You can count on one hand the number of international pop stars who haven’t played in the region.
North music fans have been lucky enough to see everyone from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin over the years.
I can only think of maybe Elvis, Abba and, possibly, Prince who never graced local stages.
But one other act who hasn’t set foot in the Toon is, of course, Madonna.
The closest she came was on this day 30 years ago – on a Friday teatime to be exact – when she appeared on the Tube, the groundbreaking music TV show produced here in the region by Tyne Tees.
Today, the 55-year-old multimillionaire is one of the biggest names in showbusiness, an icon of the MTV age, actress, author, producer and entrepreneur.
Back in 1984, Madonna Ciccone was an unknown American singer-dancer, desperate for fame and fortune.
The video slot, which appeared on The Tube, was filmed at Manchester’s famous Hacienda club.
The young New Yorker, backed by two dancers – her brother, Christopher, and Erica Bell – strutted and mimed her way through two songs.
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