On February 6 2009, Madonna.com announced that the two London and two Manchester shows of the Sticky & Sweet 2009 Summer Tour had sold out. Never before had Madonna extended a concert tour. Here’s the announcement:
Madonna Fans! Can you believe that both of the Sticky & Sweet shows scheduled in London and Manchester this coming summer sold out a few minutes after they went on sale yesterday?! To extend a tour is a first for Madonna, and it could only happen thanks to your incredible support. We can’t wait to see you on the road and to celebrate another hot Madonna summer with each and every one of you. Let’s get this party started. Again!
Which show did you go to? We caught Madonna in Toronto – what a show!
On September 26 1993, Madonna appeared on the cover of The People (Britain’s TV Listing Magazine) with the headline: WHAT A SHOCKER! Madonna is back with a bang in sexiest show ever.
Here’s a ticket stub for the second sold-out Girlie Show held at Wembley Stadium.
On September 25 1993, Madonna’s The Girlie Show tour opened with 2 sold-out concerts at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Over 144,000 fans attended the two shows in London.
The Girlie Show was launched in support of Madonna’s 1992 album, Erotica. The show had the central visual theme of a “sex circus”. Described as “a mixture of a rock concert, a fashion show, a carnival performance, a cabaret act and a burlesque show”, the show had a more complex stage than those from Madonna’s previous tours: it had a runway that led from the centre of the main stage to a minor stage, a revolving elevated platform in the middle of the main stage, balconies in the rear of the stage, and a giant illuminated Girlie Show sign above stage, among other features. The tour was directed by Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone; costumes for the tour were designed by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
Did you see The Girlie Show live in person?
On August 18 1987, Madonna performed the first of three sold-out Who’s That Girl Tour concerts at Wembley Stadium in London.
In total, Madonna performed for 216,000 fans during the three nights at Wembley.
On August 1 2006, Madonna unveiled a bronze cast of her hands outside Wembley Arena’s new Square of Fame. Madonna was the first person to be honoured with the privilege.
Quintain Estates deputy chief executive Nick Shattock said: “Madonna is officially the greatest female star in the world and we are delighted that she is the first of what will only be a few major names to be celebrated in the Square of Fame.”
Madonna said: “I look forward to seeing other artists adding their handprints alongside mine.”
On July 17 2012, Madonna’s MDNA World Tour played at London’s Hyde Park, with supporting acts LMFAO and Martin Solveig. The sold-out show (54,140 fans) generated $6.7 million in ticket sales.