Madonna Starts Tour, Draws Greenie Fire
To not-sold-out house
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2008 6:18 PM CDT

(Newser) – Madonna kicked off her 51-stop stage show in Cardiff today, a sprawling extravaganza featuring 20 songs, 250 crew members, and $2 million worth of jewelry, the BBC reports. A giant “M” loomed over the stage as Madonna worked through the show’s four sections, titled Pimp, Old School, Gypsy, and Rave. But all that glitz couldn’t buy a sold-out crowd—tickets were still available before the show.

Madonna's extravagance also sparked cries from climate change activists, the Daily Telegraph reports. has stated that Madonna's tour planes will create 1,080 tons of carbon and her cargo 460 tons. "This is a massive amount of carbon emissions even for a top celebrity icon," said John Buckley of "However, these emissions will be swamped by those caused by the crowds of concertgoers."