1987: Madonna's First USA Stadium Concert

After a couple of weeks in Japan, Madonna's 1987 "Who's That Girl" World Tour had its USA opening in Miami on Saturday June 27th of that year. Madonna-tv viewer Jose (aka AvoidTheCliche) had a 3rd row seat at this historic concert and shared this great MTV News report about the gig.

Here's what he remembers of that day 25 years ago!

"I was only 12 at the time, I went with my best friend who is also a huge Madonna fan like we all were and I guess as kids we were easily impressionable, so I have had this conversation with my friend though the years and we remember all the events from before and after the show but we can only remember bits and pieces of the actual show. It was sensory overload for our young minds to grasp that we were so close to Madonna herself.

I got to my friends house at around noon time and the sky was already turning black. By the time we left to go to the Stadium around 5:00pm there was a complete torrential downpour. On 3 of the pop stations all they were playing was Madonna music. Y100 radio had exclusive backstage access and though they didn’t get Madonna they interviewed Mark Goodman from MTV, the little kid dancer Chris and some of the other dancers - and they were repeating that the show will go on despite the rain (which was music to our ears).

We got to the Orange Bowl at around 6:30 pm, bought the 3 posters, tour book and 2 shirts. We proceeded to our seats and when we got inside the actual stadium and took a glance at the stage and how huge the stadium was we were in complete awe. When we found our seats it hit us that we were in disbelief how close we were.

It began to pour rain again and most people actually stayed in their seats getting soaked (us included) we were not moving from our seats. An announcement was made that Level 42 could not play because of the rain, so again we started to get worried. From what I remember the crowd was mixed with adults, but mostly kids. There were also lots of banners saying Madonna we love you etc, Y100 radio had a banner contest and they were urging people to make them and well they did (we didn’t).

It stopped raining again around 8:00pm so they started to get the stage ready and there were tons of people on that stage drying up the flood and the stadium really started to fill up as you can see from the MTV report. FINALLY around 9:50 or 9:55 the lights went out. The roar of the crowd was insane you couldn’t hear the music for a sec when OYH began and then there she was! I swear she looked at us from time to time but then again everyone else also thought the same thing. It was a HOT and steamy summer evening in Miami you can see the steam rising from the crowd.

It‘s amazing that even a couple of years after Madonna hit it big she was already an Icon. The only female performer to ever play a stadium tour in the US and as you know she played lots of stadiums again during her S&S tour which included a stadium date in Miami at a different venue the Orange Bowl was torn down 2 years ago.

I remember the show in patches but all I can say is 2 hrs went by in 2 minutes too fast and I had never experienced such joy at that point in my life. The first song they played when the lights went on was "Holding back the Years" by Simply Red, It was a somber song to play after such an amazing experience but it made me also sad hearing that very song to realize the big day was over. To this day I hear that song and I think about Madonna. "

(MTV, June 1987)

1987: Japanese Concert TV Broadcast!

25 years ago tonight Madonna was performing her final show of the first leg of the 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour.

Japan's 5th concert of the tour was at the Korakeun Stadium in capital city Tokyo and this show was specially filmed for TV broadcast and general release.

Edited highlights of the concert first aired on Japanese TV shortly after the show took place and within a couple of months the full gig was officially released (in that country only) on both VHS and Laserdisc as "Who's That Girl: Madonna Live In Japan". Outside Japan, fans would have to wait until Spring 1988 for an official home-video release of the tour in the shape of "Ciao Italia: Madonna Live From Italy".

Here's something rarely seen since 1987 - from the original Japanese TV broadcast the opening title sequence of the TV special, followed by "Open Your Heart" in full and then the original advertisements which were shown in the first ad break!

(June 1987)

2012: Shooting "Turn Up The Radio"

Filming took place today, Monday June 18th 2012 for the video of "Turn Up The Radio", the next single to be taken from MDNA. The location was a small town outside Florence, Italy called Mugello - take a look at some of what happened!

(June 2012, Republica TV)

1987: Who's That Girl World Tour!

Today is the 25th Anniversary of the opening of Madonna's first ever worldwide concert tour!

The 1987 Who's That Girl World Tour opened in Japan at Osaka's Nashinomiya Stadium on the evening of Sunday June 14th in 1987. The tour continued in Japan with further shows in Osaka and then Tokyo before travelling across the USA and then Europe until its finale in the Italian city of Florence on September 6th.

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Throughout the Summer, Madonna-TV will be looking back at this most epic of Madonna concerts with a selection of TV footage and reports, including some never before seen online!.

(Madonna-TV, June 2012)

1987: Madonna's Coming Soon!

This week 25 years ago, Madonna was off to Japan in preparation for the worldwide premiere of her 1987 Who's That Girl tour.

As part of her first ever world tour, the Japanese concerts taking place in June 1987 were set to be Madonna's career debut full-scale performances outside of North America.

The build-up and hype surrounding Madonna's visit to Japan was evident from the production by Warner-Pioneer of a promotional video special entitled "Madonna's Coming Soon".

The unique 45 minute documentary looked back at Madonna's career to date using archive interview, TV and music video clips, and was issued in advance of Madonna's arrival in Japan as a promo-only VHS video tape.

Here's a quick look at what was included on this most rare of Madonna video collectables!

(May 1987, Warner-Pioneer Japan)

2012: MDNA TOUR Tel Aviv Press Kit!

Madonna's highly anticipated MDNA World Tour finally had its World Premiere in Tel Aviv, Israel on Thursday May 31st 2012!

The tour will progress across the Middle East to Europe, followed by dates in North America, South America and then into 2013 with a string of shows across Australia!

Here's a superb official Electronic Press Kit released June 1st 2012, showing preparations for the opening show in Israel along with footage of the concert itself!

(May 2012)