You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours: in front of 50,000 people. That seems to be the message in an announcement on Wednesday (September 5) by Madonna that 22-year-old Swedish producer/DJ/remixer and 2012 MTV Video Music Awards nominee Avicii will open for her on Thursday and Saturday at New York's iconic Yankee Stadium.
"She showed up and supported us, and this is my way of showing up and supporting her," said Avicii in a statement about his chance to pay the pop icon back for her surprise appearance at his headlining gig at Ultra Fest earlier this year. Avicii, who is up for Best Electronic Dance Music Video at tomorrow's 2012 VMAs will open the MDNA shows and then get back to work on his recently-announced tour with a date on September 10 at the Turning Stone Events Center in Verona, New York.
On his outing, Avicii will play a pair of historic shows at New York's Radio City Music Hall, where he will become the first EDM act to ever plug in on the venue's hallowed stage. In fact, the second show (September 26) was added after the initial September 27 date sold out in two minutes.
Avicii may get some time to shine on Thursday before warming up the stage for Madge when he goes up against Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Martin Solveig and show DJ Calvin Harris in the Best Electronic Dance Music Video category at the VMAs. His offering, the "Office Space"-like dance explosion clip for the breakthrough hit "Le7els" faces some stiff competition, but the DJ told MTV News he loved the finished product.
"It turned out really well from first getting the treatment from you ... I really liked how it turned out," the shy party-starter said about the concept. "It really captured what they were gonna do with it."