Duration September 9, 2015 to March 27, 2016
Artistic director Jamie King
Video direction Danny Tull and Nathan Rissman
Costumes Arianne Phillips, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi, Prada, Miu Miu, Swarovski and Nicolas Jebran
Choreography Megan Lawson, Jillian Meyers, Matt Cady and Kevin Maher
There has never been a tour nor an album, that Madonna informed us about such a long time in advance, as she did with
"I'm still working my way through the set list," said Madonna, who's working on the show with a team of creative directors, choreographers and costume designers. "The name of the tour, Rebel Heart, starts the party and then I think, ‘What's a strong beginning? What's the statement I want to make?' and then we go on a journey from there." The theme of the show, she added, will be "romance": "Love. Living for love. Being a rebel heart. Living for love. They're all kind of intertwined, you know — rising above, believing in your dreams, overcoming heartbreak, things like that," Madonna said. "You know, the simple things in life."
And while fans wonder if she can still perform at the level she has in the past, Madonna, whose daughter, Lourdes, begins her second year at U-M this fall, said they won't be disappointed. "I have a very disciplined life," she said. "I don't do a lot of socializing. My life revolves around my show and my children and trying to live a very healthy lifestyle. The only thing I'm lacking right now is sleep — as always."
In the second interview quoted for example by abcnews.go.com Madonna promises the main themes of the show to be love and romance: "The theme I really truly explore in this show more than anything is love and romance," she said in a phone interview from her home in New York City last week. "I want people to walk out like they're feeling inspired and like they've seen something they've never seen before and felt something they've never felt before."
About creating the setlist: "I realize I have 32 years of other songs, so I have to pick and choose. I sit there for weeks and weeks and weeks trying to figure out which of my old catalog I want to do," she said. "It's a puzzle that we have to put together 'cause thematically the songs — the old and the new — they have to go together; sonically they have to go together." And the supervising absolutely everyting: "What people wear, from their footwear to the buttons on their jacket, is all very important to me," she said.
More exciting news came with the intevrview by Andy Cohan for Entertainment Weekly www.entertainmentweekly.com. As a very well known workaholic Madonna rehears her show for 12 hours 6 times per week. She often updates her Instagram long after midnight: "It's an important part of my work now," she says of the social media platform. "I like to think of it as a kind of art gallery for my thoughts, my dreams, my wishes, my state of mind. Can't ignore social media," she explained.
Cohen gets the scoop about the dancing nuns on stripper poles that Madonna teased in Rebel Heart's trailer. "I just like the juxtaposition," she says of the risqué routine. "I'm very immersed in deconstructing the concept of sexuality and religion and how it's not supposed to go together, but in my world it goes together."
As for the show itself, Madonna hasn't revealed much, but she offers some insight about how she balances her setlist with greatest hits like Holiday, Dress You Up, Who's That Girl a Vogue and her new Rebel Heart material. "Of course, the thing I'm most excited about doing is my new stuff, because I haven't done it yet and it's fresh," she tells Cohen. "But I realize that people want to hear my older stuff, so for me it's always a tricky balance trying to keep some kind of continuity, not only with sound, sonically, but also thematically … a lot of times I have to take the songs and turn them inside out and make them more ironic than straightforward."
In the fourth interview, this time for the Journal de Montréal www.journaldemontreal.com, Madonna confirmed the show for 75 % ready: "I'm involved in every aspect, from the setlist to the musical arrangements. I chose the 20 dancers, I oversee the choreographies, lighting, costumes and the videos we're shooting for the show. I focus on what I want to express and the statements I want to make. I watch over every detail, because I love doing it. It's part of the creation process."
"I take all these little ideas and make them come to life. As I'm the one telling the story, every detail is important to me! Most of the ideas I had for the show are directly connected to the themes of the songs. Love is obviously very central. Romance, heartbreak, believing in your dreams, believing in yourself, getting back up and facing life challenges."
Looking at the setlist of Madonna's tenth tour, one can get a notion it's focused mainly at her first and last albums. That may be the reason Madonna continuously added more "oldies, but goodies" later during her journey, mainly from the much forgotten 90's.*
Iconic • Bitch I'm Madonna • Burning Up • Holy Water / Vogue • Devil Pray • Messiah • Body Shop • True Blue • Deeper and Deeper • HeartBreak City / Love Don’t Live Here Anymore • Like A Virgin • S.E.X. / Justify My Love • Living For Love • La Isla Bonita • Dress You Up / Into The Groove / Everybody / Lucky Star • Who's That Girl • Ghosttown* • Frozen* • Secret* • Don't Tell Me* • Like A Prayer* • Take A Bow • Rebel Heart • Illuminati • Music / Get Stupid • Candy Shop • Material Girl • La Vie En Rose • Unapologetic Bitch • Holiday
October 21, 2016 Madonna and the American TV network Showtime announced a premiere of the Rebel Heart Tour film on Friday December 9.
