Madonna will launch her first-ever greatest hits tour to mark the 40th anniversary of her breakthrough song, Holiday.
The pop superstar will play songs from every album she’s released, starting with her self-titled debut in 1983 and ending with 2019’s Madame X.
She will also make her comeback to arenas and stadiums on the 35-date Celebration Tour following the experimental, theatre-based Madame X performances in 2019 and 2020.
As the performer struggled with knee and hip ailments, several of those performances had to be cancelled.
The Covid-19 outbreak then forced the cancellation of the final 10 dates in Paris.
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“I am excited to explore as many songs as possible, in hopes of giving my fans the concert they have been waiting for,” the celebrity stated upon announcing the new tour.
The concerts “will take us on Madonna’s artistic journey across four decades and pays honor to the city of New York where her career in music began,” according to a press release.
The tour will begin in Canada’s Vancouver in July and stop in New York, Barcelona, Paris, and Stockholm before coming to an end on December 1 in Amsterdam.
For the UK, only one date has been revealed thus far; it will take place on October 14 at London’s O2 Arena. Her itinerary remains open for a week before and after that date, indicating that further events will be announced when the original dates are sold out.
Pre-sales for fan club members begin on Tuesday, January 17 (North America) and Wednesday, January 18 and tickets for the Celebration tour go on sale at 10:00 local time on Friday, January 20. (Europe).
The 64-year-old singer-songwriter will have no trouble coming up with a set list because there are so many great songs available.
She had 13 number one songs and 63 top 10 successes in the UK, ranging from Into The Groove (1985) and Like A Prayer (1989) to Vogue (1990) and Hung Up (1990). (2005).
The celebrity explained why she has occasionally ignored certain classics on prior tours in a 2017 interview with the BBC.
She admitted, “I’m weary of doing some songs and I don’t want to do them.
“So if I performed Material Girl or Express Yourself on a previous tour, I would then remark, “OK, I did it for 88 shows.” I’m not able to repeat it.”
The closest Madonna has previously been to a formal greatest hits tour is during her 2004 Reinvention concerts.
“I don’t consider stopping,”
Her then-current album, American Life, was completely disregarded on those performances in favor of standards like Papa Don’t Preach, Into the Groove, and Holiday.
With sales of $411 million (£335 million) in 2008-09, her Sticky & Sweet Tour set a record for the highest-earning female artist tour ever.
When discussing her condition during the Madame X concerts with V Magazine in 2021, the celebrity revealed she had been determined to finish that tour.
My right hip was completely devoid of cartilage, and everyone was telling me to quit.
“I declared, “I won’t stop. I’ll keep going till the wheels come off.”
Madonna also stated in the same interview: “I do not consider stopping. I could have performed a greatest hits stadium tour and earned $1 billion.”
Over the past year, Madonna’s music has had a comeback on TikTok, with classics like Material Girl and Frozen gaining new fans.
Back That Up To The Beat, a ten-year-old pirated demo, also reappeared on the video-sharing app in September, inspiring thousands of videos.
Madonna decided to officially release the demo in December as a result of its popularity. (The song also appears as a finished, radically different version as a bonus track on Madame X.)
Finally Enough Love, a career-spanning compilation that included dance remixes of her biggest singles, was also released last year. Twenty of the songs had never-before-seen recordings that were rare recordings.
The album was the first undertaking under Madonna’s 2021 contract with Warner Music for a “extensive, multi-year series of catalogue releases that would explore the innovative music that made her an international icon,” which peaked at number three on the UK charts.