Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour: $46 Million Grossed (So Far)

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Madonna performs onstage during her “Rebel Heart” tour opener at Bell Centre on Sept. 9, 2015 in Montreal, Canada. 

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The diva’s tour has played to more than 300,000 fans… and counting.

Madonna heads up Billboard’s weekly ranking of concert touring artists, landing at No. 1 on the Hot Tours recap (see list, below) based on $25.4 million in sales reported from her Rebel Heart world tour. This tally includes the final 12 stops on the first leg of the tour that played 20 cities in North America during September and October.

Since the tour launched on Sept. 9, Madonna has performed for more than 300,000 fans at 24 shows, generating box office sales totaling $46 million. The trek through U.S. and Canadian markets wrapped on Oct. 29 in San Diego, but the tour began its second leg just six days later. A seven-week jaunt through 11 European countries began on Nov. 4 in Köln, Germany and will continue until Dec. 20, wrapping for the year in Glasgow, Scotland.

Madonna’s Biggest Moments: A Timeline

Top box-office stats from the tour so far include a $5.2 million gross from two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sept. 16-17, the highest-grossing engagement among all of the venues on the schedule. The Garden’s sold ticket count of 28,371 is also the highest attendance recorded. Among the arenas that hosted the tour for just one performance, the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas produced the top sales total with $3.5 million on Oct. 24. Brooklyn’s Barclays Center logged the largest crowd among the single-show dates with 14,258 present on Sept. 19.

U2 follows at No. 2 in the Hot Tours ranking with $17.4 million reported from three arenas on the European leg of the band’s Innocence + Experience tour. Following a summer trek through North America that racked up $76.2 million at the box office, the 12-city run through Europe kicked off on Sept. 4 in Turin, Italy. Revenue from the first seven European venues adds $41.6 million to the tour’s overall sales total that currently tops out at $117.8 million. More than one million tickets have been sold at 58 performances on the six-month trek.

Sales from only five venues remain unreported on the 2015 arena tour that wraps at the end of the month in the Irish band’s home city of Dublin. The final engagement will be four performances at 3Arena on Nov. 23-24 and 27-28.

Zedd scores a slot on the Hot Tours roundup at No. 6 with $1.4 million in sales reported this week from 10 events on the Russian-German music producer’s world tour. With concerts set in Asia, North America and Europe from August through November, the tour supports his album True Colors that debuted in May. Since the tour kicked off on Aug. 6, reported grosses total $4.7 million from 115,947 sold tickets at 24 events.

HOT TOURS – Nov. 3, 2015
Ranked by Gross.  Compiled from Boxscores reported Oct. 27-Nov. 2
Rank ACT
Total Gross
Show Date Range
Show Venue/City (Shows/Sellouts)
Total Attendance (Capacity)
Oct. 1-29
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit (1/1)
Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J. (1/1)
Air Canada Centre, Toronto (2/2)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn. (1/1)
Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta (2/2)
Rogers Arena, Vancouver (1/1)
Moda Center, Portland (1/1)
SAP Center, San Jose (1/1)
Gila River Arena, Glendale, Ariz. (1/1)
MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas (1/1)
The Forum, Inglewood, Calif. (1/1)
Valley View Casino Center, San Diego (1/1)
172,166 (172,166)
2 U2
Oct. 5-18
Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona (4/4)
Sportpaleis, Antwerp, Belgium (2/2)
Lanxess Arena, Köln, Germany (2/2)
151,597 (151,597)
Oct. 23-25
Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles (2/0)
SAP Center, San Jose (1/0)
23,324 (25,702)
Oct. 27-28
Allphones Arena, Sydney (2/0)
22,419 (23,320)
Oct. 22-24
Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville (1/1)
MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa (1/1)
Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, Fla. (1/1)
45,839 (45,839)
Oct. 5-24
Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, Conn. (1/0)
Ryan Center, Kingston, R.I. (1/0)
Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass. (1/0)
Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, Pa. (1/0)
Liacouras Center, Philadelphia (1/1)
Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory, Charlotte (1/0)
Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park, Miami (1/0)
The Tabernacle, Atlanta (1/0)
Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit (1/1)
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto (1/0)
34,511 (50,727)
Oct. 14
Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga. (1/0)
8,454 (9,215)
Oct. 22-30
The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas (1/1)
XFINITY Arena, Everett, Wash. (1/0)
Toyota Arena, Kennewick, Wash. (1/0)
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, Mont. (1/0)
Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah (1/0)
25,376 (29,708)
Oct. 22-23
Hípico de Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico (1/0)
Poliforum, León, Mexico (1/0)
10,362 (17,330)
Oct. 5
Hallenstadion, Zürich (1/0)
9,260 (13,000)


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Jessica Chastain Spanks Madonna In Prague

Jessica Chastain Spanks Madonna In Prague
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Acclaimed actress Jessica Chastain can add another laurel to her résumé — she has become the latest of Madonna’s high-profile “unapologetic bitches” to dance with the Queen of Pop onstage during her $50 million-grossing (so far) Rebel Heart tour.

