Most artists spend weeks teasing their New Year’s Eve concerts to make sure their fans will show up – and then there’s Madonna. People at Stonewall Inn thought their eyes are playing tricks on them when the Queen of Pop made a surprise appearance at the iconic bar on New Year’s Eve.
Stonewall Inn isn’t your regular New York bar – it served as the birthplace of modern LBGTQ movement, after the riots in 1969. It’s recently been announced Madonna will serve as an ambassador for the 50th anniversary, and she felt it’s only fitting to kick off the New Year in Stonewall.
“I stand here proudly at the place where pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year… If we truly took the time to get to know one another we would find that we all bleed the same color and we all need to love and be loved,” said Madonna during her powerful speech.
The pop diva showed up at the bar with her son David Banda, shortly after midnight. He accompanied her on the acoustic guitar while the crowd sang along as she performed her hit “Like a Prayer” and a touching rendition of Elvis Presley’s classic “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”