Madonna asks for more time as first five dates of ‘Rebel Heart’ tour are delayed

Live dates in Atlanta, San Juan and Miami moved to January 2016

Madonna has been forced to move the first five dates of her upcoming ‘Rebel Heart’ world tour to January 2016 after admitting the live show is not ready to begin yet.

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Two dates in Miami (August 29-30) plus gigs in Atlanta (September 2) and San Juan in Puerto Rico (September 5-6) have been affected by the decision and will now take place next year.

In a statement published by Rolling Stone, Madonna explained the reasons behind the delay: “As my fans already know, the show has to be perfect. Assembling all the elements will require more time than we realized. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my fans. I can promise you this show will be worth the wait. Can’t wait to share it with all my Rebel Hearts out there.”

The Rebel Heart Tour announced in March, will see Madonna support the release of her thirteenth studio album of the same name.

The singer will play in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow in December. The UK dates will mark Madonna’s return to London’s O2 Arena for the first time since falling at February’s Brit Awards, an incident she recently described as ‘the most embarrassing moment of my life.’

The tour will also see Madonna visit Southeast Asia for the first time ever and Australia for the first time since 1990. She will be working with Arthur Fogel, the man behind her Sticky & Sweet, Confessions and Re-Invention tours.