The Girlie Show-1993

One could think that after watching Madonna’s video for “Rain”, the 5th and final single from “Erotica”, she was toning down her sexually charged image, but with Madonna you can only expect the unexpected.  Instead of turning away from the sexual theme, she clearly enhanced it, making her big entrance with a full dominatrix Dolce & Gabbana costume. The show also featured a top-less dancer, a simulated orgy and plenty of sexy costumes. The Girlie Show had a central theme that could be called like a Circus featuring performances with mixed elements from Burlesque, Cabaret, Rock Concert, and a Fashion Show.

If she had raised the bar up high with The Blond Ambition Tour, for The Girlie Show, in promotion for her 5th studio album, Madonna went a step further. As it was expected, the Tour was a tremendous success, earning the impressive amount of $70 million with only 39 shows. For the first time Madonna visited unexplored territories in Latin America, Australia, and Asia, but at the same time she reduced the number of shows in North America and Europe, playing only three cities in the United States.

Compared to her older tours, the design for the stage was more complex, featuring a catwalk to a minor stage, an elevator, several moving platforms and balconies at different stage levels. This was certainly Madonna’s most elaborate stage design at this point. The setlist was also very eclectic, for the first time Madonna avoided the general hits loved by the public and focused on the new songs. However she did play several hits though like Express yourself, Vogue, Holiday and La Isla bonita, but all went through major reinventions, and even dared to revisit album tracks like the unexpected “I’m going bananas” from I’m Breathless.

But overall the important issue is that she managed to silence all the critics who were announcing the end of her career, as the show was a hit, and she continued to cement her place as the most exciting live pop performer in show business, a job she has kept doing continuously to this day. It was broadcasted by HBO and the performance in Sydney, Australia was released on video by the name, Live Down Under. 

Rain/Just my imagination
Express Yourself
Deeper and Deeper
Why’s It So Hard
In This Life
The Beast Within (interlude)
Like A Virgin
Bye Bye Baby
I’m Going Bananas
La Isla Bonita
Justify My love
Everybody Is A Star/Everybody 

Tour Itinerary
25/9/93 – Wembley Stadium, London, UK
26/9/93 – Wembley Stadium, London, UK
28/9/93 – Palais Omnisports, Paris, France
29/9/93 – Palais Omnisports, Paris, France
1/10/93 – Palais Omnisports, Paris, France
2/10/93 – Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany (cancelled)
4/10/93 – Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel
7/10/93 – Inonu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey
11/10/93 – Toronto SkyDome, Toronto, Canada
12/10/93 – Toronto SkyDome, Toronto, Canada
14/10/93 – Madison Square Garden, New York
15/10/93 – Madison Square Garden, New York
17/10/93 – Madison Square Garden, New York
19/10/93 – The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
21/10/93 – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
23/10/93 – Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Canada
26/10/93 – Juan Ramon Lubriel Stadium, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
30/10/93 – River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
31/10/93 – River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/11/93 – Estadio Do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
6/11/93 – Estadio Do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
10/11/93 – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
12/11/93 – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
13/11/93 – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, Mexico City, Mexico
19/11/93 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
20/11/93 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia (resch. 12/4)
24/11/93 – Brisbane Anz Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
26/11/93 – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
27/11/93 – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
29/11/93 – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia
1/12/93 – Adelaid Oval, Adelaide, Australia
3/12/93 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
4/12/93 – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia
7/12/93 – Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
8/12/93 – Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
9/12/93 – Fukuoka Dome, Fukuoka, Japan
13/12/93 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
14/12/93 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
16/12/93 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
17/12/93 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
19/12/93 – Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

Jai Winding, Michael Bearden – Keyboards
Paul Pesco – Guitar
Victor Bailey – Bass
Omar Hakim – Drums
Luis Conte – Percussion
Mike McKnight – Additional Keyboards
Niki Haris, Donna De Lory – Background Vocals

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