Madonna defied warnings from police to brandish a machine gun and a six-shooter pistol on stage at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium last night (July 21).
Local police had advised the Queen of Pop to not perform with pistols and an AK47 assault rifle – which she has used at previous shows including London’s Hyde Park – on stage.
According to the Daily Record, the warnings came before the Denver cinema shooting, but were reinforced following the Aurora mass murder. The newspaper claims insiders hinted officers would stop the show if she defied them. But police never intervened and Madonna played her first ever Scottish gig without a hitch.
A spokeswoman for Mothers Against Guns told the Daily Record: “Madonna and her dancers using replica guns was always in bad taste but given what happened in Colorado it is even worse. She should know better.”
In an unconventional show, Madonna walked on stage at 5.10pm to run through a quick rehearsal. During the soundcheck, the singer apologised to the early arrivals and told them that the main show would begin at 8.30pm – half an hour earlier than scheduled.
The ‘Girl Gone Wild’ singer even made reference to Bruce Spirngsteen’s Hyde Park gig, which had the plug pulled by organisers for breaking curfew. She said: “I’m just running through some songs early. It’s great to be here in Scotland. Due to your laws here they might pull the plug on me so if they cut us off suddenly, write to your local MP.”
This isn’t the first time Madonna has caused controversy on her ‘MDNA’ tour, after she flashed a nipple in Istanbul and placed an image of a swastika on a picture of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen during a show in Tel Aviv.