Madonna's latest Madame X show at the London Palladium came to an unexpected end on Wednesday (5 February) as the Queen of Pop defied venue bosses to perform LGBTQ 'I Rise' with the crowd after the show was shut down for breaking curfew.
With the show running past the venue's 11pm curfew and with one song left on the setlist, venue staff began dropping the fire curtain to force a halt to proceedings - but there was no stopping Madame X, who burst back from behind the curtain to lead a sing-a-long rendition of 'I Rise' with the house lights up.
Sharing footage of the impromptu performance on social media on Thursday morning (6 February), Madonna sounded off at venue bosses for attempting to "censor" her set, declaring: artists are here to disturb the peace."
it was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew—-we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons. Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt...... Many Thanks to the entire...https://t.co/Acwe7dUsVm pic.twitter.com/rbEyFl0akn— Madonna (@Madonna) February 6, 2020
"It was 5 minutes past our 11:00 curfew - we had one more song to do and The Palladium decided to censor us by pulling.down the metal fire curtain that weighs 9 tons", the 60-year-old 'Crave' singer wrote.
"Fortunately they stopped it half way and no one was hurt.
"Many Thanks to the entire Audience who did not move and never left us. Power to The People!!"
You can read our recent review of Madonna's Madame X shows in London here.