Confessions Tour


Confessions Tour
Confessions Tour

The official poster for the Confessions Tour
Tour by Madonna
Associated album Confessions on a Dance Floor
Start date May 21, 2006
End date September 21, 2006
Legs 3
Shows 34 in North America
22 in Europe
4 in Asia
60 Total
Box office $194.7 million
Madonna tour chronology
Re-Invention World Tour
(2004)
Confessions Tour
(2006)
Sticky & Sweet Tour
(2008–09)

Confessions Tour was the seventh concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It supported her tenth studio album, Confessions on a Dance Floor. Madonna confirmed the possibility of going out on a tour as early as November 2005. Jamie King, Madonna's longtime collaborator, was then hired on to direct. The set list consisted of mainly songs from the supporting studio album and rehearsals started during 2006. As with many of her prior tours, the Confessions Tour did not go to Australia, prompting Madonna to release an apology statement on her website.

The concert was divided into four parts: Equestrian, Bedouin, Glam-Punk and Disco. Equestrian had horse-themed, bondaged performances, Bedouin had performances accompanied by messages, Glam-Punk performances had Madonna playing guitars and the final Disco segment consisted of dancing in general. The tour garnered positive appreciation from contemporary critics and commercial success. Tickets were completely sold as soon as dates and venues for the tour were announced, prompting the organizers to add more dates. After its ending, the Confessions Tour was dubbed as the highest grossing tour ever for a female artist, grossing over US$194.7 million from 60 shows with 1.2 million spectators. It is also recognized as the highest-grossing music tour per concert in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records. Confessions Tour received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards as well as "Top Boxscore" from the Billboard Touring Awards.

Madonna's performance of the song "Live to Tell" while hanging on a giant mirrored cross wearing a crown of thorns was met with strong negative reaction from religious groups. The performance at Rome's Olympic Stadium was condemned as an act of hostility toward the Roman Catholic Church by religious leaders. Madonna responded saying that her main intention with the performance was to bring attention to the millions of children dying in Africa from hunger and poverty. The tour was recorded and broadcast on such channels as NBC in the United States and Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. A CD+DVD recording titled The Confessions Tour was also released.

Contents

Background

A bluish image of a pillar on a stage. It is flanked by women in horse-riding gear. From both the ends of the pillar hang a number of plates, the inside of which is lit by blue lights. One of the bottom plates has a number of stairs on which a similar horse-riding gear dressed lady, with her back to the image, is coming down.
Madonna coming out of a disco ball, during the opening segment of the tour, to perform "Future Lovers/ I Feel Love".

In November 2005, during an interview with The Guardian, Madonna confirmed that she was going out on tour in 2006 and it would likely be named either the Confessions Tour or the Confess Your Sins Tour.[1] Jamie King was next hired on as the director of the tour. During an interview with MTV in February 2006, Madonna explained that she wanted to play first at small venues like Roseland Ballroom in New York or the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, then move out to perform at stadiums and arenas. That way she deduced that she would not feel bored during her performances.[2] King clarified,

"A typical Madonna show is quite produced, [...] She likes things large, she likes things theatrical, but this time, being that Confessions on a Dance Floor is an intimate album, we want to try to make people have an intimate experience as well as a big produced theatrical experience. So look for us doing some small venues, some smaller venues. [...] I would like to put her as close to her people — her fans, her dancers, her fellow supporters — as possible,"[2]

King also confirmed that the set list for the tour consisted mainly of songs from the supporting album, with few of Madonna's old hits making the cut. Some of the dancers from the music videos of "Hung Up" and "Sorry", both singles from Confessions on a Dance Floor, were signed to perform on the tour as well.[2] In March 2006, Madonna, along with her then-husband Guy Ritchie and with their kids, moved to Los Angeles, to begin rehearsing for the tour.[3] In the summer of 2006, Madonna's manager Guy Oseary announced that her Australian leg to the tour had been dropped.[4] Her official website released the following statement:

To my fans in Australia,

Please forgive me. I really did hope and expect to come to Australia during the Confessions Tour and asked my managers to try to include some shows there. I have fond memories from previous tours. Unfortunately, the logistics just didn't work out this time around. We looked into going from Japan to Australia and ending the show there but I have to get my kids back into school in England and they are, as you can understand, my most important priority. The important thing to remember is that I'm not retiring anytime soon and I am gonna get to Australia as soon as I can. You remain in my heart and Thank you for your continued love & support.

