The queen of pop began her world tour Saturday night, appearing before fans on a throne as a retinue of dancers wriggled their way across a stage at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. An army of fans wearing pink cowboy hats and boas waited nearly two hours for Madonna's concert to get under way, erupting into screams at the first song "Candy Shop" from her new "Hard Candy" album. Some had been lining up since Friday to see the four-act show. It carried the usual Madonna fixtures: sequins, fishnets, and bondage style outfits drawn from the 3,500 items of clothing reportedly whipped together by 36 designers specifically for the "Sticky and Sweet" tour. Promoters promised a "rock-driven danstastic journey" supported by a traveling crew of 250 including a chiropractor, personal trainer and a masseuse.
Madonna performs on stage at the premier of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium in Wales, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008. The queen of pop has kicked off her world tour, armed with three racks of clothing, a small mountain of diamonds, and a retinue large enough to fill a passenger jet. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)