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Thursday, 5 July, 2001, 00:18 GMT 01:18 UK
Fans adore 'fantastic' Madonna
Fans emerged from the venue on a collective high
Fans emerged from the venue on a collective high
By BBC News Online's Ian Youngs at Earls Court

Earls Court arena in west London had been packed with 16,000 fans, and the atmosphere was electric when they finally emerged from the venue onto the streets.

Zara Lethbridge, 24, from Torquay
Zara Lethbridge: Madonna is "a living legend"
Underneath giant illuminated photos of the pop queen, the fans - many wearing cowboy hats and Madonna T-shirts - were on a collective high after spending the last two hours being wowed by the extravagant stage show.

"It was the most fantastic thing I have seen in my life," said Zara Lethbridge, 24, from Torquay.

"She is just a living legend. She looks amazing, her voice was spot on and the dance routines were out of this world."

Wesley Gibbons, 21, travelled from Manchester with his girlfriend, was clearly impressed.

Wesley Gibbons, 21, from Manchester, and his girlfriend
Wesley Gibbons travelled from Manchester with his girlfriend
"It was absolutely brilliant," he said. "I've never seen anything like it.

"She did all her recent stuff and then went back and did a load of remixes from her early days. The stage show was brilliant to watch and the crowd was absolutely buzzing."

And Andy Ingram, 28, from London, emerged from the arena in a Madonna vest and red cowboy hat - and said she gets better as she gets older.

"She's 42, she's fit and she's amazing," he said. "It's even better than her Blonde Ambition tour way back in '93."

The best part was the stage theatrics and flamboyant costumes, according to Tom Hart, 26, from London.

Andy Ingram, 28, from London
Andy Ingram: Show "better than Blonde Ambition"
Costumes included a kilt, a white fur coat and a black costume that stretched the length of the stage, while she treated fans in highly choreographed dance routines.

"Some of the dancing scenes were based on martial arts - it was unique," Mr Hart said.

She should have played more of her old hits, according to Hannah Marchant, 22, from Stevenage - but she was satisfied by versions of classics Holiday and La Isla Bonita.

"We could have done with a few more old ones. We would have appreciated Like a Prayer or Cherish. But she was absolutely brilliant," she said.

"Her voice was fantastic. She sounded like on the CD."

Fred Levendale, 27, originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in London
Fred Levendale: Also saw Madonna in Paris
Fred Levendale, 27, originally from Zimbabwe but now living in London, said the show started slowly.

"But it built up and built up - and then it just exploded. Especially at the end, when she played Holiday and Music.

"The only criticism is that they made everyone sit down - how can you sit down in a Madonna concert?"

Mr Levendale had already seen one leg of the tour - in Paris.

But the London show compared favourably, he said.

"She is the ultimate professional."

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