The last time Madonna played a live show in Portland, Oregon was in April of 1985, when I was a the tender age of four. Although my dad DID take me to see Signourney Weaver in Aliens just one year later, at the age of five, I don’t think my parents were clamoring to take their toddler to the show. Apparently Madonna played at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for “The Virgin Tour”.
That being said, I don’t remember a time in my life where I wasn’t a Madonna fan. I still have some of my original vinyl (one of them being Like a Virgin) and my Blond Ambition t-shirt that I received for my 10th birthday. After watching the Blond Ambition pay-per-view on HBO, I was inspired to attempt this costume for Halloween. Let’s just say I remember really concerned looks from the parents chaperoning that party…
I’m pretty sure those ripped arms inspired me to get into pushups, too, but that’s besides the point.
Let’s get to last night, as Madonna returned to Portland 30 years later. Accompanied by my two friends, Courtney & Liz, we arrived at the Moda Center with our tickets in hand. Having very carefully picked seats in the front of the 200 section during the presale, I knew we would have a good view but wouldn’t necessarily be graced with the sweat of background dancers. We were cool with that. And as expected, we had a great view.
We snapped a few pics and knew the show would start any second…
That’s right – a very drunk woman is about to throw up, and it’s not pretty. Immediately the ushers cleared us out and after a shuffle, we were told we would be UPGRADED to better seats!
Granted, it was a little stressful to find our initial seats, get pumped up for the show, be removed from those seats, wait around knowing the show would start any second, be moved around by several ushers multiple times, and then finally be escorted down to some of the best seats in the house…but HEL-LO we had some of the best seats in the house.
I expected great costumes and dancing, but what I didn’t expect was the amount of instruments she pulled out and played, including a blistering guitar solo to start out the show, while rocking leather thigh-highs and ridiculously high heels. There’s a reason she’s The Queen.
So if you know that sad lady who threw up her dinner in section 225 and obviously missed the show, let her know that we would like to personally thank her for making our experience pretty amazing.
Oh yeah, and in case you want proof of my youthful fandom, well, I’ve got this for you: