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Five months after announcing a Dec. 22, 2023 tour date at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, 7-time Grammy-winning pop icon Madonna has announced that, due to "scheduling conflicts," she will be canceling her scheduled concert appearance.
Refunds for the date will be issued at the original point of purchase.
The "Material Girl" vocalist has been on the mend since the June 24 announcement by her manager, Guy Oseary, that she had a several-day intensive care unity stay after developing "a serious bacterial infection."
Her initially January-announced European and North American "Celebration" tour -- honoring her four decades in the entertainment industry -- was set to begin July 15 in Vancouver and extend through December 2023.
🚨 CONCERT UPDATE: Due scheduling conflicts, Madonna's show on December 22, 2023 at Bridgestone Arena has been cancelled. Refunds for this date will be issued at the original point of purchase. pic.twitter.com/VlWp7d4RVU
— Bridgestone Arena (@BrdgstoneArena) August 15, 2023
The event would have marked her second-ever Nashville concert after making her Bridgestone Arena debut in 2016.
The special guest on the originally scheduled Nashville date -- "RuPaul's Drag Race" champion Bob the Drag Queen -- had already sparked intrigue in Music City.
In a March press release announcing Nashville's addition to the tour, Madonna offered the following regarding Tennessee laws banning gender-affirming health care, "adult-oriented" entertainment from public property -- including "male and female impersonators" -- and many similar bills nationwide.
"The oppression of the LGBTQ+ is not only unacceptable and inhumane; it's creating an unsafe environment; it makes America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color," she said.
"Also, these so-called laws to protect our children are unfounded and pathetic. Anyone with half a brain knows not to f*** with a drag queen. Bob and I will see you from the stage in Nashville where we will celebrate the beauty that is the queer community."
Madonna has rescheduled other North American tour dates while continuing with European dates as planned, including four mid-October nights at London's O2 Arena and visits to 10 other cities.
For more information on Madonna's forthcoming, rescheduled Celebration tour, visit https://www.madonna.com/tour.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Why Madonna's Nashville Celebration concert tour stop was canceled