When is Madonna and Roger Waters coming to Chile?

If 2022 was the year that live shows returned with a hectic season that had visits from international weight figures such as Coldplay, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, among many others, andhe next year will keep the pace of renowned presentations. And although the season appears with illustrious already confirmed as The Weeknd, Paramore, Romeo Santos, and some notable returns to be announced, once again the country’s live entertainment industry faces the pressing lack of suitable venues for large-scale shows.

This is explained by the closure of the National Stadium due to the remodeling works carried out for the Pan American Games, scheduled between October 20 and November 5. In other words, the venue that concentrates the best conditions for high-demand shows in the country will not be available for any event for at least ten months.

Therefore, alternatives have been sought. In the case of the concerts that appear with the greatest attendance, the chosen one is the Monumental Stadium of Colo Colo. Sources from the albo team, consulted by Cult, confirmed that the club’s administration signed an agreement with a local production company (DG Medios), to receive high-call shows during the season. Even Aníbal Mosa, one of the directors of Blanco & Negro, told ADN radio that the agreement is for 10 shows.

It is a place with history in the field. In fact, in the past it has been used to mount various musical presentations, with names ranging from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi and Metallica. This season mainly received festivals such as Knotfest and Music Bank in Chile, as well as the Gracias Totales show, a tribute to Soda Stereo and Gustavo Cerati.

With the theme of the advanced venue, the 2023 season appears with several novelties. In recent days, rumors point to several names among those likely to pass through the country, beyond those who have already confirmed their visits. One of these pointed to the return of the legendary The Rolling Stones (without the late drummer Charlie Watts), who last performed in 2016 with a show at the National Stadium.

However, industry sources consulted by Cult rule out the possibility that the historic group led by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will return to the country at least during this year.

Despite rumors, the Rolling Stones will not arrive in Chile in 2023 (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The information is consistent with the statements of Daniel Grinbank, an Argentine producer who has managed the previous visits of their Satanic Majesties to the trans-Andean country. Last August, during a talk with La Nación in Buenos Aires, he pointed out that “they have nothing planned, there are no plans. In any case, if there were, South America would not be the group’s next destination. One possible one is Japan and Oceania.” That is to say, without Argentina as a guaranteed scale (where the Stones usually make several presentations), the possibility of going down to the region and going to Chile is reduced to a minimum.

Despite the discarding of the Stones, the rock public will have a chance to see one of the old glories of the genre in the country. Industry sources detail that English Roger Waters has already closed his return to the country with a show at the Macul venue. This would take place in the second semester, as part of a Latin tour that includes other countries in the region. The return comes five years after their previous presentation, at the National Stadium, with the Us + Them tour.

Former Pink Floyd frontman arrives with This is not a drill tour, which marks his return to the road. It began last July with a series of presentations in the US, Mexico and Canada, but it already has confirmed dates for its European leg that runs until June.

It is a long-lasting show, in which at least 23 songs are performed, spread over two sets. There they play classics from their mother band, such as Sheep, Wish you were here, Shine on your crazy diamondas well as songs from the albums The Wall Y The Dark Side of the Moonas well as solo compositions and more recent themes such as The Bar Y Is this the life we ​​really want.

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Another of the important names that will reach the country is Madonna. In recent times, various web portals specialized in the subject have published information about a possible visit to Latin America. Thus, sources from the concert industry detail that the Queen of Pop has already closed her presentation in the country, also at the Monumental, for the second half of this year. It would be the third visit after those of 2008 and 2012, the latter marked by the two-hour delay in the start of the show and an incident during sound check, in which she asked people not to smoke near her, even under threat. of not showing up.

From then on, there are other names in the portfolio that could be added to the list. One is the English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who would arrive in the country for the third time, although the sources consulted detail that it is not yet closed. In any case, in November 2021 in a chat with FM DOS radio, he himself slipped an interest in going down to the region, which opens the possibility of a passage through Chile. “I promise we will be going to Latin America, I just don’t know when yet. The tour will span about four years, we want to go everywhere,” he noted.

Madonna will return to Chile in the second half of 2022

In recent months the name of Paul McCartney has also emerged, whose last show on Chilean soil was held in 2019. According to the Brazilian portal Music non stop, the former Beatle already has his return to Brazil tied up with three shows at the Morumbí stadium in Sao Paulo, which has not been officially confirmed. That would be the foot of the beach for a new incursion into the region and an eventual presentation in Chile. For now, his name is on file for an eventual arrival, but the timing has not yet been resolved.

This season, the musician has returned to the stage with his Got Back Tour, in which he puts on a nearly three-hour show with a repertoire of 36 songs, in which he reviews Fab Four classics, as well as cuts from his stage with Wings and his solo works.

By last, The announcement of the return to tours of the singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, one of the most influential names in current pop, sparked rumors of a possible descent to South America. The artist has not been on the road since 2018, and after the pandemic break (in which she released two albums) she returns with The eras tour, in which she reviews her entire career. “The first leg of the tour will be in arenas across the US, with some international dates to be announced as soon as we can,” she wrote in a post on her Instagram account.

Confirmed dates in North America so far run through May, so it makes sense for Swift to tour into the European summer before any other region. Thus, the sources consulted agree that a possible visit to Latin America would have to be projected for the 2024 season.

Among the shows already announced for 2023, several names stand out. In terms of electronics, it is the return of Frenchman David Guetta with two shows at the Movistar Arena, on January 5 and 6. Also Englishman Calvin Harris, with an outdoor show at Espacio Riesco, on February 25, and the Dutch DJ Tiesto, who scheduled a show on February 18 at Movistar Arena. On the side of romantic music, and in tune with Valentine’s Day, there is the visit of Puerto Rican Luis Fonsi, at the Gran Arena Monticello scheduled for February 14.

Other visits are related to the Viña Festival. Some of the artists confirmed for the return of the traditional contest will take advantage of their stay in the country to offer solo shows; These are the cases of Alejandro Fernández (on February 22 at Movistar Arena and on February 24 at Gran Arena Monticello) and Camilo (February 25 at Gran Arena Monticello and March 1 at Movistar Arena).

One who should have scheduled a second date is The Weeknd, who, within the framework of the After Hours Til Dawn Tour, will perform at the Bicentennial Stadium in La Florida on October 15 and 16. The venue is another that has received shows in the last year, with presentations by Harry Styles and Dua Lipa. But the show record was broken by the king of bachata, Romeo Santos with a whopping eight sold-out concerts at the Movistar Arena, between March 21 and 29.

Rock also has several names: Paramore will perform at the Movistar Arena on Sunday, March 5, in a show that sold out all its locations in one hour. In addition, the event can be mentioned Masters of Rock, which will bring together legends of the genre such as Kiss (in a second farewell to the country), Deep Purple, Scorpions, Helloween and Skid Row at the Santa Laura-Universidad SEK Stadium. Lastly, they highlight return shows of Los Bunkers in Santiago (March 11 and 12) and Concepción (March 25)as one of the milestones that will mark the concert season during the first semester.