Today in Madonna History: May 6, 2019

On May 6 2019, Madonna officially announced the Madame X Tour. The tour includes  intimate theatre performances in the following cities (additional dates and venues to be announced):

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York – 12 shows) – September 12/14/15/17/19/21/22/24/25/26/28 and October 1
  • The Chicago Theatre (Chicago – 4 shows) – October 15/16/17 and 21
  • The Wiltern (Los Angeles – 9 shows) – November 12/13/14/16/17/21/23/24 and 25
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Las Vegas) – dates to be announced
  • Boch Center Wang Theatre (Boston) – dates to be announced
  • Metropolitan Opera House (Philadelphia) – dates to be announced
  • Jackie Gleason Theatre (Miami) – dates to be announced

The tour will continue in 2020 with performances at the Coliseum in Lisbon, the Palladium in London and at the Grand Rex in Paris.

Go to madonna.livenation.com to request/get your tickets!

Today in Madonna History: January 30, 1995

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On January 30, 1995, Madonna and Babyface performed Take A Bow at the 22nd annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California.

Today in Madonna History: December 5, 1994

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On December 5 1994, Madonna began filming the music video for Bedtime Story at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

The video marked her second collaboration with director Mark Romanek and featured cinematography by Harris Savides. To assist in the process of developing her ideas for the video into something more tangible, Madonna again turned to storyboard artist Grant Shaffer, who had previously collaborated on her videos for Deeper And Deeper and Rain.

Madonna recalled the inspiration for the video in an interview with Aperture magazine:

“My Bedtime Story video was completely inspired by all the female surrealist painters like Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo. There’s that one shot where my hands are up in the air and stars are spinning around me. And me flying through the hallway with my hair trailing behind me, the birds flying out of my open robe – all of those images were an homage to female surrealist painters; there’s a little bit of Frida Kahlo in there, too.”

The effects-laden video was shot over six days and has been noted by Madonna as being one of the more grueling video shoots of her career. Filming of a scene that featured Madonna bathing in blue-coloured water yielded unexpectedly colourful results; when Madonna emerged from the water, she later recounted, it quickly became apparent that her skin had been temporarily stained blue.

Fortunately any on-set difficulties were not evident in the final product. Following several months of post-production work, the video’s stunning surrealist imagery was enthusiastically received by viewers upon its release in March, 1995.

A very special thank you to artist Grant Shaffer for generously sharing a selection of his original storyboards used in the development of the Bedtime Story video! We’d like to invite readers to check out more of Grant’s art on his official website – including his sketches for Deeper And Deeper, Rain and Madonna’s Japanese Takara commercial.

Today in Madonna History: September 7, 1990

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On September 7 1990, Madonna was honored with the Commitment To Life Award and performed Vogue at the Commitment To Life IV benefit for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Today in Madonna History: September 5, 1991

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On September 5 1991, Madonna’s The Immaculate Collection won Best Long-Form Video at the 8th annual MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.

Today in Madonna History: April 30 ,1992

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On April 30 1992, the black bustier worn by Madonna in the Open Your Heart video was stolen from Frederick’s Of Hollywood’s lingerie museum during the 3-day riots in Los Angeles, California.

Today in Madonna History: February 28, 2001

On February 28 2001, Madonna announced she was going out on tour for the first time since The Girlie Show World Tour in 1993:

“I’m finally going to fucking drag my ass into a rehearsal studio. I never want to repeat myself. I don’t see the point of doing a show unless you offer something that is going to mind-boggle the senses. It’s not enough to get on the stage and sing a song. It’s all about theatre and drama and surprise and suspense. So I’m looking forward to it, but I’m also nervous about it.”

The Drowned World Tour started on June 9 2001, in Spain. The tour ended after 47 shows in Los Angeles on September 15 2001.

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