Forty years ago, Madonna burst onto the music scene with a bold, unapologetic style that would change the industry forever. Now, the iconic artist is celebrating her four decades in music with a 35-date run that will take her across North America and Europe. Dubbed the “Celebration Tour,” the tour will begin on July 15 in Vancouver, Canada and end on December 1 in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome.
The tour was first teased in a promotional video for Madonna’s 2020 album, “Finally Enough Love,” and was officially announced in a clip parodying her 1991 tour film “Truth or Dare.” In the video, celebrities including Diplo, Jack Black, Lil Wayne and Amy Schumer play a game of truth or dare with Madonna, which culminates with Schumer “daring” Madonna to embark on a greatest hits tour. “You think people would come to that show?” Madonna asks. “The answer is – fuck yeah.”
According to a press release, the Celebration tour will showcase “Madonna’s artistic journey through four decades and pays respect to the city of New York where her career in music began.” Supporting Madonna on all dates will be drag performer Bob the Drag Queen, also known as Caldwell Tidicue, who is best known for winning season eight of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
This will be Madonna’s 12th concert tour, and her first since her Madame X tour in 2019 and 2020, where she performed in intimate venues in support of her album Madame X. The only UK date announced so far is on October 14 at London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena. In a statement, Madonna said, “I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for.”
The tour is being produced by Live Nation, which has recently faced criticism and an antitrust investigation by the US government over whether it has abused its power in the entertainment industry. Tickets for the Celebration tour go on sale on January 20 and are available on Madonna’s website.