Tours

Sticky & Sweet Tour: A Family Affair

Lourdes accompanied Madonna on the piano for the performance of Devil Wouldn't Recognize You at the last show of the tour in Tel Aviv - madonnalicious reader Alejandro captured the moment in this video clip.

Alejandro also filmed Rocco acting the DJ in the performance of Music at the same show in Tel Aviv on Wednesday 02 September.


Sticky & Sweet Tour second highest grossing of all time

Madonna's Sticky & Sweet tour wrapped yesterday, putting the lid on what looks to be the second-highest grossing tour of all time.
With a gross of $408 million, Sticky & Sweet is the top-grossing tour by a solo artist of all time, and second only to the Rolling Stones' $558 million Bigger Bang tour of 2005-2007. 'She is absolutely one of the great performers of all time,' says Arthur Fogel, Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring for Live Nation, producer of Madonna's tours. 'That this tour will take its place as the second highest grossing tour in the history of our business says it all.'
Since its launch in August 2008, Sticky & Sweet has moved more than 3.5 million fans to 85 shows in 32 countries, according to Live Nation. Madonna set an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, Switzerland, where she drew the largest audience ever for a concert in that country (72,000). According to Live Nation stats, her Gothenburg, Sweden show, seen by 119,000 fans, broke the record for highest grossing multiple shows in the country's history.
In Helsinki, Finland, Sticky & Sweet sold more than 85,000 tickets, making it the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia. Other highlights on the tour included stops in Buenos Aires, Argentina (256,000), Santiago, Chile (146,000), Sao Paolo, Brazil (203,000), Tallinn, Estonia (72,000), Warsaw, Poland (79,000), Bucharest, Romania (69,000), and Sofia, Bulgaria (54,000).
Sticky & Sweet broke Madonna's previous record for top solo tour ever with her Confessions tour, which grossed $194 million in 2006, according to Billboard Boxscore. The 2008-2009 tour was the first under Madonna's $120 million, 10-year multi-rights deal with Live Nation.

From Billboard.com - thanks to Micheal


Sticky & Sweet Tour: More Billboard Boxscores

Here are the latest Billboard Boxscores from Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour dates in mid/late August:

Parc Izvor – Bucharest, Romania – Aug. 26, 2009
$4,659,836
69,088 / 69,088
1 / 1
$265.29, $34.60

Kincsem Park – Budapest, Hungary – Aug. 22, 2009
$3,920,651
41,045 / 41,045
1 / 1
$290.95, $69.83

Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany – Aug. 18, 2009
$3,655,403
35,127 / 35,127
1 / 1
$235.71, $78.57

Usce Park – Belgrade, Serbia – Aug. 24, 2009
$1,738,139
39,713 / 39,713
1 / 1
$138.90, $41.61

Thanks to Micheal


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Game Over!

Last night saw the final show of the 2009 leg of the Sticky & Sweet Tour take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. madonnalicious reader Scotty P sent in this news from the show:

Show just finished tonight. Rocco got into the act tonight too - during Music - wearing a DJ hip hop outfit. And Lola returned for Give It 2 Me. Madonna didn't see her, and she suddenly did by bumping up next to her and turning around, they fell down on top of each other for 20 second giggling before being lifted up.

madonnalicious would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the tour news during the tour and would still love any contributions (pictures or reports) that readers have to send - just email us at madonnalicious@gmail.com


'I shouldn't have stayed away so long!'

