The Queen of Pop announced she’d make a surprise appearance at the place de la republique, but no one expected her to sing several songs as tribute.
Madonna honored the victims of the Paris attacks with special performances at a tribute site.
Following her Rebel Heart tour show on Wednesday, Madonna announced she would make an appearance at the place de la republique, but what fans didn’t realize was she would perform several more songs to express her anguish about the tragedy.
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 10, 2015
Joined by her son, 10-year-old David, and guitarist Monte Pittman, Madonna began with “Ghosttown,” then sang John Lennon’s “Imagine” followed by “Like a Prayer.”
Pitman told reporters “She wanted to pay tribute, she loves this city.”
Madonna said on-site, “Everybody knows why we’re here … we just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honour and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago.
“And to spread light … we all need it.”
— Madonna Now (@MadonnaNowCom) December 9, 2015
At the concert earlier in the night, she shared a similar message. “We will not bend down to fear! I think of what happened almost four weeks ago now. The heart of Paris and the heart of France beats in the heart of each city. I came here when I was 20 and it was here, in Paris, that I decided to make music. Thank you Paris for planting that seed in my heart!”
Watch the performances below: