List of Madonna live performances

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Madonna in a bejeweled jacket with blond hair in curls around her looking towards her right
Madonna performing during the Rebel Heart Tour (2015–2016). After completion, it grossed $169.8 million, extending Madonna's record as the highest-grossing solo touring artist.
Concert tours 10
One-off concerts 16
Benefit concerts 9
Music festivals 5
Award shows 22

American singer Madonna has performed on ten concert tours, sixteen one-off concerts, nine benefit concerts, five music festivals and twenty-two award shows. Her 1985 debut concert tour, The Virgin Tour, was based in North America only and went on to collect more than US $5 million.[1] In 1987 she performed on the worldwide Who's That Girl World Tour, which visited Europe, North America and Japan. It was critically appreciated for Madonna's showmanship and "exquisite" dresses.[2][3] She embarked on the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990, which Don Shewey of Rolling Stone called "the best tour of [the year]".[4] The performances featured Madonna simulating masturbation during "Like a Virgin".[5] Officials in Toronto threatened to arrest her unless she removed the masturbation sequence, and in Italy, the Pope called for a boycott.[3] In 1993, Madonna visited Israel and Turkey for the first time, followed by Latin America and Australia, with The Girlie Show World Tour. Madonna opened the show dressed as a whip-cracking dominatrix, surrounded by topless dancers of both sexes.[3] A review in Time by Sam Buckley said: "Madonna, once the Harlow harlot and now a perky harlequin, is the greatest show-off on earth."[6]

Madonna did not tour again until the Drowned World Tour in 2001. She played guitar and her costumes included a punkish tartan kilt and a geisha kimono. Some critics complained that the show concentrated on material from her most recent albums, but generally the response was favorable.[3] She grossed more than US $75 million with summer sold-out shows and eventually played in front of 730,000 people throughout North America and Europe.[7][8] The Drowned World Tour was followed by the 2004 Re-Invention World Tour. Madonna was inspired to create the tour after taking part in an art installation called X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS, directed by photographer Steven Klein.[9] Billboard awarded Madonna the "Backstage Pass Award" in recognition of having the top-grossing tour of the year, with ticket sales of nearly US $125 million.[10]

Madonna's next tours broke world records, with the 2006 Confessions Tour grossing over US $194.7 million,[11] becoming the highest-grossing tour ever for a female artist at that time.[12] This feat was surpassed in 2008 with the Sticky & Sweet Tour, which went on to become the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist, and the second highest-grossing tour of all time, with approximately US $408 million in ticket sales.[13] In 2012, The MDNA Tour became the second highest-grossing tour among female artists, only behind the Sticky & Sweet Tour, grossing over US $305 million.[14] Her 2015–16 Rebel Heart Tour was an all-arena tour which grossed $169.8 million from 1.045 million attendance.[15]

Madonna has embarked on four promotional tours for the release of her studio albums Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (2008). She appeared at charity concerts like Live Aid (1985), Live 8 (2005) and Live Earth (2007), and headlined the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show in 2012, which at that time was the most-watched halftime show in history. Madonna remains the highest-grossing solo touring artist of all time, with over $1.4 billion earned from her concert tours throughout her career.[16] As of 2016, Billboard Boxscore ranked her as the third highest-grossing touring act of all time, with over $1.31 billion in concert gross since 1990, behind only The Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion).[15] Madonna also remains the only woman in history with two solo concerts attended by 100,000 people; her Who's That Girl World Tour's concert in Parc de Sceaux, Paris, drew over 130,000 audience, whereas her Girlie Show World Tour's concert in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, drew over 120,000 audience.[17][18] During the London stop of her 2006 Confessions Tour, Madonna became the first performer to be inducted into the Wembley Arena Square of Fame.[19]

Concert tours

Title Date Associated album(s) Continent(s) Shows Gross Attendance Ref.
The Virgin Tour April 10, 1985 – June 11, 1985 Madonna
Like a Virgin
1 continent North America 40 $5,000,000 N/A [1]
[20]
Who's That Girl World Tour June 14, 1987 – September 6, 1987 True Blue
Who's That Girl
3 continents Asia
North America
Europe
38 $25,000,000 N/A [21]
[22]
Blond Ambition World Tour April 13, 1990 – August 5, 1990 Like a Prayer
I'm Breathless
3 continents Asia
North America
Europe
57 $62,700,000 N/A [4]
[23]
The Girlie Show World Tour September 25, 1993 – December 19, 1993 Erotica 3 continents Europe
North America
South America
Asia
Oceania
39 $70,000,000 N/A [24]
[25]
Drowned World Tour June 9, 2001 – September 15, 2001 Ray of Light
Music
2 continents Europe
North America
47 $75,000,000 732,606 [26]
[27]
Re-Invention World Tour May 24, 2004 – September 14, 2004 American Life 2 continents Europe
North America
56 $124,790,787 896,787 [28]
[29]
Confessions Tour May 21, 2006 – September 21, 2006 Confessions on a Dance Floor 2 continents Europe
North America
Asia
60 $194,754,447 1,209,593 [30]
[31]
Sticky & Sweet Tour August 23, 2008 – September 2, 2009 Hard Candy 4 continents Europe
North America
South America
Asia
85 $407,713,266 3,545,899 [13]
The MDNA Tour May 31, 2012 – December 22, 2012 MDNA 4 continents Asia
Europe
North America
South America
88 $305,158,362 2,212,345 [33]
[34]
Rebel Heart Tour September 9, 2015 – March 20, 2016 Rebel Heart 4 continents North America
Europe
Asia
Oceania
82 $169,804,336 1,045,479 [15]

