Madonna at superbowl 390.
(photo credit: REUTERS/JEFF HAYNES)
It has been a busy few days for the Queen of Pop with a knockout performance at
the Super Bowl half-time show and the release of a new single, “Give Me All Your
Luvin.” But now she will focus on Israel, where she will perform on May
Details of Madonna’s eagerly awaited show in Ramat Gan to kick off
her 2012 World Tour were released on Tuesday morning at a press conference at
the city’s National Stadium, where the concert will take place. The iconic
singer will launch her world tour in support of her upcoming album MDNA (a
pseudoblend of “Madonna”), due to be released in late March.
A total of
30,000 tickets will be available at prices ranging from NIS 240 to NIS 490,
local producer Shuki Weiss revealed.
Weiss was quick to point out that
tickets for the show are much cheaper than the last time Madonna performed in
Israel at the end of her Sticky & Sweet tour on September 1 and 2, 2009,
when the cheapest seats were NIS 490.
According to Billboard magazine,
that tour grossed $408 million, the highest ever for a solo artist and
third-highest of all time.
The songstress will perform on a stage
designed for her 2012 tour that will be packed up after the Ramat Gan show and
taken to the 50 other cities around the world, starting with Abu Dhabi and
Istanbul, and continuing on to Europe and North America. The set will include a
satellite stage that will protrude 40 meters out into the center of the field
where fans will be able to get up close and personal with the pop
The stage will be six stories high so that even fans sitting far
away will be able to see Madonna, Weiss explained.
“Fans can expect to
see some of the most state-of-the art sound, lighting and stage production,” he
The Material Girl will arrive in Israel two weeks before the
concert, accompanied by an entourage of more than 300 people, to carry out
intensive lastminute rehearsals. While she will visit certain sites and take
advantage of being in Israel, Weiss explained that Madonna is taking the show
seriously and plans to spend most of her time preparing for the big
“It isn’t even a regular visit anymore when she comes,” the local
producer said. “It’s as if she is the process of making aliya.”
of foreign journalists will travel to Israel to see the Madonna kick off her
world tour and will follow her every step of the way.
world tour could not escape the media frenzy surrounding a possible strike on
When asked by a journalist how a attack on the Islamic Republic and
its consequences would affect the show, Weiss put everyone’s mind at ease: “We
live in this county and life goes on. I hope there are no surprises!” he
A number of travel companies will offer special packages for
tourists who want to enjoy the event and a vacation in Israel.
regular tickets are relatively cheap, VIP packages range from NIS 1,500 to NIS
2,900, which will include premium seats, exclusive merchandise and
Lifetime Legacy members of Madonna’s official fan club, Icon, will
receive first access to tickets and VIP packages starting on Tuesday.
Israel, tickets will go on sale on Friday, February 10, and will be available
via the Castel ticket agency.