What will Madonna bring to her 2001 tour? We take a look at her past tours by the numbers.

By Brian M. Raftery
May 18, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

For Madonna, an eight-year holiday from the road is about to end: On June 9, in Barcelona, she’ll kick off the Drowned World Tour, her first excursion since 1993’s vaudeville act, the Girlie Show. And since details of the Material Matriarch’s latest show are hush-hush (though it’s a safe bet that cowboy hats and faux British accents will factor in), we scanned three past performances captured on video — 1985’s Virgin Tour, 1988’s Ciao Italia: Live From Italy, and 1993’s The Girlie Show: Live Down Under — for hints of what to expect. Below, some digital stimulation.

COSTUME CHANGES: 23

CROSSES: 6

DISCO BALLS: 9

WEDDING GOWNS: 1

NUMBER OF TIMES THE PHRASE ”MATERIAL GIRL” IS USED: 23

OVERSIZE NOVELTY COMBS: 1

FANS RUNNING ON STAGE: 2

FANS RUNNING ON STAGE WHO ARE REVEALED TO BE MALE STRIPPERS: 1

POSES STRUCK DURING ”VOGUE”: 56

BACKUP MUSICIANS: 25

BACKUP DANCERS: 13

TASSELS: 4

MUSICAL NUMBERS INVOLVING…

…SMALL CHILDREN: 6

…AWKWARDLY LENGTHY ORGIES: 1

…MIMES: 3

INSTANCES IN WHICH SHE GRABS HER CROTCH: 4

INSTANCES IN WHICH SHE GRABS SOMEONE ELSE’S CROTCH: 1

GRATUITOUS BUTT SHOTS: 16

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