One can argue that Madonna is very depressed right now due to her custody battle. However, anybody who thinks Madonna was drunk at her Rebel Heart Tour stop in Australia Saturday evening is wrong, at least according to people who were actually there and people who actually watched the videos that made the false accusations.
Madonna has been letting loose on her current tour and is trying (although not always succeeding) to be funny. Still, fans and critics love the change from Madonna’s previous icy persona. However, The Sun, a notoriously anti-Madonna outlet, once again, appeared to have fabricated a story that Madonna was wasted on stage at her recent show in Melbourne.
“After falling off a tricycle, she told the crowd in Melbourne that she had ‘messed up’ her songs, before joking: ‘You would think it was in my DNA!’ And at one stage, after downing booze from a fan’s hip flask, she pleaded: ‘Somebody take care of me, please. Who is going to take care of me?’”
The Sun noted that, in addition, Madonna made some vulgar jokes. But they didn’t note that Madonna herself told the crowd she was joking and obviously having fun. The news soon spread to the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, and everywhere else on the Internet. Finally, Gossip Cop put a rest to the tabloid reports Monday morning.
“Madonna was not drunk at her Saturday show in Melbourne, despite reports. A production insider tells Gossip Cop media claims that she was intoxicated during her performance at the Rod Laver Arena are inaccurate.”
Gossip Cop adds that during the footage sites posted of Madonna drinking from a bottle of vodka, Madonna told the crowd that it wasn’t even real. And she didn’t pull out a fan’s flask as the tabloids reported. She had her own and shared it with Molly Meldrum, one of Australia’s biggest television personalities. According to News.com.Au, Meldrum said that the flask was filled with water.
If Madonna was actually drunk and unable to perform her tightly choreographed show, she wouldn’t have earned the unanimous rave reviews from the Australian press, which is usually harsh on visiting superstars. The Sydney Morning Herald claims that Madonna still does it better than anyone.
“On Saturday, it felt like the queen had re-asserted herself. Her dancers were better, her sets more impressive, her re-interpretation of classics more creative. Everything was polished to within an inch of its life – which is what made it so magnificent,” claimed critic Michael Lallo.
The Guardian, which gave the show four stars, was just as impressed.
“Madonna belting out old hits, new hits, and old hits done in the manner of new hits – plus a bit of Sondheim and Motown, as well as a surprisingly moving cover of Edith Piaf – one hardly walks away unentertained. If the definition of an artist is their unique contribution to spectacle, the queen reigns supreme.”
Madonna plays Brisbane this week and ends her tour in Sydney on Sunday. As Inquisitr recently reported, Madonna is expected to make as much as $160 million when all is said and done. Her latest tour falls behind Taylor Swift’s in terms of audience attendance and money made, but it proves that Madonna is still a force to be reckoned with, whether one thinks she is drinking or not.