Madonna wows crowds at Slane Castle

August 31, 2004

Thousands of fans went wild as Madonna erupted through the stage floor to take her throne at Slane Castle.
 The Queen of Pop wowed a sell - out 80,000 - strong crowd of festival - goers with her dramatic 45 minute late entrance for her first - ever Irish concert.
 Fans who have waited 20 - odd years were not left disappointed by the technical onslaught as images moved across the stage screens as the heavily - jewelled star spoke a passage called The Beast Within.
 The atmosphere was electric as the first female to headline the County Meath Festival confidently began her hit parade with Vogue.
 There were no pointed bras in sight but the 46 - year - old mother - of - two still lived up to her sensational image as she donned a slightly camp outfit of a sparkling silver corset, thigh - high boots and black hot pants.
 Madonna's filmmaker husband Guy Ritchie watched her perform from a viewpoint close to the stage and their two children Lourdes and Rocco were also at the event.
 Other celebrities greeted by the castle owner Lord Henry Mount Charles included former Labour politician Mo Mowlam, some members of rock band U2, Coronation Street star Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa, Westlife singer Kian Egan and his girlfriend Jodi Albert, from Hollyoaks.
 Madonna's Reinvention tour is a mix of her hits which have spanned three decades, including songs from her Like A Virgin album to American Life.
 The wizardry erupted behind as the 12 - strong dancing troupe swung down from the ceiling to perform acrobatic feats including trapeze tricks and tap dancing.
 Aileen Barnes, 40, from Walkinstown in Dublin, said: 'I've been a fan of hers since the early 1980s. As a young girl I always wanted to see her. She never came so I never got a chance.
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