(NEW YORK) — A spokesperson for Madonna is defending the star from complaints by French fans that her show at Paris’ Olympia club was a ripoff because it only lasted 45 minutes. After the show ended Thursday night, fans booed Madonna, called her nasty names and, reportedly, chanted “refund!” But according to spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg, the show was never meant to be a full-fledged Madonna concert.
In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, Rosenberg says, “Madonna’s Paris club show was planned as her heartfelt thank you to France which she expressed at the start of her show. … The show was not billed as her full MDNA concert and tremendous effort was made to keep the ticket prices reasonable ($100 for 2000 floor seats) and keep them strictly for her fans.”
Rosenberg goes on to say, “She has done a handful of club dates in the past and they were never more than 45 minutes. And by the way, she put on a fabulous show which was streamed for millions of fans around the world.”
According to Rosenberg, Madonna wanted to take time out from her “grueling” concert tour to do the intimate club show in Paris as a way of honoring “her love for French artists, French cinema and a tribute to France’s long history of welcoming and inspiring artists, authors, painters, poets and minorities from other countries over the years.”
Madonna closed the Olympia show with a version of “Je T’aime … Moi Non Plus,” a song by the late French music icon Serge Gainsbourg which was controversial at the time of its release in 1969 due to its sexual content.
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