April 10, 2006

Madonna tour tickets selling quickly

By Ray Waddell

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - Initial ticket sales for Madonnna's
upcoming Confessions tour have been predictably huge, with
shows added in several cities and virtually all dates selling

The tour, which begins May 21 in Los Angeles, has sold out
four shows in Paris at Bercy Stadium beginning August 27, seven
shows at London's Wembley Arena beginning August 1, two shows
at the 40,000-capacity Amsterdam Arena beginning September 3,
and four shows in New York's Madison Square Garden beginning
June 28, as well as doubles in Los Angeles, Montreal, Miami and

Also sold out are Las Vegas (May 27), Philadelphia (July
12), Hartford, Conn. (June 25), Phoenix (June 8) and San Jose
(May 30).

Tour producer Arthur Fogel, president of Live Nation's TNA
International, told Billboard.com there had clearly been no
resistance to ticket prices that range from $50 to $350. "What
you have is a recognition that she creates and delivers a
spectacular show every time she goes on the road," said Fogel.
"And this tour will be no different."

With a gross potential in the $200 million range,
Confessions could be the top-grossing tour ever for a female
artist. In 2004, Madonna's Re-Invention tour grossed $125
million and drew more than 900,000 fans to 56 shows.