One might risk one’s safety by saying so, but even Beyoncé will likely never achieve the iconic status of Madonna. (Calm down, Bey Legion.) Indeed, Ms. Ciccone still holds the title for the highest grossing tour by a female of all time, with 2008-2009’s Sticky & Sweet pulling in a mind-bending $408 million.
And so, of course, she’s setting out again to do what she does best: converting a plain old stage into a life-altering, shiver-inducing spectacle. As an adoring public impatiently awaits the release of her 14th studio album, Madame X, this June (first single “I Rise” arrived days ago), she has just announced a radically different sort of tour of the name. The concept? She will play seven nights at New York’s BAM Howard Gilman Opera house in September, four nights at the Chicago Theatre in October, then head to Los Angeles for a five-night run at the historic Wiltern.
It should be noted that these venues are significantly smaller (1850 – 3600 capacity) than her ability to actually sell tickets – offering a lucky few the opportunity to see her a thrillingly intimate setting. The tour will resume in similar fashion in early 2020, with shows in Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Lisbon, London and Paris.
Also remarkably, select tickets will be available for just $60 – though the prices top out at a whopping $760. Ticket requests are being accepted now through May 10 for North America at Madonna.Livenation.com.
We’ll see you in Lisbon in 2020.