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Madonna Snubs Philly on Her New Greatest Hits Tour

And that's a shame. Because it sounds a lot better than her last one.


madonna, who just released her new world tour dates, performing in South Philadelphia in 2015

Madonna, who just released her new world tour dates, performing in South Philadelphia in 2015 (Getty Images)

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Madonna Releases Her World Tour Dates, Gives Philly a Big Old Middle Finger

The big news in the world of live music on Tuesday was that Madonna is embarking on a new world tour. Live Nation released the list of Madonna tour dates for 2023 and, quite noticeably, Philadelphia didn’t make the cut even though Madonna almost always plays at least one night here when she’s on the road.

She’s playing a bunch of dates on the East Coast, including a two-night stand at Madison Square Garden. Boston, D.C., Atlanta, Tampa and Miami all get their fair share of Madonna, and she somehow opted for Pittsburgh over Philadelphia. Heck, Madonna’s tour dates even include frigging Tulsa and Cleveland. But no Philadelphia.

It’s too bad that Madonna has chosen to snub Philadelphia for her 2023 tour, because this new tour sure sounds a lot better than her last one. Madonna last graced Philadelphia with her presence in December 2019, just before some strange new virus was about to keep live music out of our lives for a while. That was when Madonna brought her ambitious but seriously flawed “Madame X Tour” to the magnificent Met on North Broad Street for a four-night run. One of the biggest problems with that show was that Madonna played a lot of songs that most concertgoers probably didn’t want to hear. (There were plenty of other issues, and you can read my full review of that 2019 show here.)

a promotional image for the 2023 Madonna tour dates, which do not include Philadelphia

A promotional image for the 2023 Madonna tour dates, which do not include Philadelphia (image via Live Nation)

Conversely, it sounds like the Madonna 2023 tour will feature all of your favorite songs. “I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for,” Madonna said on Tuesday when she announced her new tour dates. Live Nation’s announcement promises “four decades of mega hits.”

A source connected to the tour confirms that Madonna won’t be adding a Philadelphia stop and that the list of Madonna tour dates is final. No word on why Madonna would leave us off the list. I hope it wasn’t something I said. (But seriously, I got more hate mail over that review than I have for any story since my rant about Bruce Springsteen.)

Anyway, if you live in Philadelphia and want to see Madonna on her 2023 world tour, your best bet is probably Madison Square Garden. And the presale just started, so hop to it.

The very Madonna video announcement of the 2023 tour is worth a watch, assuming your kids aren’t around and that Madonna pal Diplo dipping his genitalia into his margarita and then finishing the drink is something you want to see:

The Main Line Taser Controversy

I recently told you about an incident at a Lower Merion Wawa parking lot where police used a taser on an unarmed Black woman amid a traffic stop. Lower Merion police have now announced that the officer in question has been placed on administrative leave, because while the use of force in this case has been deemed legal by the department’s review board, it was not within the best practices put forth by the department.

The woman is reportedly facing drug and traffic charges. Her attorney had this to say in a statement: “A driver who doesn’t know why they are being pulled over, doesn’t know why they are being surrounded, doesn’t know why guns are drawn, immediately goes into a panic situation. Why is that so surprising, then you tased her?”

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And from the All-Right-Then Sports Desk …

The Sixers’ game yesterday against the L.A. Clippers didn’t start till 10 p.m., which was perfect for my volleyball night. The starters were James Harden, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid, P.J. Tucker and De’Anthony Melton. Tyrese Maxey, according to Coach Rivers, volunteered to join the second unit if that’s where he was needed most, which explains his last few non-starts. Joel came out shooting.

It was neck-and-neck through the first till our guys went on a 8-1 run toward the end. Kawhi Leonard did hit a monster jam.

Close of the quarter:

The Sixers stretched it to a 12-point lead early in the second with a 10-0 run. Georges Niang, bless his soul, is my all-time most awkward pro athlete.

Embiid had 16 points not even halfway through the second. But the Clippers were streaking and cut it to a five-point lead with six minutes left. The Sixers stretched it out again, to 11, on the back of Embiid. And he got a great defensive block, too.

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Embiid and Harden were really in sync. And Joel hit a huge three at the halfway buzzer.

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Who? ;-)

Then the Clippers started the third with an 11-3 run to bring it to 67-63. P.J. Tucker, was that … another three?

Alas, all of a sudden, it was tied. Briefly! And then, with 3:41 left in the third, the Clippers took the lead, 79-78. You know who was keeping the Sixers in the game? Bang-Bang Georges Niang! Maxey hit two free throws at the close.

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In the fourth, Maxey went on a three spree. Joel and James came back into the game with 7:20 left and the score 104-98. Joel promptly hit a two: 36 points for him. Shot clock violation Clippers! Nature was healing.

With three minutes left, it was 115-98 Sixers, and Joel checked back out to howls from the crowd.

Harris tied his season high with 20 against his former team. Final tally:

Tonight at 7, Temple will welcome East Carolina to the Liacouras Center.

The Flyers also played.

All Philly Today Sports Desk coverage is provided by Sandy Hingston.