The Celebration Tour By The Numbers
On the eve of the opening night of Madonna’s highly anticipated new tour tomorrow night at the O2 Arena in London, Live Nation released a juicy breakdown of The Celebration Tour by the numbers.
The most thrilling part is about what fans should expect the Madonna stage to be like: covering a surface of 4,400 square ft / 410 mq, The Celebration Tour stage is the largest for any of her tours and the ispiration for its design come from the grid of the Manhattan Island in New York City.
The mysterious maps from the online ticket vendors have been analized in-depth by the fans in the past months and we know learn that the set up will include five different stages: Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, East and West.
We will have to wait until tomorrow night to find out what the illuminated portal frame that transports Madonna 30 foot / 9 meters off the ground around the arena looks like. It is designed to act as a time machine that symbolizes looking into the past, present and towards the future and will allow her to move at 1.5 foot / 45 centimeters per second, 80 foot / 24 meters across and 130 foot / 40 meters down the length of the arena .
As many of you have guessed, the three-layered circular stage that you find where the traditional main stage would be is a nod to the wedding cake of Madonna’s original VMA performance.
3600 square ft / 334 mq of projection imagery make this the most amount of video ever used in a Madonna show.
The catwalks have a combined lenght of 230 foot / 76 meters and will get Madonna 105 foot / 32 meters far into the venue.
Madonna worked with Lewis James as the Creative Director for The Celebration Tour. The press release also confirms Jamie King as the show director – at his eigth tour with Madonna and the return of Stuart Price as the musical director for the fourth time. Bob The Drag Queen is indeed part of the show – not simply a support act – and twenty-four onstage performers will also be joined by four of Madonna’s children. Last but not least, seventeen archived costumes have been recreated for the show.
Here is The Celebration Tour by the numbers:
- 4 Decades of unstoppable hits – prepare to dance your ass off!
- 13th Culture shaping tour.
- 1 Extraordinary drag queen.
- 8th Tour partnering with director Jamie King.
- 24 Onstage performers.
- 1 Stuart Price reunion.
- 4,400 square ft. of stage, the largest for any Madonna tour. Inspired by the grid of Manhattan with Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, East and West stages.
- 8 Humidifiers in Madonna’s dressing room.1 Bottle of MDNA Rose Mist Spray in each quick-change space.
- 3 Traveling mobile gyms.
- 15 Countries.
- 78 Shows.
- 50 Merch items including vintage recreations of iconic items from previous tours such as the Blond Ambition Bomber Jacket.
- 45 Wardrobe trunks.
- 1 Queen sized Madonna flag outside the O2 (naturally).
- 6 Sold out nights in London.
- 3 Layered circular stage where the traditional main stage would be, inspired by the wedding cake of Madonna’s original VMA performance.
- 3 Physical therapists.
- 4 of Madonna’s children on stage.
- 40 Pairs of boxing gloves.
- 230 Ft. of combined length of catwalk that gets Madonna 105ft far into the venue.
- 14 Spotlights for Madonna and over 600 intelligent lights to light the stage and arena with over 8800 lighting cues.
- 17 Archived costumes recreated.
- 4 Rehearsal venues.
- 80 Tons of production equipment.
- 330 Million albums sold, still the best-selling female artist of all time.
- 3600 Square ft. of projection imagery to the show. The most amount of video ever used in a Madonna show.
- 200+ Traveling crew – 25 in the costume department alone.
- 30 Ft. off the ground Madonna is transported around the arena in an illuminated portal frame that acts as a time machine allowing her to move at 1.5ft per second, 80ft across and 130ft down the length of the arena designed to symbolize looking into the past, present and towards the future.
- 3700 Amps of show power.
…and only ONE Madonna.