Hans sat down for a write up on his experiences of the recent Rebel Heart Tour in Europe, he talks about what he thought attending 12 stops of this tour.
With the wrap of her Rebel Heart tour,Madonna owns the No. 1 slot on the weekly tally of top-grossing Hot Tours (see list, below), based on $62.4 million in sales from the final two legs of her four-continent jaunt. A swing through seven Asian markets in February and a final trek in Australia and New Zealand rounded out the world tour that kicked off last fall in North America.
Her highest-grossing venue during the Asian leg was a two-night stand in the Tokyo metropolitan area at the Saitama Super Arena on Feb. 13 & 14. With $9.6 million in ticket sales, the arena also ranked as the highest grossing venue throughout the entire six-month trek. The tour finale, a two-show stint at Sydney’s Allphones Arena on March 19 & 20, generated $6 million in revenue, the top sales among the venues during the final leg Down Under.
Final overall box office counts for the Rebel Heart tour totaled $169,804,336 from 1,045,479 sold tickets at 82 sold out performances worldwide.
Kevin Hart follows in the second slot on the Hot Tours recap based on a sold out engagement in Sydney, also at Allphones Arena. The comedian performed two nights at the venue, selling a total of 27,284 tickets on Feb. 7 and 8. With a $2.2 million box office take, the Sydney engagement was the final date for his What Now? tour’s Aussie leg that also included performances in Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane during February.
Hart’s yearlong tour kicked off last April with 129 shows set in U.S. and Canadian markets through the end of 2015. An international leg began in January and included shows in European and Asian cities before heading to Australia. The What Now? tour’s final run was a string of South African dates at the end of March.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Van Morrison scores the No. 3 ranking on Hot Tours with a $1.6 million gross from two sold out concerts in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. A total of 12,318 fans saw the veteran artist during the Jan. 15-16 run.
The L.A. engagement kicked off Morrison’s 2016 touring schedule that also included a three-night sold out stint at Oakland’s Fox Theater beginning on Jan. 18. A handful of European shows followed in March, and a series of U.S. shows are booked in April, including an appearance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 23. Also, a slate of upcoming performances are booked in Europe during the summer months.
|HOT TOURS – MARCH 29, 2016|
|Ranked by Gross. Compiled from Boxscores reported March 22-28|
|Show Date Range|
|Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)|
|Total Attendance (Capacity)|
|Feb. 4-March 20|
|Taipei Arena, Taipei, Taiwan (2/2)|
|Impact Arena, Bangkok (2/2)|
|Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan (2/2)|
|AsiaWorld-Arena, Hong Kong (2/2)|
|Studio City Event Center, Macau (2/2)|
|SM Mall of Asia Arena, Manila (2/2)|
|National Stadium, Singapore (1/1)|
|Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand (2/2)|
|Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (2/2)|
|Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Australia (2/2)|
|Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)|
|Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/2)|
|Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles (2/2)|
|Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)|
|BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla. (1/1)|
|Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/1)|
|Toyota Center, Houston (1/1)|
|Allphones Arena, Sydney (1/0)|
|Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne (1/0)|
|Toyota Center, Houston (1/0)|
|Philips Arena, Atlanta (1/1)|
|9||MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS|
|Jan. 30-March 21|
|Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville (1/1)|
|Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/1)|
|Feb. 28-March 18|
|Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)|
|SSE Hydro, Glasgow, U.K. (1/0)|
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Media continues to speculate on Madonna’s so called ‘meltdown’, the Dutch Grazia magazine even decides to dedicate a three page spread to this ‘meltdown’ and the custody battle. German Frau Im Spiegel also publishes a one page article.
The reason for uploading the scans of the articles is because of the fabulous live pictures. The HD scans can be found on our Rebel Heart Tour page.
It’s not often we see Madonna in tears. The Queen of Pop has a steel persona and is a beacon of unflappable girl power. Strong and resilient, every aspect of her public life carefully controlled for our viewing pleasure.
But over the past few months we’ve witnessed the most shocking transformation yet from a woman who has surprised us for decades. Now we are seeing a vulnerable, sensitive mom who is experiencing a pain so raw and deep that for the first time she’s exposing herself in front of the whole world as she struggles to comprehend her new reality.
Over Christmas it was revealed the 57-year-old is involved in a tug of war with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie (they were married for eight years, but divorced in 2008) over their 15-year-old son, Rocco Ritchie. While Rocco has spent most of his time since the split living stateside with his mom, he has now decided he wants to be based with his dad in London.
“There is a stability that being with his dad can give him. He wants to be near his friends,” a London source says. “Over the holidays he decided he didn’t want to be on the road touring with his mum. He seems to really like London. It’s a cool place to live and he feels at home there.”
But that decision has been heartbreaking for Madonna. It’s a hard thing for any mother to accept her child is choosing not to be with her. As one source explains to me, “She is doing how you would imagine she is doing. The best she can under the circumstances but it’s been incredibly upsetting for her.”
Another source echoes, “Her heart is broken over this whole situation, she loves her son so much.”
When Rocco refused to fly back to New York to spend Christmas with his mother, Madonna and Guy took their disagreement to court (both in New York and London). Shortly thereafter, Madonna went back on the road. She had a world tour to finish and was forced to confess to her arenas full of fans the pain she was going through.
“It’s true, there is no love stronger than a mother for her son,” she admitted while singing “La Vie en Rose” during a New Zealand show. And then on stage in Mexico City she tearfully revealed, “I, too, go through challenging times in my life, and right now is one of them.”
But Madonna’s critics are translating her emotional low into a downfall that straddles all spheres in her life—both personal and professional. Three decades of hard work seemingly forgotten as observers try to find a deeper reason why Rocco wouldn’t want to be with her anymore. Her vulnerability has been met with accusations of weakness. Headlines and rhetoric focusing on what a “mess” she is and how she’s drinking too much (because she’s been doing shots on stage—which a source clarifies is actually just water). Bashing Madonna has become a blood sport. At times it’s been misogynistic and ageist.
And then there are the stories about her being late to the stage, and not being able to sell out her concerts.
While there is no denying Madonna can be outrageous and scandalous. And, yeah, I get it, starting a concert late so some people miss their train home is rude (although bear in mind she has completed 82 concert dates since September so in my book we can excuse her for the odd bit of tardiness). But somehow people are forgetting that losing a son is probably the hardest thing she has ever had to endure. It doesn’t matter how much fame or money you have, that kind of loss is universal and debilitating on every level.
She has spent three decades at the top of her industry. She’s managed it by adapting, by knowing what she wants and not being afraid to go for it. She’s a trailblazer who has constantly pushed the boundaries and arguably given performers such as Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears the freedom they have today. Just because she’s showing us her soft side, and admitting she’s hurting like hell, does not make her a target.
One friend is keen to set the record straight: “I’m fed up with reading all the negative press about her. She barely drinks; so all those stories of her being drunk are not true. She only occasionally has alcohol. Her whole routine on stage is meticulously choreographed. She’s an artist, there are times when she is doing the most complicated moves, there’s no way she could do that if she was drunk.”
“You have to remember, Madonna is the ultimate performer, and some of the outrageous things she says on stage are part of her act. But people are taking things literally, they are trying to see the negative in everything.”
Another source says, “This is real life. This is the kind of situation that cuts hard. And yet despite it all she’s doing her work for her fans, she’s keeping it together. She’s allowed to hurt. She’s allowed to be emotional.”
Meanwhile, Rocco’s world in London is very different from life on the road with his mom. He’s now been enrolled in school and has a good group of friends; he’s even been hanging out with Victoria Beckham and David Beckham’s son, Brooklyn Beckham. “He seems really happy,” says a London-based source. “He enjoys being with his dad. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t love being with him mom too, but his life in London seems to suit him right now. He’s been cycling around and really likes being in the city.”
The next court hearing over where Rocco will be based is currently scheduled for June. And ultimately Madonna and Guy will have to accept whatever the court decides—no matter how tough it will be for either of them to swallow.
For Madonna, now that the tour is over, it’s time to pick up the pieces, privately. While one source claimed Madonna was planning on traveling to London to spend time with Rocco during his Easter break, unfortunately that does not seem to have worked out. Guy and Rocco are now in the Maldives on holiday. When her world tour ended last weekend, Madonna instead flew back to New York. It may be a while until mother and son are reunited.
“She’s heartbroken, but ultimately it will be OK,” says an insider. “She’s going through what any of us would feel faced with the same situation.” Her child has grown and wants to be able to make his own decisions. She was admittedly a rebellious teenager herself, and knows what it feels like to want your own independence.
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Her recently completed Rebel Heart Tour earned $170 million & sold more than 1 million tickets.
With the wrap of Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour on March 20 in Sydney, the pop superstar solidifies her status as the highest-grossing solo touring artist in Billboard Boxscore history. Based onBillboard’s Boxscore archives that stretch back to 1990, her overall concert grosses reached $1.31 billion with the tour’s final show.
The Rebel Heart trek grossed $169.8 million from 1,045,479 tickets sold at 82 performances. The tour launched on Sept. 9, 2015, in Montreal, spanned over seven months and visited four continents. It hit 20 arenas in the U.S. and Canada through the end of October. A European run through 16 cities in 11 countries followed in November and December, and a second North American stint began in January. Seven Asian cities were on tap in February, and the tour’s final leg wrapped Down Under with a four-city sweep through Australia and New Zealand.
The Rebel Heart Tour’s top-grossing venue was the Saitama Super Arena in the Tokyo market with $9.6 million earned at sold out shows on Feb. 13 and 14. Top box office counts among the North American markets came at New York City’s Madison Square Garden with $5.2 million in sales on Sept. 16 and 17.
The diva first earned the top solo touring distinction in 2009 after the conclusion of her Sticky & Sweet tour. With the closing of that year-long run she became the highest-grossing solo artist and held that title until Bruce Springsteen surpassed her during his successful Wrecking Ball and High Hopes tours from 2012 through 2014. With the Rebel Heart Tour, however, she takes back the title.
Overall, Madonna ranks third on all-time top-grossing Billboard Boxscore list, with justThe Rolling Stones ($1.84 billion) and U2 ($1.67 billion) ahead of her. Madonna is also one of only six artists — and the only woman — who have topped the $1 billion mark in overall concert grosses since 1990.
Top Grossing Billboard Boxscore Touring Acts*
- The Rolling Stones — $1.84 billion
- U2 — $1.67 billion
- Madonna — $1.31 billion
- Bruce Springsteen — $1.25 billion
- Elton John — $1.05 billion
- Bon Jovi — $1.03 billion
* through March 23, 2016
Madonna’s first tour reported to Billboard Boxscore was the Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990. She first joined the billion-dollar club in 2012 with the wrap of her MDNA Tour that brought her overall ticket sales total to $1.14 billion.
Also, Madonna has been the highest-grossing female touring artist for the past 12 years. She staked that claim in 2004 with the wrap of her Re-Invention World Tour and has remained the top solo female concert headliner ever since.
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AFTER a long week of clock watching, wardrobe malfunctions and assorted drama, Madonna kept the action on the stage for her second last concert on the Rebel Heart world tour.
Her first show of a two-night stand at Sydney’s Allphones Arena kicked off only seven minutes after the heralded 10pm start.
And, hey, it’s Sydney on a Saturday night outside of the lockout zone, so let’s party.
Perhaps filming these two last gigs dictated the punctuality.
But the precision and creativity of this musical and visional feast for the senses is all Madonna.
Vibrant and imaginative costuming is more dazzling than a Paris Fashion Week catwalk.
The choreography is gobsmacking with bodies flying at heights and angles, which appear impossible, not to mention those wicked pole-dancing nuns who are, yes, very naughty.
As for that unapologetic potty mouth? It isn’t any more shocking than what you hear walking through a suburban shopping mall.
Madonna didn’t miss to the opportunity to have a swipe at those who have accused her of being drunk during recent shows, either.
After pointing out she doesn’t imbibe when she’s “working”, she joked that accusations she was an alcoholic might drive her to drink.
“I don’t wanna be accused of having a meltdown. God forbid a mother should miss her son, it’s a goddamn sin,” she said.
And her singing, not generally acknowledged as her greatest strength, is actually pretty good.
I was lucky enough to only be a few metres away during the ballad section, which included the vocal challenges of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, and she sounded on song.
The fast-paced show didn’t skimp on the production values during those pesky costume changes, with big-budget short films and videos to keep the audience entertained, as well as mesmerising solo spots by her dancers.
The setlist had plenty to keep the faithful singing loudly, with the set-list includingTrue Blue, Like A Virgin and La Isla Bonita.
As a performer for more than three decades, Madonna is taking the pop concert into uncharted territory.
Like other longstanding members of the superstar club, fans want her to keep going.
The only ones who don’t, don’t actually go to Madonna concerts.
Maybe they should; the worst thing that could happen is they would have a blast as her 14,000 fans did in Sydney.
She performs her final show tonight at Allphones Arena with limited tickets still available.
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Madonna jokes about wanting to “f**k” Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie as she joins her on stage
Madonna took to the stage in Sydney on Saturday night and her star guest was none other than Games of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie.
Madge didn’t waste much time before mocking reports that she’d been boozing on stage and also poked fun at the most recent drama when she caused a stir by exposing a 17-year-old girl’s breast.
Footage shows the mum exclaiming “I love alcohol” as she offered the Game of Thrones star a drink.
