Today in Madonna History: September 25, 1993

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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.

Did you see “The Girlie Show” live in person? 

Today In Madonna History: March 6, 1986

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On March 6, 1986, Madonna and George Harrison hold a press conference at Kensington Roof Gardens, London, England to discuss the filming of Shanghai Surprise; when asked by a reporter to apologize for her and Sean’s behavior towards the British press, Madonna answers: “I have nothing to apologize for”.

You have to stick it out to the end of the video to hear George Harrison’s “Shanghai Surprise.” It’s one of those 80’s songs you can’t get out of your head!

Here are some of the lyrics:

But i’m ready.
You must be crazy… crazy…
And you got no money… money…
But you’re a tryer…

My straits are dire from the wok into the fire,
I’d like to meet you but i’ve broken my chopstick.
Sometimes there’s no hope in, in chasing promises,
I wanna love you though it could prove to be unwise,
Shanghai surprise.