I went to Berlin
I had a dream
I wanted to see Madonna
I didn’t know anybody
I wanted to dance
I wanted to sing
I wanted to do all those things
I wanted to be happy
I wanted to see a legend
I wanted to love her even more
I wanted to see a real star
I worked really hard
and my dream came true
19 years ago today I xperienced one of the greatest nights of my life. Seeing Madonna in person ‘for the very first time’ during her Drowned World Tour in the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin (tiny tiny tiny venue!!)
The excitement around the venue in the sunny weather was unparalleled. Do you know that feeling when you find yourself in a certain place at a certain time and you felt like ‘you just got home’? That’s the best way I can describe the feeling of running into the thousands of people who all came to see Madonna. The greatest living legend of our times.
I hopped off the tube and found myself in pure Madonna heaven. There was Madonna music playing everywhere, people were wearing those cheap but cute replica cowboy hats and everyone was simply HAPPY. It was a feeling so special, that I will never ever forget it.
Going inside the venue was nerve wracking, what if my ticket is fake? what if I don’t get in? Thankfully nothing like that happened and I walked in teary eyed. I was in such a state that I was almost in tears before the show had even started. Just the realization that my long cherished dream was about to come true…..I was finally going to see HER!
Walking up to the front row on the left side of the stage coming eye to eye with both Gwyneth Paltrow and Ingrid Casaras nearly gave me a heart attack. Gosh, I was a mess. Just seeing Madonna’s pals in real life was more than enough to give me a nervous breakdown. I can’t even explain how I felt when only 15 minutes later (around the clock of 9pm) the lights went out and the show started. I couldn’t find my glasses and saw everything in a blur, but I recognized Donna and Niki……STRESSED OUT!
Then there she was.
Putting on my glasses my eyes finally adjusted to the fact that she was in fact real, and I was looking right at her. Tears of joy, screams of excitement and trying to get my head around the fact that it was happening! To make a long story short, I witnessed one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) shows I have ever seen there in that tiny venue.
I remember years later when I met Dutch TV host Eddy Zoey who’d also seen the show, that he said that no words, no picture, no footage could EVER capture the magic that was the Drowned World Tour. It was a case of ‘you had to have been there to actually feel it, to experience it’.
I’ll leave it at that.