On October 14 1993, Rolling Stone magazine featured Madonna (several times) in an article featuring The 100 Top Music Videos. Rolling Stone included the following Madonna music videos “Express Yourself” at #10, “Like A Prayer” at #20, “Borderline” at #24, “Vogue” at #28, “Justify My Love” at #43 and “Oh Father” at #66 – Madonna had more videos on the list than any other artist or group.
On September 25 1993, Madonna’s “The Girlie Show” tour opened with 2 sold-out concerts at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Over 144,000 fans attended the two shows in London.
“The Girlie Show” was launched in support of Madonna’s 1992 album, “Erotica“. The show had the central visual theme of a “sex circus”. Described as “a mixture of a rock concert, a fashion show, a carnival performance, a cabaret act and a burlesque show”, the show had a more complex stage than those from Madonna’s previous tours: it had a runway that led from the center of the main stage to a minor stage, a revolving elevated platform in the middle of the main stage, balconies in the rear of the stage, and a giant illuminated “Girlie Show” sign above stage, among other features. The tour was directed by Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone; costumes for the tour were designed by Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana.
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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 June 21, 1993, Madonna’s “Rain” video premiered on MTV. The video was directed by Mark Romanek, and filmed from May 16 – 19 at a Santa Monica Airport hanger in California. Romanek and Madonna set the video to look like Ryuichi Sakamoto was directing it, giving it a backstage feel. It was entirely shot in black and white and then hand-painted with blue tones.
I feel like I’ve known you before
I want to understand you
More and more
When I’m with you
I feel like a magical child
Everything is strange
Everything is wild
Waiting is the hardest thing
I tell myself that if I believe in you
In the dream of you
With all my heart and all my soul
That by sheer force of will
I will raise you from the ground
And without a sound you’ll appear
And surrender to me
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 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.