Hayarkon Park was transformed into a lavish Las Vegas showroom Tuesday night, as Madonna brought her Sticky & Sweet show to Tel Aviv for the first of two concerts marking the end of her world tour.
'Get up out of your seats,' she commanded the crowd in the opening song, 'Candy Shop,' and the sold-out audience of 50,000 happily complied.
At one point in the show, Madonna said, 'It's been 16 years since I played in Israel. I'm sorry about that, I shouldn't have stayed away so long.'
'Israel is the energy capital of the world,' she continued. 'If we can live together in harmony in this place, we can live in peace all over the world.'
During the electrifying finale, 'Give It 2 Me,' Madonna grabbed an Israeli flag out of the crowd and paraded with it on stage.
By early in the afternoon the area surrounding the park had begun to take on a festive atmosphere, as hundreds of fans of the American icon waited outside the gate for the 5:30 p.m opening, in order to nab prime standing room.
'We are going to run straight to the stage,' said Uriel, 26, from Ra'anana, who was waiting with a friend. 'I didn't sleep last night at all. I'm so excited.'
Orit, 32, from Holon, brought a pillow with her to ease the burden of the long wait. 'We'll stand as long as we have to,' she said.
It turned out the fans had to wait until 9:22 p.m., when Madonna and crew hit the stage to a sea of lit cellphones, following an innocuous 45-minute electro-dance mashup by DJ Paul Oakenfield.
Tour production manager Chris Lamb was right when he told reporters on Monday that Madonna didn't put on a rock concert, she put on a show. Forget the Kabbala, the paparazzi subterfuge, the dinners with politicians and all the other trappings that have dominated her visit here so far. Madonna presented a dazzling display of Broadway-worthy spectacle, with choreography, props and stunning visuals, all creating a sensory explosion.
She proved during her show that she has lost nary a step. In fact, she's gotten even better.
Local radio stations played Madonna songs through Tuesday. On Army Radio, a DJ interrupted a song briefly to quip that "tonight, Aunt Esther is playing at Hayarkon Park."

From The Jerusalem Post


Madonna rocks Tel Aviv at tail end of tour

American pop icon Madonna danced, gyrated and hopped in front of 50,000 adoring fans late Tuesday in Tel Aviv, where she is wrapping up her Sticky and Sweet tour with two sold-out shows.
'Hello Israel!' yelled the fervent follower of the Jewish mysticism discipline of Kabbalah as the crowd went wild at the Material Girl's first concert in the country in 16 years.
At one point in the show, the 51-year-old megastar wrapped herself into an Israeli flag and at another, called the country the 'energy centre of the world,' sparking a deafening chorus of approving shouts and whistles.
She is due to play the final concert of her tour in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna arrives in Israel

Madonna arrived in Israel this morning (Sunday 30 August) ahead of the final two dates of the Sticky & Sweet Tour in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and Wednesday.

madonnalicious reader Michael sent in these pictures he took of the stage being constructed at Park Hayarkon.


Madonna Rocks Sofia in Biggest Concert on Bulgarian Soil

US pop star Madonna rocked the Bulgarian capital Sofia Saturday night from 10 pm until 12 am in her first ever concert in Bulgaria.
Some 60,000 fans filled the Vasil Levski Stadium in downtown Sofia in what is the largest musical event of its kind to ever take place on Bulgarian soil.
The concert started shortly after 8 pm and the crowd was warmed up with various disco beats and mixes for about an hour.
Instead at 9 pm as advertised earlier, Madonna appeared on stage at about 9:55 pm. In the one hour before that the eager fans entertained themselves with more than 150 audience (Mexican) waves.
Madonna's amazing show that the 60,000 Bulgarians and foreigners saw in Sofia featured a look-alike of Michael Jackson, performing the famous moon walk. The King of Pop who died at the end of June 2009, would have celebrated Saturday, August 29, 2009, his 51st birthday.
In addition to her to top hits, Madonna's concert also included messages for religious tolerance and civic activism - something to which the Sofia audience responded with great cheers and enthusiasm.
One of the more provocative moments of the concert was when Madonna French kissed another woman - one of the dance performers on the stage.
Despite the concert's truly exciting atmosphere the audience failed to summon Madonna for any curtain calls after the huge screens on the 85-meter long, 40-meter high stage said 'Game Over'.
A total of 450 security personnel - the largest such number ever employed in Bulgaria for a single event - were in charge of keeping Madonna's concert in Sofia in order; police were largely not visible until the very end of the show when they helped regulate the exits and the routes to the closest public transport and subway stations. No accidents have been reported during the concert.

