Hearne: Finally, KC Lands Madonna Show at Sprint Center October 30th

At long last Kansas City is getting Madonna

To the best of my recollection, KC has never hosted a Madonna show. Back when she truly mattered – the early to mid 1980s through mid 1990s – the Material Girl’s concert tours hit the East Coast, the West Coast and Florida, but never here.

That’s about to change when the Madonna plays Sprint Center the night before Halloween on October 30.

When Madonna broke out in 1983, her early claim to fame was she was dating popular 70s/80s DJ John Jellybean Benitez who mixed her first album.

John Who, you may ask, assuming like most Kansas Citians you were largely resentful of the disco phenomenon that swept most of the country with the exception of gay bars in Midwestern burgs like KC.

But the Jellybean was long gone by the time Madonna’s second album, "Like a Virgin," exploded onto the scene in 1984 with three huge hits – Like a Virgin, Material Girl and Into the Groove. It was followed by a concert tour with the Beastie Boys as opening act.

And of course, no KC date.

The $64 million question: Does the 53 year-old Madonna still truly matter?

"Well, with her playing the Super Bowl, that’s evidence that she’s still a top draw," says local concert-a-holic Rick Dodderidge. "I’ve heard a lot of criticism of her show, but I thought it was good. I tuned in just to see it and I’m not really a fan."

Former Capital Automated Tickets (Ticketmaster forbear) honcho Mardi Silva doesn’t recall Madonna playing KC in her heady, early days either.

"No, I remember people coming in and asking if she was coming," Silva says. "Don Hall even sent one of his key people over and said, ‘How come we don’t get these shows?’ And I always thought it was because the artists could make more money and sell more records playing in the bigger cities. That’s what I remember."

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13 Responses to Hearne: Finally, KC Lands Madonna Show at Sprint Center October 30th

  1. paulwilsonkc says:

    This is old news…..
    Theres a huge after party at Jardines. I’ve got a hook up if you wanna go.

  2. Actually... says:

    Before dating Jellybean she dated rock-star artist/painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in late 1982.

  3. Rick says:

    More Super Bowl lip synching coming to KC……gee great

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    If I wanted to see a 53 year old woman try to act 25 I’d drink at Nick n Jake’s happy hour in overland park.

  5. double standards says:

    Why is it OK for Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler,Van Halen and even Iggy Pop to dance around on stage like a bunch of teenagers but if a woman does it people think it’s wrong. I’d still go see Gwen Steffani, Janet Jackson or Madonna in concert any time.

  6. Bob says:

    If you want to see
    a near 70 year old trying to act, talk, dress and write like a 25 year old…. read Glazer here, listen to him on the radio, and go see him at his club.

  7. Guy says:

    RE: double standards
    Hmmmmm….maybe because all the people you mentioned actually play instruments, write MOST(yes I know desmond child has written a few for aerosmith)of their own songs, AND ACTUALLY SING THEM LIVE!!!! I had the cool opportunity to meet and hangout with No Doubt(Gwen’s band, if you live under a rock) and they are nice people. Gwen writes and sings, so you can’t lump her into the same group with Janet and Skeletor(Madge). One more little story for ya…..

    I used to go to Vegas alot back in the 1990’s, when madonna was still HUGE. In her movie “Truth or Dare”, her main dancer and boytoy was Oliver(black dude with bleached hair) He was extremely tight with the people I stayed with out there. We hit it off pretty well and hit a couple clubs together. He had quite a few things to say about Madge. But, the thing that stuck out the most to me was, for as over sexed and over-the-top as Madonna was trying to be……HE SAID SHE WAS A HORRIBLE LAY! DEAD IN THE BED!!!

  8. beena says:

    i will be there

  9. beena says:

    i will host the after party too

  10. Cliffy says:

    I tuned in to the Super Bowl and watched a bunch of strong, young guys toss around a beat up old piece of leather. But enough about the halftime show.

  11. paulwilsonkc says:

    Beena, you cant come OR host the party!!
    Its MY club now, didn’t you get the news? I made a YouTube of me standing in front of the door saying I just bought it!

  12. Super Dave says:

    No Paul
    No Paul I bought it.

  13. paulwilsonkc says:

    Dave, send me a YouTube or a news reel
    until I see it for myself, its still MINE, alllllllll mine.

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