Fan’s favourite memorabilia – Part Eight
MadonnaTribers keep sending in photos and stories about their most favourite Madonna memorabilia in their collections. Here are 3 more stories.
• Hi guys :))
I guess my fave piece is ‘The Complete Collection’, rumour has it there were only 100 of these made for Madonna’s friends who attended the London dates of the Confessions Tour
It’s a lovely item, really chunky and full of ‘promotional use only’ stickered cd’s. Kinda cool and looks great next to my Sticky And Sweet Tour Miami stop litho :))
Neil C from London
• Well, I am a 30 years old Taiwanese. I was her fans since 14 years old. When I was in junior school and had to learn English. My classmates always wonder why I mur muring something but actually I was trying to memorize Madonna song lyrics. It helps me a lot to conquer some examinations and did helps my spearking. Without my quees of pop then I will never become who I am today.
I can always remember the very first TV performance I saw her was 1990 MTV award ” Vogue ” . Elegance and wild bazzar style did impact me and after that.” Bad girl ” was so sad and so in blue, the beauty of the video was so a classic. Just like that, I fall in to the madonna storm til now.
My top fav’ collection was Taiwanese promo dics complete set (til 2010) . After I am a Taiwanese, the official local release will be my most proud. Thought she never been to Taiwan in the last 27 years but I do think she will be here some day.
The Hong Kong promotional Vogue vinyl was the 2nd fav’ due to the special design and my childnood memory. Wild and in elegent. The internet helps a lot for me to obtain these collectables a lot. I can never find them in local Taiwan and thanks for my computer and internet.
Thanks Madonna to allow me to become who I am today. Job / life and the vision of the world. and hopefully I can see you some day personally.
Forest Wu from Taiwan
• Of all the Madonna items I have owned, and I once had an incredible collection before I sold it (including The Like A Prayer Box Set which was always a favourite), this will always remain special, and its probably worth nothing in monetary terms.
I was invited by my best friend (she works in the industry) and it was also the first premiere I had been too; so double excitement. I didn’t think Id even think Id see Madonna as she was heavily pregnant, so I was just excited to be there.
She gave a speech at the beginning of the film, and then left without watching and I assumed that would be it.
After the film, we got to the party at Home House, and it was so extravagant and amazing. You were greeted by almost naked men and women hanging upside down from the stairwells, doing some sort of acrobatics; very sexy.
There were so many rooms, and in each room, you’d find a batch of celebs huddling together chatting, surrounded by everyone else, moving from room to room.
In the dance room, crystals were hanging everywhere, completely covering the walls and changing colours with the lighting; music provided by DJ Trevor Nelson. Food was provided by waiters walking around.
Then we saw Rupert Everett going up some guarded stairs (somewhere I hadn’t even noticed). At the same time, a lady came and got us (there were 4 of us; my friend and her husband, and me and my now ex) and said we should be upstairs.
Security let us pass (and turned away a ‘celeb’ behind us which was weird) and we climbed the stairs. Literally as I walked into the small room, sat on my left, right by the door, was Madonna, in the stunning black gothic dress and necklace. (I was shocked at first as I thought she’d gone home). We stood in a group and I thought, you know what, she could leave any minute, I’m gonna introduce myself. So I waited until she wasnt talking and walked over, we shook hands, I introduced myself and said I had enjoyed the evening, to which she said thank you. Then Ali G came in and I walked away. She was pleasant and polite, but no chit chat.
Then I went and spent the evening (still in the room) talking with Dannii Minogue (who was a scream!) and Natalie Imbruglia, and drunk lots of vodka from the ice statues. (They were icebergs). Rupert Everett was brought over the meet us and he was also pleasant though I thought quite shy. (NB: I didn’t see him sit or talk with Madonna once!)
I specifically remember every now and then hearing ‘that’ laugh, and her voice and reminding myself that she was in the room, and every now and then I’d look over and she what she was doing; she seemed to be having a lovely evening.
Another memory of that night is how out of her mind Paula Yates was; and of course it was her last public appearance before she died a few days later. Very sad. She almost knocked me over at one point as she was running around the small room shouting for her friend and god knows what else.
After Madonna left (maybe stayed a couple of hours at most?) we all went downstairs and spent the rest of the evening with Freddy Windsor and his buddy who were just lovely guys.
It was a wonderful night, and of course a memory I shall cherish.
HOWEVER… within a week, I had advertised and sold my whole (and it was extensive) vinyl and rarities collection! I never bought another magazine (Im still selling those off) and only buy the albums since! Its not that my illusion was shattered, far from it, she had been polite, but that something had happened that I never thought would. She instantly became completely human and obtainable. Meeting Madonna was the healthiest most freeing moment of my life. They say you shouldnt meet your heroes; I wish everyone could have that chance!
I still love her music, go to her concerts, and love discovering the rare leaks, but have a far healthier balanced view on it all. When I got to meet her again a few years later, I can honestly say the experience felt completely normal, and whilst it was a pleasure to be in her company, she was not a distraction.
Howiet from the UK
More Stories are coming up in the next few days. If you wish to send your photo and story of your favourite piece in your Madonna collection, to share it with Madonna Tribe, just use our usual email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Madonna Memorabilia” in the title of your email.
We’re looking forward to see your favourite Madonna items!