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Madonna rocks Wembley

PUBLISHED: 17:40 12 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 11:  Madonna performs at Wembley Stadium during the London leg of her Sickly Sweet Tour on September 11, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 11: Madonna performs at Wembley Stadium during the London leg of her Sickly Sweet Tour on September 11, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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by Nadia Sam-Daliri It is pretty common knowledge now that if you manage to scrape together the extortionate ticket price to see Madonna in action then you re in for a pretty impressive show. So, for the lady whose recently hit the big

by Nadia Sam-Daliri

It is pretty common knowledge now that if you manage to scrape together the extortionate ticket price to see Madonna in action then you're in for a pretty impressive show.

So, for the lady whose recently hit the big half a century milestone, the only question we can ask is not was it any good but, rather, just how good?

Well, for starters, she's fit.

And we're not talking celebrity A-list delicately lithe but couldn't hold their own against an energetic toddler, but kick-ass fit.

A double-dutch skipping routine through a funked up version of Into the Groove saw Madonna jumping, squatting and flicking limbs over ropes in a way that went beyond defying her fifty years.

It was damn right impressive and should silence any age-preoccupied critics who can't see beyond probable botox and possible face-lift choices.

When Madonna did what she does best - gyrating, strutting about on stage making costumes look slicker and more wearable than the youngest of pop strumpets and of course dancing - she was top of her game.

But a crowd insatiable for her energetic choreography had their rhythm interrupted constantly with, of all things, loads and loads of guitar songs.

Yes, that means Madonna playing guitar in that rigid, slightly uncomfortable stance that she has mastered over the years.

Again, not wanting to pick away at the infallible pop queen with the sort of harsh criticism that she has undeservedly attracted of late, but it's a plain fact that too many songs were guitar led.

Ray of Light wasn't the best version she's done and Hung Up was an awkward, odd choice to strum up.

No-one begrudges her musical instrument fetish but most just want to see what she does best: dancing and posing with boundless attitude while belting out her most catchy funk offerings.

She definitely still has it though, that's for sure.

I just wished we could have seen a tad of more it.

nadia.sam-daliri@archant.co.uk

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