Madonna's Sticky and Sweet Tour kicks off this weekend in Cardiff. Madge's fan club ICON published the following release. E.X.C.I.T.I.N.G!
The release had this to say...
Madonna, currently putting the finishing touches to her fabulous new Sticky & Sweet Show in Cardiff, is readying herself and the 250 travelling personnel for the opening night this Saturday at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
Hot on the diamante shaped heels of her phenomenally successful 'Hard Candy' disc, 'Sticky & Sweet' promises two pulsating hours of non stop hits in a show that features 16 dancers, a 12 piece band, more than 8 costume changes for the lady herself and £l million of Swarovski crystals.
The audience is taken on a rock driven dancetastic journey that's broken into four sections:
A mashed up homage to 1920's deco and modern day gangsta pimp. Madonna makes a grand entrance dressed by Givenchy.
Madonna tips her hat to her early 80's downtown New York City dance roots with flashes of Keith Haring and the dance culture vibe of the time including the birth of rap.
A VIP trip to La Isla Bonita infused by the spirit of Romanian folk music and dance. A tour de force.
Far eastern influences emerge all sparkly and sporty.
'Sticky & Sweet' kicks off this Saturday August 23rd at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. The tour hits London's Wembley Stadium September 11th.
The Sticky & Sweet Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.
The Sticky & Sweet Tour by Numbers :
3500 Number of individual wardrobe elements for tour
653 Hours of rehearsal time for Madonna and band
250 Number of travelling personnel
200 Triangle sponges used to apply makeup
180 Q-Tips used for entire tour (3 per night)
120 Powder puffs
100 Pairs of out of stock fishnet, pantyhose in old style weave,
purchased for Madonna via ebay and local dance shops
100 Pairs of kneepads
36 Different Designers contributed to the onstage wardrobe
30 Wardrobe Trunks travel to each venue
28 Maximum number of performers onstage
20 Nationalities represented in touring stuff (including Japanese, Israeli, Russian, Romanian, Australian and Algerian)
18 Racks of Clothing for Band, dancers and gypsies
12 Seamstresses working non stop in Cardiff to finish
costumes for opening night
12 Travelling trampolines used in training by Madonna and dancers
10 Large flight cases of medical supplies
10 Number of guitars Madonna will travel with
9 Number of people working in wardrobe department
8 Major Madonna Costume changes
5 Number of people it takes to change Madonna into next
5 Keyboards on stage for Kevin Antunes, Musical Director
4 Large freezers to carry ice packs for Madonna and dancers
4 YSL Lipsticks will cover entire tour
3 Romanian gypsy musicians playing acoustic instruments
3 Racks of Clothing contain Madonna's stage wardrobe
3 Shu Uemura eyelash curlers
2 Rigs for DJ set up
1.5 Minutes - Shortest time required to change Madonna's costumes between numbers
1 Personal trainer
1 Set of Swarovski crystal ear phones for DJ
Damn! Sounds good to me! Are you ready?? Have you purchased your tickets to see the madness?? xox.