30th anniversary of my first Madonna concert
Today holds a unique significance, folks! On July 24th, 1990, I attended my inaugural Madonna concert. This marked my very first concert experience, and it was none other than Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour! I received those tickets as a 10th birthday gift that year, and the memory is still crystal clear. The concert was a one-night-only event held at Rotterdam’s Feyenoord Stadium, and I went to the show accompanied by an old family friend. The performance took place on a Tuesday, and I can vividly recall my heightened excitement in the weeks leading up to the event. Finally, the day arrived, and I was about to witness Madonna’s live performance!
The iconic Blond Ambition World Tour stirred up quite a bit of controversy due to its use of religious imagery and sexuality. Madonna even went as far as simulating masturbation during “Like A Virgin.” The entire show was a theatrical masterpiece, setting a new standard for concert tours. Unfortunately, back then, at the tender age of ten, my grasp of English was nearly non-existent. It wasn’t until later in life that I realized Madonna had dropped the F-bomb a few times. She was truly a fearless trailblazer!
The supporting act before the show was Technotronic, and since the performance occurred in the summertime, daylight still spilled into the arena. I believe the show began around 9 PM. It commenced with an intro featuring industrial and hydraulic sounds as the stage slowly transformed into a setting reminiscent of the “Express Yourself” music video. Then, with the stage elevating, Madonna made a dramatic entrance. “Alright, Holland! I just want to know one thing! Do you believe in love?! Cause I got something to say about it!” And right there, the opening chords of “Express Yourself” filled the air.
I can hardly believe it’s been 30 years! It’s utterly surreal. To this day, Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour stands as one of the greatest tours in history, an experience I will forever cherish. Just imagine a ten-year-old me, experiencing my first Madonna concert – it was nothing short of wild! My love for Madonna started long before that show; I’ve been a fan since I was just five years old. She’s my number one!
Here’s to celebrating the 30th anniversary of my first Madonna concert experience!