Madonna’s Hong Kong Tickets Sell Out In 30 Minutes As She Praises Pope Francis At Philadelphia Concert

Madonna has been playing to packed houses on every stop of her Rebel Heart Tour. And it looks like she’ll be playing to packed houses when she plays Hong Kong early next year. South China Morning Post has the news.

“All tickets for Madonna’s debut concert in Hong Kong on February 17 sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale at 10am on Friday – setting what is believed to be a record for the fastest Hong Kong concert to sell out.”

The concert venue, Asia World Arena, can hold a maximum of 13,500 people. That may not seem a lot like a Madonna concert, but she will make more than most acts make in big stadiums because of the ridiculously high prices she charges. According to most reviews, however, she is worth it. Rolling Stone said the Rebel Heart Tour is “genius.”

“And on the second U.S. show of her hotly awaited new Rebel Heart tour, Our Lady spent three hours proving what a goddess she is, not to mention what an Unapologetic B***h. Damn right it’s not crowded, because there’s nobody else near her throne.”

The Guardian, which rarely gives anything five stars, did so for the Rebel Heart Tour.

“Her Madison Square Garden concert seems simultaneously like the latest stage of a 32-year durational performance art piece about stardom and an affirmation that there is simply no other performer like her. Tonight, Madonna kills it.”

The thing that critics have noticed the most on this tour is how happy Madonna appears.

“This time, she seemed to be having a blast. It made for an infectious night that brought the Canadian crowd to a series of spontaneous, and escalating, standing ovations,” said Jim Farber of the New York Daily News.

In Philadelphia last night, Madonna was also very spontaneous and made several cheeky comments about the leader of the Catholic Church, but always showing her love. According to Yahoo! News, Madonna dedicated a whole section to Pope Francis and praised him for being able to break the rules. She said that she and the Pope were very much alike in that both of them believe in love. Some fans were upset with Madonna, given that she is a pioneer in LGBT rights and the Pope has spoken out against gay marriage and transgender rights.

Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour will make its way into Boston this weekend, before hitting Chicago on Monday. Are you attending Madonna’s latest production? Let us know in the comments section.

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