Madonna, the 64-year-old pop icon, had planned a tour encompassing cities across North America, Europe, and the U.K., featuring 84 performances over approximately six months. This tour was intended to be a retrospective of Madonna’s illustrious four-decade-long career.
After concluding the Madame X Tour in 2020, this upcoming tour would mark Madonna’s return to the stage. However, her manager revealed that she faced a “serious” infection which necessitated a several-day stay in the ICU. Fortunately, a full recovery is expected, although Madonna remains under medical care.
Although her health is improving, Madonna’s current statement from her manager, Guy Oseary, confirms that she is still receiving medical attention. Speculations suggest that she is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in New York City, as reported by U.S. media.
The celebrated pop icon had planned to kick off her 84-date tour next month, intending to commemorate the 40th anniversary of her breakthrough single, “Holiday.” This would have been her first-ever greatest hits tour, titled the Celebration Tour, following her experimental theater-based Madame X shows in 2019 and 2020, some of which had to be canceled due to Madonna’s knee and hip injuries.
Madonna expressed her regret over cancellations in an Instagram post, acknowledging the importance of listening to her body and prioritizing rest. The latest tour was scheduled to commence in Vancouver, Canada, on July 15th and conclude in Mexico City on January 30th.
Unfortunately, Madonna’s manager announced that she contracted a severe bacterial infection on June 24th, leading to the suspension of all tour commitments. The UK and Europe leg of the tour, originally set to begin on October 14th, would have started and ended at London’s O2 Arena. In January, when the tour was initially announced, Madonna expressed her excitement to deliver a show that her fans had long been anticipating.
Madonna’s extensive catalog of greatest hits spans several decades, including iconic songs such as “Into The Groove” (1985), “Like A Prayer” (1989), “Vogue” (1990), and “Hung Up” (2005), among others.
Given Madonna’s privacy regarding health matters, it is likely that she was in the final stages of rehearsals before the tour’s launch. In 2009, she earned a Guinness World Record for the highest-grossing music tour by a female artist after completing her Sticky & Sweet Tour.
According to Forbes, Madonna is listed as the 45th richest self-made woman in the United States, with an estimated wealth of $580 million (£460 million), having earned approximately $1.2 billion from her tours. Madonna is a mother of six children and recently took to Instagram to celebrate her twin 10-year-old daughters’ completion of elementary school.
Madonna Louise Ciccone, who hails from Detroit, Michigan, moved to New York in 1978 to pursue a career in dance and music. Earlier this year, she experienced the loss of her older brother, Anthony Ciccone, at the age of 66 due to struggles with alcoholism and homelessness.