December 9, 2016 The American TV network Showtime premiered the Rebel Heart Tour music film.
January 25th 2015 The Italian newspaper La Stampa www.lastampa.it informs about first shows of Madonna's forthcoming tour. These should take place in Torino, which Madonna visited in 1987 and 1990, most probably in the Pala Alpitour on November 20th and 21st.
January 29th 2015 After Italy, the Canadian paper La Presse www.lapresse.ca informs about a stop of Madonna's tour in their country. According to their source, Madonna should perform in Montreal during the second week of September.
February 16th 2015 La Parisien writes about at least two shows in Paris's Bercy Arena, this was the third rumoured, but yet to be confirmed venue.
February 9th 2015 In a little telephone interview with Ryan Seacrest of On Air With Ryan Seacrest Madonna confirmed she would go on tour in 2015.
February 20th 2015 The most exciting news yet came from the website of the German online store www.amazon.de, which informed their customers, who had preorder or would have preordered any format of the Rebel Heart album until March 5th, that on March 7th they would receive an email including instructions for a ticket pre-sale. Shortly after another website www.bol.com and www.music.dk offered the same service to their customers in Netherlands or Belgium and Denmark as well.
February 25th 2015 Another shop offering an exclusive pre-sale for the forthcoming tour is the Spanish www.fnac.es. If you buy the Rebel Heart album until March 9th, you'll receive an email with instructions and a unique code to be used on March 12th.
February 27th 2015 Live Nation launched a special website dedicated to the new Rebel Heart Tour in the U.K. www.madonnauktour.co.uk, which informs about a pre-sale through www.amazon.co.uk and confirms an official announcement of the tour coming on Monday March 2nd.
March 2nd 2015 Live Nation and www.madonna.com announced The Rebel Heart Tour. Madonna would travel across the world from America to Asia and she would return for her third visit to Prague for her fourth show there.
March 21st 2015 For a huge demand Live Nation announced a second date in Prague.
May 6th 2015 A big three-day-long casting for dancers started in New York.
June 22nd 2015 The official website of the Allphones Arena in Sydney www.allphonesarena.com.au announced the first two shows on the continent, that had been ignored so long. Additional shows in Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Madonna's first ever stop in New Zealand were announced few hours later.
July 1st 2015 The website www.inquirer.net brought the news about at least two shows in the Philippine capital Manila. They anonymous source comes from the MOA Arena, which is one of the possible venues, apart from the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Unlike in 2012 when shows in Manila were also rumoured, this time Madonna's handlers required an advance payment. An official announcement should follow following month.
July 15th 2015 According to RTL Boulevard Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg was asked for adjusting his remix of Bitch I'm Madonna for the tour: "It's obviously an honour to work for such a legend. Madonna is planning to use Bitch I'm Madonna Sander Kleinenberg Remix since at one point I got the question: 'Dude, can you customize and adjust the remix? Because Madonna is so crazy about it.'"
July 19th 2015 The rumors about Madonna's first ever visit to Philippines were confirmed. The first announced show in the south-east Asian country would take place in the Mall of Asia Arena on February 24th 2016.
September 9th 2015 The world premiere of Madonna's tenth music concert tour happened in Montreal, Canada.
September 14th 2015 Madonna's official website www.madonna.com announced additionals shows in U.S., Japan and Mexico as for Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Taiwan, which none of them Madonna hadn't visited before.
September 19th 2015 On the show in Barclays Center Madonna added Ghosttown to the setlist.
September 25th 2015 All tickets for Madonna's debut concert in Hong Kong on February 17 sold out within 30 minutes setting a new record. Tickets ranged in price from HK$ 688 to a whopping HK$ 11,888.
Just 15 days before the highly anticipated opening night, the website www.dancespirit.com brought their interview with Megan Lawsonovou about how it feels to work on the 10th tour of the queen of pop.
Dance Spirit: "What’s the process of choreographing for a tour of this scale?"
Megan Lawson: "Jamie King is the show’s director. The process starts with a discussion between Jamie, Madonna and I about ideas and concepts. Then, my dancers, Jamie and I get into the studio and experiment for a while before presenting to M. She always has a hand in the choreography. She loves to be part of the process and collaborate with everyone, from the lighting designer to the makeup artist. I’d say every number in the tour has at least one part Madonna choreographed herself. It’s a really fun process."
Dance Spirit: "Are there other choreographers working with you? "
Megan Lawson: "Since I’m the lead choreographer on this tour, I got to recommend other choreographers to collaborate with. I was so fortunate to bring in other artists, including Jillian Meyers, Matt Cady and Kevin Maher, who are all friends of mine. The great thing about involving other choreographers is that the show becomes really diverse. Every song is different stylistically, and each has a unique choreographic vibe.
Dance Spirit: Does anything about the tour scare you?"
Megan Lawson: "Getting it all done in time! It’s been a challenge to coordinate everything. Madonna doesn’t settle for anything but the best—she’s a perfectionist. It takes time. This is certainly the biggest-scale production I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait to see it all come together. I know it will. But right now it’s crunch time, and that’s a little scary."
Let's illustrate the Rebel Heart Tour with few interesting numbers: 2,500,000 Swarovski crystals adorn Madonna's costumes • 2,150,400 LED Pixels are light up the rear screens on the Rebel Heart stage • 140,000 pounds of lights, sound and video equipment necessary for each night's performance • 55,000 pounds the weight of the moveable stage ramp used multiple times throughout the concert • 25,391 miles of road to be traveled by tour bus for the North American Leg of tour • 10,000 number of hours of workmanship have gone into creating costumes from Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Alexander Wang, Fausto Puglisi, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, Nicolas Jebran, Miu Miu, Prada and Swarovski for the Rebel Heart Tour • 1000 plus wardrobe pieces are required for all the performers onstage • 500 pair of shoes have been custom made • 200 plus pair of fishnets will be worn by Madonna by the time the Rebel Tour wraps • 180 people working and traveling on the Rebel Heart Tour • 121 days of Rehearsal before the opening night of the tour in Montreal • 60 people making up the costume staff dressing, sewing and adjusting the costumes night after night • 25 string instruments used during the show • 23 songs are on the Rebel Heart Tour set list each night • 22 videos play on the rear screens during the concert • 20 stupendous dancers dance nightly with the Material Girl • 17 make up brushes and 5 powder puffs used on Madonna each night • 13 drums make up the drum-kit • 7 bouncing sway poles extending over the audience during the performance • 6 custom designed sets of lashes used each night • 4 static poles arising from the stage during the show
|9.9., 10.9.||Bell Centre • Montreal, Quebec, Canada||26,468 of 26,468||$ 3,420,984|
|12.9.||Verizon Center • Washington, D.C., U.S.||13,271 of 13,271||$ 2,014,706|
|16.9., 17.9.||Madison Square Garden • New York, U.S.||28,371 of 28,371||$ 5,230,985|
|19.9.||Barclays Center • New York, U.S.||14,258 of 14,258||$ 2,789,910|
|21.9.||Centre Videotron • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||13,051 of 13,051||$ 1,078,608|
|24.9.||Wells Fargo Center • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||10,544 of 10,544||$ 1,434,010|
|26.9.||TD Garden • Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.||12,780 of 12,780||$ 1,941,750|
|28.9.||United Center • Chicago, Illinois, U.S.||14,026 of 14,026||$ 2,522,365|
|1.10.||Joe Louis Arena • Detroit, Michigan, U.S.||12,852 of 12,852||$ 1,206,431|
|3.10.||Boardwalk Hall • Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.||9,498 of 9,498||$ 1,522,061|
|5.10., 6.10.||Air Canada Centre • Toronto, Ontario, Canada||26,603 of 26,603||$ 3,416,646|