At a Saturday show in Prague, Czech Republic, Chastain was pulled from the audience to dance with Madonna to the reggae-flavored song “Unapologetic Bitch” from her “Rebel Heart” album. Chastainswiveled her hips and impulsively spanked Madonna, who crawled on all fours in front of her.

Madonna’s most recent A-list invitee to her stage was Katy Perry, last month. Others have included Anderson Cooper and Amy Schumer.

Chastain is in Prague filming “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” adapted from the Diane Ackerman book about the diaries of Antonina Zabiński.

This wasn’t Chastain’s first encounter with her idol; in 2011, Madonna presented Chastain with the Gucci Award for Women in Cinema while the two were in Venice for the Venice Film Festival.

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Rebel Heart Tour Cologne – live report by Dave Crombeen

Wow, what an experience it was. For months I have been looking forward to it and Wednesday Novembver 4 it was finally time. The European opening to Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour! The first two shows of my own mini tour, I will attend seven in total.

For the first time ever I decided to queue less and not that early anymore. Okay the chance of ending up front row is slim, but the stage and catwalk are fairly large, so the view is good from every angle.
    We arrived in Cologne around 8am, put away our stuff and made our way to the arena to see if fans arrived yet. It was extremely cold, but yes indeed the first few had queued up already. After saying hi to some friends we went to explore the city centre and eat some breakfast.
    In the afternoon we relaxed in our hotel and met up at 17.30 at the arena. The doors hadn’t opened yet and it took over an hour before the people with Early Entry were given access to the arena. We were inside around 19.00.
The arena filled up quickly. We walked around for a bit and found a good spot. Let’s start the waiting process. Suddenly the lights went off and the support act started. Due to technical difficulties it took some time for M to start the show.
It was showtime at 22.15! That moment is always such a blast, when Madonna enters the stage. I was still quite spoiler free. Only saw a few pictures of the show, so no audio and video. Eventually I ended up front row and had a good view of the show. Madonna was in a good mood. She connected with the audience a lot. Because the catwalk is so large, I did also see a lot of her back throughout the show. This was my own choice, also because I wanted to experience the show from the main stage.

After the show ended at 00.30 we went back to the hotel. I thought the show was good but wasn’t blown away. Couldn’t really put my finger on it why I felt that way. The pace just wasn’t what I expected from M, especially after the MDNA Tour.
We decided to go to the stadium much later on the second day, and to experience the show from the heart stage. We entered at 19.45 and had to wait until 22.00. Enough time to visit the merchandise booth and bought 4 really cool shirts.

Showtime at 22.00!! I danced, sang and screamed. It was fantastic. Even though there was less interaction with the crowd, the show was great. Surprisingly she left out the 80’s medley. I have to say that it gave the show a much better flow, good choice I say. Before the show I had said I really wanted to hear Fever as the surprise song. So we got Secret and when I heard the first few lines to Secret, I went crazy. Amazing!!
Nina was the unapologetic bitch, nice to see that it is a familiar face.

Eventually I saw the show five rows from the front at the heart stage, not bad for someone that did not queue. It was an amazing night and she completely won me over. A great show with a lot of iconic Madonna moments.
Can’t wait for my next show, next stop: Barcelona!

Dave Crombeen

Dutch translation:
Wow wat was het een ervaring. Maanden lang naar uit gekeken en woensdag 4 November was het eindelijk zover. De  Europese opening van Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour. De eerste 2 concerten van mijn mini tour. Ik ga er 7 doen.
Voor het eerst heb ik besloten om deze tour minder in de rij te gaan staan. In ieder geval niet zo vroeg. Ok, de kans dat je dan front row staat is klein, maar het podium en de catwalk is dusdanig groot, dat je het overal wel goed ziet.

We waren rond 8 uur in Keulen, even onze spullen gedropt en richting stadion, om te kijken of er al mensen waren. Het was ontzettend koud, maar inderdaad de eerste mensen lagen al in de rij voor het concert.
Na even wat vrienden gedag gezegd te hebben, zijn we richting binnenstad gegaan, om te ontbijten, en wat rond te lopen.
In de middag lekker in het hotel gechillt, en om 17:30 afgesproken bij het stadion.

De deuren waren nog niet open, en het duurde nog ruim een uur voordat de Early Entry mensen naar binnen mochten.
Ongeveer rond 19:00 waren we binnen.

