|The MDNA Tour|
Promotional poster for The MDNA Tour
|Tour by Madonna|
|Start date||May 31, 2012|
|End date||December 22, 2012|
|Shows||3 in Asia
30 in Europe
46 in North America
10 in South America
|Box office||$305.2 million|
|Madonna concert chronology|
The MDNA Tour was the ninth concert tour by American entertainer Madonna. It promoted her twelfth studio album, MDNA. It followed her record-breaking Sticky & Sweet Tour and was the second concert tour under her 360 deal with Live Nation Entertainment. Beginning in Tel Aviv, Israel, the tour would visit Asia, Europe and the Americas. It also featured the singer's first concert appearances in Colombia, Ukraine, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates. Like her previous concert tour, it was planned to visit Australia in January 2013 but was cancelled by Madonna herself, resulting in her posting an audio video letter on her Youtube official account.
Madonna described the tour as "a journey from darkness to light". It was divided into four sections: Transgression, where guns and violence was the main theme, Prophecy, where a mix of joyful songs that bring people together were performed, Masculine/Feminine, a combination of sensuality and fashion with a few of Madonna's classic songs performed in Cabaret-style, and Celebration, which Madonna labeled as "a big party and celebration". As the show continued through Europe and North America, two songs were added to the setlist including "Holiday", which was performed on selected dates, and "Love Spent", which Madonna added as the final song in the third section.
The show received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its maturity and artistry. Overall, Madonna performed to over 2.1 million fans in 29 countries, grossing a total of $305 million from 88 sold-out shows. It became the highest-grossing tour of 2012 and the tenth of all time by its end, and the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, only behind her own 2008-09 Sticky & Sweet Tour. Madonna also broke the record for occupying the top two highest-grossing female tours of all time. At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Madonna won the Top Touring Award for The MDNA Tour.
Controversies arose while on tour. During the video interlude "Nobody Knows Me", the face of French far right politician Marine Le Pen appeared on the screen with a swastika on her forehead, resulting on her dissapointment. During her concerts in Russia, Madonna talked about the arrest of feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot, causing anger by Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin. She also was sued by anti-gay Russian campaigners, arguing that she promoted homosexual propaganda in Russia. The MDNA Tour has been broadcast on private channels and a CD/DVD and Blu-ray version of the performances, titled MDNA World Tour, was released in September 2013.
In October 2011, fansite DrownedMadonna released a proposed tour itinerary from Live Nation. The report showed the singer playing a stadium-exclusive tour beginning in New Zealand. It also showed dates in Australia, China, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America. Days later, many media outlets around the world posted the itinerary, causing Live Nation to respond to the report's authenticity.
While promoting her first feature film, W.E., Madonna partnered with Smirnoff to produce a global dance contest. Called the "Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project", the contest asked for dancers to submit footage to becoming a dancer on the singer's forthcoming tour. Eleven finalists performed for Madonna and fans at the Roseland Ballroom in November 2011, where Madonna also debuted her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'". The winner of the contest was Charles Riley (known as Lil Buck).
The tour was officially announced on February 7, 2012, following the singer's performance at the Super Bowl XLVI Bridgestone Halftime Show. The tour is expected to have 90 performances, becoming Madonna's longest tour to date. In March 2012, the singer used social networks to promote the forthcoming tour and album. On Twitter, the official title of the tour was announced. The concert tickets range in price from around $45 to more than $350. Some premium-priced ticket packages run $600 per person. Receiving complaints that her live shows are too expensive, Madonna told Newsweek: "Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I'm worth it."
