Waaaaay back in the 80’s, I was a tad late to the Madonna phenomenon, wrapped up as I was with my long hours on Wall Street, oblivious to most things beyond the financial markets. But when she did show up on my radar, it was a coup de foudre from which I have never recovered. I became obsessed.
Aside from the music, the provocative images, the salacious interviews, Madonna has always represented hard work, grit, and an I dare-you-to-tell-me-I-can’t attitude. She did whatever she had to do to make her dreams come true and this I admire. She arrived in New York City at 18, with very little money in her pocket and it was here that she began the first of her many transformations and invited us to join her ride. She found the most creative people in town and convinced them to help her, that she was worth the risk. Dismissed by the press as a flash-in-the-pan, she is the last one standing and laughing. Her last three tours have grossed over $700 million and she is the biggest female pop artist EVER.
Her explorations of sex and religion have courted endless controversy and have contributed to the personal expression and liberation of millions of her fans. Her celebration of female sexuality is unlike any other, encouraging women to own it, feel good about it, be positive, and not to take it for granted. Madonna loves women and pays little attention to courting admiration or approval from men. It’s no accident her fan base is mostly women and gay men. I don’t think I know a single straight man that loves her the way I do, and I gotta give my hunky Mr incredible props for not only surprising me with tickets to this tour, but also for indulging all of my crazy singing, dancing, and blasting of Madonna songs the last 24 hours!
The Rebel Heart Tour is Madonna’s tenth worldwide concert tour in support of her thirteenth studio album, Rebel Heart. I missed her Virgin Tour in 1985 cuz I simply wasn’t aware of her Madgesty at that point and I missed MDNA in 2012 cuz I was galavanting around Europe and getting married. But I didn’t miss Who’s That Girl 1987 (New York + Barcelona), Blonde Ambition 1990 (London + Paris), The Girlie Show 1993 (Tokyo), Drowned World 2001 (LA), Re-Invention 2004 (Miami + LA), Confessions 2006 (New York + Miami). Yep, I LUFFFF her!
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I am going to enjoy every single second of tonight’s extravagant spectacle and I will never forget the incredible thoughtfulness of not only being surprised, but also being indulged.
I love you, Mr Mr!!!!!!
She made it through the wilderness, somehow she made it through . . . .
Juana B Wannabe
The Blonde Ambition Tour @ Wembley Stadium, 1990