had to postpone her 2nd show of the tour on May 25th due to illness.
The show was rescheduled one day later.
the European tour originally only London and Paris were announced.
There were negotiations for shows in Spain, Italy and Germany
but for some reason they failed. Instead shows were added for
Holland and Portugal.
about getting Madonna to Slane Castle started spreading in March
and seemed confirmed when a licence was applied for in April,
which got approved in June.
originally planned to play 3 shows in Israel, but cancelled her
plan due to safety problems. According to rumours she had received
death threats from extremists. She did visit Israel for a pelgrimage
right after the tour.
Lisbon shows almost got cancelled due to a conflict with a church
group who reserved the venue the week prior to the concert. Since
Madonna's crew needed the venue to set up the stage and to prepare
for DVD recordings, both shows were pushed back one day. This
is the reason why the tour book mentions September 12 & 13
instead of 13 & 14.
a while, Madonna and the tour management considered extending
the European tour with stops in Helsinki, Stockholm and Moscow.
Although some of those negotiations were almost finalized, Madonna
decided to stick to the original idea to end the tour in Lisbon.
the Drowned World Tour,
it was planned to broadcast one of the shows on TV. However, negotiations
with TV network CBS fell through when it didn't want to comply
with Madonna's demand to air for more than 2 hours and commercial-free.
4-month long tour was chronicled by Jonas Akerlund in the I'm
Going To Tell You A Secret documentary. The movie features
several edited performances, which is the only official footage
of the show as for now. Although the Lisbon show was taped, it
has not been released. Following the many fan requests for the
live DVD, Madonna's management stated that it will be released
Beast Within video with images from Steven Klein's exhibition
immediately sets a dark tone. "Behold, I'm coming soon"
and Madonna rises from beneath the stage, dressed in a stunning
golden corset by Christian Lacroix, re-imagining the VMA 1990 performance.
On some shows, she alternated with a lilac corset, while wearing
the arm accessory on the left instead of right arm. Her golden blond
curls hang loose on her shoulders.
The second part of the show is
based on Madonna's look in the original American
Life video. Complete with military camouflage jacket, trousers
and beret, Madonna and her dancers rock the stage. Several dancers
are originally dressed in different religious outfits and strip
them off during the performance, to prove that "in the end,
we're all the same".
While Madonna changes her costume,
the dancers Cloud, Jason, Reshma, Tamara and Sergie entertain the
audience, each with their own circus discipline and matching outfit.
The skateboarding ramp and other stage ornaments further build the
circus feel. As a true showgirl, Madonna wears a red and white striped
bodysuit, stockings and high heels, as a nod to her Breathless Mahoney
The 'white angel' Madonna in the
Bedtime Story interlude
video keeps eye contact with the audience while the real queen slips
into her Stella McCartney black bespoke suit, which mixes very masculine
elements with her iconic energy. This outfit is quieter and more
about silhouettes, fitting the emotional heart of the show. For
Like A Prayer, she takes
off the black hat and performs the rest of the segment with a hairnet
over her blond locks.
Reminiscent to the opening segment
of the Drowned World Tour,
Madonna again pays tribute to the Scottish roots of husband Guy
Ritchie. Madonna and her dancers are all wearing a long black &
white squared kilt, a white 'wife beater' shirt and high black boots.
For the Papa Don't Preach
performance, she pays homage to the original video with a black
t-shirt, using various "do it better" lines. At the end
of the fan singalong Crazy
For You, she tosses the shirt into the crowd. Before the Holiday
finale, Madonna and the dancers lift up their kilt, showing off
their red pants, spelling out the word 'freedom'.
was originally considered in the place of Frozen
as the Chris Cunningham backdrop video was first cut to the album
rehearsed I'm So Stupid
on the electric guitar (as seen in I'm
Going To Tell You A Secret). It was replaced by Dress
You Up, but Madonna had a hard time learning to play the song,
so tour director Jamie King convinced Madonna to perform Material
Girl instead, which became the final song of the military
segment of the show just 4 weeks prior the tour kickoff.
Madonna didn't want the word "good-bye" to appear in
any of the songs she was going to sing, thus making the likes
of Take A Bow or The
Power Of Good-Bye left out.
did change some elements of the show during the tour. She wore
the gold corset for the shows in the US, Toronto, Slane, Lisbon
and the 2nd show in Arnhem. For the British and French shows as
well as the first Dutch show, she had a lilac corset. Her shirt
during Papa Don't Preach
read either "Kabbalists Do It Better", either "Italians
Do It Better", while the Brits and Irish fans got their own
shirt: "Brits Do It Better" and "Irish Do It Better".
There were also 2 versions for Don't
Tell Me: the French version with the Paris background and
the British "Bittersweet Symphony" version with London
background (used in the British shows, Slane, Lisbon and the 2nd
name of the tour, Re-Invention was supposedly Guy Ritchie's suggestion,
while several other rumoured titles circled online, including
'Whore Of Babylon', 'Ground 0' or 'Nobody Knows Me'.
Valerie "Raistalla" Moise
Dawn Noel Pignuola
Artist Management, Caliente
Business Management Richard Feldstein
Business Management Leeann Hard
Assistant to Madonna
Show Director, Set Designer & Choreographer
Assistant Director & Choreographer
Artist Hair & Wig Stylist
Tour Production Director
Yves Saint Laurent, Prada/Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean-Paul
Gaultier, Chanel, Julien D'Ys, Eugenia Kim, Jimmy Choo, Gina shoes
of London, Joeboxer, Capezio, Louis Verdad, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy,
Jeremy Scott, Converse, Hanes, Asics, Harbinger, Banana republic,
Henry Rose, Kangol, Rocky Roeger, USA Kilts, Juicy, Gap, etc.
People travelled on the road with the tour
58 Minutes for
Madonna to get hair and makeup completed before show
56 security guards
55 Tons of above
ground equipment including sound, lights, videos and speakers
40 Tons is the
weight of the stage
30 Trunks carried
wardrobe of entire touring company
25 Cases of Kaballah
Water provided backstage nightly (backstage beverage of choice)
18 Semi Trucks
carried equipment including special 'Turntable' stage
18 Dressing Rooms
in each venue for touring entourage
12 Tons of sound
equipment in air
8 Minutes for
Madonna to do warmup on Pilates stretch ball
6 Madison Square
Garden Shows sold out in one day
5 Costume changes
4 Wembley Arena
Shows sold out in one day
3 Toronto Shows
sold out in one day
3 Ricola cough
drops consumed by Madonna prior to start of show
1 Full truck
to house Madonna's wardrobe and makeup
1 Large cup of
Throat Coat Honey Lemon Tea consumed by Madonna prior to start of
Play room backstage
1 Bagpipe player