Madonna turned 60 today! She celebrated in style …
I posted my own Madonna tribute video on YouTube yesterday. If you missed it, check it out now! I tell the story of how I skipped my senior prom to see Madonna at Radio City Music Hall in 1985 and show off some amazing Madonna concert artifacts from 1987.
I’ve belatedly found a photo of the oversize shirt I wore to the 1985 concert, though this was taken in 1986.
I also figured out that the t-shirt that I wore for the video is from the Drowned World Tour of 2001. (Shout-out to Janet Gough, who took this photo of the merch stand at the Los Angeles show.)
While I was hunting for an image of that t-shirt, I was amused to find this picture of singer Rita Ora wearing the 1990 Blonde Ambition tour t-shirt I have. The difference is I got mine at the concert personally — and Rita wasn’t even born till a few months after that tour!
Another post-video discovery is this great interview with Maripol, the designer of Madonna’s famous black rubber bangles, which I’m still obsessed with. I meant what I said, Maripol! Let’s collab!
Of course, I have plenty of previous Madonna-related posts if you want to do some reading. She’s got a whole category to herself on this blog. Here are some highlights:
- This July marked the 35th anniversary of Madonna’s debut album.
- I had my best Madonna concert seats ever when I saw her at Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center in 2015.
- This 2014 photo of my Madonna tour t-shirts needs to be updated to include the ones from 2015!
- In 2014, I reminisced about my obsession with the Gucci satin shirt worn by Madonna at the 1995 VMAs.
- A 2012 post on Madonna and aging disgracefully.
- My “Happy 50th birthday, Madonna” post from 10 years ago.
- Madonna’s 1987 AIDS fundraiser, which I talk about at length in the new video.
- Madonna and Keith Haring.
- In 2009, MrB and I bought a vintage topless photo of Madonna, which still hangs above our bed.
Another piece of Madonna art resulted from my desperation to go to a small show she did at Roseland in 2000. MrB heroically got us into the totally unavailable show and then wrote about the experience for the Wall Street Journal, where he was managing editor at the time. The folks at the paper gave us the art that ran with his article. It depicts the Britney Spears t-shirt Madonna wore, and that pointy-nosed profile in the audience is MrB himself.
I — the Madonna mega-fan — am not depicted!