Originally, Live Nation reported that the tour would have an Australian leg, becoming Madonna's first tour to reach the country in 20 years since the 1993 Girlie Show World Tour. Stadium dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne were planned and ready to be announced in July 2012, but was cancelled for reasons unspecified which lead to a huge backlash from fans in Australia after Madonna skipped the country. A spokerperson said, "Madonna's [MDNA] tour will end in South America in December as planned. That's all we can say." Madonna also had planned to reach Australia during both the 2006 Confessions Tour and the 2008-09 Sticky & Sweet Tour. However, on August 26, 2012, Madonna released an audio video on Youtube saying,
"I know a lot of you are angry with me, upset with me, disappointed. I did everything I could, I thought long and hard about it, I thought the best thing for me to do would be to end my seven months on the road at the end of the year and not continue on with my tour so I could spend time with my children who need me. Because my children are older I can't take them on the road with me everywhere [...] I really feel I would be an irresponsible parent if I didn't stop my tour and spend time with them. [...] I haven't forgetten about you."
During a Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon, Madonna announced the first section of the show is "pretty violent" and she would utilize slacklining in one performance. Madonna reunited with her long-time designer Jean Paul Gaultier to create the costumes for the tour. She stated, "[Gaultier is] kind of godfathering the costumes for a section of my show, with all my dancers. I'm really happy he's doing it, because he's such a genius." Madonna also works with designers Arianne Phillips and Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci. Phillips commented,
"This show is epic and bigger than anything she's done before. There are many more costume changes. We're taking 700 shoes on the road. Madonna changes outfits seven or eight times and the dancers change 10 to 15 times, depending on the dancer. They have been generous for so many years. Her relationship with them is really special. Everything is specially made and they made some incredible high-heeled boots for the boys."
Madonna recruited the services of Canadian multimedia team Moment Factory to design the stage designs scenography. The team previously worked with Madonna for the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. They were given four months to come with the ideas for the show. After receiving the 12 songs which they were to work with, they set ideas with the show director Michel Laprise, with Madonna herself approving each stage. Each song carries with it a different emotion that Moment Factory had to extract and visually present on stage. They were allowed creative control while also having to coordinate with the rest of the stage team, the lighting and set designers. Madonna would give a hint, some intuition of what she wanted, and then they would all bring their ideas. These ideas were materialized using LEDs—from a 10 mm LED backdrop to LED cubes, which gave the team scope to work with. These cubes allowed the performers and the video content to be dynamic and diverse, as the team was able to create different sequences. The videos could be programmed according to Madonna's movements and content. First rehearsals began in February 2012 in New York City. The rehearsals on a real stage began May 1, 2012 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The tour was initially planned to start in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 29, 2012, but was rescheduled to May 31 due to production delays. The triangle-shaped stage of the tour consists of two walkways for Madonna to wade into the crowd and an enclosed area where fans can get close to the stage. There was also a huge, three-part video screen that promoters have called the largest in the world.
Madonna described the tour as "a journey of a soul from darkness to light". It was divided into four sections: Transgression, Prophecy, Masculine/Feminine and Redemption. The concert began with a cross with the initials of Madonna on the backdrops, while three men representing religious sang psalms. The dancers, clad as monks, rang a bell before Madonna broke the glass window of a confessional using a rifle and "Girl Gone Wild" began playing, while wearing a black, skintight outfit. The show continued with "Revolver" with Madonna's female dancers accompanying her with automatic rifles and Lil' Wayne being featured in the video backdrops. After the song, "Gang Bang" is performed in a motel setting where Madonna is seen shooting the male dancers who infiltrate her room with blood being splattered on the backdrops. A tease of "Papa Don't Preach" follows in which her dancers dressed in army pants, boots and masks tie her up, leading into "Hung Up" where Madonna utilizes slacklining while her dancers slide under the ropes. Madonna closes the section performing "I Don't Give A" on guitar while Nicki Minaj is seen on the backdrops. It led to a video interlude for a mashup of "Best Friend" and "Heartbeat". After the interlude, Madonna appears with a marching band dressed up as a majorette while performing "Express Yourself" with a baton. The song lyrically samples Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" and "She's Not Me" from Hard Candy. Next, "Give Me All Your Luvin'" is performed with a marching band suspended from the air while Madonna and her female dancers dancing with pompoms. A short video interlude features Madonna's previous hits leads into "Turn Up the Radio" with Madonna on guitar wearing an all-leather look with knee-high boots and a mini fur bolero. "Open Your Heart" is performed next with the Kalakan trio and with Madonna dancing across the stage with her son Rocco Ritchie. Next, "Holiday" is performed spontaneously. The segment ends with a stripped down version of "Masterpiece".
