Last week I saw the MDNA Tour in DC. It was a blast and reinforced my enduring fascination with Madonna. I openly admit to liking her and always have. Except that one time, when she did a show in a Long Island, NY club just before she became famous. It was 1983 when I saw her up on stage singing Burning Up. I wasn’t impressed and it was close to curfew, so I went home. In all, I have seen her live 3 times over the last 29 years and suspect that I will probably still be interested in her ten years from now.
What did I carry in my purse to the shows, you ask?
Well, you didn’t ask, but I got to thinking about this as I was loading my purse for this last show.
Boy Toy, have times changed.
1983 Escapes Nightclub – Long Island, New York
My LeSportsac handbag was stuffed with:
- Hair pick to keep the curls looking 80′s big.
- Mascara, blush, lip gloss, Maybelline eyebrow pencil
- Parliament Cigarettes
- Matches – not only to light my cigarettes but also to light the end of my Maybelline eyebrow pencil so when I put it along the inside rim of my lower eyelid, it went on smooth and black.
- Key to my car, because I always remembered to push the button down to lock it.
- $11.00 – for the cover charge plus two Whiskey Sours
- Dime for the payphone – just in case
June 1990 -Nassau Coliseum – Long Island, New York
My Fanny pack was filled with:
- $20 for a t-shirt
- Lip gloss
- Eye liner – no matches this time
- Quarter for the payphone – just in case
September 2012 – Verizon Center – Washington DC
My Hobo Mini Purse held:
- Ear plugs – just in case
- Binoculars – which were alternated with glasses
- Medication – just in case I got a headache, indigestion, had an allergic reaction to something or a experienced a panic attack
- iPhone – just in case
- $40 for a t-shirt
- Tissues – just in case I cried during Open Your Heart