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Madonna's Sell-Out-Success In Barcelona

Madonna kicked off her first tour in eight years with a sell-out concert on Saturday night, attended by 20,000 fans, in the city of Barcelona in Spain.

The show featuring giant screens, an oversized bed and a mechanical bull, also included Madonna playing an electric guitar during Candy Perfume Girl and later she flew through the air on a trapeze wire and fought a martial arts battle with a samurai warrior.

Ten dancers and eight musicians joined her on stage.

The set list of the Drowned World tour mainly features material from Madonna's current multi-platinum album Music and her previous hit album Ray of Light. However, old favourites such as La Isla Bonita and Holiday also received an airing.

After a second night in Barcelona the Drowned World tour will move to Milan, Paris, Berlin and London before heading for the States.

Tickets for the six UK dates at Earl's Court in London in July sold out within hours of going on sale.

Madonna had announced just one show, but after her 4 July date sold out in just 15 minutes, extra concerts were added on 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 July.