On November 6 1993, Madonna performed The Girlie Show to a sold-out crowd of 120,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Girlie Show Rio show ranks as one of the highest-attended single-artist’s ticketed concerts (excluding festivals) of all-time.
On September 14 1993, the official tour flyer for The Girlie Show World Tour was published in newspapers across the province of Quebec, advertising the upcoming Madonna concert to be held at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal on October 23. Ticket prices ranged from $29.50 to $39.50 with a very limited number of tickets for $49.50. In total, 52,000 tickets were made available for the show and the concert sold-out!
We want to thank Dominick Noel for sending us this scan of the flyer — THANK YOU!
On July 18 2004, Madonna played the first of three sold-out dates at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre during her Re-Invention Tour. Playing to a combined total of over 52,000 fans, the shows were the only Canadian stop on the tour and marked her first concerts in Canada in eleven years.
At the second show Madonna proclaimed to those in attendance that they were the best audience of the tour thus far, while the final Toronto date saw Madonna in an uncharacteristically playful mood. Interrupting the show’s normally swift progression between Papa Don’t Preach and Crazy For You, she joked about the infamous 1990 threats of arrest and whipped the audience into a cheering frenzy with her self-described “unprofessional” behaviour.
On June 5 2008, Madonna added a fourth Sticky & Sweet Tour show at New York’s Madison Square Gardens for October 12.
In total, Madonna enjoyed four sell-out shows at Madison Square Garden, generating $11.5 million in ticket sales from just under 62,000 fans.
This gave Madonna a record breaking 23 sold-out performances at the venue since 2001, a record for a single artist in that decade.