|Tickets for the surprise show - a last-minute addition to Madonna's 'MDNA' tour - started at 80 euros ($98) and were offered first to members of Madonna's fan club, they sold out in less than 5 minutes and the Olympia's website crashed several times due to heavy traffic. Some people began gathering outside the Olympia as early as Wednesday for the show, and anticipation was running high.|
The concert was expected to have a political overtone to it, and Madonna started off on a rebellious note: 'I have a special affinity with France, and I have for many years', the pop star shouted at the start, 'It could go all the way to Napoleon because I think of myself as a revolutionary. She opened the show with an energetic performance of 'Turn Up The Radio' that got the whole venue jumping, followed by 'Open Your Heart'. We then had 'Vogue' (which is breathtaking in such a small venue), with 'Candy Shop' and 'Human Nature'. A great Beautiful Killer/Die Another Day mix (which MUST be added to the tour) and reinterpreting 'Je T'aime Moi Non Plus', a song laced with sexual innuendo, as the finale.
After a great show, in an amazing small venue, the billed 'Special Club' mini show caused problems with some fans, who when the stage crew came on to dismantle the set, turned on Madonna shouting 'Salope', throwing empty bottles on stage and demanding a refund. Yes there were angry fans BUT it was not the entire audience. Some were happy to have seen Madonna at such an intimate venue, and Madonna explained:
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. 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.