Drowned World Tour

Tour poster

Drowned World Tour - poster Chicago

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Drowned World Tour, the tour book Costume designs
Tour pictures
Tour book

Tour schedule

The Drowned World Tour was Madonna's first stage tour in 8 years. Since she was now a mum with 2 young kids, she only wanted to tour during the summer months, which limited the tour schedule to two tour legs. Madonna played 47 arena shows across the US and 5 European countries. The opening night was scheduled for Cologne on June 5th but since the production was not ready, this show was cancelled. Instead, the first show was in Barcelona on June 9, 2001. The Drowned World Tour became the highest-grossing concert tour of 2001 by a solo artist.

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Tour setlist

The name for the tour was inspired by British philosophist J.G. Billard and his apocalyptic work 'The Drowned World' (1962). The opening of the show represents the birth of Venus. Each segment stands for one of the Elements. The setlist of the Drowned World Tour promoted her Ray Of Light and Music albums. Other tracks included 2 songs from Bedtime Stories and only 2 songs of her 80s repertoire.

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Tour diary

Back when the Drowned World Tour kicked off, we started writing a tour diary with our own reports and specific details for each show (which was also the start of this fansite): Europe - North America

Tour crew & collaborators

This was the first of several times that Madonna worked with Jamie King on her tour concept. Many of the band members would return on future tours, such as Monte Pittman, Stuart Price and Steve Sidelnyk. Costumes were designed by Gaultier, D Squared and Arianne Phillips.

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Tour recording

Drowned World Tour 2001Hamish Hamilton directed the recording of the Aug. 26, 2001 show in Auburn Hills (Detroit). It was first broadcast on HBO and released on DVD as 'Drowned World Tour 2001' on Nov. 13, 2001. The video album topped Billboard's Top Music Videos chart, and was certified Platinum in the US, UK, Australia and Brazil. In France, it reached Double Platinum.


2001 Pollstar Awards:
Nomination for Major Tour of the Year
Nomination for Most Creative Stage Production

2001 Top Of The Pops Awards:
Nomination for Best Pop Act / Top Tour

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