From Sofia News Agency (novinite.com)


Gypsy trio criticizes crowd for booing Madonna

A Russian trio performing Gypsy music with Madonna said Friday they were 'pained' to see the pop star booed during her Bucharest concert for criticizing widespread discrimination against Gypsies.
Thousands of people applauded the trio's performance with Madonna in Bucharest on Wednesday night during her worldwide 'Sticky and Sweet' tour. But minutes later they booed and jeered the pop star when she said discrimination should end against eastern Europe's Gypsies, also known as Roma.
In a press conference Friday in Bucharest, Vadim Kolpakov, the youngest member of Kolpakov Trio, said the public reaction was unexpected.
'The audience was wonderful when we played,' he said. But he called the booing and jeering 'the worst' reaction the Roma group had received during the entire tour. 'Madonna was surprised (about the reaction) but I cannot comment for her,' Vadim Kolpakov said, declining to say if Madonna had made a similar comment about Gypsies at other concerts in eastern Europe.
'We want....to be recognized as equals,' said trio founder Sasha Kolpakov, a Russian Roma.
'It pains me to see discrimination in the world, it pains me to see discrimination of Roma,' Sasha Kolpakov said. 'There are good Roma people that we are proud of. There are also Roma who live in poverty and who have nothing to do, who beg or do illegal deeds.'
Roma are a nomadic ethnic group believed to have their roots in the Indian subcontinent. They live mostly in southern and eastern Europe, but hundreds of thousands have migrated west over the past few decades in search of jobs and better living conditions.
Romania has the largest number of Roma in the region. Some say the population could be as high as 2 million, although official data put it at 500,000.
The Kolpakovs said discrimination against Roma exists not only in eastern Europe but in the West too.
'We played in Italy and met Roma representatives in Milan. We heard there's a big problem (in Italy),' said Vadim Kolpakov, adding that he thought discrimination against Roma was increasing in Europe. 'I think it is going up,' he said, mentioning the killing of six Roma in Hungary and the burning of Roma caravans in Naples, Italy.
Kolpakov Trio will travel with Madonna to Bulgaria and Israel - the last two destinations on her tour. The Kolpakovs are Roma, while the band's third member is a Russian Jew.

From AP Via Yahoo! News


Madonna explains Gyspy comments

Madonna has said she was 'compelled' to comment on the discrimination of Romany Gypsies while on stage in Romania, despite being booed by fans.
The 51-year-old was jeered by the audience in Bucharest after saying the discrimination 'made me feel very sad'.
Publicist Liz Rosenberg said Madonna made the comments after being made aware of the prejudice towards Romany people in eastern Europe.
The star uses a group of Roma musicians on her Sticky and Sweet tour.
Madonna paused during her two-hour show to say: 'It has been brought to my attention, that there is a lot of discrimination against Romanies and Gypsies in general in Eastern Europe - it made me feel very sad.'
'We don't believe in discrimination, we believe in freedom and equal rights for everyone.'
The star then received more boos when she mentioned prejudice against homosexuals and others.
Rosenberg said Madonna had told her there were cheers as well as jeers from the 60,000-strong crowd.
'Madonna has been touring with a phenomenal troupe of Roma musicians who made her aware of the discrimination toward them in several countries so she felt compelled to make a brief statement,' she added.
Concert goer Ionut Dinu, 23, said: 'I jeered her because it seemed false what she was telling us. What business does she have telling us these things?'
Romania has the largest number of Roma in eastern Europe.
Nearly half of Europe's estimated 12 million Roma claimed to have suffered an act of discrimination over the past 12 months, according to a recent report by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.
The agency says Roma face 'overt discrimination' in housing, health care and education.

From BBC News


Madonna defends Gypsies in Bucharest

Thousands of fans have booed pop star Madonna after she spoke out against the discrimination of Gypsies in eastern Europe during one of her concerts.
Madonna paused in the two-hour concert to say that Gypsies, also known as Roma, were discriminated against in eastern Europe. She said that made her 'sad' and nobody should be discriminated against.
Thousands in the crowd of 60,000 booed her. She did not react.
Roma musicians and a Roma dancer were featured in her show, held just yards from the giant palace of ex-communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Their performances were applauded by the crowd.
There are officially some 500,000 Roma in Romania, but the real number could be around 2 million. They face prejudice and discrimination in Romania and other east European nations.

From AP Via Yahoo! News

Madonna stated in full:
'I've never been to Romania before and I am happy to be here, but I found out that there is a lot of discrimination against gypsies in Eastern Europe and that makes me very sad, especially because we believe in acceptance, gypsies, homosexuals, people that are different. Everyone must be treated the same, don't forget that.'