“Ok, here we go. Down the hatch,” Madonna said as she knocked back it back while spanking the actress.
“I have another song to do. I can’t drink,” she added.
Madonna, who bizarrely appears to be drinking from two bananas, then told the towering actress: “Gwendoline, honey, can I give you both of my bananas? I want you to take them both and when you’re lonely at night I want you to fight with them.
“I want you to do whatever you want with them, you’ve got so many orifices. You won’t run out of things to do.”
“Madonna, I love you,” Gwendoline, 37, replied.
“I wanna f**k you,” the singer said as the crowd at the Allphones Arena erupts in laughter.
“Right back at you,” Gwendoline cheekily fired back.
“Let’s get drunk first.”
The singer then asked one of her dancers to help the star off stage.
Referencing the 17-year-old fan whose boob Madonna exposed on stage, she added: “Make sure she doesn’t get hurt with her two bananas. I really did hurt my finger. But I’m not going to press charges or anything. But thank you Gwendoline, it really is an honour to meet you.”
Following the show, Madonna thanked the actress for joining her on stage.
“Brian of Tarth, tonights Unapologetic B**** in Sydney! I might not recover!! You are the S**T!” she wrote on Twitter.
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MADONNA was on time and on-point for her first Sydney concert in 23 long years — but she still found time in her expertly-choreographed 2.5 hour show to address the controversies that have plagued her Australian tour.
If you’d believe the bad press, Madonna’s been a drunken, unstable trainwreck on this tour. In truth, the only issue we can really hold against her is her less-than-stellar timekeeping — which reached its zenith at her first Brisbane show, kicking off hours after the advertised start time.
Her first of two AllPhones Arena Sydney shows began a mere 15 minutes past the promised 10pm start — no doubt Madge was hurried along by the fact that the evening was being filmed for the inevitable tour DVD.
It was an eclectic setlist, mixing an ample selection of songs from her latest album, the mammoth hotchpotch Rebel Heart, with golden oldies largely taken from her earliest years.
Like A Virgin, Burning Up, Like A Prayer, Deeper and Deeper and Music were all present and accounted for. No such luck for Ray Of Light, Frozen Hung Up orExpress Yourself — and world-conquering hits like Into The Groove and Vogue were offered up only in blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-form.
But thats’s what you get with Madonna. She’s never one to take the obvious crowd-pleasing route — and yet her spectacular show couldn’t be more of a crowd-pleaser.
While the tightly choreographed concert went off without a hitch, all eyes were on Madonna during the more off-the-cuff moments, when she took the opportunity to reference the fuss she’s caused during her last week-and-a-half in Australia.
Bending one of her female dancers over her knee, Madonna joked: “How old are you? 15 or 16?”
“14,” came the reply.
“Good. I’m doin’ good with minors these days,” said Madonna, before she and the rest of her dancers delivered a few spanks.
The quip, of course, was in reference to just the latest controversy to befall Madonna’s tour, after she invited a female audience member up on stage an proceeded to pull down her top. Problematic enough, and made even moreso when it was revealed the girl in question was underage (she’s gone on record describing it as the incident as the “best moment of her life,” so make of that what you will).
“Here’s the thing: I don’t even drink. But because I’ve been accused of being an alcoholic so many times, I’m gonna start drinking. So f**k you!” she announced during another unscripted moment.
“I just get myself into trouble when I say things! I should just learn to be quiet like my dad taught me.”
Later in the show, she made reference to her ongoing custody battle over 15-year-old son Rocco, who is living in London with his father Guy Ritchie.
“I don’t wannna be accused of having a meltdown… God forbid a mother should miss her son,” she said.
“I’m glad you all have a sense of humour, because if I didn’t have one I wouldn’t survive.”
Outside of these pointed references to the controversies that have chased her in Australia, Madonna’s was an expertly polished, spectacular production: an at-times overwhelming display.
Pole-dancing nuns! A flapper speakeasy! The Last Supper reimagined as a pansexual orgy! It was all there — and, just when we thought we couldn’t get any more, the very tall and thoroughly up-for-it Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie, who was the night’s Unapologetic Bitch, took to the stage to dirty dance with the Queen of Pop.
Madonna has one last show left of her Rebel Heart tour. Like tonight’s show, it’s being filmed for a future DVD release, so expect her to bring the goods (and start on time). She’s been vocal these past few days about wanting Kylie Minogue to join her on stage — whether or not that will happen remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure: She’s going to go out with a bang.
Madonna plays Allphones Arena, Sydney — Sunday March 20. Final tickets available through Ticketek.com.au
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