Love,

Madonna[4]

Development

A female blond performer in a tight body suit holds a microphone with her right hand to her mouth. She is sitting on a stage with her right knee on the ground. On her left, a man is crawling on the stage while wearing horse harness around his face. A screen with red, graphic images is visible behind them.
Madonna performing "Get Together" during the Equestrian part of the show as a male dancer wearing a harness accompany her.

The stage and associated props took twenty-four semi-trailer trucks to transport.[5] The setup consisted of a main stage with three elevators and a turntable (which rose and lowered), a central runway with LED and strobe lights connected to a central stage with a LED view screen in the construction and an elevator.[5] The two secondary runways were raised up into the stands and also had view screens inside the construction. Two projection screens were raised above the audience so those who couldn't get a clear view of the stage could still see the performance. There were also 3 LED screens that moved around during the performance, including one semicircular transparent screen lowered onto the stage during the video interludes.[6]

Among the various props present was a $2 million disco ball embellished with a further of $2 million worth of Swarovski crystals, bringing it to a weight of two tons.[5] The ball was lowered onto the stage at the end of the runway during the opening number, and then opened to reveal Madonna. The ball contained hydraulic tubing to hold it open, two sets of stairs, and hundreds of LED lights.[6] Other props include the turntable-pummel horse used during "Like a Virgin", a set of jungle gym-like metal bars used during "Jump", the steel cage used for "Isaac" and "Sorry", and the boom box used during "Hung Up".[6] The promotional poster for the tour featured one of the photographs of Madonna taken by Steven Klein during the performances at G-A-Y club in London, as part of the promotional tour of the Confessions on a Dance Floor album.[7]

Concert synopsis

A female blond performer standing on a stage. She is wearing a red top and dark brown pants with a red shiny belt. Her left hand is stretched upwards. She is looking up while holding a microphone on her right hand. Beside her, a chair is visible.
Madonna performing "Like it or Not" during the Bedouin segment of the show.

The concert was divided into four parts: Equestrian, Bedouin, Glam-Punk and Disco. The Equestrian segment of the show began with images of Madonna, riding crop in hand, and horses cantering across windswept plains on the big screens.[8] A giant disco ball was then lowered onstage, and opened like a flower bud to reveal Madonna inside.[9] As she took her dancers' reins, she performed "Future Lovers/I Feel Love". This was followed by "Get Together" backed by her dancers in horse reins.[9] She rode a carousel horse-like dancepole during "Like a Virgin". The backdrops displayed the X-Ray of Madonna's broken bones, which she had during a previous accident.[8][10] "Jump" followed this performance, where the dancers displayed the physical discipline parkour.[11][12] After Madonna disappeared backstage, three of her dancers then revealed personal tragedies during an interlude called "Confessions".[11][12] The second segment titled Bedouin started with Madonna appearing on a mirrored crucifix to sing "Live to Tell" as a death toll of African AIDS victims counted down onscreen above her.[9] She stepped down off the cross to perform "Forbidden Love" where two male dancers intertwined each other while displaying religious symbolism on the screens like blood corpuscles connecting to form symbols of hope and unity.[8][10] Madonna brought a guest vocalist from her Confessions on a Dance Floor album onstage for "Isaac", when a female dancer in an oversized Middle-Eastern burka danced within a cage with the backdrops displaying sand dunes.[9][10] Madonna then recreated the dance-off scene from her "Sorry" music video live with her troupe for her performance of the song.[8] The performance was followed by the song "Like It Or Not" where burlesque-style dancing was performed by Madonna with the help of a chair as a prop. After the performance, her dancers performed krump dancing for a remix interlude of "Sorry" as social, political, and ecological images flashed onscreens.[8]

Madonna returned for the Glam-Punk segment of the show and strapped on a guitar for rocked-out versions of "I Love New York" and "Ray of Light".[10] The backdrop during the performances displayed the New York skyline sliding off and stars respectively.[10] "Ray of Light" was accompanied by her dancers in New Wave style dance, while wearing black clothes and white ties.[9] An energetic rendition of "Let It Will Be" followed[8] before she sat down for some minutes to talk with her audience. She later started singing "Drowned World/Substitute for Love" without any choreography or backdrop video,[12] only sitting on the floor, and then recalled co-singer Yitzhak Sinwani out for an acoustic version of "Paradise (Not for Me)".[9] The final segment Disco started after a brief radio-style mini-mix of old hits. Madonna emerged in a butterfly-collared suit influenced by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever for a mash-up of "Music" and The Trammps' 1976 single "Disco Inferno" This also included a sample of her song "Where's The Party" at the beginning of the song[9] while dancers rollerskated circles around her.[11] Stuart Price's remixed dance version of "Erotica", which sampled the song's original demo "You Thrill Me", is performed.[10] The next song was a Tropical-Dance version of "La Isla Bonita", where the screens displayed clips of different beautiful islands, the sea and its fauna.[10] This is followed by "Lucky Star"; this dance re-invention of the song shared the same musical arrangement than the following and final song of the evening "Hung Up", which is accompanied by a sing-along with the audience and confetti and golden balloons falling from above.[9][10] The show ended as the phrase "Have you confessed?" appeared onscreen.