Scenes from Bulgaria concert to be filmed for DVD

A special crew will film parts of the Sticky & Sweet Tour concert in Sofia on Saturday 29 August, the Bulgarian promoter said today.
The footage will be included in the DVD for the tour. It's likely the moment filmed will be connected with the Michael Jackson tribute, who would have turned 51 on the night of the show.
At the same time fans from Michael and Madonna's biggest fan club - mmlegends.com are hosting a special iniative for the show. During the MJ tribute they will wear a white glove on their hands. And also - they are having a special 'Sticky & Sweet' version of the national flag, created by their member marcello, and also have three very touching surprises for Madonna during the concert. The last one will involve more then 1000 fans in the gold circle.

Thanks to Nikolay


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Belgrade Fan Pictures - Part 2

madonnalicious reader Milorad was at the Usce Park Sticky & Sweet Tour show in Belgrade on Monday 24 August and shares these pictures and reports with us.

She was in such a good mood, she was smiling all the time. She was talking all the time. She said: 'This is for the beautiful Serbian people' before 'She's Not Me', and 'No one's gonna stop me ever except you!' at the very end.


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Budapest Soundcheck

Madonna was very friendly and chatty with the audience during the soundcheck for the Budapest show, not only did she say 'Hi' to some fans and grab their hands she also gave her guitar pic to another fan.

Here is madonnalicious reader Luis' story about the event:

Here is my video from the soundcheck in Budapest. Madonna saw the American flag my friend Tony and I had then asked us where we were from and we of course screamed 'New York!' and soon after she gave me the guitar pic. As others were trying to grab it from her she said 'No, him!'. The show was awesome!


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Budapest Soundcheck Pictures

madonnalicious reader Dario Lopez flew all the way from New York City for the Budapest show that took place on Saturday 22 August.

Audience members got let into the venue while Madonna was still soundchecking. At one point during the soundcheck Madonna asked some people in the audience where they came from so Dario shouted 'NY!' Madonna then got off the stage, said 'Hi NY!' and grabbed his hand.

Here are some of his pictures from the soundcheck:


Bulgaria: Sofia prepares for Madonna concert

Less than a week before the much expected concert of Madonna in Sofia the organizers have opened three new ticket booths at the very concert spot, the Vasil Levski Stadium.
Madonna's first ever concert in Bulgaria is scheduled for August 29, 2009, and is expected to be attended by about 50,000 fans. The tickets cost between BGN 100 and BGN 150.
The construction of the largest stage ever built in Bulgaria - 85 m in length, and 40 m in height - will start August 23.
About 1,000 staff will be involved in the preparation of the concert, the organizers from Sofia Music Enterprises have announced.

From Novinite.com


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Billboard Boxscores

The latest Billboard Boxscores for Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour have been published:

West Harbour - Helsinki, Finland
Aug.6 2009
$12,148,455
85,354 / 85,354 seats/sold out
1/1
$167.42,$139.28

Ullevi Stadion - Gothenburg, Sweden
Aug. 8-9 2009
$14,595,910
119,709 / 119,709 seats/sold out
2/2
$167.17,$97.22

Parken Stadion - Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug. 11 2009
$6,709,250
48,064 / 48,064 seats/sold out
1/1
$266.48,$75.19

Chodov Natural Amphitheatre - Prague, Czech Republic
Aug.13 2009
$3,835,776
42,682 / 42,682 seats/sold out
1/1
$411.86,$49.97

Bernowo Airport - Warsaw, Poland
Aug. 15 2009
$6,526,867
79,343 / 79,343 seats/sold out
1/1
$125.79,$69.18

Thanks to Micheal


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Munich Fan Pictures - Part 2

madonnalicious reader Jordana was at the Munich Sticky & Sweet Tour show on Tuesday 18 August and sent in these pictures and report:

It was a great show, Madonna was in good mood. It wasn't until 18:00 that we were allowed to enter the stadium because by then she hadn't finished the soundcheck. We had great weather, fortunately, her voice was really good, she looked relaxed. At the end of the show, while she was singing Give It 2 Me, she even jumped off the catwalk and was face to face with the lucky ones who were standing at the front barricades. My sister and me we were at the third row, we had a great view to the stage.

