After kicking off in London in October, Madonna‘s rescheduled Celebration Tour began its North America leg in Brooklyn on Wednesday night (12/13) with the first of three shows at Barclays Center. The setlist was largely the same hits-filled romp she debuted in London, but Brooklyn got the addition of 2005’s “I Love New York” in the first act, played for the first time since 2008.
Rolling Stone was in attendance on Wednesday night, and they write:
“It’s so great to be home… I mean that in a way that only New Yorkers know,” Madonna, who adopted New York as her hometown in 1978, told the Brooklyn audience present for the North American kickoff of her Celebration Tour on Wednesday. “New Yorkers can identify with just-not-giving-a-fuck motherfuckers. We do shit our way. New York is not for little pussies who sleep.”
Madonna certainly wasn’t tired, and that was the point of the whole show, a tour-de-force of some of her biggest hits paired with surrealistic visuals that didn’t end until 1 a.m.
See Madonna’s Wednesday night setlist and attendee-taken video from the show below.
Madonna will remain in Brooklyn for shows at Barclays Center tonight (12/14) and Saturday (12/16), and return to NYC in 2024 to play Madison Square Garden on January 22, 23, and 29.
SETLIST: MADONNA @ BARCLAYS CENTER, 12/13/2023
Nothing Really Matters
Into the Groove
I Love New York
Open Your Heart
Live to Tell
Like a Prayer
Justify My Love
Crazy for You
Die Another Day
Don’t Tell Me
Mother and Father
I Will Survive
La Isla Bonita
Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
Ray of Light
Bitch I’m Madonna
See pictures from previous Celebration Tour shows below.