One-off concerts

Date Event City Performed song(s)
October 13, 1983 Madonna promotional show
(Camden Palace)
London
February 14, 1998 Ray of Light promotional show
(Roxy NYC)
New York City
November 5, 2000 Music promotional show
(Roseland Ballroom)
New York City
November 29, 2000 Music promotional show
(Brixton Academy)
London
  • "Impressive Instant"
  • "Runaway Lover"
  • "Don't Tell Me"
  • "What It Feels Like for a Girl"
  • "Holiday"
  • "Music"[39]
April 22, 2003 Madonna: On Stage and on the Record
(MTV Studios)
New York City
April 23, 2003 American Life promotional show
(Tower Records)
New York City
  • "American Life"
  • "X-Static Process"
  • "Mother and Father"
  • "Hollywood"
  • "Like a Virgin"
  • "American Life"[41]
April 30, 2003 Absolut Madonna
(RTL Studio)
Cologne
  • "American Life"
  • "Hollywood"
  • "Music"[42]
May 9, 2003 American Life promotional show
(HMV Oxford Circus)
London
  • "American Life"
  • "Hollywood"
  • "Nothing Fails"
  • "X-Static Process"
  • "Mother and Father"
  • "Like a Prayer"
  • "Don't Tell Me"[43]
November 15, 2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor promotional show
(KOKO)
London
November 19, 2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor promotional show
(G-A-Y)
London
  • "Hung Up"
  • "Get Together"
  • "I Love New York"
  • "Let It Will Be"
  • "Everybody"
  • "Jump"[45]
December 7, 2005 Confessions on a Dance Floor promotional show
(Studio Coast)
Tokyo
  • "Hung Up"
  • "Get Together"
  • "I Love New York"
  • "Let It Will Be"
  • "Everybody"[46]
April 30, 2008 Hard Candy promotional show
(Roseland Ballroom)
New York City
May 6, 2008 Hard Candy promotional show
(Olympia)
Paris
  • "Candy Shop"
  • "Miles Away"
  • "4 Minutes"
  • "Hung Up"
  • "Give It 2 Me"
  • "Music"[48]
February 2, 2012 Super Bowl XLVI halftime show
(Lucas Oil Stadium)
Indianapolis
March 10, 2016 Madonna: Tears of a Clown
(Forum Theatre)
Melbourne
November 7, 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign concert
(Washington Square Park)
New York City

Benefit concerts

Date Event City Performed song(s)
July 13, 1985 Live Aid Philadelphia
April 27, 1998 Rock for the Rainforest New York City
January 16, 2005 Tsunami Aid New York City "Imagine"[54]
July 2, 2005 Live 8 London
November 18, 2005 Children in Need 2005 London
July 7, 2007 Live Earth London
January 22, 2010 Hope for Haiti Now New York "Like a Prayer"[58]
December 2, 2016 Madonna: Tears of a Clown
(Raising Malawi Gala)
Miami
July 26, 2017 4th Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Saint-Tropez

Music festivals

Date Event City Performed song(s)
February 22, 1995 Sanremo Music Festival Sanremo "Take a Bow" (with Babyface)[61]
February 24, 1998 Sanremo Music Festival Sanremo "Frozen"[62]
April 30, 2006 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio
May 10, 2008 BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend Maidstone
April 12, 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio

Award shows

Date Event City Performed song(s)
September 14, 1984 MTV Video Music Awards New York City "Like a Virgin"[66]
September 6, 1989 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles "Express Yourself"[67]
September 6, 1990 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles "Vogue"[68]
March 25, 1991 Academy Awards Los Angeles "Sooner or Later"[69]
September 2, 1993 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles "Bye Bye Baby"[67]
January 30, 1995 American Music Awards Los Angeles "Take a Bow" (with Babyface)[70]
February 20, 1995 Brit Awards London "Bedtime Story"[71]
March 27, 1997 Academy Awards Los Angeles "You Must Love Me"[72]
September 10, 1998 MTV Video Music Awards Los Angeles
October 23, 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards New York City "The Power of Good-Bye"[74][75]
November 12, 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards Milan "The Power of Good-Bye"[73]
February 24, 1999 Grammy Awards Los Angeles "Nothing Really Matters"[76]
November 16, 2000 MTV Europe Music Awards Stockholm "Music"[77]
February 21, 2001 Grammy Awards Los Angeles "Music"[78]
August 28, 2003 MTV Video Music Awards New York City "Like a Virgin"/"Hollywood"/"Work It" (with Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott)[79]
November 4, 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards Lisbon "Hung Up"[80]
February 8, 2006 Grammy Awards Los Angeles "Hung Up" (with Gorillaz)[81]
January 26, 2014 Grammy Awards Los Angeles "Open Your Heart"/"Same Love" (with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert)[82]
February 8, 2015 Grammy Awards Los Angeles "Living for Love"[83]
February 25, 2015 Brit Awards London "Living for Love"[84]
March 29, 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards Los Angeles "Ghosttown" (with Taylor Swift)[85]
May 23, 2016 Billboard Music Awards Las Vegas

Notes

  1. ^ This setlist represents shows during the 2008 leg of the tour.[32]
  2. ^ This setlist was obtained from the concert of December 1, 2015 held at The O2 Arena in London. It does not represent all shows throughout the tour.[35]

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Bibliography

External links

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