Madonna kicks off US tour

Madonna kicks off US tour

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 28: Madonna performs at the MDNA North America Tour Opener at the Wells Fargo Center August 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

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by MESFIN FEKADU

AP

Posted on August 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 1:37 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- As she kicked off the U.S. leg of her “MDNA Tour” in Philadelphia, Madonna said she was happy to party in the USA after touring Europe for three months.

The pop icon told the crowd Tuesday night they should “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.” She made the comments after talking about punk-rock group Pussy Riot’s recent arrest in Moscow for the female band’s lyrical content about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Madonna said it was no coincidence that she opened her U.S. tour “where the Declaration of Independence was signed.” Then the 53-year-old yelled: “We are in the land of democracy.”

She also told the crowd: “Don’t get fat and lazy and take that freedom for granted.”

 

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