How many cone bras has the Material Mom gone through?

By Brian M. Raftery
May 18, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Madonna: Illustration by Kirsten Ulve

For Madonna, an eight year holiday from the road just ended: On June 9, in Barcelona, she kicked off the Drowned World Tour, her first excursion since 1993’s vaudeville act, the Girlie Show. So, for old time’s sake, we scanned three past performances captured on video — 1985’s Virgin Tour, 1988’s Ciao Italia: Live From Italy, and 1993’s The Girlie Show: Live Down Under — for a reminder of what the Material Mom used to include in her shows before she discovered faux British accents and cowboy hats.

COSTUME CHANGES 23
CROSSES 6
DISCO BALLS 9
WEDDING GOWNS 1
NUMBER OF TIMES THE PHRASE ”MATERIAL GIRL” IS USED 23
OVERSIZE NOVELTY COMBS 1
FANS RUNNING ON STAGE 2
FANS RUNNING ON STAGE WHO ARE REVEALED TO BE MALE STRIPPERS 1
POSES STRUCK DURING ”VOGUE” 56
BACKUP MUSICIANS 25
BACKUP DANCERS 13
TASSELS 4
MUSICAL NUMBERS INVOLVING…SMALL CHILDREN 6
AWKWARDLY LENGTHY ORGIES 1
MIMES 3
INSTANCES IN WHICH SHE GRABS HER CROTCH 4
INSTANCES IN WHICH SHE GRABS SOMEONE ELSE’S CROTCH 1
GRATUITOUS BUTT SHOTS 16

For a behind the scenes look at the Drowned World Tour and more, go to our Madonna 2001 page.

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