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Madonna's Moscow concert has been rescheduled from September 11 to 12 to disassociate it from terrorist attacks on New York and Washington
Madonna's Moscow concert has been rescheduled from September 11 to 12 to disassociate it from terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, tour organizers said Tuesday. On September 11, the United States will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2001 attacks against the country. Vladimir Kiselyov, head of the Kreml company in charge of cultural and entertainment events on state property, told a news conference that the concert will be held at the Luzhniki stadium in southwest Moscow. The decision to hold the event at the Luzhniki site was made by NCA, an official partner of LIFE NATION, the singer's concert organizer, and the Moscow authorities, NCA President Mikhail Shurygin said Monday. Madonna will sing in Moscow as part of a world tour to promote her 10th studio album, "Confessions on a Dance Floor." Kiselyov said the concert was originally planned for the Luzhniki stadium. However, a football match was scheduled for that day, and the venue was changed to the Vorobyovy Gory hill, overlooking the city in front of Moscow State University. Kiselyov said a random drawing on August 25 allowed the concert to be moved back to Luzhniki. Madonna's managers wrote Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov thanking him for permission to hold the concert at Luzhniki, Kiselyov said. "By choosing Luzhniki, we will be able to accommodate about 52,000 spectators. The stadium's total capacity is 80,000," he said. Kiselyov said ticket-holders for the Vorobyovy Gory site will be able to exchange them for new ones. He said a total of 36,000 tickets have been printed and sold. The 47-year-old UK-based star will bring her "Confessions" show to Moscow after introducing it in London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Hanover and Prague. A giant rotating stage will be built at Luzhniki for the star's first Russian show. Last week, Nikolai Kulikov, in charge of Moscow security, said that safety concerns, including a blast at a market August 21, prompted city authorities to consider an alternate site. He said the venue might be moved to the more spacious Tushino airfield in northwest Moscow. On Monday, Moscow's police chief, Vladimir Pronin, said the Tushino airfield, northwest of Moscow, was the only possible venue for concerts with as many as 200,000 potential spectators. Pronin said 250,000 people were expected for the concert, but that Vorobyovy Gory and Luzhniki could only accommodate 40,000 and 70,000 spectators, respectively. About 100,000 tickets have already been sold, he said. Considering Luzhniki's limited capacity, Madonna might have to perform there twice, he said.
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