With Ray Of Light, Madonna's first foray into modern
electronic music, due in stores in less than three weeks, the former
Material Girl will make what has been touted as her first club appearance
in a decade this Saturday when she takes the stage at New York's Roxy for a
An anonymous source at the club confirmed the performance on Thursday
morning. Two thousand tickets for the event, priced at $30 each, have been
sold, according to the source. Although tickets went on sale last Friday,
the show did not sell out until Tuesday, the source said, noting that
publicity for the show had been kept under wraps, save for small mentions
in New York gay-community publications such as Homo Extra.
Several lucky fans who were shut out from ticket sales have already won
passes to the show from New York radio station Z-100 (WHTZ). "We gave away
tickets this morning on 'The Z-Morning Zoo with Elvis and Elliott,' " said
Z-100 promotions spokesman Jeff Regan on Thursday. The station will give
away several more pairs of tickets on Friday's program.
As late as Thursday morning, a representative from Madonna publicist Liz
Rosenberg's office would not elaborate on the show. "We're not confirming
that she's playing there," said the rep. Rosenberg was unavailable for
Madonna's planned set on Saturday is said to be exceptionally brief. While
rumors had placed the setlist at a mere three numbers, the Roxy source
said the singer would perform only two songs. Among the numbers Madonna is
expected to play is "Frozen," the ethereal first single from Ray Of
Light that will hit U.S. radio on Feb. 19. Audio files of "Frozen" have been making the rounds of
Madonna Internet sites for about a month.
One week after Madonna's Valentine's Day show at the Roxy, fans in the U.K.
will have a chance to see her on national television. Madonna is slated to
perform several songs on the British Broadcasting Corporation's national
lottery program on Feb. 21. [Thurs., Feb. 12, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]