Madonna Stages Surprise Club Gig

Madonna did what many thought she would Saturday night when she returned to clubland for her first live show in close to four years.

The singer, who unveiled her new video "Frozen" [1MB QuickTime] Monday on MTV, took to New York City's Roxy nightclub to roll out new tracks from her "Ray Of Light" album, which arrives on March 3.

Many have wondered what motherhood and her impending 40th birthday would do to her pop clout, but the "New York Post" and the Associated Press report that the singer wowed a crowd of more than 2,000 that included Rod Stewart and Boy George among others. Madonna and her camp had hoped to keep the show under wraps, but fan sites and news groups had been buzzing about the show for weeks. "Billboard" magazine finally went public with news of the show last week.

Clad in the same flowing black ensemble she sports in the "Frozen" clip, Madonna reportedly hit the stage at 2 a.m. and performed four songs

before heading home.

According to the "Post's" report, the singer staged an intimate gathering for a dozen friends, and her daughter Lourdes, before the show to celebrate her return.