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Madonna cancels Australia shows, adds film clip to Warsaw performance

Madonna performs on stage at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam during her MDNA world tour on July 7, 2012. Getty

(CBS/AP) Pop star Madonna has canceled her Australian shows and will be adding a World War II film clip to her Aug. 1 show in Warsaw.

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The singer's concert promoter, Live Nation, confirmed to the BBC that the shows were canceled but did not give any reason.

"Madonna's tour will end in South America in December as planned. That's all we can say," a spokesperson said. This would have been the 53-year-old pop star's first appearance Down Under in 20 years.

Meanwhile, Live Nation officials have agreed to request from city officials to start the show with a brief clip about the Warsaw Uprising, the 1944 revolt against Nazi rule that attack ended in the deaths of thousands of Poles and the destruction of the city.

Some veterans and young Catholics have voiced anger that the Aug. 1 concert falls on the 68th anniversary of the uprising, a day marked with a somber tone. City officials proposed airing a clip about the revolt to allay the veterans' feelings.

Ania Pietrzak, a spokeswoman for concert organizer Live Nation, said Wednesday "it is an important moment in Polish history, so we have decided to remind people of that moment."

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