It led to a video inferlude for "Justify My Love" featuring Jabbawockeez-inspired dancers on stage. The third section begins with "Vogue" in which Madonna donned a reinvented cone bra designed by Jean Paul Gaultier along with her dancers wearing black avant-garde dresses. Then Madonna performs a mashup of "Candy Shop" and "Erotica" while the stage turned on a burlesque bordello. Next, Madonna sings "Human Nature" while shifting mirrors move around the stage before performing a strip-tease. She continues singing "Like a Virgin" being performed with a pianist playing "Evgeni's Waltz". The segment ends with Madonna performing "Love Spent" while fans threw many a dollar bill onstage and a shirtless dancer puts a corset on Madonna and pulls the strings while she feigns she is out of breath. A video interlude of "Nobody Knows Me" in a collage-like political and economic film morphed Madonna's face with a number of famous figures, including Chinese leader Hu Jintao, US Republican former presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Pope Benedict XVI. The face of French far right politician Marine Le Pen appeared on the screen with a swastika on her forehead, before it morphes into the face of Adolf Hitler. "I'm Addicted" opens the final section witha disco-glam Joan d'Arc-inspired Madonna along with her dancers dressed in shaolin-inspired clothing. The following song, "I'm a Sinner", features Madonna on guitar and wearing garlands of flowers while the backdrops feature a train travelling through India, along with elements of "Cyber-Raga" incorporated into the song. A modernized version of "Like a Prayer" follows with Buddhists and gospel singers as a church choir. Madonna returns to the stage to sing the final song, a high-energy version of "Celebration", with a DJ theme.
Jon Parales from The New York Times wrote that "the concert is a display of energy and nutty inventiveness, with Madonna costumed as everything from baton twirler to folk dancer", adding that it "is less a story than an excellent excuse for extravagant, perpetually surprising production numbers involving more than three dozen performers, while it turns some of Madonna’s past hits inside out." New York Daily News called the show "an idea-intensive, message-packed riddle wrapped in an enigma that must be seen to be believed", arguing that the show's risky artistry "deserves praise". Saeed Saeed from The National states the show was "bearing [Madonna's] soul". He said that while her previous tour saw her lightly poking fun at herself and her various musical guises throughout the years, this concert was sometimes dark and suffocating and as much an emotional exorcism as a performance. Neil McCormick from The Daily Telegraph assessed the concert, assigning it 4 out of 5 stars, and wrote, "[t]he real highlight of this show was a stripped back version of 'Like a Virgin'... Madonna proved herself more than equal to be challenge of all her young pretenders". Glenn Gamboa from Newsday wrote that "her latest reinvention might be her most revealing yet" because "her wild, nearly two-hour show is closest to reflecting her current state of mind, while building yet another artistic, well-choreographed slacklining spectacle." Marc-André Lemieux from Le Journal de Montréal gave a positive view, writing: "the indestructible icon has proposed a concert sometimes dark, sometimes light, but always entertaining and challenging" and commenting that the show is "a fascinating exercise that reflects the journey of a pop singer who has reached her full artistic maturity." Sarah Rodman from Boston Globe praised her performance writing: "the truly, remarkably indefatigable pop superstar powered her way through a performance just shy of two hours and heavy on the razzle dazzle but light on hits" also noting how Madonna "remains impressively fleet of foot, dancing nearly non-stop, and when she sang live, perfectly competent of voice, even if the mix didn’t always do her favors and her crew was impressive."
Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "With three decades of superstardom under her belt, Madonna has pretty much perfected the art of mass entertainment with a hint of scandal. So it should come as no surprise, even in the Holy Land, that her show would open with a giant cross, the clang of a church bell and cloaked clergymen"; while the show was given a positive review, the fact that the tour contains many songs from the MDNA album was criticized. Bernard Perusse from Ottawa Citizen named her an entertainer who outdoes all her imitators and progeny when it comes to pop – a point made clear when she incorporated Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" into "Express Yourself". Chris Cobb from the same newspaper called the performance in Ottawa a Broadway show on wheels and writing: "in a sense it doesn’t really matter what songs Madonna chooses to sing because the spectacle, with all its bells and whistles, is all." Hardeep Phull from the New York Post acclaimed her performance in Yankee Stadium, writing: "the shock-and-awe tactics have been a staple of her 30-year career, but right now they seem to be an especially savvy move" and that the show "remains a master class in performance and spectacle." Dean Piper writing for Daily Mirror gave it four out of five stars, criticizing the choice of venue and sound quality, but praising the general concert. Vogue Italia 's Giulia Blasi reviewed the show as "huge, spectacular, often slightly tacky, obviously expensive" and blamed "the poor quality of the sound for anyone not standing directly in front of the stage", noting "suspiciously pristine vocals in the middle of very choreography-heavy songs." The Independent wrote that the tour "goes off with a whimper, not a bang". Michael Hubbard from musicOMH rated the concert 2.5 out of five stars, noting that "the vocals are unremarkable at best and auto-tuned to oblivion at worst", calling it "a gig that lacked oomph throughout."
Following the tickets sale opening, many venues were sold out. In Tel Aviv, 33,000 tickets for the first show at Ramat Gan Stadium were selling fast in the months previous to the premiere. Madonna's first ever show in Abu Dhabi had fans lined up in front of the Virgin Megastore for tickets of 24 hours before they went on general sale. All initial 22,000 tickets sold out in record-breaking one hour, prompting the promoter to add the second date there, which in turn sold out within a week. In Turkey, 47,000 tickets for the show in Istanbul sold out in four days. In the United States, 60,000 tickets for a show in Yankee Stadium, New York City sold out in 20 minutes. Tickets for the show in Kansas City sold out in 12 minutes, while the show in Houston sold out in less than an hour. In Canada, the concert at the Bell Centre sold 16,000 tickets in 20 minutes, along with the show at the Plains of Abraham, selling 65,000 tickets in one hour. In Ottawa, 15,000 tickets for the show in Scotiabank Place sold out in 21 minutes, becoming the fastest-selling concert in the arena's 16-year history, beating out previous record holder AC/DC in 2009. All available tickets for Madonna's first date in Amsterdam sold out in 30 minutes.
On April 26, the most expensive tickets for the date in Mexico sold out within two hours and fifteen minutes during the pre-sales, so on May 22, it announced a second date for November 25, in Mexico City, because of the high demand. In Colombia, 38,000 tickets for her first concert in Medellín sold exclusively during the pre-sale and remaining 2,000 tickets for the public sale sold out in three hours. Madonna's first show in Medellín sold out in a record breaking 15 hours prompting the promoter to add the second date there. 15,000 pre-sale tickets for the second Medellín date sold out. Madonna also sold more than 100,000 tickets in two days for three shows in Brazil. On May 4, it was announced that Madonna would be in Argentina on December 13 at the River Plate Stadium. As in the pre-sale and general sale tickets sold out, on June 1, the second date was announced for December 15 in that city. Madonna's concerts in South America outsell Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball Tour by three to one, while tickets for Madonna's shows are three times as expensive as those for Gaga's concerts.
Faced with media claims that the tour was underperforming, Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring made an estimate on April 19, 2012 that the tour is on track to be among the Top 10 tours of all time. He also claimed that more than 1.4 million tickets had been already sold, banking about US$214 million for an average US$2.7 million per show in a mix of stadiums and arenas. As of May 10, 2012, Madonna has sold a total of 653,000 tickets in North America and about 30,000 tickets remained available for the 36 shows in the United States. The MDNA Tour became the highest-grossing tour of 2012 by Billboard, grossing $305.2 million from 88 sold-out shows, becoming the ninth highest-grossing tour of all time and surpassing Celine Dion's Taking Chances Tour as the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, only behind Madonna's own Sticky & Sweet Tour. Madonna also broke the record for occupying the top two highest-grossing female tours of all time. Madonna was honored with the Top Touring Award at the Billboard Music Awards.
