Were you at the USF Sun Dome May 9, 1985? A sold out crowd of 8,000 sang along with “Lucky Star,” “Like a Virgin,” and Madonna threw fake money into the crowd as she performed “Material Girl,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Much has changed since that Tampa concert in 1985. That marriage to Sean Penn didn’t last. She became a mom. She adopted more children. She went on to star in movies and played the Super Bowl halftime show. And yeah, she got a little weird from time to time. Now at 64, Madonna remains the all-time highest grossing female touring artist in the world.
If you missed that performance almost 40 years ago, here’s another chance. Madonna will play Amalie Arena (which wouldn’t be built for another 10 years) in Tampa September 7, 2023. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday (January 20). According to the Amalie Arena website, tickets will start at $40. Various fan club and sponsor presales start later today (January 17) at 2pm. One other Florida stop on the tour will be in Miami two nights later on September 9.
We’re told on this “The Celebration Tour,” Madonna will include hits from the 80s up until now. For many, Madonna was the soundtrack of the 80s, but she had a bunch of hits in the 90s and as you can see from the list below, she’s still putting out music that’s racking up YouTube views. Her collaborations with Nicki Minaj have more plays than some of her monster 80s Q105 hits.