|8.10.||Xcel Energy Center • Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.||11,449 of 11,449||$ 1,190,535|
|11.10., 12.10.||Rexall Place • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||26,093 of 26,093||$ 3,310,026|
|14.10.||Rogers Arena • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||12,153 of 12,153||$ 1,227,073|
|17.10.||MODA Center • Portland, Oregon, U.S.||13,695 of 13,695||$ 2,004,420|
|19.10.||SAP Center at San José • San José, California, U.S.||12,862 of 12,862||$ 2,298,815|
|22.10.||Gila River Arena • Glendale, Arizona, U.S.||10,393 of 10,393||$ 1,307,510|
|24.10.||MGM Grand Garden Arena • Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.||12,787 of 12,787||$ 3,524,113|
|27.10.||The Forum • Los Angeles, California, U.S.||13,207 of 13,207||$ 2,852,095|
|29.10.||Valley View Casino Center • San Diego, California, U.S.||10,574 of 10,574||$ 1,606,935|
|4.11., 5.11.||Lanxess Arena • Cologne, Germany||25,952 of 25,952||$ 2,748,071|
|7.11., 8.11.||O2 Arena • Prague, Czech republic||33,408 of 33,408||$ 3,001,142|
|10.11., 11.11.||Mercedes-Benz Arena • Berlin, Germany||23,588 of 23,588||$ 2,638,597|
|14.11.||Tele 2 Arena • Stockholm, Sweden||39,338 of 39,338||$ 3,482,634|
|16.11.||Jyske Bank Boxen • Herning, Denmark||12,263 of 12,263||$ 1,000,551|
|19.11., 21.11., 22.11.||Pala Alpitour • Turin, Italy||34,752 of 34,752||$ 3,694,172|
|24.11., 25.11.||Palau Sant Jordi • Barcelona, Spain||28,104 of 28,104||$ 2,312,846|
|28.11.||Sportpalais • Antwerp, Belgium||19,315 of 19,315||$ 2,135,032|
|29.11.||SAP Arena • Mannheim, Germany||10,883 of 10,883||$ 1,213,890|
|1.12., 2.12.||O2 Arena • London, United Kingdom||28,670 of 28,670||$ 4,861,403|
|5.12., 6.12.||Ziggo Dome • Amsterdam, Netherlands||30,023 of 30,023||$ 3,559,122|
|9.12., 10.12.||Bercy Arena • Paris, France||30,817 of 30,817||$ 3,868,967|
|12.12.||Hallenstadion • Zürich, Switzerland||11,306 of 11,306||$ 1,773,189|
|14.12.||Manchester Arena • Manchester, United Kingdom||14,177 of 14,177||$ 2,342,186|
|16.12.||Barclaycard Arena • Birmingham, United Kingdom||12,119 of 12,119||$ 1,863,342|
|20.12.||SSE Hydro • Glasgow, United Kingdom||9,665 of 9,665||$ 1,574,416|
|6.1., 7.1.||Palace of Sporrts • Mexico City, Mexico||31,696 of 31,696||$ 4,537,609|
|10.1.||AT&T Center • San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||14,543 of 14,543||$ 1,915,670|
|12.1.||Toyota Center • Houston, Texas, U.S.||11,604 of 11,604||$ 1,671,630|
|14.1.||BOK Center • Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.||10,891 of 10,891||$ 1,559,410|
|16.1.||KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.||14,558 of 14,558||$ 1,856,200|
|18.1.||Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.||11,569 of 11,569||$ 1,430,485|
|20.1.||Philips Arena • Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.||10,609 of 10,609||$ 1,500,635|
|23.1., 24.1.||American Airlines Arena • Miami, Florida, U.S.||26,468 of 26,468||$ 2,555,425|
|27.1., 28.1.||Coliseo de Puerto Rico • San Juan, Puerto Rico||18,539 of 18,539||$ 2,352,219|
|4.2., 4.2.||Taipei Arena • Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China||22,554 of 22,554||$ 6,578,042|
|9.2., 10.2.||Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani • Bangkok, Thailand||19,930 of 19,930||$ 4,584,740|
|13.2., 14.2.||Saitama Super Arena • Tokyo, Japan||37,706 of 37,706||$ 9,609,418|
|17.2., 18.2.||Asia World Arena • Hong Kong, China||21,808 of 21,808||$ 4,907,134|
|20.2., 21.2.||Studio City Event Center • Macau, China||7,446 of 7,446||$ 8,265,771|
|24.2., 24.2.||Mall of Asia Arena • Manila, Philippines||15,710 of 15,710||$ 4,956,105|
|28.2.||National Stadium • Kallang, Singapore||19,123 of 19,123||$ 6,093,229|
|5.3., 6.3.||Vector Arena • Auckland, New Zealand||17,386 of 17,386||$ 3,593,978|
|12.3., 13.3.||Rod Laver Arena • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia||23,768 of 23,768||$ 5,482,518|
|19.3., 20.3.||Allphones Arena • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||26,370 of 26,370||$ 6,052,001|
|26.3., 27.3.||Entertainment Centre • Brisbane, Queensland, Australia||13,886 of 13,886||$ 2,332,579|
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