When Frontier Touring took Madonna down under for the very first time with her Girlie Show in 1993 they looked for a young, fresh act to open for her who the local audiences would know.
The UK and US had been ‘treated’ to r’n’b quartet UNV but the tour organisers had obviously noticed the audiences there falling asleep during their monotonous, clock-watchingly boring act (including not one but two versions of their one and only non-hit single ‘Something’s Goin’ On!) and decided Australia deserved something better to celebrate her debut performances there.
The act they chose, despite being of British birth, had grown up down under and was celebrating his first flush of success, having won over the hearts of Australia’s teenage girls with his smooth vocals and rippling six pack. He had been discovered at 17 by Madonna’s best Aussie chum Molly Meldrum on the Australian version of talent show ‘New Faces’ performing Bobby Brown’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, and given the freedom to co-write his own music had crafted himself into the freshest native thing in pop ready for his launch in 1992!
Peter Andre was continuing to ride high in 1993 with Australian hits ‘Funky Junky’ and ‘To The Top’. His grammatically challenging single ‘Gimme Little Sign‘ was Australia’s fastest selling single of 1993 and the accompanying eponymous album was a massive hit.
Peter went on to open all nine of Madonna’s Australian Girlie Show concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, but despite sharing a stage with Madonna every single night and travelling around with the tour party, poor Peter never once met Madonna!