List of Madonna Concert Tours - Concert Tours

Concert Tours

Year Title Duration Number of
1985 The Virgin Tour April 10, 1985 – June 11, 1985
The Virgin Tour was Madonna's debut concert tour. It promoted her first two albums, Madonna and Like a Virgin. According to her, she was inspired by Michael Jackson and Prince's live shows for the tour. Although Madonna gained an international audience, the tour only visited North America. Tickets for the show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall were completely sold out in a record-breaking 34 minutes. In the end several more US dates were added and the tour moved to larger concert venues due to strong ticket sales. Critics panned the tour, calling it atrocious and deducing that Madonna "will be out of business in six months". The Virgin Tour was a success and collected a total of more than US $5 million. A music video Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour was released in 1985 and featured a date from Detroit.
1987 Who's That Girl World Tour June 14, 1987 – June 22, 1987
June 27, 1987 – August 9, 1987
August 15, 1987 – September 6, 1987
The 37 concert dates of the Who's That Girl World Tour played to 2.5 million fans. It was Madonna's first world tour, reaching Asia, North America and Europe. The tour supported her third studio album, True Blue as well as the soundtrack Who's That Girl. Denoted as a "theatrical multi-media spectacular", the tour had everything – from sex, sensation and religious uproar for projecting the Pope's image during one performance. Critically appreciated as a technically and fashionably superior and unprecedented tour, Who's That Girl was a commercial success, earning almost US $25 million and playing to a record breaking 130,000 audience in Paris. In 1987, a TV special live from Italy was broadcast in Europe entitled Madonna in Concerto, it was later released on home video as Ciao Italia: Live from Italy in 1988. Another special, Who's That Girl: Live in Japan, was broadcast and made commercially available in Japan only.
1990 Blond Ambition World Tour April 13, 1990 – April 27, 1990
May 4, 1990 – June 25, 1990
June 30, 1990 – August 5, 1990
The Blond Ambition World Tour was the third concert tour by Madonna. It supported her fourth studio album, Like a Prayer, and the soundtrack, I'm Breathless. The tour reached Japan, North America, and Europe. Inspired by the 1972 film Cabaret, it was a widely publicized and reported in the media, mainly for its juxtaposition of Catholic imagery and sexual content. Rolling Stone called it an "elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza" and proclaimed it "the best tour of 1990." In 1991, the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed with Madonna), was released chronicling the tour. The tour received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. An HBO special was broadcast in 1990 titled Live! Madonna: Blond Ambition World Tour 90 and was released commercially by Pioneer Electronics as Blond Ambition World Tour Live. Another release, Blond Ambition: Japan Tour 90, was available in Japan only and a date from Barcelona was broadcast in Europe.
1993 The Girlie Show World Tour September 25, 1993 – October 1, 1993
October 5, 1993
October 7, 1993
October 11, 1993 – October 26, 1993
October 30, 1993 – November 6, 1993
November 10, 1993 – November 13, 1993
November 19, 1993 – December 4, 1993
December 7, 1993 – December 19, 1993
The Girlie Show World Tour was the fourth concert tour by Madonna, in support of her fifth studio album, Erotica. The tour visited the North and South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. Madonna's inspiration for the name of the tour was a painting called "Girlie Show" by Edward Hopper. The tour was estimated to have grossed over US $70 million. Fans and critics noted it as Madonna's best tour, reaffirming that "as a singer and stage performer, Madonna could still please her audience." Two separate TV specials were broadcast in 1993; Madonna Live in Japan: The Girlie Show, which was only broadcast in Japan and an HBO special titled Madonna Live Down Under: The Girlie Show, this version was released on home video in 1994.
2001 Drowned World Tour June 9, 2001 – July 12, 2001
July 21, 2001 – September 15, 2001
The Drowned World Tour was the fifth concert tour by Madonna in support of her seventh and eight studio albums, Ray of Light and Music. The tour was only in Europe and North America, and was critically appreciated from contemporary critics who complimented her ability to re-invent continuously. It was a commercial success and went on to become the fourth-most successful and highest-grossing concert tours of 2001. 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. An HBO special titled Madonna Live! – Drowned World Tour 2001 was broadcast in 2001 and was later available on home video.
2004 Re-Invention World Tour May 24, 2004 – August 2, 2004
August 14, 2004 – September 14, 2004
Playing at dates in North America and Europe again, the Re-Invention World Tour was the sixth concert tour by Madonna, promoting her ninth studio album American Life. Critically revered, Re-Invention was named as the highest grossing tour of 2004, earning US $125 million from 56 shows and 900,000 audience. It won the Top Tour award as part of the 2004 Billboard Touring Awards. The tour was chronicled in the 2005 documentary I'm Going to Tell You a Secret and a live album/DVD set was released in 2006.
2006 Confessions Tour May 21, 2006 – July 23, 2006
July 30, 2006 – September 12, 2006
September 16, 2006 – September 21, 2006
Madonna's seventh concert tour Confessions supported her tenth studio album Confessions on a Dance Floor. The tour garnered positive appreciation from critics and achieved commercial success. Tickets were completely sold as soon as dates and venues for the concert were announced, prompting the organizers to add more dates. It was the highest earning tour ever for a female artist, grossing over US $194.7 million from 60 shows and 1.2 million audience. The tour also received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as well as "Top Boxscore" from the Billboard Touring Awards. Madonna's performance of the song "Live to Tell", while hanging on a giant mirrored cross wearing a crown of thorns, was met with strong negative reaction from religious groups. A TV special Madonna: The Confessions Tour – Live from London was broadcast on NBC and Channel 4 in 2006 and a live album/DVD set was released in 2007.
2008–09 Sticky & Sweet Tour August 23, 2008 – September 27, 2008
October 4, 2008 – November 30, 2008
December 4, 2008 – December 21, 2008
July 4, 2009 – August 29, 2009
September 1, 2009 – September 2, 2009
The Sticky & Sweet Tour was the eighth worldwide concert tour by Madonna and promoted her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy. It began in August 2008 and was Madonna's first concert tour from her new recording and business deal with Live Nation. The tour was extended in 2009, by adding previously unventured European dates. The Sticky & Sweet Tour broke many records in terms of its ticket sales, commercial gross and audience attendance. After the first leg, it became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, earning $282 million, breaking the previous record Madonna herself held with the Confessions Tour. Overall, Madonna performed to over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries, grossing a total of US$408 million, making it also the second highest grossing tour of all time and the highest grossing tour by a solo artist. A TV special Madonna – Sticky & Sweet Tour was broadcast in the UK on Sky in July 2009 on the opening night of the 2009 leg of the tour. A live album/DVD set was released in 2010.
2012 MDNA Tour May 31, 2012 – June 4, 2012
June 7, 2012 – August 21, 2012
August 28, 2012 – November 25, 2012
November 28, 2012 – December 22, 2012
The MDNA Tour is the ninth worldwide concert tour by Madonna, to promote her twelfth studio album, MDNA, will begin on May 31, 2012 in Tel Aviv. This will be Madonna's second tour under her long-term multi-rights deal with promoter, Live Nation Entertainment. The tour was officially announced by Billboard on February 7, 2012, two days after Madonna's performance at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

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