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After her sold out show at the AccorHotels Arena, the biggest concert venue in France, Madonna treated fans to an intimate performance at the Place de la Republique.
Madonna kept all her original dates including two in Paris while many other bands and musicians like U2 and Prince cancelled their European tours.
Staged at a memorial for the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks, Madonna sang songs of peace and hope to pay tribute to those that perished.
With the help of her son David, and guitarist Monte Pittman, Madonna sang “Ghosttown” and “Like A Prayer” in addition to John Lennon’s “Imagine,” which the crowd gladly joined in for.
The spontaneous show was announced via Madonna’s Twitter and photos were posted throughout the night of herself, David, and Monte performing. As fans continuously showed up, additional photos and videos were shared across all social media platforms.
Videos showed a relatively small crowd of a few hundred gathered around the singer, which consisted of fans, bewildered onlookers, and media.
In a statement posted by The Guardian, Madonna spoke of her reasoning behind the outdoor appearance: “We just want to sing a few songs about peace, just to spread love and joy, and to pay our honor and respect to the people who died almost four weeks ago. And to spread light — we all need it.”
Madonna continues the rest of her Rebel Heart European tour through December 20th before she heads back to the Americas in January 2016.