As much as I don’t prefer Madonna’s new album to her other works, that is hardly a reason to ignore her live shows.  There really isn’t another performer on this planet that I would pay hundreds of pounds to see live, that is except for Madonna…and Darren Hayes…but Darren isn’t that big of a diva yet to charge more than 150 pounds for a performance – although he’s come close.  Love you big D 😉

Luckily for me this time, I managed to be generous enough to buy my friend a ticket for the last "Confessions Tour" and he has graciously agreed to buy me a ticket this year to the "Sticky and Sweet" Tour and that just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  See it pays to be generous every once in awhile to your friends people – I’ll happily take my good karma in the form of a Madonna concert ticket.  Preferably in the first 15 rows (hint hint Ross).

Here are the tour dates and the dates the tickets go on sale – I haven’t seen these posted on a lot of blogs yet either…so thus I am posting them here.  I think it’s great that the nice people of Wales get to see Madonna first.  I’m sure she’s practicing her Welsh as we speak…

23-Aug – Cardiff Millennium Stadium – Fri. May 16
26-Aug – Nice Stade Charles Ehrmann – Fri. May 16
28-Aug – Berlin Olympic Stadium – Wed. May 21
02-Sept – Amsterdam Arena – Sat. May 17
04-Sept – Dusseldorf LTU Arena – Wed. May 21
06-Sept – Rome Olympic Stadium – Fri. May 23

(Oooh, Geri let’s go pretty please.  Have I told you lately that I love you and you’re the best boyfriend in the world?  Remember those two times I bought you tickets to see Ligabue…You see EQ’s that’s called sucking up in an attempt to get your Italian boyfriend to buy you tickets priced with the Euro rather than the almighty British Pound.  Ooh come on, it’s not like Madonna never takes advantage of the exchange rate).

09-Sept – Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena – Wed. May 21
11-Sept – London Wembley Stadium – Fri. May 16 

(Only one show, yeah right, expect at least five more shows to be added in which I will turn into a crazed eBayer in trying to secure the perfect tickets for a bargain price from the poor sods who either got overzealous in hitting the purchase button or for some strange reason, their grandma dies and the funeral just happens to be on the date Madonna does a show at Wembley – Oh the humanity, thank god my grandma has already kicked it.)

20-Sept – Paris Stade de France – Fri. May 16
03-Oct – E. Rutherford Izod Center – Mon. May 19
06-Oct – New York City Madison Square Garden – Mon. May 19
07-Oct – New York City Madison Square Garden – Mon. May 19
15-Oct – Boston TD BankNorth Garden – Sat. May 17
18-Oct – Toronto Air Canada Centre – Sat. May 24
22-Oct – Montreal Bell Centre – Sat. May 24
26-Oct – Chicago United Center – Sat. May 17
30-Oct – Vancouver BC Place Stadium – Sat. May 24
01-Nov – Oakland Oracle Arena – Sun. June 1
04-Nov – San Diego Petco Park – Sun. June 1
06-Nov – Los Angeles Dodger Stadium – Sun. June 1
08-Nov – Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena – Sat. May 31
11-Nov – Denver Pepsi Center – Sat. May 31
16-Nov – Houston Minute Maid Park – Sat. May 31
19-Nov – Philadelphia Wachovia Center – Mon. June 2
22-Nov – Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall – Mon. June 2
24-Nov – Atlanta Philips Arena – Sat. May 31
26-Nov – Miami Dolphin Stadium – Sat. May 31

Check out her performance of "Candy Shop" and entrance at Radio One’s Big Weekend on Saturday from sunny Maidstone, Kent.  Make sure you check out the related video to "Music" as well as see Madonna dawning some Ugly Betty glasses, making orgasm noises, and doing NKOTB "The Right Stuff" dance moves all to a Fedde Le Grand mashup as the soundtrack.  That’s kinda hot.