By Rick Dayton

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – One of the biggest names in music is coming back to Pittsburgh for the first time in 23 years.

Since the last time Madonna was here, she’s sold more than 300 million records, making her the top-selling female artist of all-time.

“This is a big one. Obviously, we opened with [Paul] McCartney which it’s hard to top that, but this is up there. We haven’t done Madonna in Pittsburgh since 1985,” CONSOL Energy Center General Manager Jay Roberts said.

Madonna is coming back to Pittsburgh on her 2012 world tour. She will play at the CONSOL Energy Center on Nov. 6.

“My mom has listened to her since I was really little. So, she was always playing in the car,” Alissa Connelly said.

Earlier this month, Madonna was the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Some students said that brought her to a whole new generation.

“Definitely, especially with working with younger artists of today that are very popular,” Molly Tuiet said.

Kevin Yacker said Madonna’s not his cup of tea, but there are guys in his dorm who are.

“Definitely the older stuff. The new stuff, nothing against her age, but I think she was better back in the 80s and stuff like that,” Yacker said.

Would the Material Girl have played in Pittsburgh if the biggest venue was the Civic Arena?

“It was a lot harder to sell across the street to bring a big act, but over here, we definitely have something that we can tout that everyone can be proud of,” Roberts said.

It certainly doesn’t hurt that other concerts have sold very well at the CEC and there is a buzz in the music business about playing Pittsburgh.

“All the sound managers that come in with the tours talk about how we did it right and how the acoustics are good and it’s easy to mix a show here and so that kind of thing is important too,” Roberts said.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 27 starting at 10 a.m. at the box office and online.


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