Het stadion raakte al vroeg vol. We hebben wat rond gelopen, en uiteindelijk een goede plek gevonden. Het wachten kon beginnen. Op een gegeven moment gingen de lichten uit en de suport act begon. Madonna liet wegens technische probelem nog een tijd op haar wachten.
Om 22:15 was het showtime! Wat is het moment toch altijd geweldig, als Madonna op het podium komt. Ik was nog behoorlijk spoiler free. Had van de show alleen nog maar foto’s gezien, dus geen audio en video. Uiteindelijk stond ik front row, en heb de show goed kunnen zien. Madonna was in een hele goede bui. Ze had veel contact met het publiek. Omdat de catwalk zo lang was, heb ik ook een groot deel van de show naar haar rug staan kijken. Dat was een eigen keuze, omdat ik ook een keer de show vanaf de main stage wilde zien.

Nadat de show om 0:30 eindigde zijn we terug gegaan naar het hotel. Ik vond de show top maar ik was niet blown away. Kon mijn vinger er niet op leggen wat het nou was. Er zat minder vaart in de show dan wat ik gewend was van M, helemaal na de MDNA tour.
De 2e dag besloten we om later naar het stadion te gaan, en dan bij het hart te gaan staan. We waren rond 19:45 binnen, en moesten uiteindelijk tot 22:00 wachten. Dus tijd genoeg om een langs de merchandising te gaan. Heb 4 hele gave shirtjes gekocht.

22:00 showtime!!! Ik heb staan dansen, zingen, schreeuwen. Wat was het fantastisch. Ook al had ze wat minder contact met het publiek, de show was echt top.
Tot ieders verrassing liet ze de 80’s medley weg. Ik moet zeggen, dat er daardoor wel veel meer vaart in de show zat. Goede keuze wat mij betreft.
Van te voren had ik gezegd dat ik heel graag Fever wilde horen als surprise song.
We kregen Secret en toen ik daarna de eerste regels hoorde van Fever, werd ik helemaal gek. Echt geweldig!

Nina was de Unapologetic Bitch, leuk om te zien dat het een bekende is!
Uiteindelijk heb ik het grootste gedeelte van de  show, 5 rijen vanaf het hart gezien.

Niet slecht voor iemand die niet gequeued heeft.
Wat was het een top avond, echt ik ben helemaal om. Het is een heerlijke show met heel veel herkenbare iconische Madonna momenten.

Ik kan niet wachen tot ik mijn volgende show!
Next stop; Barcelona

Dave Crombeen
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Back from Cologne – our report

Sorry for the lack of updates, but things were quite hectic for us in Cologne. Pictures and more coming later today.

The start of Madonna’s European tour happened in Cologne Germany, the first day the weather was freezing but the die-hard didn’t care and still spent their night and day queuing for the best spot in the audience.

Unfortunately there were technical difficulties as well as a rumour that some things were going to be changed for the show in Europe. Despite official reports by Live Nation that there wasn’t going to be a support act, there surprisingly was. Madonna did not start the show on the first day until 10:15 pm, due to technical difficulties (according to reports). Unfortunately the German audience wasn’t pleased with the late start.

Madonna was in an extremely chatty and witty mood during the first show, cracking jokes and throwing her bouquet to Kevin. She was hilarious and a blast to look at, the costumes were absolutely fantastic. However many fans (and general people attending) felt that the 80’s medley slowed things down and never really picked up despite the glorious costumes and set. Madonna sang Who’s That Girl here but did not follow it up with Ghosttown, like she did so many times in the US. It seemed that M and dancers were a bit disappointed in the audience after the first show, making dancer Marvin Govin stating on Instagram that the audience was tired and needed to bring it. To be fair, the audience might have been a bit tired due to the long wait before the show.

Madonna was staying in hotel Excelsior right next to the Dom, causing for a chaos outside at the busy square. Many people lined up to see her, but M made her exit fast and secure as usual.

The second show in Cologne started a bit more on time (10.00 pm) and it seemed the floor was a lot less crowded than the first show, making it easy for fans to walk around and view the show from various angles. Madonna wasn’t as chatty as on the first night and some fans reported she sounded a bit hoarse (don’t catch a cold M!). Right after ‘La Isla Bonita’ fans got themselves ready for the gypsy 80’s medley, but were all in shock when M suddenly appeared out of nowhere on the heart stage with guitar in her matador outfit. ‘A special surprise for Cologne’, and M performed an acoustic version of ‘Secret’ and oh boy there was a bit of ‘Fever’ as well, what a treat!! She ended this surprise segment with an incredible version of ‘Rebel Heart’, which now is destined to become a true Madonna classic. The happiness in her eyes and the smile on her face was priceless, now that was a true queen right there!

The show ended with a bang and many fans agreed, this had been truly truly magnificent, what a show, what a performer!

See you in Berlin.

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