Critical response

A female blond performer playing an electric guitar on stage. She is wearing black jacket and pants. The backdrops behind her display a numberof tall buildings. The stage is illuminated by a number of halogen lights from the ceiling.
Madonna performing "I Love New York" during the start of the Glam-Punk segment.

The Confessions Tour received positive feedback from critics. Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone wrote: "Madonna had played many roles in the first night of her Confessions tour – but confessor was not one of them. Apparently, in all the pomp and circumstance, there was no room for warmth, or even the attitude that made her recent Coachella festival performance so memorable."[9] Don Chareunsy of The San Diego Union-Tribune commented that Madonna's previous tours, Drowned World Tour (2001) and Re-Invention World Tour (2004), "were excellent concerts ... but she stepped it up a few notches" for the Confessions Tour.[13] Ben Wener of The Orange County Register reported that "No one – but no one – stages elaborate eye-candy productions like Madonna, whose highly impressive Confessions Tour opened Sunday night at a packed Forum so sweltering it seemed as though it were being prepped for the world’s largest Bikram yoga session."[14] Lina Das from the Daily Mail compliemented the show, saying that Madonna still had the ability to grab the headlines with her shock tactics.[8] Thomas Inskeep from Stylus Magazine complimented the finale of the tour saying, "There’s not a better way the Confessions Tour could’ve closed."[11] Tom Young from the BBC called the show "a big fat neon light of a pop-dance explosion. There’s a party going on, and unless you were there in the first place, you’re not invited. Whistles and whoops rarely cease and applause ripples throughout building into regular raptures for a consistently first-class performer. It’s almost enough to make those who weren’t there jealous. Almost."[15]

Jim Harrington of the ANG Newspapers commented that fans were "certainly happy" with the tour,[16] though, Terry Armour of the Chicago Tribune noted from a report from The Arizona Republic that fans were "hot and bothered" over Madonna's alleged requests that the air conditioning be turned down in venues during her tour.[17] It was reported that the result of this was due to Madonna wanting to preserve her voice.[18] In one article, it was said that the air conditioning concerns "are nothing new in the entertainment business" in which voice problems "can cost performers millions in lost revenue."[19] Another story said that Madonna does not like the air conditioning on during her performance because it dries out her throat.[20] Ed Gonzalez of Slant Magazine stated that the tour was a "reminder that Madonna's music need not be motivated by sex or politics to be good as long as it displays a smidgen of heart and soul. [...] Her Confessions Tour, though spotty and compromised but often breathtaking, is something of a coup after the fierce but icy theatrics of her Drowned World Tour and the shrill aggression of her Re-Invention Tour."[10] Bill Lamb of About.com noted that the "highest points of the Confessions Tour prove[d] that a combination of great songs, riveting staging, and accomplished choreography always amount to a brilliant concert experience."[21] Christian John Wikane of PopMatters commented that "even the most rabid anti-Madonna listener or cynical music lover would find elements of the Confessions Tour impressive."[22]

Commercial reception

A female blond performer sitting on all fours on a stage. She is singing to a microphone while holding it with her right hand. The background is dark but a red glow falls on the woman.
Madonna writhing on the stage during the performance of "Let It Will Be" on the tour.

