Madonna Will Kick Off Her 2012-2013 World Tour in Israel with Some 30,000 Tickets
The last time Madonna performed in Israel was in 2009, when she held two concerts as part of her record-shattering Sticky & Sweet tour. This time the newly-rechristianed Queen of Pop is not just holding any old concert in Israel, but using the event to kick off her entire 2012 world tour.
The Israelis are, needless to say, pretty excited. They're not as excited as Perez Hiltonwho brought out lots and lots of exclamation points for the announcementbut they are still pretty excited.
The world tour will kick off on May 29th in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan and stretch all the way into 2013. After Israel Madonna will travel to a couple other Middle East venues before departing for Europe, where she'll do 26 additional spots over the course of two months. From there it's off to North America to do yet another set of 26 venues, then to Latin America, then to Australia. Before everything is said and done she will have played 90 concerts.
The final total means that this will be the most venues Madonna has ever played on one tour. Now keep in mind that the last tour drew in $408 million, setting an all-time record for a solo act. It's almost mind-boggling to contemplate how much money she's going to make this time around.
Billboard has full details on dates and times. The writeup also has quotes from sundry press flak about how the tour is going to destroy a bunch of records. Which is true.
As far as the Israeli concert is concerned, ticket prices will range from about $70 to just over $140. The venue is releasing 30,000 tickets and the show will very much sell out. To put that in perspective: about .5 percent of the entire country of Israel that will be showing up to hear Madonna sing. Not a bad way to kick off a tour.
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