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Madonna: remember the singer’s first visit to Brazil

Find out setlist, ticket prices, audience data and more about Madonna’s first visit to Brazil

Madonna visited Brazil for the first time in 1993, with the tour The Girlie Showreleasing his fifth studio album, Erotica (1992). The singer performed in São Paulo, at the Morumbi Stadium, and in Rio de Janeiro, at Maracanã, on November 3rd and 6th, respectively. According to Folha de S.Paulo (via CNN), the first received 88 thousand people, while the second was watched by an audience of 120 thousand.

While passing through Rio, Madonna He tried to escape admirers and the press to see the city’s tourist attractions. She left the Caesar Park Hotel disguised in a black wig and sunglasses. To distract the fans on duty outside the hotel, a lookalike of the artist, Lena Cabralleft through the main entrance of the place (via The globe).

Madonna He managed to climb Corcovado, pass through the Tijuca Forest and walk on Barra da Tijuca beach, where he drank coconut water. On the same trip, she also had dinner at the Satyricon restaurant. According to Terra, she ate seafood, snapper, saffron rice and ice cream of different flavors. At the show in Rio de Janeiro, the artist wore a Flamengo shirt and sang the English version of “Garota de Ipanema”.

In Sao Paulo, Madonna asked what the “Order and Progress” on the Brazilian flag meant and tried to imitate Xuxa, which was very successful on television at that time. According to the newspaper The State of S. Paulo, around 300 incidents were recorded at medical stations — the majority caused by heat or alcohol abuse. Still according to the Estadão, the cheapest tickets cost the equivalent of R$115 today: Cr$2,500 (stands); Cr$ 3.6 thousand (lawn); Cr$ 6.1 thousand (normal chairs); Cr$ 20 thousand (special chairs).

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An arrest warrant was issued against the singer if she displayed or used the Brazilian flag “in a way that violates morals”. If she violated the order, she could be detained in the country for 1 to 15 days. In Rio de Janeiro, there were even those who tried to convert the owner of the hit “Like A Virgin” by protesting in front of her hotel with evangelical posters (via G1).

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In the same year that Madonna made his debut in Brazil, Michael Jackson returned to the country for the first time with a solo career. He was also supposed to perform in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, but the show at Maracanã, scheduled for October 14, 1993, had to be cancelled. The newspaper The globe he even published an article entitled “The biggest Pop War in Rio” and carried out a poll with famous people (via CBN).

O setlist.com indicates that this was the setlist of the shows Madonna in Brazil in 1993:

1. Erotica
2. Fever
3. Vogue
4. Rain
5. Express Yourself
6. Deeper and DEeper
7. Thy’s It So Hard
8. Is This Life
9. Like a Virgin
10. Bye Bye Baby
11. I’m Going Bananas
12. La Isla Bonita
13. The Girl From Ipanema
14.Holiday
15. Justify My Love
16. Everybody


Source: Rollingstone

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