Tickets for the tour sold out within minutes of going on sale at many venues in North America and Europe, and new dates were immediately announced – included five new dates at Wembley Arena and new dates in New York, Chicago, Paris and Los Angeles. Madonna rang up eight sellouts at Wembley Arena beginning August 1, 2006, notching the highest Billboard Boxscore gross of 2006 in the process.[23] She grossed $80 million for the US shows alone throughout the summer, and it instantly became the highest grossing summer tour of the year 2006. In particular, NRJ reported that the two French dates sold out within 15 minutes of going on sale, resulting in two shows being added. The two original dates in London sold out almost instantly, and five new shows at Wembley Arena were announced.[24] On April 8, 2006, Madonna sold 30,000 tickets in under 40 minutes in Montreal, breaking a record previously held by U2. On July 9, 2006, 50,000 tickets went on sale for Madonna's Osaka and Tokyo shows. The tickets were sold out in a record five minutes. It was Madonna's first time touring Japan in 13 years, and an additional date was added, September 21, 2006, at the Tokyo Dome, to meet high demand. On August 8, 2006, more than 35,000 tickets for the first ever Madonna concert in Moscow went on sale and, as claimed by show organizers, all were sold out in four days, which could be a new record in that country as all other artists had taken more than 2 weeks to sell out the tickets in the region. However, after many troubles with the concert (venue uncertainty, date change, ticket exchange), and, obviously, huge amount of tickets in the hands of speculators, tickets were on sale at their nominal values until the last minute.[25]

According to Billboard and tour producer Arthur Fogel, the tour grossed over US$193.7 million from 60 shows and 1.2 million audience, becoming highest grossing tour ever for a female artist and breaking the record previously held by Cher for her Living Proof: The Farewell Tour (2002–2005).[26][27] Madonna broke her own record in 2008, with her Sticky & Sweet Tour, which became the highest grossing tour by a solo artist, earning $408 million.[28] Confessions Tour is also recognized as the highest-grossing music tour per concert in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records, with $3.2 million grossed per concert.[29] It received the "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.[30], as well as, "Top Boxscore" from the Billboard Touring Awards.[31]

Reaction to performance of "Live to Tell"

A faraway image showing a blue crystal cross and a blond woman standing on a platform on the cross. The woman is wearing a red shirt and dark brown pants. Her hands are spread apart along the cross's breadth to symbolize as if she has been crucified. Behind the cross, a backdrop is centrally illuminated
Madonna hanging from a cross while performing "Live to Tell". The performance faced strong reactions from religious leaders who condemned it as anti-Christ.

Madonna's performance of "Live to Tell" faced strong reaction from religious groups. The performance included Madonna being raised from the floor hanging on a mirrored cross wearing a red blouse and velvet pants, with a crown of thorns on her head.[32] During the performance, the number 12,000,000 flashed above her on the stage's backdrop screens, along with images of African children. This was intended to detail the estimated number of children who have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic in Africa.[33][34]

German prosecutors in Düsseldorf threatened to sue her for blasphemy, and Protestant bishop Margot Käßmann said that "maybe the only way an aging superstar can attract attention is to offend people's religious sentiments."[35] The Russian Orthodox Church and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) described Madonna's performance as amoral, and urged all members to boycott her upcoming concert in Moscow.[36] The performance at Rome's Olympic Stadium—located near the Vatican—was condemned as an act of hostility toward the Roman Catholic Church by religious leaders.[37] Italian cardinal Ersilio Tonini called the concert "a blasphemous challenge to the faith" and a "profanation of the cross", also calling for Madonna to be excommunicated. Reverend Manfredo Leone described it as "disrespectful, in bad taste and provocative".[38]

Muslim and Jewish leaders also criticized the performance. Mario Scialoja, the head of Italy's Muslim League commented "I think her idea is in the worst taste and she'd do better to go home." Riccardo Pacifici, the spokesman for Rome's Jewish community said "It's a disrespectful act, and to do it in Rome is even worse."[39] Madonna released a statement about the controversy:[40]

"I am very grateful that my show was so well received all over the world. But there seems to be many misinterpretations about my appearance on the cross and I wanted to explain it myself once and for all.

There is a segment in my show where three of my dancers 'confess' or share harrowing experiences from their childhood that they ultimately overcame. My 'confession' follows and takes place on a Crucifix that I ultimately come down from. This is not a mocking of the church. It is no different than a person wearing a Cross or 'Taking Up the Cross' as it says in the Bible. My performance is neither anti-Christian, sacrilegious or blasphemous. Rather, it is my plea to the audience to encourage mankind to help one another and to see the world as a unified whole. I believe in my heart that if Jesus were alive today he would be doing the same thing.

My specific intent is to bring attention to the millions of children in Africa who are dying every day, and are living without care, without medicine and without hope. I am asking people to open their hearts and minds to get involved in whatever way they can. The song ends with a quote from the Bible's Book of Matthew: 'For I was hungry and you gave me food. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you took care of me and God replied, 'Whatever you did for the least of my brothers... you did it to me.'

