Madonna Coming to Washington in 2012

The artist announces her first scheduled DC concert since 2004.

By: Sophie Gilbert

Photograph by Flickr user Karen Blue.

Update (02/13): Madonna's first show is already sold out, but she's added a second performance, on Monday, September 24, at 8 PM. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 21, at 10 AM through Ticketmaster.

If, like us, you were slightly disappointed that Madonna didn’t do anything more outré or controversial at the Super Bowl on Sunday, console yourself—never one to shy away from free publicity, this morning the artist announced she’ll be coming to Washington’s Verizon Center September 23. It’s the first local gig in more than eight years for Madonna, who hasn’t performed here since her Re-Invention tour stopped at what was then the MCI Center in 2004.

So what can we expect from Madge on the heels of her new album, MDNA? Who knows? On her last world outing, the Sticky & Sweet Tour, Madonna divided her show into four acts: Pimp, Old School, Gypsy, and Rave, alternately sitting in an M-shaped throne surrounded by dancers in bondage wear, skipping rope, and (shudder) even playing the guitar. She also caused controversy (naturally) by including a video montage that compared John McCain to Hitler and Barack Obama to Gandhi, and dedicating a performance of “Like a Virgin” to Pope Benedict XVI.

But despite (because of?) a few headlines, the Sticky & Sweet tour grossed upward of $400 million, the highest amount ever for a solo artist, and it’s safe to assume her new one will probably sell out fairly quickly (especially if Bruce Springsteen’s Verizon Center show is anything to go by). Tickets go on sale February 13 at 10 AM through Ticketmaster, so we recommend you stay by a computer Monday morning if you’re dying to see the Queen of Pop.

Update (02/13): Madonna's first show is already sold out, but she's added a second show, on Monday, September 24, at 8. Tickets for that performance go on sale February 21 at 10 AM.