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Bucharest prepares for the Sticky & Sweet tour

A team of specialists from all over the world started preparations in the Izvor Park in Bucharest, the location for Madonna’s Bucharest stop of her 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour, Agerpress informs.
Madonna will arrive in Romania next week, with the year’s most impressive performance, the organizer of the event, E-Mag!c Entertainment announces.
The preparations already started in the Izvor Park, announcing an unprecedented production, a genuine 'fortress' dedicated exclusively to Madonna’s show.
The concert of August 26 will establish new records for the live entertainment industry in Romania and its invested resources: the stage, consisting of two modules, weighs 100 tons and will require an emplacement surface of the size of a stadium (100 m x 50 m).
The production team will include 1,200 persons, 200 of them part of the technical staff of the tour, and includes persons from all over the world: Germany, UK, Italy, Russia, the United States of America, Mexico, New Zealand and Japan.
Over 100 trucks will be used for the show: 15 for the stage only and four for the wardrobe, one for each episode of the diva’s show.

From Nine O'Clock


Madonna fans delay Warsaw concert with birthday wishes

Pop star Madonna made an emotional tribute to her fans after they delayed her Polish concert by singing Happy Birthday to her.
Gig-goers sang the song to her in both English and Polish at the start of the concert in Warsaw.
Fans were slightly premature in their congratulations - the singer turned 51 on Sunday, a few hours after the Saturday night concert.
They also sang a traditional Polish birthday song, titled May You Live A Hundred Years, with video footage of the celebrations posted on YouTube.
The singer's voice wavered after the crowd finally quietened down to allow her to speak.
'Every time I do a show, and every time I look into your eyes and every time I see your smiles, you changed my life,' she said in response.
'It's amazing that I've been able to do what I do for so many years, thank God, I love my job, I love being able to be here with you tonight.'
'This is the best birthday present ever, so thank you,' she added.
But it was not all plain sailing for the pop star - the concert fell on a Roman Catholic holiday celebrating the heavenly assumption of the Virgin Mary, which angered some Catholics.
Several people held up protest banners outside the concert venue.

From BBC News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Prague Fan Pictures - Part 1

madonnalicious reader Chris attended the Prague show on Thursday 13 August at the Chadov Natural Amphtheatre and sent in these pictures and report:

Just got back from Prague and wow, what a great show.
Probably my second best ever Sticky & Sweet show(naturally Buenos Aires was the best EVER).
The crowd went wild as she came on, and she even gave Prague an extra song, as she introduced the Romany Gypsy guys and said this ones for our Romany friends out there, they sang and she sang along on the chorus, amazing!
Anyways, she was in such a good mood, just SO happy and smiley, she sounded great and look even better then ever!


Billboard: Hot Tours

Madonna tops the Hot Tours chart this week with more totals from Sticky & Sweet, her world tour that kicked off last August. The shows reported during the most recent tabulation week include the singer's only show in Russia, an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg's Palace Square. Other entertainers who have performed there include Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and Duran Duran.

#1 MADONNA
$20,838,144
July 28 - August 4
Valle Hovin, Oslo (2/2)
Palace Square, St. Petersburg, Russia (1/1)
Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia (1/1)
178,579 (178,579)

Thanks to Don


Madonna's onstage tribute to birthday boy Rocco

Madonna surprised her son Rocco as he turned nine years old on Tuesday - by urging the 50,000-strong crowd at her show in Denmark to sing Happy Birthday to him.
The Holiday hitmaker is currently taking her Sticky & Sweet tour around the globe and the star's clan was in the Scandinavian country when her eldest son, by director Guy Ritchie, celebrated his big day.
And during her concert in the capital city of Copenhagen, Madonna halted her set to announce Rocco's ninth birthday to gig-goers - and encouraged the crowd at the Parken Stadium to sing a chorus of Happy Birthday for the delighted youngster.
She shouted out, 'Happy Birthday to my son Rocco, who is watching the show right now and I just want to say that I love you very much. You are a number one son and maybe everyone would like to sing Happy Birthday to him.'

From contactmusic.com