Madonna’s rule as the queen of pop is now felt in the Philippines six months before her upcoming Rebel Heart Tour in Manila come February 2016, which is now officially a two-night concert happening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
On Wednesday, Music Management International (MMILive), the local presenter and partner of global producer Nation Global Touring, announced via Instagram and Twitter that they added another night because Filipino fans “asked for it.”
Originally, it was confirmed that Madonna would perform in Manila only on February 24. But shortly after tickets to the show went on sale last July 26, MMILive decided to add another show.
Besides the official ticket selling, Globe, which is also a presenter, held a pre-selling on July 24 on a first-come-first-serve basis for subscribers only. A media insider, who is a Globe Platinum customer, shared that even during the special occasion, he still run out of tickets to Madonna’s first concert.
With hot tickets running out fast, despite prices that go as much as P57,000, it is only apt that local producers and presenters give in to popular demand, thus the second concert on February 25.
According to MMILive, tickets to the second show will go on sale starting August 2 at 10 a.m. Globe will also hold another pre-selling today for the second concert from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Showing their love and support for the American pop superstar this early, Filipinos must be up for a musically and visually engaging experience.
According to a report by billboard.com, Madonna and her Rebel Heart performers are already rehearsing non-stop for the international tour, which will open in Northern America in September.
The pop superstar released two trailers on July 27 and 28 via YouTube. The first one showed Madonna taking “theatrics to a whole new level with something pretty unexpected—pole-dancing nuns,” wrote Billboard. “The first teaser is ironically set to her song, “Devil Pray,” where the lyric “Devil’s here to fool ya” plays over the scenes that feature the nuns.”
If this will also be staged in Manila, Madonna may not only be welcomed by her generations of Filipinos fans but also Christian groups who strongly oppose artists who put profanity in Christianity.
Take for example Lady Gaga, who faced religious protesters during her 2012 Manila concert where she performed the controversial “Judas.”
An even more rebellious artist than Lady Gaga, Madonna holds the reputation of being one of the most provocative performers of all time. Moreover, she is a critically acclaimed artist, songwriter and producer who has sold a record breaking 300 million records worldwide.
Minus the nuns, Filipinos could still expect a musically and visually engaging concert from Madonna “with large choreographed numbers and flashy props,” added Billboard.