Saturday, June 15, 2024

Madonna Warning Tour Drama: Shows Off Ailing Knee as London Dates Two Weeks Away, US Ticket Sales Lagging


Madonna is two weeks away from starting her Celebration tour in London. She kicks it off with four dates at the O2 Arena.

But is drama coming? On Instagram Madonna dumped a bunch of rehearsal photos including two indicating her left knee is causing a commotion. In one picture she’s got a blue brace on it. In another. she’s lying down with some kind of compress on the knee and a tour assistant bending down and tending it.

Forget about the postponement of this tour in June when Madonna had to be raced to the hospital with a scary if short-term ailment. On her last tour, Madame X missed many shows citing physical injuries. After many breaks she cancelled even the final performance because of “indescribable pain.”

Injuries and illnesses are to be expected for artists of a certain age, and Madonna is now 65. This fall we’ve seen Bruce Springsteen and Steven Tyler each felled by different conditions resulting in the cancellation of tours. These people are human!

Meanwhile, Madonna’s US ticket sales are lagging. The first US show isn’t until December 13th in Brooklyn, but there are plenty of seats available at reasonable prices — and some way over the top! One problem with this tour is that there’s no album, or film, or scandal to propel it along. The tour itself doesn’t have a “hook” yet other than it’s the most successful female performer ever celebrating 40 years of hits. Even in Europe, where there are sold out shows, there are tickets available.

Something tells me that as we get closer to Madonna’s arrival here, sales will pick up. After all, there are few superstars left and, aside from Taylor Swift, few coming!

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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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