To borrow the title of Madonna’s own song, “causing a commotion” was clearly what the US pop queen set out to do during her first-ever concert in Singapore yesterday at the National Stadium.
Sure, the 57-year-old got off to a safe start when she kept to her end of the bargain, removing the contentious Holy Water segment from her set.
But Madonna is Madonna, and the pop star, who is on a world tour to promote her 13th album Rebel Heart, had other provocative shockers for her fans.
Plenty of expletives peppered her interaction with the audience, as she encouraged them to call her “b****”.
At one point, she asked if she could use the four-letter word here.
“All night long I’ve been trying not to swear and it’s f****** killing me,” she said, to much cheer and applause.
Kicking off her performance with the upbeat Bitch I’m Madonna after she was lowered to the stage in a gold steel cage, the Queen of Pop zipped through the two-hour set as she belted out hit after hit, from early ones like Like A Virgin and La Isla Bonita to recent ones like Living For Love and Rebel Heart.