Madonna kicked off her Blond Ambition World Tour on April 13, 1990, 25 years ago this week. Aside from offering the world Madonna in her absolute prime – as a performer and as an all-around focus of attention – Blond Ambition changed the pop culture landscape.
Fans might be surprised to learn that it’s not Madonna‘s highest-grossing tour; Sticky & Sweet, MDNA and The Girlie Show each performed better. And it only featured 57 stops. But it’s still hugely important and might have done the most toward defining Madonna as a music icon – and here are 25 reasons for that.
(NSFW warning: The article features clips from Madonna in concert, and some of the language might not be work-appropriate. Hey, it’s Madonna.)