Sunday, June 16, 2024

Madonna Cancels Tour Because of Bacterial Infection Health Scare, But Ticket Sales Were Soft and Sam Smith Single Was a Bust


Madonna has cancelled her upcoming tour.

According to a statement, she has a bacterial infection. Her manager, Guy Oseary. says everything is paused until a new start date is set and shows are rescheduled.

It’s a serious condition: according to the NY Post she was intubated and in ICU at first. Daughter Lordes was with her in the hospital overnight with her mom. But now she’s better and it is hoped will have a speedy recovery.

Let’s hope she gets better soon!

But the other reality is that Madonna was plagued by health issues on her
Madame X tour a few years ago. She’s turning 65 soon, and these tours are brutal even on young acts.

And then there’s the fact that ticket sales have been soft, to say the least. Her upper tier seats can be found for less than $100. For $300, there are plenty of good seats in every city. The only real crush is on the floor, as with every artist.

On top of that, Madonna’s new single with Sam Smith, called “Vulgar,” was an utter disaster. Total sales including streaming were just 22.193. No one played it, no one bought it. So Madonna has no record to tour behind, no hits other than her classic stuff, which still isn’t anything to sneeze at. But she’s not in the news for anything except her odd looking social media photos.

So maybe it’s time to downsize and reconsider a tour to large theaters where sales will be healthier. An opening act — younger, contemporary draw — might be something to consider as well. Even the Rolling Stones have opening acts.

Anyway the main thing is just get home and get better.

Here’s a partial look at ticket sales at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in December. it’s not great.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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