The show had an intimacy not usually associated with a star of Madonna’s calibre
The show had an intimacy not usually associated with a star of Madonna’s calibre

★★★★☆ “I never quit!” Madonna told her fans in a statement in late December. Unfortunately, she had done just that — on doctor’s orders. Madonna’s Madame X tour features the reigning queen of pop playing a gruelling six-month schedule of smaller venues, in keeping with the intimate sound of its accompanying album, but even controversial superstars feel the effects of age and a knee injury left her in severe pain, leading to the cancellation of ten dates including her first in a run at the Palladium. Given all this, you could only come out of this bravura show and think: what a trouper.

By her own admission, Madonna is not the greatest singer, dancer or anything else, really. What she does have is the drive

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