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12 October 2023

Madonna Celebration Tour To Feature More Than 40 Songs

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Madonna will draw upon more than 40 songs from her back catalogue on her reschedule Celebration tour, according to a new BBC interview with the tour’s musical director, Stuart Price.

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The tour has been rescheduled after initial dates were cancelled when the singer received treatment for a serious bacterial infection in hospital earlier this year. The first date will now take place on Saturday 14 October at London’s O2 Arena. Price reassured fans that the Queen of Pop is fighting fit, “The person that is going to take the stage looks incredible, sounds incredible, performs incredible,”

“Madonna has very high expectations of how much hard work people will put into something,” Price added. “It’s very uncompromising – but she’s equally as hard on herself.

“So when she took a break, that pause created an opportunity to further enhance the show. And I’m sure the opportunity [for her] to focus on being 100% well was greatly received as well.”

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Price went on to discuss the difficulties of fitting as many of Madonna’s classic hits into the set as possible, “That was the big challenge. In two hours, can you get all of it in? That’s hard. But every great moment she’s had, we took a bit of it.”

The musical director was also keen to point out the logistical problems of staging a tour of this size, “Madonna’s reputation is for being highly precise and highly rehearsed across all departments. When you look at a tour of this scale, it has so many moving parts, so many elements, that everything has to be highly fixed.

“But there’s one thing that’s always dynamic, and that’s Madonna herself. Her personality is so strong, her interaction with the audience is so strong, that it creates opportunities for variation from night to night.”

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