Some fans elated, others disappointed with Madonna's first concert in Singapore

Pop superstar Madonna adds a decidedly Asian edge in her first concert in Singapore on Sunday night (Feb 28).
Pop superstar Madonna adds a decidedly Asian edge in her first concert in Singapore on Sunday night (Feb 28).ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Pop superstar Madonna's concert at the National Stadium last night, part of her global Rebel Heart Tour, was altered slightly for the Singapore audience, with religiously sensitive content removed.
Pop superstar Madonna's concert at the National Stadium on Feb 28, 2016. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Pop superstar Madonna performs in her first concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour .
Pop superstar Madonna performs in her first concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour . ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Pop superstar Madonna makes her entrance during her first concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour .
Pop superstar Madonna makes her entrance during her first concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour . ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Pop superstar Madonna performs in her first ever concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour .
Pop superstar Madonna performs in her first ever concert in Singapore on Feb 28, 2016, as part of her Rebel Heart Tour . ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - Reactions to Madonna's first concert in Singapore were decidedly mixed. Some in the audience lauded her performance, while others expressed disappointment with the Material Girl's first outing in the Republic.

Pop star Stefanie Sun, who has seen Madonna live before once in Tokyo, said: "I'm very happy I came. The music was so good!"

She especially loved all the rearrangements of classic songs. The show had a trap version, a type of hip hop music that is very popular now, of Material Girl, among other remixes and rearrangements of her earlier material.

Having performed her own show at the National Stadium before with the 2014 Kepler World Tour, she noted: "The sound system was a lot better today compared to my show."

 

Other revellers were none too pleased with the pop diva's choice of crass language throughout the show.

Mrs Kelly Chong, who is in her 40s, was there with a group of girlfriends who wanted to "make a night of it". Unfortunately, she thought that 57-year-old Madonna was "trying too hard".

She said: "It was way too vulgar. I get it, she was the bad girl of the 80s, but when you're at that age, seriously tone it down. We appreciate your good work, that's why we're here."

The group of four ladies entered the stadium only at about 9.30pm, when Like A Virgin was playing, because they expected her to start late.

"She's known to be fashionably late, so we missed half the show! I guess in Singapore there are different rules but we didn't feel like we missed out," added Mrs Wendy Chan, 42, a stay-at-home mother.

Sun was more forgiving.

"I've watched her before so I was prepared for her choice of language," she said.

 

Her only disappointment was that Madge did not sing her 1994 pop ballad Take A Bow.