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18 July 2012, 09:15
The 'Masterpiece' singer began her UK tour with a spectacular show in Hyde Park this week.
Madonna kicked off the UK leg of her 'MDNA' world tour last night in London's Hyde Park with a powerful show themed around violence, sex and religion.
The 53 year-old singer took to the stage on Tuesday evening (17th July) around half past eight to begin her highly anticipated UK show with a rousing performance of recent single 'Girl Gone Wild', and dove straight in to a stripped back concert that saw her lead the crowd through a set mostly based around new album 'MDNA' alongside a few classics from her extensive back catalogue.
Madonna showed off her inner action hero during performances of 'Revolver' and 'Gang Bang' by mock shooting down several assailants while blood spatters were splashed across the stage big screens, before keeping the audience keen with older hits like 'Papa Don't Preach' and 'Hung Up', all of which were reworked to have more of an 'MDNA' feel.
View a picture of Madonna brandishing a prop gun on stage in Hyde Park below (Credit: Getty):
Celebrity guests at the much hyped Hyde Park show included supermodel Kate Moss, singer Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Madonna's regular collaborator William Orbit, who tweeted ahead of the concert: "Really looking forward to seeing Madonna in Hyde Park tonight!! I'll be singing along with everybody else!"
Standout moments from the extensive two-hour live set included Madonna's mash-up of her single 'Express Yourself' with Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way', which draw huge cheers from the crowd and boasted a regiment of drummers suspended above the stage, as well as an emotional piano-led performance of her 1984 hit 'Like A Virgin'.
The 'Give Me All Your Luvin' singer interacted with the crowd regularly throughout the show, making jokes about the inevitable rain downpour and taking time to introduce her son Rocco on stage who then preceded to join the star's backing dancers for the remainder of the concert.
Madonna wrapped her Hyde Park performance with a rousing gospel choir led performance of 'Like A Prayer', before ending with a remix of 'Celebration' to round off the show.
Madonna's 'MDNA' UK tour continues with two further performances tomorrow (19th July) at Birmingham's NIA and on Saturday (21st July) at the Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.
Check out full highlights of Madonna's London performance in Hyde Park in our gallery below: