This is the official tour schedule. Madonna performed a total of 56 shows in 7 countries.
May 25 26 *
|The Forum, Los Angeles, CA||
|MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV|
|Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA|
|HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA|
|MCI Center, Washington, DC|
|Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY|
|Worcester Centrum, Worcester, MA|
|Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA|
|Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ|
|United Center, Chicago, IL|
|Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada|
|Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA|
|Office Depot Center, Sunrise, FL|
|American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL|
|M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, UK|
|Earls Court, London, UK|
|Wembley Arena, London, UK|
||Slane Castle, Dublin, Ireland|
|Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Paris, France|
|Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands|
||September 12 13 *
|Atlantic Pavilion, Lisbon, Portugal|
Madonna had to postpone her 2nd show of the tour on May 25th due to illness. The show was rescheduled one day later.
For the European tour originally only London and Paris were announced. There were negotiations for shows in Spain, Italy and Germany but for some reason they failed. Instead shows were added for Holland and Portugal.
Rumours about getting Madonna to Slane Castle started spreading in March and seemed confirmed when a licence was applied for in April, which got approved in June.
Madonna originally planned to play 3 shows in Israel, but cancelled her plan due to safety problems. According to rumours she had received death threats from extremists. She did visit Israel for a pelgrimage right after the tour.
The Lisbon shows almost got cancelled due to a conflict with a church group who reserved the venue the week prior to the concert. Since Madonna's crew needed the venue to set up the stage and to prepare for DVD recordings, both shows were pushed back one day. This is the reason why the tour book mentions September 12 & 13 instead of 13 & 14.
For a while, Madonna and the tour management considered extending the European tour with stops in Helsinki, Stockholm and Moscow. Although some of those negotiations were almost finalized, Madonna decided to stick to the original idea to end the tour in Lisbon.
Like the Drowned World Tour, it was planned to broadcast one of the shows on TV. However, negotiations with TV network CBS fell through when it didn't want to comply with Madonna's demand to air for more than 2 hours and commercial-free.
The 4-month long tour was chronicled by Jonas Akerlund in the I'm Going To Tell You A Secret documentary. The movie features several edited performances, which is the only official footage of the show as for now. Although the Lisbon show was taped, it has not been released. Following the many fan requests for the live DVD, Madonna's management stated that it will be released "someday".
French Baroque Segment
The Beast Within (intro)
Nobody Knows Me
|The Beast Within video with images from Steven Klein's exhibition immediately sets a dark tone. "Behold, I'm coming soon" and Madonna rises from beneath the stage, dressed in a stunning golden corset by Christian Lacroix, re-imagining the VMA 1990 performance. On some shows, she alternated with a lilac corset, while wearing the arm accessory on the left instead of right arm. Her golden blond curls hang loose on her shoulders.|
|The second part of the show is based on Madonna's look in the original American Life video. Complete with military camouflage jacket, trousers and beret, Madonna and her dancers rock the stage. Several dancers are originally dressed in different religious outfits and strip them off during the performance, to prove that "in the end, we're all the same".|
Deeper And Deeper
Die Another Day
|While Madonna changes her costume, the dancers Cloud, Jason, Reshma, Tamara and Sergie entertain the audience, each with their own circus discipline and matching outfit. The skateboarding ramp and other stage ornaments further build the circus feel. As a true showgirl, Madonna wears a red and white striped bodysuit, stockings and high heels, as a nod to her Breathless Mahoney days.|
Bedtime Story (video interlude)
Don't Tell Me
Like A Prayer
Mother And Father (with Intervention interlude)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
|The 'white angel' Madonna in the Bedtime Story interlude video keeps eye contact with the audience while the real queen slips into her Stella McCartney black bespoke suit, which mixes very masculine elements with her iconic energy. This outfit is quieter and more about silhouettes, fitting the emotional heart of the show. For Like A Prayer, she takes off the black hat and performs the rest of the segment with a hairnet over her blond locks.|
Into The Groove (with bag pipes intro)
Papa Don't Preach (with American Life reprise)
Crazy For You
|Reminiscent to the opening segment of the Drowned World Tour, Madonna again pays tribute to the Scottish roots of husband Guy Ritchie. Madonna and her dancers are all wearing a long black & white squared kilt, a white 'wife beater' shirt and high black boots. For the Papa Don't Preach performance, she pays homage to the original video with a black t-shirt, using various "do it better" lines. At the end of the fan singalong Crazy For You, she tosses the shirt into the crowd. Before the Holiday finale, Madonna and the dancers lift up their kilt, showing off their red pants, spelling out the word 'freedom'.|
Swim was originally considered in the place of Frozen as the Chris Cunningham backdrop video was first cut to the album track.
Madonna rehearsed I'm So Stupid on the electric guitar (as seen in I'm Going To Tell You A Secret). It was replaced by Dress You Up, but Madonna had a hard time learning to play the song, so tour director Jamie King convinced Madonna to perform Material Girl instead, which became the final song of the military segment of the show just 4 weeks prior the tour kickoff.
Reportedly the 1920s torch song Devil Wouldn't Recognize You from the Hello Suckers! musical was meant to be premiered on this tour.
Apparently Madonna didn't want the word "good-bye" to appear in any of the songs she was going to sing, thus making the likes of Take A Bow or The Power Of Good-Bye left out.
Madonna did change some elements of the show during the tour. She wore the gold corset for the shows in the US, Toronto, Slane, Lisbon and the 2nd show in Arnhem. For the British and French shows as well as the first Dutch show, she had a lilac corset. Her shirt during Papa Don't Preach read either "Kabbalists Do It Better", either "Italians Do It Better", while the Brits and Irish fans got their own shirt: "Brits Do It Better" and "Irish Do It Better". There were also 2 versions for Don't Tell Me: the French version with the Paris background and the British "Bittersweet Symphony" version with London background (used in the British shows, Slane, Lisbon and the 2nd Arnhem show).
The name of the tour, Re-Invention was supposedly Guy Ritchie's suggestion, while several other rumoured titles circled online, including 'Whore Of Babylon', 'Ground 0' or 'Nobody Knows Me'.
|Vocals & guitar
|Musical Director, keyboards & guitar
Programmer / Keyboards
|Daniel "Cloud" Campos
Valerie "Raistalla" Moise
Dawn Noel Pignuola
|Artist Management, Caliente Entertainment
Business Management Richard Feldstein
Business Management Leeann Hard
Assistant to Madonna
|Show Director, Set Designer & Choreographer
Assistant Director & Choreographer
Artist Hair & Wig Stylist
|Tour Production Director
|Artwork, logos & designer tourbook
Photography tourbook and video projection
Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel
Special thanks to: |
Yves Saint Laurent, Prada/Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Julien D'Ys, Eugenia Kim, Jimmy Choo, Gina shoes of London, Joeboxer, Capezio, Louis Verdad, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Jeremy Scott, Converse, Hanes, Asics, Harbinger, Banana republic, Henry Rose, Kangol, Rocky Roeger, USA Kilts, Juicy, Gap, etc.
110 People travelled on the road with the tour|
58 Minutes for Madonna to get hair and makeup completed before show
56 security guards backstage
55 Tons of above ground equipment including sound, lights, videos and speakers
40 Tons is the weight of the stage
30 Trunks carried wardrobe of entire touring company
25 Cases of Kaballah Water provided backstage nightly (backstage beverage of choice)
18 Semi Trucks carried equipment including special 'Turntable' stage
18 Dressing Rooms in each venue for touring entourage
12 Tons of sound equipment in air
8 Minutes for Madonna to do warmup on Pilates stretch ball
6 Madison Square Garden Shows sold out in one day
5 Costume changes
4 Wembley Arena Shows sold out in one day
3 Toronto Shows sold out in one day
3 Ricola cough drops consumed by Madonna prior to start of show
2 Background vocalists
1 Full truck to house Madonna's wardrobe and makeup
1 Large cup of Throat Coat Honey Lemon Tea consumed by Madonna prior to start of show
1 Children's Play room backstage
1 Bagpipe player
1. Inglewood, Calif.: $6,965,055 - 3 shows - 43,158 attendance
2. Las Vegas, Nev.: $7,005,548 - 2 shows - 28,341 attendance
3. Anaheim, Calif.: $4,164,450 - 2 shows - 24,250 attendance
4. San Jose, Calif.: $5,543,715 - 3 shows - 40,205 attendance
5. Washington, D.C.: $3,486,684 - 2 shows - 26,788 attendance
6. New York, New York: $12,674,925 - 6 shows - 88,625 attendance
7. Boston/Worcester, Mass.: $6,439,890 - 4 shows - 46,075 attendance
8. Philadelphia, Pa.: $4,134,478 - 2 shows - 30,575 attendance
9. East Rutherford, N.J.: $4,437,345 - 2 shows - 29,315 attendance
10. Chicago, Ill.: $7,894,105 - 4 shows - 59,591 attendance
11. Toronto: $5,322,703 - 3 shows - 52,167 attendance
12. Atlanta: $3,450,874 - 2 shows - 25,627 attendance
13. Fort Lauderdale/Sunrise, Fla.: $3,834,522 - 2 shows - 28,208 attendance
14. Miami, Fla.: $4,145,760 - 2 shows - 30,580 attendance
Totals for North American leg: 39 shows reported to Billboard - $79,500,054 - 553,505 tickets
1. Manchester, England: $5,136,114 - 2 shows - 27,320 attendance
2. London, England: $6,356,207 - 2 shows - 34,087 attendance
3. London, England: $9,809,717 - 4 shows - 45,267 attendance
4. Meath, Ireland: $6,575,339 - 1 show - 62,275 (only non-sellout date)
5. Paris, France: $7.357,529 - 4 shows - 68,000 attendance
6. Arnhem, Nethlerlands: $6,759,661 - 2 shows - 73,300 attendance
7. Lisbon, Portugal: $3,286,166 - 2 shows - 33,460 attendance
Totals for European leg: 17 shows reported to Billboard - $45,280,733 - 343,709 tickets
WORLDWIDE TOTAL: $ 124,780,078 - 56 dates - 897,214 tickets