During the morphing collage of the video interlude "Nobody Knows Me", the face of French far right politician Marine Le Pen appeared on the screen with a swastika on her forehead. Le Pen has threatened to sue Madonna should this happen during her concert in France on July 14, 2012, also known as Bastille Day, the French National Day. Socialist French government spokesperson Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has also expressed her disappointment. Later, the swastika was removed and replaced by an interrogation mark. In wake of the 2012 Aurora shooting, Madonna was urged to remove the use of firearms from the show. Authorities previously warned the singer about use of guns for the concert in Edinburgh, before the concerts in Colorado. However, the order was reinforced after the tragedy occurred. Madonna continued the show in Scotland as planned, with the use of the props. Although threatened, Scottish police did not interrupt the show.
Madonna's second show in Paris at L'Olympia was met with negative reviews from fans and critics, with most of the criticism centering on the fact that the concert lasted only 45 minutes, even though the tickets had been sold at the same price as for the other MDNA Tour shows and fans hadn't been alerted of the abbreviated format of the show. According to TMZ, the riot at the concert had nothing to do with her brief performance but with around 10 "fans" in the audience who overheard yelling about Marine Le Pen. However, several French news outlets reported that the backlash against Madonna's performance was started by a considerable number of fans rather than an isolated group of Marine Le Pen supporters. The concert in Warsaw, Poland, was met with criticism from local religious conservatives who demanded her concert to be cancelled on the basis that the singer is against the church, desecrates religious iconography, promotes homosexuality, transsexuality and transvestism and generally displays abnormal and offensive behavior. Three famous exorcists, Andrzej Grefkowicz, Robert Więcek and Paweł Pająk, wrote an appeal to the Polish people demanding them to pray that the concert does not happen, that, for instance, an electrical problem prevents it from happening. Protestors also mentioned the fact that the date of the concert, August 1st, was the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a national holiday, and that Madonna performing on that day would be a disgrace.
Madonna's Russian shows in Moscow and Saint Petersburg were met with great controversy. Asked her stance on the arrest of feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot, Madonna responded: "I'm against censorship, and my whole career I've always promoted freedom of expression and freedom of speech so I think what's happening to them is unfair. And I hope that they don't have to serve 7 years in jail; that would be a tragedy. I think art should be political, that art, historically speaking, always reflects what's going on socially. So for me it's hard to separate being an artist and being political." Other artists also joined her in support of the band, among them Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, however, wrote an expletive-ridden Twitter post lambasting Madonna for backing the band: "With age, every ex-slut tends to lecture everybody on morality. Especially during world tours and concerts." Madonna's second Russian date in Saint Petersburg was consequently met with terrorist threats, prompting the U.S. Embassy to issue a warning to those in attendance. Madonna's spokesperson Liz Rosenberg responded that the concert would go on as scheduled and that Russian authorities would step up security for the date. Before the show in Moscow, Madonna was threatened of arrest by Russian officials if she spoke in support of gay rights and opposed the recent anti-gay law which prohibits "public actions aimed at propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors". However, the singer released pink wristbands to audience members in support of the LGBT community and hundreds brought rainbow flags to the show and waved them throughout. Madonna stopped in the middle of the show to speak on the issues at hand: "...I feel that people are becoming more and more afraid of people who are different. People are becoming more and more intolerant, but we can make a difference...we don't have to do it with violence, but love." Though her speech was met with much praise from the media, on August 17, it was announced that anti-gay Russian campaigners would sue Madonna for $10.4 million, arguing that she was promoting "homosexual propaganda" which was against the law, and allegedly "insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights" at the concert.
