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Looks Like Madonna's World Tour Might Be Skipping Australia

18 January 2023 | 2:58 pm | Mary Varvaris

The pop superstar has never performed in WA, the NT, or Tasmania.

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Madonna has announced her Celebration Greatest Hits tour, featuring 35 dates of shows that begin in Vancouver and end in Amsterdam. While Oceania dates could come later, it looks like Australian and New Zealand fans won't be visited by the Queen Of Pop.

The pop superstar revealed the news via a video that parodies her 1991 tour film, Truth or Dare. The footage includes celebrities Amy Schumer, Jack Black, Diplo, and Lil Wayne "daring" Madonna. Schumer dares Madonna to embark on a world tour, to which the Like A Prayer singer responds, "You think people would come to that show?" and adds, "The answer is – fuck yeah."

The big announcement arrives a few days after a high-up source revealed to Billboard that she was planning a "massive" world tour - or, as one executive put it, "It’s going to be the biggest tour she’s ever done," featuring stadiums and arenas. The tour is with Live Nation and her music manager, Guy Oseary.  

Madonna's 2023 tour will be her first-ever live retrospective. The singer will reportedly perform music from her extensive discography, from her 1983 debut to her most recent album, 2019's Madame X. She's also rumoured to perform multiple nights at London's O2 Arena. So far, that rumour was incorrect, as she's only billed to perform at the O2 once.

"I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for," Madonna wrote on her website.

The pop music icon hasn't toured Australia since 2016, following a 23-year wait between visits. We've only been included during 1994’s The Girlie Show and the Rebel Heart tour (2015/2016). As Out In Perth reports, Madonna has "never ever played a show in Perth."

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"The thing is, it's fucking Madonna," The Music reviewer Liz Giuffre wrote in 2016. "Let's keep this shit about lateness, messiness and controversy in context. She has always said what she thought, she has always worn her heart on her sleeve (and sleeves, pants and tops were optional), and she has also done the 'inappropriate' thing when she sensed there was a sensitive spot she could spank. All the chatter has overshadowed her music (nothing new, there), but that's a damn shame. Her music, her show, her performance, remains spectacular."

The Music has reached out to Live Nation Australia for comment about the possibility of Madonna touring Australia.