Madonna’s tour announcement left Drag Race fans floored when a viral video revealed that Bob the Drag Queen would appear as a special guest.
On 17 January, the icon announced The Celebration Tour with a clip paying homage to her trailblazing film Truth or Dare, featuring stars such as Diplo, Jack Black, Bob the Drag Queen, Kate Berlant, Larry Owens and Eric Andre.
The video culminates with Amy Schumer daring Madonna to go on tour, which she accepts.
Produced by Live Nation, the 35-city global tour commences in North America on Saturday 15 July at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, with further stops in Detroit, Chicago, New York, Miami, L.A. and more.
European cities include London, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm and Amsterdam, where the tour will come to a close on Friday 1 December.
The Celebration Tour will honour Madonna’s legendary discography while paying respect to New York, where her career first began.
In a statement, she said: “I am excited to explore as many songs as possible in hopes to give my fans the show they have been waiting for.”
The tour will also offer a “one-of-a-kind experience” with special guest star Bob the Drag Queen, who won the eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race before starring in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series We’re Here.
In a tweet, Bob celebrated the announcement with a photo of when he paid homage to Madonna on the Drag Race runway alongside a recent image of the pop pioneer on his lap: “We’ve come a long way!” he wrote.
We've come a long way! pic.twitter.com/OhIbJHBciM
— Bobbiana (@thatonequeen) January 17, 2023
Fans of the beloved queen have since taken to social media to share their excitement over the news.
“Bob the Drag Queen doesn’t have ‘THE drag queen’ in her name for no reason,” one said. “She is THE moment.”
Another added: “MADONNA WITH SUPPORT FROM BOB THE DRAG QUEEN YOU COULDN’T MAKE IT UP MY DREAMMMMMM NIGHT.”
“Bob The Drag Queen touring across half a year with the best selling female artist of all time to celebrate her fourth decade in the industry is precisely what the Queers needed today,” wrote a third fan.
See how others reacted below:
I don't know who madonna is but bob the drag queen is about to make her career blow up! https://t.co/bBxMvJYkIg
— 𝑆𝐼𝐴𝑁 𝑇𝐻𝑌𝑀𝐸𝑆 🥂 (@SianThymes) January 18, 2023
bob the drag queen doesn’t have ‘THE drag queen’ in her name for no reason. she is THE moment.
— paige (@blhtrixya) January 17, 2023
OMG I’M SEEING BOB THE DRAG QUEEN 🤩 pic.twitter.com/ZhtZuKeRGh
— Adam (@adamkanzen) January 18, 2023
Bob The Drag Queen is going on tour with Madonna?! What is this timeline!
— Crystal | Black Lives Matter (@crystalwillseeu) January 17, 2023
Bob The Drag Queen is the opening act for Madonna? MADONNA? You’ve got to be kidding me… what is she gonna do? Call Peppermint on zoom? pic.twitter.com/7woQMDCdMN
— FEIM (@FeimM_) January 17, 2023
Bob the drag queen being the support act for Madonna’s world tour pic.twitter.com/Flgr859Eeo
— aaron (@donafella) January 17, 2023
bob the drag queen opening for madonna pic.twitter.com/upxYR4Hy62
— jesse (@jessetd93) January 18, 2023
I am absolutely buzzing for Bob The Drag Queen supporting Madonna on tour y'know. pic.twitter.com/szm4PLSU16
— Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) January 17, 2023
Jinkx Monsoon on Broadway, Bob the Drag Queen opening for Madonna, Shea Coulée opening for Betty Who. We really are winning!
— Jack Roskopp (@jackroskopp) January 17, 2023
MADONNA AND BOB THE DRAG QUEEN … I will ascend to another level https://t.co/jdex1HFG7W
— FAT FLOP LAWRENCE CHANEY (@ShadyLawrence) January 17, 2023
Bob the Drag Queen supporting Madonna on a world tour? HERE FOR IT.
— Bingo Lingfucker (@dougalmcflurry) January 17, 2023
Bob The Drag Queen touring across half a year with the best selling female artist of all time to celebrate her fourth decade in the industry is precisely what the Queers needed today.
— Vijay | Future Class ‘22 🏆✨ (@VijayGilI) January 17, 2023