Bringing a whole new meaning to low cut! Madonna spills out of her basque onstage as she defends gun imagery in her concerts
18:45 GMT, 29 August 2012
She may have shocked parts of the world with her use of gun imagery and onstage antics but last night, Madonna managed to leave concert goers open-mouthed yet again.
The 54-year-old singer took her risque style a bit too far when she took to the stage in Philadelphia wearing an extremely low cut basque that almost bared her nipples.
Despite being joined onstage by her son, Rocco, Madonna didn't seem embarrassed about showing off so much flesh and instead continued her controversial show as she launched the American leg of her tour.
Raunchy look: Madonna took to the stage in Philadelphia last night wearing a very low cut basque as she warned fans not to get 'fat and lazy'
The singer's busty look came after she published a message on a website today insisting that her near-the-mark MDNA show is a metaphorical representation of 'the journey of a soul from darkness to light.'
In a post titled 'The MDNA Tour – In
Madonna's Own Words' the singer explained: 'It's true there is a lot of
violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns
– but they are used as metaphors.
do not condone violence or the use of guns. Rather they are symbols of
wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that
I find hurtful or damaging.
Controversial: Madonna, seen here performing in London's Hyde Park in July, has insisted she does not condone guns – with fake, replica versions featuring prominently on her tour
Defence: Madonna explained her reasoning for using gun imagery during her performances in a post on her website today
Kicking off: Tonight the singer launched the North American leg of her tour in Philadelphia
Outfit change: The singer strutted her stuff in an array of outfits at the Wells Fargo Center
my case it is wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the
intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have
experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt
from having my heart broken.'
Madonna, 54, also says in the video her stage show mirrors her own journey and is intended to show that love is the answer, rather than violence.
She adds: 'Ultimately as we follow
through the journey of my story, the audience can see quite clearly what
I see – that the enemy is within and the only way to survive
disappointment, disapproval, judgment, heartbreak, jealousy, envy and
hatred is with love – not with revenge – not with guns and not with
Mummy's little helper: The Vogue performer was joined on stage by her son Rocco
Getting the crowd hype: Madonna stood on an eliminated platform as Rocco stood directly below her
'Hey, Mr. DJ put a record on': The 11-year-old showcased his dancing skills as he wore a pair of headphones
'In spite of all the chaos and darkness and intolerance we seem to be encountering more and more in the world, we cannot allow our anger or bitterness to swallow us up.'
She also warned the show needs to be seen in full to be understood, adding: 'It must be watched with an open heart from beginning to end.
'I am sure if it is viewed this way, the viewer will walk away feeling inspired, invigorated and will want to make the world a better place. And this of course was always my intention.'
Hitting out: The singer admitted her show might appear to be violent, but said that the use of fake guns in the show was for the purposes of metaphor