I haven’t posted in several weeks, but I feel inspired to comment on the original Material Girl today. I first became an acolyte of Madonna in the early eighties when I was living in Reno, Nevada. There, I was co-host of PM Magazine, a nightly half hour video magazine program broadcast via KTVN, Channel 2.
Friday and Saturday nights, I would go out dancing at the Chute, a gay night club on Virginia Street. Madonna was well on her way to becoming the Next Big Thing in pop music, and Material Girl was all the rage.
Now, some four decades later, Madonna is still selling out arenas. In fact, as she’s set to launch her Celebration world tour this summer, Madonna has found it necessary to add additional dates to keep up with demand.
The 64-year–old Michigan native’s last public appearance was in February at the Grammy Awards where her face came as a surprise to audience members and the viewing public alike. It was apparent she had undergone one or more procedures to alter her facial features.
Reactions from many of her fans were so negative that Madonna reportedly has decided to do whatever it takes to change her look back to what it was before. According to those same reports, Madonna wants to complete that facial reconstruction before it’s time to kick off her tour.
I had the opportunity to interview Madonna 23 years ago when she was doing publicity for her romcom movie, The Next Best Thing. Following is my sit-down conversation with her.
Madonna’s Celebration world tour begins in July in Vancouver, British Columbia. And by the way, Madonna’s 1984 hit, Like a Virgin, is one of 25 musical recordings selected this year for inclusion in the Library of Congress’s National Music Registry. Way to go, Madge!