List of Madonna concert tours

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Madonna concert tours
Madonna in a white and red dress performing, with pom-poms in her hand
Madonna performing the song "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during The MDNA Tour in 2012. After its completion, The MDNA Tour became the tenth highest grossing tour of all time with a revenue of US$305 million.
Concert tours9
One-off concerts16
Notable live performances27
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Madonna concert tours
Madonna in a white and red dress performing, with pom-poms in her hand
Madonna performing the song "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during The MDNA Tour in 2012. After its completion, The MDNA Tour became the tenth highest grossing tour of all time with a revenue of US$305 million.
Concert tours9
One-off concerts16
Notable live performances27

American singer-songwriter Madonna has embarked on nine concert tours, eight of which have been worldwide. Her 1985 debut, The Virgin Tour, was based in North America only and was critically panned but went on to collect more than US $5 million.[1] In 1987 she performed on the worldwide Who's That Girl World Tour, which visited Europe, North America and Japan. It was critically appreciated for Madonna's showmanship and "exquisite" dresses.[2][3] She embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990, which Don Shewey of Rolling Stone called "the best tour of [the year]".[4] The performances featured Madonna simulating masturbation during "Like a Virgin".[5] Officials in Toronto threatened to arrest her unless she removed the masturbation sequence, and in Italy, the Pope called for a boycott.[3] In 1993, Madonna visited Israel and Turkey for the first time, followed by Latin America and Australia, with The Girlie Show World Tour. Madonna opened the show dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix, surrounded by topless dancers of both sexes.[3] Lighter moments included singing "Like a Virgin" in the guise of actress Marlene Dietrich as well as wearing an Afro wig for "Express Yourself". She caused uproar in Puerto Rico by rubbing their national flag between her legs on stage. A review in Time by Sam Buckley said: "Madonna, once the Harlow harlot and now a perky harlequin, is the greatest show-off on earth."[6]

Madonna did not tour again until the Drowned World Tour in 2001. She played guitar and her costumes included a punkish tartan kilt and a geisha gown. Other moments from the show saw her fly through the air on wires and ride a mechanical bull. Some critics complained that the show concentrated on material from her most recent albums, but generally the response was favorable.[3] She grossed more than US $75 million with summer sold-out shows and eventually played in front of 730,000 people throughout North America and Europe.[7][8] The Drowned World Tour was followed by the 2004 Re-Invention World Tour. Madonna was inspired to create the tour after taking part in an art installation called X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS, directed by photographer Steven Klein.[9] Billboard awarded Madonna the "Backstage Pass Award" in recognition of having the top-grossing tour of the year, with ticket sales of nearly US $125 million.[10]

Madonna's next three tours broke world records, with the 2006 Confessions Tour grossing over US $194.7 million,[11] becoming the highest-grossing tour ever for a female artist at that time.[12] This feat was surpassed in 2008 with the Sticky & Sweet Tour, which went on to become the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist, and the second highest-grossing tour of all time, with approximately US $408 million in ticket sales.[13] In 2012, The MDNA Tour became the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, only behind the Sticky & Sweet Tour, grossing over US $305 million.[14] These three tours had been planned to visit Australia, but were cancelled at the last moment, making The Girlie Show as Madonna's last tour there.[15]

Madonna has also embarked on four promotional tours for the release of her studio albums Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (2008). She has also made appearances at the charity concerts Live Aid (1985), Live 8 (2005) and Live Earth (2007), as well as performing at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012, which was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history. Madonna is the top touring female artist of all time according to Billboard Boxscore.[14] The singer was listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the fourth highest grossing touring act since 1990, with revenue of US $1.14 billion and 9.7 million attendance at her shows.[16]

Concert tours[edit]

