After a 20-year absence it looked as though the Material Girl herself, Madonna, would be finally returning to Australia in the coming summer. Back in May Music Feeds reported that an Australian leg of Madonna’s MDNA Tour would soon be announced, but in recent news Live Australia has confirmed that any such plans have now been scrapped.
According to a report posted on News.com.au, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary informed Live Australia of the tour cancellation last night. Live Australia in turn publicly stated that Madonna would not be coming to Australia, but released no further details as to the reasons why.
Venues in Melbourne and Sydney have already been booked for the expected tour, with Madonna scheduled to announce her Australian dates after the London Olympics.
Both Madonna’s manger Oseary and Live Nation boss Arthur Fogel had previously expressed their desire for Madonna to come back to Australia after two decades. Oseary was quoted as saying, “Madonna really needs to go to Australia. We are long overdue for a trip Down Under and apologise for that. It will happen.” Fogel commented that “we’ll get to these markets where she’s never been, some exciting new places, and get back to Australia after too long a time”.
The MDNA Tour has certainly been making the headlines with EDM artist Deadmau5 taking offense to Madonna’s apparent reference to MDMA during a performance at Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Meanwhile, the European leg of the tour has seen Madonna flash her breast in Istanbul and depict French politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead.
For now it is unknown when or if Madonna will bring her controversial MDNA Tour to Australia, but the solo performer has assured fans worldwide that if you have the chance to see her show, it’ll be worth the price of admission.
“Start saving your pennies now. People spend $300 on crazy things all the time, things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together and come to my show. I’m worth it.” – Madonna