By Sara Anabtawi
Fans of Queen of Pop dismayed at delays, heat during last night's Abu Dhabi performance
Madonna fans turned to social media to vent their frustrations after the Queen of Pop reportedly took to the stage more than an hour-and-a-half late at last night's performance in Abu Dhabi.
Music lovers also complained of soaring temperatures at the UAE capital's Yas Island du Arena venue, taking to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction.
“Madonna going on stage 90 minutes late is rude & disrespectful to her fans, especially when people have work the next day,” tweeted @FinancialUAE following the show.
Others suggested that the heat and humidity during the performance affected people's enjoyment of the concert.
Another fan @Meho_M tweeted: “I'm just about ready to pass out from exhaustion and the Madonna madness hasn't even started.”
Aside from the high temperature and delays in Madonna hitting the stage, other fans were dismayed that she did not play enough of her classic songs, instead concentrating on newer material.
“Wasn’t as good as expected. Heat, late start & too many new songs didn’t help,” tweeted @jaymathur.
At the time of publication, organiser Flash had not responded to Arabian Business's request for comment on how these issues would be addressed in time for tonight's performance.
Not all were disappointed though, with some fans thrilled with Madonna's performance - her first in the UAE. "#Madonna was spectacular last nite!What a legend!Truly EPIC!," tweeted @sophie_choudry.
The tour, her ninth to date, promoted the 53-year old US singer’s 12th studio album 'MDNA'.
Throughout her career, Madonna has sold over 300m albums, has been awarded seven Grammy Awards and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history.
what more could be expected of the icon. she has always been rude and disrespectful of her fans and minions alike. Never see the documentary from years ago when she dissed everyone from her relatives; fans and Warren Beatty if memory serves me right???
Promoting violance and satanizmus, drinking and stripping publicly on the stage (in the presents of her kids), have not expected such starting and continue almost in all songs. No interaction with fans who have had expecting a gig of a lifetime and on the contrary have been delivered by boring performance. She has been busy with her message to be sent out and haven't noticed the crowd doesn't get it!!! Cheers for the dancers' acrobatic performance. Few songs cheered us up, that's it. No worth the money we have paid for... Does she cares?
as a piece of theatre and dance.. fantastic..
as a music concert.... well errrmmm average
the stunning lighting /audio visual technology and amazing dancers stole the show..
coming on so late was a poor show .. didn't get home til 2-30am on a working weeknight... FAIL
The concert was absolutely brilliant, what a great performer she is. Yes it was a bit hot (what did you expect, duh!) and it is not acceptable to start 1,5 hour late without explanation, but she managed to nicely blend new songs in with some classic ones. Madonna showed that she is still a super star, a great performer. I enjoyed it a lot, and so did my friends! Michiel, Dubai
I did not even consider buying a ticket for her Abu Dhabi concerts, no one should expect anything other than heat and humidity at this time of year in the Gulf - anyone expecting anything else is delusional ! As to Madonna - well past her prime of the 80's and 90's for sure.
Spot on. The performers were great, the show terrible
Other than the ridiculously late start, the show and the woman herself were SPECTACULAR!!! I don't know what people were expecting other than heat and humidity in June! And as for the controversial nature of the show - hey, that's Madonna! Always had been, and always will be. If it was a surprise to anyone then perhaps they don't know Madonna! She out performed all of the other superstars that have come to the UAE with her elaborate sets, costumes, phenomenal dancers and special effects. And boy did she perform! Solid! In the heat, costumes, lights, and not to mention, stilettos! Best. Concert. Ever. Period!
Talk about the whiners of the world getting their knickers in a twist! Yes she was late without explanation, yes she was miming at times and yes of course it was hot (what did you expect)! Regardless of all those things the show was great, and to those people saying she didn't engage her fans I guess you didn't see her trying to get the crowd singing in the microphone and nobody knew the words to her songs. She even muttered something like 'nobody knows the words' before she gave up. The big question is why would you pay extra to stand right up by the stage if you're not a fan! Typical Dubai expats I guess; loads of dosh but no brain! For those of you complaining about violence and devil worship, you crack me up! Madonna has always liked to shock her audience, if you didn't know that then perhaps you shouldn't have come to her show. In summary it was a good night, but for sure not the best concert I've ever been to!
Everybody who went to the show were talking about the lights she used on stage, her dresses, dances and controversial living. The more knowledgeable are also talking about the three 747s she used to transport all the equipment for her show. Did you hear anybody talk about the music?
I did not go to the concert but knew friends who did and they felt let down basically on 2 factors ... late appearance without an explanation and secondly she should have included her old hits too..... Fans in Dubai was excited about the concert but it was not as anticipated. Shame of it all .... love Madonna Hmmmmmmm