Please do not pass judgment without seeing my show."

Broadcasts and recordings

A female blond performer onstage wearing a white tuxedo and singing to a microphone in her left hand. A similarly dressed woman claps on her left. They are encircled by a group of guys in roller skates. The backdrop display disco lights in red and yellow.
Madonna performing the mashup of "Music" and "Disco Inferno" during the Disco segment.

The show was filmed at the Wembley Arena, in London on August 15 and 16, 2006. After plans failed with HBO, The Confessions Tour – Live from London aired on November 22, 2006 on NBC.[41] The television version omitted the performances of the "Sorry" video interlude, "Drowned World/Substitute for Love", "Paradise (Not For Me)" and "Lucky Star". In the United States, the performance of "Live to Tell" was censored, the broadcast displayed the video backdrop shown on the tour instead of Madonna performing on the mirrored cross.[42] She does not appear until she has come down from it.[43] Outside of the US, the performance was not censored. In the UK it was broadcast on Channel 4 and later on E4.[44]

In January 2007, Warner Bros. Records released The Confessions Tour CD+DVD package.[45] After its release, the album reached the top of the official charts in a number of European nations while reaching the top ten in United Kingdom and Canada.[46] It reached a peak of fifteen on the Billboard 200 albums chart in United States.[47] At the 50th Grammy Awards held on February 10, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the album won a grammy in the Best Long Form Music Video category.[48] A photography book by Guy Oseary, titled Madonna: Confessions was released in October 2008 during Madonna's Sticky & Sweet Tour. It contains over 250 never-before-seen images from the 2006 Confessions Tour with photographs from backstage and during the show. All author proceeds from the book will be donated to Raising Malawi.[49]

Set list

A female blond performer singing in a purple leotard and high heeled shoes. She is singing while looking to the right while on her left, a group of dancers in violet colored clothes strike different poses.
Madonna performing "Hung Up" as the last song of the tour.
  1. "Future Lovers"/"I Feel Love"
  2. "Get Together"
  3. "Like a Virgin"
  4. "Jump"
  5. "Confessions" (Interlude) (contains elements from "Live to Tell")
  6. "Live to Tell"
  7. "Forbidden Love"
  8. "Isaac"
  9. "Sorry" (Pet Shop Boys Remix)
  10. "Like It or Not"
  11. "Sorry" (Remix Video Interlude)
  12. "I Love New York"
  13. "Ray of Light"
  14. "Let It Will Be" (Paper Faces Remix)
  15. "Drowned World/Substitute for Love"
  16. "Paradise (Not for Me)"
  17. "The Duke Mixes the Hits" (Video Interlude) (contains excerpts from "Borderline", "Erotica", "Dress You Up", "Holiday" and "Disco Inferno")
  18. "Music Inferno" (contains elements "Disco Inferno", with excerpts from "Where's the Party")
  19. "Erotica" (Remixed version based on 1992 unreleased demo, known as "You Thrill Me")
  20. "La Isla Bonita"
  21. "Lucky Star" (contains elements from "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" along with excerpts from "Hung Up")
  22. "Hung Up" (contains elements from "Lucky Star")

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Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
North America
May 21, 2006 Los Angeles United States The Forum
May 23, 2006
May 24, 2006
May 27, 2006 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 28, 2006
May 30, 2006 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
May 31, 2006
June 3, 2006 Los Angeles Staples Center
June 5, 2006 Fresno Save Mart Center
June 6, 2006
June 8, 2006 Phoenix Glendale Arena
June 10, 2006
June 14, 2006 Chicago United Center
June 15, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 19, 2006
June 21, 2006 Montreal Canada Bell Centre
June 22, 2006
June 25, 2006 Hartford United States Hartford Civic Center
June 26, 2006
June 28, 2006 New York City Madison Square Garden
June 29, 2006
July 2, 2006
July 3, 2006
July 6, 2006 Boston TD Banknorth Garden
July 9, 2006
July 10, 2006
July 12, 2006 Philadelphia Wachovia Center
July 13, 2006
July 16, 2006 Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 18, 2006 New York City Madison Square Garden
July 19, 2006
July 22, 2006 Miami American Airlines Arena
July 23, 2006
Europe
July 30, 2006 Cardiff Wales Millennium Stadium
August 1, 2006 London England Wembley Arena
August 3, 2006
August 6, 2006 Rome Italy Olympic Stadium
August 9, 2006 London England Wembley Arena
August 10, 2006
August 12, 2006
August 13, 2006
August 15, 2006
August 16, 2006
August 20, 2006 Düsseldorf Germany LTU Arena
August 22, 2006 Hannover AWD-Arena
August 24, 2006 Horsens Denmark Forum Horsens
August 27, 2006 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
August 28, 2006
August 30, 2006
August 31, 2006
September 3, 2006 Amsterdam The Netherlands Amsterdam Arena
September 4, 2006
September 6, 2006 Prague Czech Republic Sazka Arena
September 7, 2006
September 12, 2006 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Stadium
Asia
September 16, 2006 Osaka Japan Kyocera Dome Osaka
September 17, 2006
September 20, 2006 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
September 21, 2006

