In Billboard’s backstage chat with Madonna at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, the conversation turned from her new music on her forthcoming album Madame X (out June 14) to the possibility of a new concert tour. (Watch the interview above; tour chat starts at the 5:55 point.)
Billboard asked about the possibility of a tour maybe happening at some point, though also wondered aloud to the diva if she is even allowed to say anything about a tour right now.
“Uh, it’s… it’s been spoken about in such a deep way,” Madonna said, “that I’m actually having production meetings.”
So, the tour is probably happening? “Yes!”
Billboard then made an appeal to have Madonna consider adding in one of her three top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits (out of a record 38) that she’s yet to play live: “Rescue Me” (No. 9 in 1991), “This Used to Be My Playground” (No. 1 in 1992) and “I’ll Remember” (No. 2 in 1994).
“I’ll tell you why [they haven’t been performed]: Because they’re very laidback dreamy songs,” she said, suggesting that they don’t fit into her very high-energy, kick-butt shows.
Billboard countered: “‘Rescue Me”s kinda punchy.”
Madonna: “‘Rescue Me”s kinda dope! I’ve actually… I’ll consider that one. Your love has given me hope, OK? To quote the song.”
We closed the interview by bidding Madonna farewell, letting her know how we’re looking forward to seeing her on whatever that tour is that may or may not be announced soon. “Whatever dressing room I might be performing in,” Madonna says, jokingly, adding: “You’ll come anywhere, right? Small cabaret? A stadium?”
Billboard: “Starbucks down the street? I’m there.”
Madonna: “OK, see you there!”