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Madonna shows up two hours late for concert

Madonna showed up two and a half hours late for her Philadelphia concert, only the latest headline-making goof for the Material Girl.
Madonna showed up two and a half hours late for her Philadelphia concert, only the latest headline-making goof for the Material Girl.Jeff Fusco / Getty Images

What's up with Madonna's concert behavior? She's flashed body parts, performed with a swastika superimposed on her face, pointed a gun at herself on stage, and now she's irritated fans by making them wait two and a half hours past the scheduled starting time of her Philadelphia concert.

According to CBS Philly, the premiere stop on her first U.S. tour in four years was scheduled for an 8 p.m. start Tuesday night. Eight o'clock came and went. So did eight-thirty. So did nine o'clock. Fans waited, and waited, and waited, and the singer finally came out on stage around 10:30 p.m. That was too late to stick around for some fans.

“I don’t know who you think you are Madonna, but you stink,” Debbie Bleznak told CBS on her way out of the show. “We left. You can pay my babysitter.”

“We drove here seven hours from Buffalo, New York,” two sisters, who also opted to leave, added. “$170 a ticket.”

Not only was Madonna late, she had no real opening act except for a DJ spinning some music. Why so late? reports that when the singer finally showed up, she told the audience, “I want to apologize for being late. We had many changes to make from Europe to America, and I wanted the show to be perfect for you because my fans deserve it and quite frankly I deserve it.”

Despite the apology, no reasoning was enough to appease some attendees.

Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kinney tweeted, “Yo Madonna! It’s 10:15. Some of us have to work tomorrow while you sleep til noon with cucumbers on your eyes.” 

The lateness seems to be the least of the pop star’s problems over the summer.

In July, Madonna drew outrage -- and a lawsuit -- in Paris for screening footage of French National Front party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her face. She did the same thing in Israel.

In  June, Madonna popped her breast out at a concert in Istanbul, and flashed her rear to an audience in Rome. In London, she pointed a gun at her head at a show, creating even more international frenzy.

She even had a feud with Elton John, who reportedly said “[Madonna] is such a nightmare…Her career's over...and she looks like a (expletive) fairground stripper."

But for some, the superstar is worth any controversy, even two-plus hours of boredom in a cramped arena.

“She may have kept the Wells Fargo Arena waiting, but the moment she broke free of her Confessional, AK-47 in hand and singing “Girl Gone Wild,” 20,000 fans knew it was worth the wait,” reviewer Brian Centrone wrote for

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