Broadcasts and recordings
Madonna's intimate concert on July 26, 2012 at the Olympia theatre in Paris was streamed online via LoveLive's YouTube channel. Toby L, creative director of the channel commented that they were "beyond elated to be hosting a global stream of one of the world's most iconic artists in such a unique and intimate circumstance which will bring our audience closer than ever to Madonna". A post stream of the show was also available to watch. The show consisted of nine songs, including the original setlist of the tour, from "Turn Up the Radio" to "Human Nature" with two other songs: "Beautiful Killer", with elements from "Die Another Day", and "Je t'aime... moi non plus", a cover of the song by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.
On November 17, 2012, it was announced that the November 19 and 20 shows in Miami, at the American Airlines Arena, would be filmed for the tour DVD and Blu-ray release. It was initially planned for Madonna to film the concert in Colombia, but due to the film director's schedule issues it could not been filmed in the city. For the Miami shows, Madonna partnered with Vyclone.com for the MDNA Film Project and asked those attending to film "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with their phones from their perspective and upload it to the Vyclone website using their app. In return they would receive a muilti-angle film of the song. A concert special titled The MDNA Tour premiered on Epix on June 22, 2013. Additionally, a live and video album, MDNA World Tour, was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray in September 2013.
- "Gregorian Chants/Virgin Mary" (Kalakan Introduction) (contains excerpts of "Psalm 91" and of "Birjina Gaztetto bat Zegoen")
- "Girl Gone Wild" (contains excerpts from "Material Girl", along with elements of "Give It 2 Me" and the "Offer Nissim Remix")
- "Gang Bang"
- "Papa Don't Preach"
- "Hung Up" (contains elements of "Girl Gone Wild")
- "I Don't Give A"
- "Best Friend" (Remix) (Video Interlude) (contains excerpts from "Heartbeat")
- "Express Yourself" (contains excerpts from "Born This Way" and "She's Not Me")
- "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (Just Blaze Remix)
- "Turning Up the Hits" (Video Interlude) (contains excerpts from "Holiday", "Into the Groove", "Lucky Star", "Like a Virgin", "4 Minutes", "Ray of Light" and "Music")
- "Turn Up the Radio" (contains elements of the Leo Zero Remix)
- "Open Your Heart" (contains elements of "Sagarra Jo")
- "Justify My Love" (Remix) (Video Interlude)
- "Candy Shop" (contains elements of "Ashamed of Myself", along with excerpts from "Erotica")
- "Human Nature"
- "Like a Virgin" (contains elements of "Evgeni’s Waltz")
- "Love Spent"[B] (contains elements of the acoustic version and a reprise of "Evgeni's Waltz")
- "Nobody Knows Me" (Remix) (Video Interlude)
- "I'm Addicted"
- "I'm a Sinner" (contains elements of "Cyber-Raga" and "De Trevilles-n azken hitzak")
- "Like a Prayer"
- "Celebration" (Benny Benassi Remix) (contains excerpts from "Give It 2 Me"[C] and "Girl Gone Wild")
- A^ "Holiday" was added into the setlist on September 8, 2012. It was not performed at any venues before that date.
- B^ "Love Spent" was added into the setlist on September 20, 2012. It was not performed at any venues before that date.
- C^ Excerpts of "Give It 2 Me" were additionally intertwined with "Celebration" starting on October 30, 2012.
- During the performance in Edinburgh, "Like a Virgin" and "I'm Addicted" were not performed due to local time restrictions.
- During the second performance in Vancouver, "Holiday" and "Like a Virgin" were not performed.
- During the first performance in San Jose, "Everybody" was performed instead of "Holiday" due to its 30th year anniversary.
- During the second performance in St. Paul, Madonna spoke an excerpt from "American Life" after "Human Nature".
- During the performances in Phoenix, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Charlotte, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, the first performance in São Paulo and Porto Alegre, "Holiday" was not performed.
- During the second performance in New York City at Madison Square Garden, "Holiday" and "Masterpiece" were not performed. Instead, Madonna performed a mash-up of "Give It 2 Me" and "Gangnam Style", followed by "Music". For both songs, she was joined on stage by South Korean rapper Psy. During this performance, "Celebration" did not include any excerpts of "Give It 2 Me".
