After months of anticipation and buzz, the undisputed Queen of Pop Madonna has kicked off The Celebration World Tour with the first of six sold-out shows in London, at The O2.
A night of wonder, Madonna delighted for more than two hours with a setlist spanning some of the pop icon’s most influential hits, as well as fan-favorite cuts which haven’t had moments in the literal spotlight in decades.
Opening with “Nothing Really Matters” (see below for a preview), The Celebration Tour delivered on its name by spanning the cultural trailblazer’s four decades worth of impact, directed by long-time collaborator Jamie King and the musical direction of Stuart Price; songs included “Open Your Heart,” “Like A Prayer,” “Into The Groove,” “Bad Girl,” “Rain,” “Vogue,” “Die Another Day” and “Crazy For You.”
And of course, it would not be a Madonna tour without an elaborate spectacle utilizing every inch of the 800 square ft. of stage, which is officially the largest for any Madonna tour. Designed by Stufish, The Celebration Tour‘s stage is inspired by the grid of Manhattan with Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, East and West stages.
Picking certain highlights from a Madonna tour is always tricky considering every moment is the highlight, but “Live To Tell” (watch) was a particularly powerful and emotional moment, with Madonna defying gravity by graciously being transported above the crowd while deeply moving tributes to AIDS victims poignantly displayed on screen.
The Celebration Tour will remain in London for an additional three shows, and will be followed by an extensive visit across Europe, North America and Mexico.
Madonna – The Celebration Tour in Photos
Madonna – The Celebration Tour Official Setlist
- Celebration Intro/Nothing Really Matters
- Into The Groove
- Burning Up
- Open Your Heart
- Live To Tell
- Like A Prayer
- Act of Living For Love/The 90’s (Interlude
- Erotica/Papa Don’t Preach
- Justify My Love/Fever
- Hung Up On Tokischa
- Bad Girl
- Vogue (Estere’s Ball)
- Human Nature/Crazy For You
- The Beast Within (Interlude)
- Die Another Day
- Don’t Tell Me
- Mother And Father
- Survive/La Isla Bonita/Argentina
- I Don’t Search I Find (Interlude)
- Bedtime Story
- Ray of Light
- Billie Jean vs. Like A Virgin
- Give Me All Your Luvin/Bitch I’m Madonna