On September 2 1993, Madonna opened the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards performing “Bye Bye Baby“. She cavorted on stage with three scantily clad women in a brothel-style setting, dressed in tuxedos and top hats, in a choreographed, highly sexual routine. According to choreographer Alex Magno, he wanted to do “Justify My Love” or “The Beast Within” on MTV, but Madonna decided that they might be too controversial for live television and abandoned the idea. Nevertheless, “Bye Bye Baby” was chosen and performed with the choreography they had been practicing for “The Girlie Show World Tour“, since it represented the whole idea behind the tour. Louis Virtel from The Backlot ranked the performance at number eight on a list for “Madonna’s 11 Greatest VMA Moments”. He praised Madonna’s rendition of the song at the Video Music Awards, calling it “a hell of a VMA performance” and a “killer cinematic throwback”.
On May 14, 1993, the 1000th episode of The Arsenio Hall Show aired, featuring Madonna as the headline act.
The 1000th episode was an AIDS benefit concert and it was filmed at the Hollywood Bowl.
Madonna performed “Fever” as well as “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Anthony Keidis from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
On March 22, 1993, Madonna’s version of “Fever” (a remake of 1958 Peggy Lee song) was released as a UK single.
The UK single included the following remixes:
- Album Edit (4.27)
- Hot Sweat 12″ (7.57)
- Extended 12″ (6.05)
- Shep’s Remedy Dub (4.29)
- Murk Boys Miami Mix (7.07)
- Murk Boys Deep South Mix (6.28)
On February 27, 1993, “Bad Girl” hit #36 in the USA, becoming Madonna’s first single to miss the top 20 and breaking her streak of 27 consecutive top 20 hits that started with “Holiday“, in 1983.
Bad Girl is the only single release off of Madonna’s Erotica album that she did not perform on her The Girlie Show World Tour of 1993.
On February 8, 1993, Madonna begins filming Dangerous Game, co-starring Harvey Kietel and James Russo, directed by Abel Ferrerra.