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The Queen of Pop's world tour may yet kick off in Auckland.
In October a leaked document suggesting Madonna was to play here was rubbished by her management, but negotiations with the prospective venue suggest the deal may still be done.
An alleged leaked itinerary of the iconic music star's next world tour was sent by an anonymous music industry insider to a Madonna fan site in the US on October 13.
The email contained a photo of the 2012 tour schedule printed on an official letterhead from promoter Live Nation and indicated that Madonna would perform at Mt Smart Stadium on March 31, 2012.
The document was quickly denied as a fake by Madonna's management, and group manager of Mt Smart Paul Nisbet said they had not been approached with any bookings for that date.
But in a council meeting just days later, Regional Facilities Auckland discussed negotiations that were underway to secure a large concert for the venue.
In the Operations Performance Report from the board of directors dated October 19, the board discussed the concert that was 'initially scheduled for March 2012 but has now been moved to October 2012 due to changes to the touring schedule'.
Regional Facilities Auckland's Paul Brewer said he can't say who or what the show is until the deal is signed, sealed and delivered but confirmed talks for a show were ongoing.
'Negotiations are underway. I wish I could say [more] but I would be shot,' he said.
'We are always trying to negotiate concerts and obviously they have to be strictly confidential until things are signed on the dotted line. But rest assured, we are always doing our best to bring in acts from overseas and in New Zealand.'
In August, alcohol brand Smirnoff released details on its website regarding an international dance contest indicating that successful finalists would be dancing with Madonna.
Terms and conditions outlined that participants must have 12 month validity on their passport from March 2012 and make themselves available to travel all over the USA, South America, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

From www.stuff.co.nz/auckland

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Fred

it's so exciting that we're talking about Madonna's tour ! dancers auditioned, venues discussed...new album to come, we're about to live a new Madonna year and it feels so good! she's been there for 30 years and it's still soooo exciting, and I am a kid again ! thanks Madonna, you are my Queen!!! I can't wait

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