Madonna’s North American tour has been officially postponed.
A couple of weeks ago, the pop star’s new Celebration Tour was announced — and it’s a wonderfully publicized outing modes January’s Uproar, which was set to open this week — has been put on an indefinite “pause” after the singer’s manager said she was hospitalized with a “serious bacterial infection.” Concern and speculation abounded among fans and within the music business about Madonna’s well-being, as well as the fate of her world tour, which had the potential to be one of the biggest events of the year.
On Monday, A.J message From Madonna on social media she explained that the entire portion of her North American tour will be rescheduled – 41 shows, about half of the total announced for the full world outing, and that the tour will now open in Europe in October. Live Nation, which is producing the tour, asked fans to “hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the new dates as soon as they are announced”.
“My focus now is my health and getting stronger and I assure you, I will be back with you as soon as possible!” In her first statement since becoming her manager, Madonna, 64, wrote on June 28. She also posted a photo that appears to show her at her Manhattan home.
She added, “I am on the road to recovery and I am so grateful for all the blessings in my life.”
Ticket sales for Madonna’s tour opened gracefully; According to an advertisement in March, more than 40 dates had been sold by then. But a quick look at other dates on Ticketmaster shows a number of locations – Sacramento; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Even Barclays Center in Brooklyn – plenty of seating.
Last week, Beyoncé canceled a date in Pittsburgh, and postponed two more, due to what was announced as “production logistics and scheduling” issues.
Music executives say rescheduling a major tour, for whatever reason, can be a complicated and expensive process these days. This is because with the return of live music after being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the big venues usually close their schedules several months in advance, with little wiggle room for change. In announcing Madonna’s tour, Live Nation simply said, “Scheduled dates will be announced as soon as possible.”