Madonna Covers "Imagine" Busking in Paris
Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:29:48
The Queen of Pop [duh, Madonna - Ed.], during a stop in the French capital on her Rebel Heart tour, made a surprising post-show appearance in the Place de la République by a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks to perform a few acoustic songs with her guitarist Monte Pittman. According to The Guardian, she told onlookers, "Everybody knows why we're here. We just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago."
Surrounded by a slowly growing crowd, the singer eased into John Lennon's famous tune after singing the oddly-prophetic "Ghosttown," about apocalyptic destruction, from her most recent album. Though she fumbled over some lyrics, the sentiment was ever-strong, as the sting of lyrics like "Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too" seemed to quietly absorb into those gathered.
Earlier, at her sold out show at the Bercy arena, according The Guardian, "the singer wrapped herself in the French tricolour to sing 'La Marseillaise,'" and addressed concert-goers with, "We will not bend down to fear! I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city. I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!"
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via The Guardian
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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