There seem to be a few unresolved issues with that Madonna concert last night (or rather, earlier this morning).
The singer’s Rebel Heart tour hit Philips Arena on Wednesday. You can read AJC Music writer Melissa Ruggieri’s full review here.
Madonna apparently has a habit of showing up late — this time at almost 11 p.m., writes Ruggieri. Then there is the question about that clear liquid she was swilling on stage.
After her show in Kentucky, TMZ and the Daily Mail reported that Madonna was drunk and rude to the audience. A writer for the Courier-Journal says it never happened.
Ruggieri also concluded that there is no way a 57-year-old could be drunk and give the performance that Madonna did. Sure she started rambling about love and marriage, but at that point she was still keeping her dance moves tight. Madonna herself noted on Instagram that she never drinks and performs:
Working on my stand up laying down. Good practice!!! 👍🏻Thanks Louisville! 😂 the tears of a clown soon to follow the ❤️#rebelheartour and for those people who like to believe all they read i never drink and perform!!! My show is 2 hours and 15 minutes of non stop singing and dancing. In Louisville I made a joke about doing a stand comedy act dressed as a clown and being able to drink alcohol. Its so very interesting how society continues to not only treat me in a totally sexist way (if i a were a man no one would have said a thing) and also continue to take everything i say literally!Thats what happens when people don't read books and get all information from TMZ.
Here’s what we do know about the drinking. Madonna’s tour is sponsored by Jose Cuervo Tradicional — which means, somewhere in the show, the folks have to get their product placement. Was she actually drinking? Here’s what Cuervo reps said in a press release:
“Last night, Madonna continued the US leg of her 2016 Rebel Heart tour following her most recent shows in Louisville, KY and Nashville, TN – despite most recent rumors, Madonna arrived on time and conducted a trailblazing performance in Atlanta at Philips Arena. Jose Cuervo Tradicional collaborated with Madonna for the show to create a number of tequila-drinking moments throughout some of her biggest hits. Madonna and her dancers took a shot of Jose Cuervo Tradicional during the mash-up of La Isla Bonita and Dress You Up, two of her biggest hits!”
So I asked the question, did Madonna really drink Cuervo on stage? Here’s the reply: “During the show the dancers do a real shot. It’s simply for the theatrics in regards to Madonna. And her dancers do take a shot of Jose Cuervo Tradicional after every show to celebrate.”
So, no. Madonna was not drunk. But the show was definitely late.