Furious Madonna fans endured another excruciating wait as the nocturnal diva kept them waiting two and a half hours for her first Rebel Heart concert in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
Restless fans began booing as the original 9pm start time stretched past 11pm, with Madonna finally emerging on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre at 11:15pm.
Many left before her two hour set wrapped up, well after 1am.
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In between songs Madonna laughed off the delay.
“That hardly ever happens,” she quipped.
“You people show up early, that’s the problem. Who wants to come early? Stay home, do your hair and makeup, have a tequila.”
Madonna previously took to the stage an hour and a half late in New Zealand, and kept Melbourne fans waiting for four hours outside her one-off “Tears of a Clown” show in Melbourne.
But for the hardcore fans in attendance in Brisbane, the wait was worth it.
Once the show opened with “Iconic” the flagging crowd perked up, as Madonna delivered the goods on songs from both her most recent album Rebel Heart as well as her endless back catalogue.
Oral sex anthem “Holy Water” was delivered dripping with religious iconography, as near-naked nuns grinded on stripper poles and The Last Supper was reimagined as a writhing orgy.
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Stunning acrobatic and performance art interludes during “Messiah” and “Illuminati” gave the show shades of Cirque du Madonna.
She also worked in a cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, alluding to the persistent rumours of a Kylie cameo at some point during the tour.
“I love that song. I love Kylie. Where are you, honey? I miss you,” she said.
Madonna finished with “Holiday”, sung while draped in an Australian flag.
She promised she’d return soon and thanked fans for their patience during the two decades between this year’s Rebel Heart Tour and her last Australian tour The Girlie Show in 1993.
“I’d love to stay here for another couple of weeks, maybe do some more shows,” she said.
“Talk to my manager and see if you guys can work out a deal. You find me a place, I’ll come and sing some songs.”
After a second Brisbane show on Thursday night, Madonna finishes the Australian leg of the Rebel Heart Tour in Sydney this weekend.