Contributed by StilettoSadist: Prince’s tour tops this year’s Pollstar list of 2004’s Top 100 Tours at the midway point of the year with $45.7 million in grosses. He has sold a total of 737k tickets, with an average gross of $1.038 million per show, based on an average ticket price of $61.59. Madonna’s Re-Invention Tour comes in right behind selling $44.9 million worth of tickets. Madonna sold 258k total tickets at an average price of $174.17 (highest in the Top 100). Madonna also has the largest average gross per show at a whopping $6.414 million. She has approximately another 642,000 further tickets sold for the remaining concerts. This will put Madonna’s total concerts in excess of $120,000,000 for 2004. Britney comes in at number 13 moving 299K tickets for a total of 18.9 million.
Madonna’s Chicago Family Reunion
July 14, 2004 – Bill Zwecker of The Chicago Sun-Times has several details on Madonna’s visit to the Windy City which featured a Ciccone family reunion of sorts at the Drake Hotel.
Madonna Alters ‘Mother And Father’ Lyrics
July 14, 2004 – Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports Madonna changed a line of ‘Mother and Father’ at her concert in Chicago on Tuesday night. “I use to think he was a jerk” became “He didn’t know how much it hurt,” and sharp-eared fans wondered if it was because the Material Girl’s dad Tony Ciccone was in the audience.
Heartsick At Madonna Antics
July 12, 2004 – John Schlesinger, the director of ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Billy Liar’, who died in July 2003, blamed Madonna for his 1999 heart attack. That damning charge lives on in letters and production notes he wrote while directing Madonna in the $25 million flop ‘The Next Best Thing’, the London Telegraph reported. “I am fu**ing angry with [producer Tom Rosenberg] being influenced by Madonna,” Schlesinger wrote to his agent. “I do not for one moment think that their behavior has not added to the reasons I have ended up here [in a hospital bed].”
Madonna Trying For One More Child
July 9, 2004 – Even though she’ll turn 46 next month, The New York Daily News reports Madonna is determined to try for one more child. “She has it all planned out to a T,” a friend revealed. “She began visiting her fertility doctor in Los Angeles in late March. Her tour was already planned for the summer, but Madonna wanted to undergo tests to find out if she would be able to get pregnant and carry a baby at her age.”