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What Was The First Live performance You Attended?

Madonna, Like a Virgin Tour, June 1985

We just lately took our daughter to her first live performance, delayed considerably by, you already know, that COVID factor. It was Billie Eilish on the Chase Middle just a few weeks again. Good present. I’m glad my child had sufficient style to select an artist that she probably will look again on with fondness.

A part of the enjoyable in watching all the ladies rock out to Billie was remembering my very own ‘first time.’ Appropriately sufficient it was Madonna’s Like a Virgin tour in 1985. Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in NYC. Which wasn’t her hometown technically (Madonna grew up in Michigan) however very a lot her adopted metropolis, having grow to be part of the scene starting in 1978 when she dropped out of faculty and relocated to the East Village with $35 in her pocket. She’s nonetheless out and in of town — not less than one residence I do know of, a triple large townhouse on East 81st.

Madonna performed three nights at Radio Metropolis that June earlier than transferring on to Madison Sq. Backyard. I don’t recall which night time we went, however my mom took my and my sister. June 1995 meant I used to be 11 years outdated. My sister was six.

I hadn’t heard of the opening band, some native group referred to as the Beastie Boys, however they weren’t superb and folks booed. In fact nearly 18 months later they’d launch an album that turned essential to me and start a multi-decade fandom. However that night time the gang was there for Madonna.

AND SHE SPANKED! I imply, it’s onerous to recollect how on hearth she was at the moment. There’s one thing about an artist on the top of their preliminary debut. Madonna was a cultural phenomena, a performer who impressed adoration, debate, trend, outrage. In fact she’s reinvent herself a number of instances however for my era, the Materials Lady period was the lasting picture.

Do children nonetheless purchase t-shirts at concert events to put on to high school the subsequent day as ‘proof’ or is that now not cool? My daughter wears a uniform, and the cool Billie Eilish merch drops on the internet, so I’m out of contact with what you’re purported to do at present. She purchased a tour poster (now framed and hanging in her bed room) and a keychain, as a result of her college says you possibly can put one piece of minor aptitude in your backpack.

I purchased THE t-shirt again then.

It mentioned “VIRGIN” in huge letters on the again. The bustier was like that rubbery print on materials. Perhaps it glowed at midnight or that was in all probability simply my hope. I’m certain this shirt is now like tons of of {dollars} on ebay and classy LA shops.

Since that point I’ve seen tons of of exhibits. I actually do love reside music. However seeing an iconic performer on a seminal tour as a primary shot units the tone.

So, what was your first live performance?



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