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The Blond Ambition World Tour, Madonna’s third, is arguably the most influential concert tour in modern age.
Every male or female artist that has tried to create larger than life live concerts with a little bit of Broadway and theater has (or have) been influenced by this tour. But the importance of the Blond Ambition Tour is not only on what goes on on stage: the stage design and architecture model is, to this day, copied and used in current touring productions. And we are talking about something created in 1990!
The Blond Ambition Tour, in fact, received the “Most Creative Stage Production” at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and grossed $60 million dollars in 57 dates. In today’s money, that would be somewhere between $220 and $240 million dollars in 57 dates!
Musically, the Blond Ambition supported Madonna’s fourth album - Like a Prayer - and the soundtrack for the film Dick Tracy - I’m Breathless.
Rolling Stone magazine called it an “elaborately choreographed, sexually provocative extravaganza” and proclaimed it “the best tour of 1990.” And time has proved that the tour became the best tour of the decade.
Speaking of the best of the decade, just watch how Madonna was already kicking Lady Garbage’s saggy ass at 32, in 1990, with the Blond Ambition tour.
This is how you do it, folks!
Tell me what is your favorite performance in the show.
It’s so hard for me to choose, Madonna was perfect in every aspect of it.
Perfect hair, perfect body, perfect dancing… the show is flawless.
I think I can pull a top 5 - but there’s no order of preference:
1) The opening with Express Yourself - Madonna was on fire.
2) The iconic Like a Virgin performance with the red velvet bed sheets and the men in cone bra.
3) Vogue in its original form - such a classic.
4) Act of Contrition/Like a Prayer/Oh Father - that whole section is flawless.
5) Family Affair / Keep It Together - Simple and basic staging for a real Broadway Musical star.