- During the second performance in Mexico City and the first in Medellín, "Spanish Lesson" was performed instead of "Holiday".
- During the second performance in Medellín and the performances in São Paulo, "Like a Virgin" and "Love Spent" were not performed.
- Additional Notes
- A ^ During the performance at the Olympia, Madonna performed nine songs from "Turn Up the Radio" to "Human Nature", and two new songs: "Beautiful Killer" and "Je T'aime...moi non plus", only performed at that date.
- B ^ During the opening act in Seattle and Houston, Madonna's son David joined Martin Solveig onstage.
- C ^ During the performance of "I'm a Sinner" in St. Louis, Madonna stopped the show due to sound problems. The show resumed after a few minutes, prompting Madonna to thank the audience for their patience.
- D ^ During the first performance in Medellín, Madonna was accidentally injured above her eye by a dancer during the performance of "Gang Bang".
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|May 29, 2012||Tel Aviv, Israel||Ramat Gan Stadium||Rescheduled to May 31, 2012|
|June 11, 2012||Zagreb, Croatia||Stadion Maksimir||Cancelled due to scheduling conflicts |
|Oct. 20, 2012||Dallas, Texas||American Airlines Center||Cancelled due to severe laryngitis|
|December 1, 2012||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Parque dos Atletas||Rescheduled to December 2, 2012|
Box office score data
|Venue||City||Tickets Sold / Available||Gross Revenue|
|Ramat Gan Stadium||Tel Aviv||33,457 / 33,457 (100%)||$4,339,876|
|du Arena||Abu Dhabi||45,722 / 45,722 (100%)||$8,053,500|
|Türk Telekom Arena||Istanbul||47,789 / 47,789 (100%)||$6,219,598|
|Stadio Olimpico||Rome||36,658 / 36,658 (100%)||$2,835,542|
|San Siro||Milan||53,244 / 53,244 (100%)||$5,624,570|
|Stadio Artemio Franchi||Florence||42,434 / 42,434 (100%)||$4,252,680|
|Palau Sant Jordi||Barcelona||33,178 / 33,178 (100%)||$3,893,274|
|Estádio Cidade de Coimbra||Coimbra||33,597 / 33,597 (100%)||$3,156,022|
|O2 World||Berlin||25,481 / 25,481 (100%)||$3,679,378|
|Parken Stadium||Copenhagen||29,416 / 29,416 (100%)||$2,980,465|
|Ullevi||Gothenburg||36,472 / 36,472 (100%)||$4,510,807|
|Ziggo Dome||Amsterdam||29,172 / 29,172 (100%)||$3,777,245|
|Lanxess Arena||Cologne||14,489 / 14,489 (100%)||$1,775,841|
|Stade Roi Baudouin||Brussels||36,778 / 36,778 (100%)||$3,676,447|
|Stade De France||Paris||62,195 / 62,195 (100%)||$7,195,799|
|Hyde Park||London||54,140 / 54,140 (100%)||$6,714,027|
|National Indoor Arena||Birmingham||11,684 / 11,684 (100%)||$1,998,196|
|Murrayfield Stadium||Edinburgh||52,160 / 52,160 (100%)||$4,974,731|
|Aviva Stadium||Dublin||33,953 / 33,953 (100%)||$3,175,497|
|L'Olympia||Paris||2,576 / 2,576 (100%)||$346,653|
|Ernst-Happel-Stadion||Vienna||33,250 / 33,250 (100%)||$1,953,791|
|National Stadium||Warsaw||38,699 / 38,699 (100%)||$2,933,410|
|Olympic Stadium||Kiev||31,022 / 31,022 (100%)||$4,893,317|
|Olimpiyskiy||Moscow||19,842 / 19,842 (100%)||$4,074,400|
|SKK Peterburgsky||Saint Petersburg||19,079 / 19,079 (100%)||$2,683,569|