YearTitleDurationNumber of
1985The Virgin TourApril 10, 1985 – June 11, 1985 (North America)
The Virgin Tour was Madonna's debut concert tour. It promoted her first two albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin. According to her, she was inspired by Michael Jackson and Prince's live shows for the tour.[17] Although Madonna gained an international audience, the tour only visited North America. Tickets for the show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall were completely sold out in a record-breaking 34 minutes.[18] In the end several more US dates were added and the tour moved to larger concert venues due to strong ticket sales. Critics panned the tour, calling it atrocious and deducing that Madonna "will be out of business in six months".[18] The Virgin Tour was a success and collected a total of more than US $5 million. A music video Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour was released in 1985 and featured a date from Detroit.[1][18]
1987Who's That Girl World TourJune 14, 1987 – June 22, 1987 (Asia)
June 27, 1987 – August 9, 1987 (North America)
August 15, 1987 – September 6, 1987 (Europe)
The 37 concert dates of the Who's That Girl World Tour played to 2.5 million fans. It was Madonna's first world tour, reaching Asia, North America and Europe. The tour supported her third studio album, True Blue as well as the soundtrack Who's That Girl.[19] Denoted as a "theatrical multi-media spectacular", the tour had everything – from sex, sensation and religious uproar for projecting the Pope's image during one performance.[19] Critically appreciated as a technically and fashionably superior and unprecedented tour, Who's That Girl was a commercial success, earning almost US $25 million and playing to a record breaking 130,000 audience in Paris. In 1987, a TV special live from Italy was broadcast in Europe entitled Madonna in Concerto, it was later released on home video as Ciao Italia: Live from Italy in 1988. Another special, Who's That Girl: Live in Japan, was broadcast and made commercially available in Japan only.[20][21]
1990Blond Ambition World TourApril 13, 1990 – April 27, 1990 (Asia)
May 4, 1990 – June 25, 1990 (North America)
June 30, 1990 – August 5, 1990 (Europe)
The Blond Ambition World Tour was the third concert tour by Madonna. It supported her fourth studio album, Like a Prayer, and the soundtrack, I'm Breathless. The tour reached Japan, North America, and Europe. Inspired by the 1972 film Cabaret, it was a widely publicized and reported in the media, mainly for its juxtaposition of Catholic imagery and sexual content.[4][22] Rolling Stone called it an "elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza" and proclaimed it "the best tour of 1990." In 1991, the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna), was released chronicling the tour. The tour received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. An HBO special was broadcast in 1990 titled Madonna – Live! Blond Ambition World Tour 90 and was released commercially by Pioneer Electronics as Blond Ambition World Tour Live. Another release, Blond Ambition Japan Tour 90, was available in Japan only and a date from Barcelona was broadcast in Europe.[4]
1993The Girlie ShowSeptember 25, 1993 – October 1, 1993 (Europe)
October 5, 1993 (Asia)
October 7, 1993 (Europe)
October 11, 1993 – October 26, 1993 (North America)
October 30, 1993 – November 6, 1993 (South America)
November 10, 1993 – November 13, 1993 (North America)
November 19, 1993 – December 4, 1993 (Australia)
December 7, 1993 – December 19, 1993 (Asia)
The Girlie Show was the fourth concert tour by Madonna, in support of her fifth studio album, Erotica. The tour visited the North and South America, Europe, Australia and Japan.[23] Madonna's inspiration for the name of the tour was a painting called "Girlie Show" by Edward Hopper. The tour was estimated to have grossed over US $70 million. Fans and critics noted it as Madonna's best tour, reaffirming that "as a singer and stage performer, Madonna could still please her audience." Two separate TV specials were broadcast in 1993; Madonna Live in Japan: The Girlie Show, which was only broadcast in Japan and an HBO special titled Madonna Live Down Under: The Girlie Show, this version was released on home video in 1994.[24]
2001Drowned World TourJune 9, 2001 – July 12, 2001 (Europe)
July 21, 2001 – September 15, 2001 (North America)
The Drowned World Tour was the fifth concert tour by Madonna in support of her seventh and eight studio albums, Ray of Light and Music. The tour was only in Europe and North America, and was critically appreciated from contemporary critics who complimented her ability to re-invent continuously.[25][26] It was a commercial success and went on to become the fourth-most successful and highest-grossing concert tours of 2001. She grossed more than US $75 million with summer sold-out shows and eventually played in front of 730,000 people throughout North America and Europe. An HBO special titled Madonna Live! Drowned World Tour 2001 was broadcast in 2001 and was later available on home video.[27]
2004Re-Invention World TourMay 24, 2004 – August 2, 2004 (North America)
August 14, 2004 – September 14, 2004 (Europe)
Playing at dates in North America and Europe again, the Re-Invention World Tour was the sixth concert tour by Madonna, promoting her ninth studio album American Life. Critically revered, Re-Invention was named as the highest grossing tour of 2004, earning US $125 million from 56 shows and 900,000 audience. It won the Top Tour award as part of the 2004 Billboard Touring Awards.[28][29] The tour was chronicled in the 2005 documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret and a live album/DVD set was released in 2006.[30]
2006Confessions TourMay 21, 2006 – July 23, 2006 (North America)
July 30, 2006 – September 12, 2006 (Europe)
September 16, 2006 – September 21, 2006 (Asia)
Madonna's seventh concert tour Confessions supported her tenth studio album Confessions on a Dance Floor. The tour garnered positive appreciation from critics and achieved commercial success.[31] Tickets were completely sold as soon as dates and venues for the concert were announced, prompting the organizers to add more dates. It was the highest earning tour ever for a female artist, grossing over US $194.7 million from 60 shows and 1.2 million audience.[12] The tour also received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as well as "Top Boxscore" from the Billboard Touring Awards.[32] Madonna's performance of the song "Live to Tell", while hanging on a giant mirrored cross wearing a crown of thorns, was met with strong negative reaction from religious groups. A TV special The Confessions Tour: Live from London was broadcast on NBC and Channel 4 in 2006 and a live album/DVD set was released in 2007.[33]
2008–09Sticky & Sweet TourAugust 23, 2008 – September 27, 2008 (Europe)
October 4, 2008 – November 30, 2008 (North America)
December 4, 2008 – December 21, 2008 (South America)
July 4, 2009 – August 29, 2009 (Europe)
September 1, 2009 – September 2, 2009 (Asia)
The Sticky & Sweet Tour was the eighth worldwide concert tour by Madonna and promoted her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy. It began in August 2008 and was Madonna's first concert tour from her new recording and business deal with Live Nation. The tour was extended in 2009, by adding previously unventured European dates.[34] The Sticky & Sweet Tour broke many records in terms of its ticket sales, commercial gross and audience attendance. After the first leg, it became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, earning $282 million, breaking the previous record Madonna herself held with the Confessions Tour. Overall, Madonna performed to over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries, grossing a total of US$408 million, making it also the second highest grossing tour of all time and the highest grossing tour by a solo artist. A TV special Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour was broadcast in the UK on Sky in July 2009 on the opening night of the 2009 leg of the tour. A commercial music video of the tour was released in 2010 including Madonna's first Blu-ray disc format.[35]
2012The MDNA TourMay 31, 2012 – June 4, 2012 (Asia)
June 7, 2012 – August 21, 2012 (Europe)
August 28, 2012 – November 25, 2012 (North America)
November 28, 2012 – December 22, 2012 (South America)
The MDNA Tour was the ninth worldwide concert tour by Madonna, to promote her twelfth studio album, MDNA. It was Madonna's second tour under her long-term multi-rights deal with promoter, Live Nation Entertainment. The tour was officially announced by Billboard on February 7, 2012, two days after Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.[36] The MDNA Tour was named the highest-grossing tour of 2012 and grossed $305 million, becoming the tenth highest-grossing tour of all time and surpassing Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour as the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, behind Madonna's own Sticky & Sweet Tour.[37][38] A concert special, Madonna: The MDNA Tour, was broadcast on Epix in the United States on June 22, 2013.[39] It featured the November 19 and 20, 2012, shows at the American Airlines Arena in Miami including footage from other concert dates.[40] A video album, MDNA World Tour, was released in September 2013.[41]

