Asking Madonna to be less controversial is like asking a leopard to change its spots.
So it's unsurprising the furore she created by continuing with her opening numbers, which featured graphic violence and sexualised weaponry, not to mention digital portrayals of the resulting sprayed brain matter. The Queen of Pop was displeased with the city's curfew too and, in fact, tracks had to be cut from the MDNA set (Like A Virgin Waltz and I'm Addicted had to go to bring the show in on time). As the hydraulics lowered her for the final time, her gasped "We made it!" sounded full of relief as if the whole evening had been a bit of a race against time for the star who will turn 54 next month.
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