Madonna kicks off the North American leg of her MDNA tour tonight in Philadelphia. Following the controversies that followed the tour in Europe, the singer sent a letter to Billboard to set the record straight.

In the lengthy missive, Madonna says that It's true there is a lot of violence in the beginning of the show and sometimes the use of fake guns - but they are used as metaphors. I do not condone violence or the use of guns.

Rather they are symbols of wanting to appear strong and wanting to find a way to stop feelings that I find hurtful or damaging. In my case its wanting to stop the lies and hypocrisy of the church, the intolerance of many narrow minded cultures and societies I have experienced throughout my life and in some cases the pain I have felt from having my heart broken.

Madonna Notches 43rd No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs

The Queen of Pop reigns again with "Turn Up the Radio," extending her mark for the most No. 1s. She also closes in on even bigger history. It's been nearly two decades since Madonna last toured Australia, and the "Girl Gone Wild" star recently issued an audio message to fans, apologizing for leaving their country off her "MDNA" tour schedule.

Madonna's MDNA tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center, having wrapped the European leg of the tour last week in Nice, France.

The tour, which began May 31 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $115,701,909, with attendance of 985,340 to 33 shows, according to Billboard Boxscore. For North America, Madonna has sold $111 million in tickets for 44 shows in the U.S. and Canada, according to Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring and producer of Madonna's tours.

Dates are currently on the books up until a double at Foro Sol in Mexico City Nov. 24-25.

Madonna is no stranger to the elite ranks of touring artists, as her last tour, Sticky & Sweet from 2008-09, is third all time in box office revenue at $408 million, according to Boxscore, highest ever for a solo artist. MDNA is tracking on Boxscore to be among the biggest not only for 2012, but also one of the top tours of all time.

North American Tour Dates:

Aug. 28 -- Philadelphia (Wells Fargo Center)

Aug. 30 -- Montreal (Bell Centre)

Sept. 1 -- Quebec City (Plains of Abraham)

Sept. 4 -- Boston (TD Garden)

Sept. 6, 8 -- New York City (Yankee Stadium)

Sept. 10 -- Ottawa (Scotiabank Place)

Sept. 12, 13 -- Toronto (Air Canada Centre)

Sept. 15 -- Atlantic City (Boardwalk Hall)

Sept. 19, 20 -- Chicago (United Center)

Sept. 23, 24 -- Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)

Sept. 29, 30 -- Vancouver (Rogers Arena)

Oct. 2, 3 -- Seattle (Key Arena)

Oct. 6, 7 -- San Jose (HP Pavilion at San Jose)

Oct. 10, 11 -- Los Angeles (Staples Center)

Oct. 13, 14 -- Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)

Oct. 16 -- Phoenix (US Airways Center)

Oct. 18 -- Denver (Pepsi Center)

Oct. 20, 21 -- Dallas (American Airlines Center)

Oct. 24, 25 -- Houston (Toyota Center)

Oct. 27 -- New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)

Oct. 30 -- Kansas City (Sprint Center)

Nov. 1 -- St. Louis (Scottrade Center)

Nov. 3, 4 -- St. Paul (Xcel Energy Center)

Nov. 6 -- Pittsburgh (Consol Energy Center)

Nov. 8 -- Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)

Nov. 10 -- Cleveland (Quicken Loans Arena)

Nov. 12 -- New York City (Madison Square Garden)

Nov. 15 -- Charlotte (Time Warner Cable Arena)

Nov. 17 -- Atlanta (Philips Arena)

Nov. 19, 20 -- Miami (American Airlines Arena)

Nov. 24, 25 -- Mexico City (Foro Sol)

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...