One-off concerts[edit]

DateVenueCityPerformed song(s)
October 13, 1983Camden PalaceLondon"Everybody", "Burning Up", Holiday"[42]
February 14, 1998Roxy NYCNew York City"Sky Fits Heaven", "Shanti/Ashtangi", "Ray of Light"[43]
November 5, 2000Roseland BallroomNew York City"Impressive Instant", "Runaway Lover", "Don't Tell Me", "What It Feels Like for a Girl", "Music"[44]
November 29, 2000Brixton AcademyLondon"Impressive Instant", "Runaway Lover", "Don't Tell Me", "What It Feels Like for a Girl", "Holiday", "Music"[45]
April 22, 2003MTV StudiosNew York City"American Life", "Hollywood", "Nothing Fails", "X-Static Process", "Like a Prayer"[46]
April 23, 2003Tower RecordsNew York City"American Life", "X-Static Process", "Mother and Father", "Hollywood", "Like a Virgin", "American Life"[47]
April 30, 2003RLT StudioCologne"American Life", "Hollywood", "Music"[48]
May 9, 2003HMV Oxford CircusLondon"American Life", "Hollywood", "Nothing Fails", "X-Static Process", "Mother and Father", "Like a Prayer", "Don't Tell Me"[49]
November 15, 2005KokoLondon"Hung Up", "Get Together", "I Love New York", "Let It Will Be", "Everybody"[50]
November 19, 2005G-A-YLondon"Hung Up", "Get Together", "I Love New York", "Let It Will Be", "Everybody", "Jump"[51]
December 7, 2005Studio CoastTokyo"Hung Up", "Get Together", "I Love New York", "Let It Will Be", "Everybody"[52]
April 30, 2006Empire Polo ClubIndio"Hung Up", "Get Together", "I Love New York", "Ray of Light", "Let It Will Be", "Everybody"[53]
April 30, 2008Roseland BallroomNew York City"Candy Shop", "Miles Away", "4 Minutes" (with Justin Timberlake), "Hung Up", "Give It 2 Me", "Music"[54]
May 6, 2008OlympiaParis"Candy Shop", "Miles Away", "4 Minutes", "Hung Up", "Give It 2 Me", "Music"[55]
May 10, 2008Mote ParkMaidstone"Candy Shop", "Miles Away", "4 Minutes", "Hung Up", "Give It 2 Me", "Music"[56]

Notable live performances[edit]

DateEventCityPerformed song(s)
September 14, 19841984 MTV Video Music AwardsNew York City"Like a Virgin"[57]
July 13, 1985Live AidPhiladelphia"Holiday", "Into the Groove", "Love Makes the World Go Round"
"Revolution" (with Thompson Twins, Steve Stevens and Nile Rodgers)[58]
September 6, 19891989 MTV Video Music AwardsLos Angeles"Express Yourself"[59]
September 6, 19901990 MTV Video Music AwardsLos Angeles"Vogue"[60]
March 25, 199163rd Academy AwardsLos Angeles"Sooner or Later"[61]
January 16, 1993Saturday Night LiveNew York City"Bad Girl", "Fever"[62]
September 2, 19931993 MTV Video Music AwardsLos Angeles"Bye Bye Baby"[59]
January 30, 19951995 American Music AwardsLos Angeles"Take a Bow" (with Babyface)[63]
February 20, 19951995 BRIT AwardsLondon"Bedtime Story"[64]
March 27, 199769th Academy AwardsLos Angeles"You Must Love Me"[65]
April 27, 1998Rock for the RainforestNew York City"Frozen", "With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Twist and Shout" (with the others stars)[66]
May 29, 1998The Oprah Winfrey ShowChicago"Little Star", "Ray of Light"[67]
September 10, 19981998 MTV Video Music AwardsLos Angeles"Shanti/Ashtangi", "Ray of Light" (with Lenny Kravitz)[68]
November 12, 19981998 MTV Europe Music AwardsMilan"The Power of Good-Bye"[68]
February 24, 19991999 Grammy AwardsLos Angeles"Nothing Really Matters"[69]
February 21, 20012001 Grammy AwardsLos Angeles"Music"[70]
August 28, 20032003 MTV Video Music AwardsNew York City"Hollywood"/"Work It" (with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott)[71]
January 16, 2005Tsunami AidNew York City"Imagine"[72]
July 2, 2005Live 8London"Like a Prayer", "Ray of Light", "Music"[73]
November 4, 20052005 MTV Europe Music AwardsLisbon"Hung Up"[74]
November 18, 2005Children in Need 2005London"Hung Up", "Get Together"[75]
February 8, 20062006 Grammy AwardsLos Angeles"Hung Up" (with Gorillaz)[76]
July 7, 2007Live EarthLondon"Hey You", "Ray of Light", "La Isla Bonita" (with Gogol Bordello), "Hung Up"[77]
January 22, 2010Hope for Haiti NowNew York"Like a Prayer"[78]
February 2, 2012Super Bowl XLVI halftime showIndianapolis
January 26, 20142014 Grammy AwardsLos Angeles"Open Your Heart"/"Same Love" (with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert)[80]
January 28, 2014MTV UnpluggedLos Angeles"We Can't Stop"/"Don't Tell Me" (with Miley Cyrus)[81]


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