MADONNA wowed crowds at LIVE 8 this evening with a spectacular performance.
The star kicked off her set with ’Like A Prayer’, backed by the a full choir, who – like the star and her band – were dressed completely in white.
Madonna was also joined onstage by an Ethiopian woman who had been, in Bob Geldof’s words “10 minutes from death,” until the money raised at the first Live Aid concert helped save her.
“Are you ready to start a revolution,” Madonna asked the crowd. “Are you ready to change the world?”
Running through ’Ray Of Light’ she finished with an extended version of ’Music’ bringing break-dancers to the stage and leading 200,000 fans in a singalong. The concert marked a return to the Live 8 stage for the singer.
Madonna performed at the American leg of the first Live Aid concert in 1985 where she played ’Holiday’, ’Into The Groove’ and ’Love Makes The World Go Round’.
Speaking about her involvement with the 2005 concert, which aims to raise alleviate developing world debt and establish fairer trade, she said she wanted to thank Bob Geldof for making the whole thing happen.
The singer is currently working on the follow-up to 2003’s ’American Life’ album and her appearance marked her first live engagement of 2005.
Next up on the bill will be George Michael who are expected to play their festival anthem ’Run’.
Meanwhile, Razorlight earlier raised the tempo of the early evening with one of the performances of the day.
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