Take a peek at Madonna’s 1985 concert in Austin

Austinites have two nights to see Madge in concert.

On the left is Madonna in 2022, on the right is Madonna in 1985.

Madonna hasn’t performed in the Capital City in almost 40 years.

Photos by David Kirouac, Moody Center

It’s been almost 40 years since Austin hosted the “Material Girl” herself, but in case you haven’t heard the news, Madonna is coming back to town this fall.

The Moody Center will host “The Celebration Tour” for two nights: Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22. The last time she played in the Capital City was on Sunday, May 5, 1985 at the Frank Erwin Center during “The Virgin Tour.”

In honor of a visit from the Queen of Pop, we’re sharing some photos from her first visit and some insight into Austin in 1985.

A photo of Madonna wearing a brightly colored jacket, lace gloves, and a large bow in her hair.

Madonna visited Austin on her first-ever tour.

Photo courtesy of the Moody Center

In 1985...

  • The Daily Texan announced Madonna’s concert on May 2.
  • The New York Times called Austin “the intellectual and musical capital of Texas” that is struggling to manage growth.
  • Michael Dell dropped out of UT and started working on the company’s first computer system.
  • Longhorn football finished the regular season 8–3.

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