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BLOND AMBITION TOUR

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Tour Schedule

This is the official tour schedule. Madonna performed a total of 57 shows in 10 countries.

Japan

Japan April 13
April 14
April 15

Marine Stadium, Makuhari, Japan Truth Or Dare, the DVD - click to enlarge
  April 20
April 21
April 22

Nishinomya Stadium, Osaka, Japan
  April 25
April 26
April 27

Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama, Japan

North America

US May 4
May 5

The Summit, Houston, TX
  May 7
May 8

Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX
  May 11
May 12
May 13
May 15
May 16

UA Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  May 18
May 19
May 20

Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
  May 23
May 24
May 25 *

Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, IL
Canada May 27
May 28
May 29

SkyDome, Toronto, Canada
US May 31
June 1

The Palace, Auburn Hills, MI
June 4
June 5
June 6 *

The Centrum, Worcester, MA
June 8
June 9

Capital Center, Landover, MD
June 11
June 12
June 13

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
June 15 *
June 16
June 17

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
June 20
June 21
June 22 *
June 24
June 25

Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Europe

Sweden June 30 Stadium Eriksberg, Gotenborg, Sweden  
France July 3
July 4
July 6

Palais Omnisports de Bercy, Paris, France  
Italy July 10
July 11 *

Stadio Flamino, Rome, Italy  
July 13 Stadio Delgll Alpi, Turin, Italy  
Germany July 15 Olympia-Reitstadium Riem, Munchen, Germany  
July 17 Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany  
UK July 20
July 21
July 22

Wembley Stadium, London, UK  
Holland July 24 Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland  
Spain July 27 Vincente Calderon Stadium, Madrid, Spain  
  July 29 Balaidos Stadium, Vigo, Spain  
  July 31 August 1 * Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, Spain  
France August 5

Stade de l'Ouest, Nice, France  
Remarks:
A total of 5 shows were cancelled, bringing the total amount of shows down to 57. The show in Barcelona was rescheduled 1 day later.

Setlist:

 
Metropolis segment

As the tour name suggests, Madonna proves she can be blond (feminine) and ambitious (masculine) at the same time. She translates this gender play by wearing a sexy corset underneath a blue suit. Nobody better to design her transgender costumes than Jean-Paul Gaultier.
During Express Yourself, the jacket comes off to fully reveal the pointy bra corset, representing the Man Machine from Metropolis, the movie that served as inspiration for both the music video and the factory stage design in the opening segment. For the third song, she covers back up with a black track suit jacket, featuring red, yellow and whites stripes.
Blond ambitious Madonna wears a long blond pony tail extension. On the European leg, the pony tail is gone in favour of a curly but still blond hairdo.
For the first time she uses the headset microphone, which in the industry from then on will get the name "the Madonna".
Metropolis segment
Religious segment

The second segment opened with the raunchy and controversial performance of Like A Virgin on a velvet red bed. The golden pointy bra corset by Gaultier would become one of Madonna's most notorious signature costumes of her career.
As the stage gets a more religious setting, Madonna dresses accordingly in a less skin revealing black robe, enlaced with an M on the back. Around her neck she wears a rosary. For Papa Don't Preach, she takes off the black robe except for the see-through gown.
Religious segment
Dick Tracy segment

To promote the release of her latest flick, Madonna dedicated an entire segment to Dick Tracy. To honour the character of night club singer Breathless Mahoney, she wore a green showgirl outfit. Only for the first song, she covers up with a long black gown. The theater curtain in the background tops off the cabaret atmosphere. Both stage and choreography are inspired by classic movie performances of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dick Tracy segment
Art Deco segment

Mocking the Material Girl nickname, Madonna appears with her buddies Niki and Donna, dressed in flashy pink bathrobes and wearing hairnets, all in a beauty salon setting. Halfway through the song, she reveals a pink coat, embroidered with dollar signs. Cherish is performed without that pink coat, only featuring a black corset and the fluffy pink fur. For the segment finale, Madonna is dressed only in black undergarments. The stage setting is influenced by art deco paintings of Tamara De Lempicka. Art Deco segment
Encore
Keep It Together (with 'A Family Affair' intro)

Madonna re-appears for a first encore in what looks like black and white polkadot pyjamas. The grand finale however is a lot more stylish, with black bustier and bowler hat, highly inspired by Liza Minelli's Cabaret. The choreography with all the dancers uses black chairs as centerpiece. Encore

Opening Act:
Technotronic

Performers & Collaborators:

Jai Winding
Kevin Kendrick
Carlos Rios
David Williams
Darryl Jones
Jonathan Moffett
Luis Conte
Donna DeLory
Niki Haris

Keyboards
Keyboards
Guitar
Guitar
Bass
Drums
Percussion
Background Vocals
Background Vocals

Luis Camacho
Oliver Crumes
Salim -Slam- Gauwloos
Jose Gutierez
Kevin Stea
Gabriel Trupin
Carlton Wilborn

Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer

Madonna
Vince Paterson
Christopher Ciccone
Jai Winding
Jean-Paul Gaultier
Marlene Stewart
Freddy DeMann

Director
Choreographer & Co-director
Artistic director
Musical director
Costume designer
Additional costumes
Personal manager

John Draper
Chris Lamb
Mike Grizel
John McGraw
Peter Morse
Joanne Gair
Julie Cherrow
Robert Parr
Pamela Gatell
Liz Rosenberg
Tom Hudak
Mark Micoli
Tour manager
Production manager
Road manager
Set designer
Lighting director
Make-up and Hair
Massage therapist
Fitness trainer
Ambiance
Publicity
Stage manager
Video director