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MADONNA has opened the UK leg of her ’RE-INVENTION’ tour in MANCHESTER.

The legendary singer started her UK tour last night at the Manchester Evening News Arena (August 14), her first date in the city since a legendary gig at the Hacienda in 1984.

As well as a run-through of her most famous hits including ’Holiday’, ’Into The Groove’ and ’Vogue’, Madonna also covered John Lennon’s ’Imagine’.

Introducing the song, she said: “This song was written 35 years ago but it could have been written yesterday. It’s interesting how history keeps on repeating itself.”

The set featured a number of costume changes, while Madonna played guitar on songs including ’Burning Up’, ’Mother And Father’ and ’Nothing Fails’.

The setlist ran:

‘The Beast Within’


’Nobody Knows Me’


‘American Life’

‘Express Yourself’

‘Burning Up’

‘Material Girl’


‘Hanky Panky’

‘Deeper And Deeper’

‘Die Another Day’


‘Bedtime Story’

‘Nothing Fails’

‘Don’t Tell Me’

‘Like A Prayer’

‘Mother & Father’



’Into The Groove’

‘Papa Don’t Preach’

‘Crazy For You’



The tour has already visited the US, and this week comes to London for dates at Earl’s Court (August 18-19) and Wembley Arena (22-23, 25-26).