Important breaking news: Madonna HAS performed in Tampa
Have you ever been told something as fact, then gone around repeating to anyone who will listen, then, just when you think the whole world believes you ... you find out it's not true?
That happened to us Monday. When we told you that Timpano Italian Chophouse in Tampa was planning a party and specials in honor of Madonna's 53rd birthday today (8/16), we casually mentioned that Madonna had never performed in Tampa. People have been telling us this for years, including some who have lived in Tampa Bay for much longer than us.
Thankfully, a commenter was there to set us straight.
Madonna has, in fact, played Tampa -- she performed to a sold-out crowd at the USF Sun Dome on May 9, 1985. That's her in the photo, which ran the next day in the Evening Independent.
Wrote concert reviewer Ray Rudolph:
"Madonna, at 25, now is selling everything she fought for all her life, and the sold-out crowd of 8,000 bought it all -- her streetwise pin-up image, her blatantly sexy and indulgent lyrics delivered in a girlish, even coquettish voice and animated with peepshow antics. All this was backed by a powerful six-piece band and two equally gritty male backup singers and dancers. ...
"When she got to Lucky Star and Over and Over, she had changed to black tights and a halter top with a see-through crucifix. And when the crowd could wait no more, she quickly disappeared to return Like A Virgin in sewed-on lace pants, a white halter, and yards of netting. She closed the show with Material Girl, which rose to No. 2 on Billboard magazine's charts. Dressed in furs, she threw fake money to the crowd."
Yeah, take that, Lady Gaga. Click here for the full 1985 Madonna concert review.
FOOTNOTE OF HISTORY: Perhaps the best part? The opening act was the Beastie Boys.
"Our job was to get the crowd riled up before Madonna went on," Adam Yauch recalled two years later. "And we did it. And whether we got them happy or got them mad, we definitely didn't leave them bored."
So anyway, happy birthday, Madonna. Soundcheck regrets the error. But not as much as we regret missing this concert.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Joe Walles, tbt*.