After a 25-year lull between local shows, it looks as if Madonna has gotten into the groove with the Twin Cities again. The pop queen will return to Xcel Energy Center on Oct. 8 in support of her upcoming album, “Rebel Heart.” Tickets go on sale March 16 at 10 a.m. for $40-$355 via Ticketmaster or at the arena box office.
Look for a media blitz to also start March 16 surrounding the tour and album, including a week-long stint with Madge on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Her pagan-looking Grammy Awards performance last month, which drew some fire from conservative groups, was the warm-up.
The 56-year-old music icon finally ended her drought of Minnesota performances in 2012 when she packed Xcel Center for back-to-back nights on her MDNA Tour. Those shows were light on old hits and carried an unusually dark tone, so fans are no doubt hoping for a more classic Madonna experience this time around.