|Helsinki Olympic Stadium||Helsinki||42,760 / 42,760 (100%)||$5,589,900|
|Telenor Arena||Baerum||18,631 / 18,631 (100%)||$3,017,871|
|Letzigrund||Zurich||37,792 / 37,792 (100%)||$4,989,192|
|Stade Charles-Ehrmann||Nice||29,670 / 29,670 (100%)||$2,386,311|
|Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia||15,741 / 15,741 (100%)||$2,651,855|
|Bell Centre||Montreal||16,918 / 16,918 (100%)||$3,457,482|
|Plains of Abraham||Quebec City||70,569 / 70,569 (100%)||$8,098,292|
|TD Garden||Boston||13,995 / 13,995 (100%)||$2,450,720|
|Yankee Stadium||New York City||79,775 / 79,775 (100%)||$12,599,540|
|Scotiabank Place||Ottawa||14,422 / 14,422 (100%)||$2,371,994|
|Air Canada Centre||Toronto||32,557 / 32,557 (100%)||$7,458,188|
|Boardwalk Hall||Atlantic City||12,207 / 12,207 (100%)||$2,891,340|
|United Center||Chicago||28,143 / 28,143 (100%)||$5,102,880|
|Verizon Center||Washington, D.C.||27,944 / 27,944 (100%)||$4,860,428|
|Rogers Arena||Vancouver||28,500 / 28,500 (100%)||$4,758,994|
|KeyArena||Seattle||23,651 / 23,651 (100%)||$3,723,405|
|HP Pavilion at San Jose||San Jose||25,907 / 25,907 (100%)||$4,791,285|
|Staples Center||Los Angeles||29,015 / 29,015 (100%)||$6,162,835|
|MGM Grand Garden Arena||Paradise||24,991 / 24,991 (100%)||$7,188,879|
|US Airways Center||Phoenix||13,239 / 13,239 (100%)||$2,389,060|
|Pepsi Center||Denver||13,280 / 13,280 (100%)||$2,135,835|
|American Airlines Center||Dallas||14,360 / 14,360 (100%)||$2,329,690|
|Toyota Center||Houston||24,797 / 24,797 (100%)||$4,390,355|
|New Orleans Arena||New Orleans||14,498 / 14,498 (100%)||$2,261,515|
|Sprint Center||Kansas City||14,108 / 14,108 (100%)||$2,366,220|
|Scottrade Center||St. Louis||16,022 / 16,022 (100%)||$2,449,110|
|Xcel Energy Center||Saint Paul||26,084 / 26,084 (100%)||$4,229,005|
|Consol Energy Center||Pittsburgh||14,120 / 14,120 (100%)||$2,358,670|
|Joe Louis Arena||Detroit||13,716 / 13,716 (100%)||$1,833,154|
|Quicken Loans Arena||Cleveland||16,487 / 16,487 (100%)||$2,546,780|
|Madison Square Garden||New York City||24,790 / 24,790 (100%)||$4,846,665|
|Time Warner Cable Arena||Charlotte||13,817 / 13,817 (100%)||$2,208,180|
|Philips Arena||Atlanta||13,504 / 13,504 (100%)||$2,379,792|
|American Airlines Arena||Miami||27,976 / 27,976 (100%)||$5,241,125|
|Foro Sol||Mexico City||84,382 / 84,382 (100%)||$11,586,745|
|Estadio Atanasio Girardot||Medellín||90,018 / 90,018 (100%)||$14,741,104|
|Parque dos Atletas||Rio de Janeiro||34,709 / 34,709 (100%)||$4,332,428|
|Estádio do Morumbi||São Paulo||85,255 / 85,255 (100%)||$8,430,677|
|Estádio Olímpico Monumental||Porto Alegre||42,524 / 42,524 (100%)||$7,578,191|
|River Plate Stadium||Buenos Aires||89,226 / 89,226 (100%)||$10,820,041|
|Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos||Santiago||47,625 / 47,625 (100%)||$3,867,601|
|Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes||Córdoba||48,133 / 48,133 (100%)||$5,566,393|
|TOTAL||2,212,505 / 2,212,505 (100%)||$305,158,362|
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