Madonna took a bad fall while performing “Living for Love” at the Brit Awards in London last night. Apparently, an Armani cape that was supposed to open when tugged by a dancer didn’t, so Madonna was yanked down several stairs by her neck.
The lyrics of “Living for Love” include:
“Took me to heaven and let me fall down
Now that it’s over
I’m gonna carry on
Lifted me up, and watched me stumble
After the heartache, I’m gonna carry on”
And that’s what she did. Madonna was up within seconds and continued her performance to the end. She’s a true professional, like my almost-husband Paul McCartney who got banged up in 2005 after falling several feet through a hole in the stage from which a piano was supposed to rise. He pulled himself together, made a funny comment about it and finished his show. I saw him at Madison Square Garden a couple of weeks later and, as I recall, he joked about it, saying something like, “You know what you’re thinking as you fall through a hole in the stage? ‘How deep is this hole?!'” A reasonable question, I’d say.
I’ve been a Madonna fan since the day her first album came out and, as I’ve said many a time, skipped my high-school prom to go to a Madonna concert at Radio City Music Hall. I’ve never missed her on tour since. You can see all my past Madonna-mentioning posts here, including a great program from a 1987 AIDS fundraiser concert.