Madonna Says She’ll Mount Summer Tour

Dance-pop diva tells magazine she'll start rehearsals in April for June-September outing, but she's called off announced tours before.

After dusting off her Texas two-step at a pair of one-off shows in November, Madonna plans to take to the road in the United States and Europe in the summer for her first official tour in eight years.

Madonna plans to start rehearsals for the outing in April, she told Interview magazine. The tour is tentatively set to launch in June and continue through September.

“I’m finally going to f—ing drag my ass into a rehearsal studio,” Madonna is quoted as saying in the March issue of Interview, in which she also admits to being a bit apprehensive about the tour, her first since 1993′s the Girlie Show.

“I never want to repeat myself,” Madonna said. “I don’t see the point of doing a show unless you offer something that is going to mind-boggle the senses. It’s not enough to get on the stage and sing a song. It’s all about theater and drama and surprise and suspense. So I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also nervous about it.”
Madonna’s U.S. reps confirmed Friday (February 23) that a tour was in the works for June through September, but they stressed that dates and venues for the trek aren’t expected to be announced for several more weeks.

Despite those assurances, fans would be wise not to count on the outing before it hatches, since Madonna has announced plans for tours that never came to pass.

Madonna phoned in to “TRL” in January 1999 and said she was going to tour that summer. But she later called off those plans to shoot the film “The Next Best Thing.” The movie bombed.

Madonna, who opened the Grammy Awards on Wednesday with a performance of “Music,” most recently performed mini-shows at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on November 5 and London’s Brixton Academy on November 28 (see “Madonna Playful At Rare New York Show” ).