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Box office score data

Venue City Tickets sold / Available Gross revenue
The Forum Los Angeles 40,044 / 40,044 (100%) $7,686,380[52]
MGM Grand Garden Las Vegas 27,528 / 27,528 (100%) $7,257,750[52]
HP Pavilion at San Jose San Jose 27,024 / 27,024 (100%) $4,761,555[52]
Staples Center Los Angeles 14,158 / 14,158 (100%) $2,804,583[52]
Save Mart Center Fresno 20,154 / 20,154 (100%) $3,749,800[53]
Glendale Arena Phoenix 28,820 / 28,820 (100%) $4,890,090[53]
United Center Chicago 52,000 / 52,000 (100%) $9,271,790[54]
Bell Centre Montreal 34,940 / 34,940 (100%) $5,670,150[53]
Hartford Civic Center Hartford 21,558 / 21,558 (100%) $3,451,235[53]
Madison Square Garden New York 91,841 / 91,841 (100%) $16,507,855[54]
TD Banknorth Garden Boston 36,741 / 36,741 (100%) $6,337,115[55]
Wachovia Center Philadelphia 29,749 / 29,749 (100%) $4,639,775[55]
Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City 12,322 / 12,322 (100%) $3,246,100[55]
American Airlines Arena Miami 30,410 / 30,410 (100%) $5,568,485[56]
Millennium Stadium Cardiff 55,795 / 55,795 (100%) $7,788,845[57]
Wembley Arena London 86,061 / 86,061 (100%) $22,090,582[58]
Olympic Stadium Rome 63,054 / 63,054 (100%) $5,268,886[57]
LTU Arena Düsseldorf 44,744 / 44,744 (100%) $5,926,105[57]
AWD Arena Hannover 39,871 / 39,871 (100%) $5,218,985[54]
Horsens Forum Horsens 85,232 / 85,232 (100%) $11,435,199[54]
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 67,758 / 67,758 (100%) $9,145,832[54]
Amsterdam Arena Amsterdam 102,330 / 102,330 (100%) $11,783,254[54]
Sazka Arena Prague 37,666 / 38,342 (99%) $5,861,668[54]
Luzhniki Stadium Moscow 37,939 / 37,939 (100%) $5,548,998[59]
Kyocera Dome Osaka Osaka 50,623 / 50,623 (100%) $7,379,553[59]
Tokyo Dome Tokyo 71,231 / 71,231 (100%) $11,463,877[54]
Total 1,209,593 / 1,210,269 (~100%) $194,754,447

Personnel

  • Tour director – Jamie King
  • Video Director – Dago Gonzalez for Veneno, Inc.
  • Musical Direction – Stuart Price
  • Costume Design – Arianne Phillips, Jean Paul Gaultier and Roman Diaz
  • Worldwide Promoter – The Next Adventure
  • Keyboards – Marcus Brown and Stuart Price
  • Drums – Steve Sidelnyk
  • Guitar – Monte Pittman and Madonna
  • Bass – Monte Pittman and Stuart Price
  • Backing Vocals – Donna De Lory and Nicki Richards
  • Guest Vocalist – Yitzhak Sinwani
  • Dancers – Jason Young, Daniel "Cloud" Campos, Leroy "Hypnosis" Barnes, Mihran Kirakosian, Williams "Normann" Charlemoine, Steve Nester, Addie Yungmee, Sofia Boutella, Charmaine "Charm" Jordan, Reshma Gajjar, Tamara Levinson, Sébastien Foucan, Oleg Vorslav, Levi Meeuwenberg and Victor Lopez.

Personnel adapted as per the Confessions Tour booklet.

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