Back in the mid 1980s, still five years before the Milli Vanilli scandal (notably, in Bristol, Conn.), miming to backing tracks wasnt unexpected, but it wasnt exactly welcomed. Madonna, at 26 years old one of the biggest stars on the planet, lip-synched her entire June 3 concert at the New Haven Coliseum, Courant reporter Frank Rizzo noted. Despite feverish dancing, cavorting and frolicking her way charismatically through hits like "Material Girl," "Lucky Star," "Crazy For You" and "Like A Virgin" for 75 minutes, "there was not one breathy note, not one missed word, not one deviation from the familiar routine of her albums," Rizzo wrote. Thousands of teenage girls in Madonna garb (and boys who came to check them out) enjoyed every minute (even if their parents were displeased by some of Madonna's R-rated stage banter). The show was opened by the Beastie Boys, "a white rap group of four teenage goonies who also bounced around the stage, frequently fondled themselves and proved to be fairly obnoxious," as Rizzo evocatively described them. See the review here.
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