Ten years ago today, I was going to Madonna’s Re-Invention tour at Continental Arena in New Jersey.
Continental Arena is now called the Izod Center. But, to me, it will always be the Brendan Byrne Arena, where I went to my first concert (Journey!) in 1982.
I had already seen Madonna at Madison Square Garden during this tour.
For a long time, I’ve gone to see two shows whenever Madonna is on the road. I might have started that habit during the Re-Invention tour; I have a vague memory of that, but I could be wrong.
I’ve blogged a lot about Madonna. My favorite posts are about the impact she had on me in the 1980s:
- Vinyl and prom.
- The lace-up shoes we loved.
- Madonna-worthy earrings.
- Madonna as AIDS activist.
- Madonna and Keith Haring (I still want that skirt).
- Found an amazing 1982 video of Madonna performing “Everybody” at a New York City cabaret.
Also, Madonna’s 1984 performance on the MTV Video Music Awards came up when I was writing for the Huffington Post about Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance last year. That appearance is now considered iconic, but it was thought to be a disaster at the time.
There are some more great ’80s quotes about Madonna here.