Drowned World Tour was the fifth concert tour by American singer-songwriter Madonna in support of her seventh and eighth studio albums Ray of Light and Music. It was also her first tour in eight years, following The Girlie Show World Tour in 1993. The tour was supposed to start in 1999, but was delayed until 2001 as Madonna gave birth to her son, got married to Guy Ritchie, was working on Music, and was busy filming The Next Best Thing. When the tour was decided, Madonna appointed Jamie King as choreographer and the tour was planned in a short timespan of three months, including signing up the dancers, musicians and technicians. Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier was the costume designer who designed the costumes in such way that they indicated different phases of Madonna's career. The poster and logo for the tour included references to Kabbalah, which Madonna studied.
The show was divided into five segments, namely Cyber-Punk, Geisha, Cowgirl, Spanish, and Ghetto. The setlist consisted mainly of songs from the last two studio albums released at that point, with two pre-1990s song added. The first segment displayed high-energy performances with Madonna wearing a kilt and dominatrix style costumes. In the geisha segment performances Madonna wore a kimono and later performed airborne martial arts. Acoustic songs were performed in the country segment which featured Madonna in cowboy costumes. The Latin segment featured flamenco dancing and the last segment featured ghetto-themed performances. Drowned World Tour was critically appreciated from contemporary critics who complimented her ability to re-invent continuously.
The tour was a commercial success. It went on to become the highest-grossing concert tour of 2001 by a solo artist. She grossed more than US $76.8 million ($103.88 million in 2017 dollars), selling out summer shows and eventually playing in front of 730,000 fans throughout the United States and Europe. It received Major Tour of the Year and Most Creative Stage Production awards nominations at the 2001 Pollstar awards, but lost them to U2. The concert was broadcast live on HBO from The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan on August 26, 2001. A DVD titled Drowned World Tour 2001 was released in November 2001.
1. Drowned World/Substitute for Love (contains elements of "Music", "Human Nature" "Ray of Light" and "Impressive Instant")
2. Impressive Instant
3. Candy Perfume Girl
4. Beautiful Stranger (contains elements of "Soul Bossa Nova (Dim's Space-A-Nova)")
5. Ray of Light (ends with a reprise of "Drowned World/Substitute For Love")
6. Paradise (Not for Me) (Video Interlude)
7. Frozen (Stereo MC's Remix)
8. Open Your Heart Swell
9. Nobody's Perfect
Mer Girl (Part I)
Sky Fits Heaven
Mer Girl (Part II)
11. What It Feels Like for a Girl (Remix) (Video Interlude)
12. I Deserve It
13. Don't Tell Me
14. Human Nature
15. The Funny Song
18. Don't Cry for Me Argentina (Instrumental Interlude)
19. Lo Que Siente La Mujer (Spanish Version of "What It Feels Like for a Girl")
20. La Isla Bonita
21. Holiday (contains elements from "Fate" and "Music Sounds Better with You")
22. Music (contains elements from "Trans-Europe Express")
The set list and the samples used in each performance is as per the track listing present in the Drowned World Tour 2001 live video release.
"Gone" was replaced by "You'll See" in some U.S. shows.
"The Funny Song" was not performed during the Los Angeles shows after the September 11 attacks.
Promotional poster for the tour
Associated album: Ray of Light, Music
Start date: June 9, 2001
End date: September 15, 2001
No. of shows:
19 in Europe
28 in North America
Box office: US$76.8 million ($103.88 million in 2017 dollars)