne, Rocco’s father Guy Ritchie was attending the High Court in London as lawyers for both parties discussed Rocco’s future living arrangements.