Madonna, Garth Brooks Tours Among Top 10 of 1993

Jimmy Buffett performs on Oct. 12, 1993 in Los Angeles.

Jimmy Buffett performs on Oct. 12, 1993 in Los Angeles.

It wasn’t purely the music that made ‘93 a memorable year as far as the top ten tours were concerned. Paul McCartney shocked us with a graphic video against animal testing, Madonna shocked us with her erotic “circus,” and Garth Brooks surprised us by flying around the stage.

Here’s a countdown of the top ten tours from ‘93 with moments that made it memorable:

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi kept the faith of their fans with an epic tour that changed its name to I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead halfway through. The band performed a set list including the song “Bed of Roses” from the Keep the Faith album, which hit no. 10 in the charts.

Bette Midler

Multi-talented Bette Midler had a busy year in ‘93. Not only did she tour with a compilation of previous hit songs entitled Experience the Divine, she appeared in the movies “Hocus Pocus” and “Gypsy,” and even managed a cameo in an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Billy Joel

Billy Joel toured in ‘93 with River of Dreams, taken from the album release of the same name. The tone of the songs were a lot more serious than previous hits, reflecting on love and trust issues. The trust issues were rumored to regard Joel having lost millions of dollars through embezzlement by his former manager. The title track reached the no. 3 spot in both the US and the UK.

Neil Diamond

In December of ’93, Neil Diamond pleased his audience with some extra songs, Christmas covers of classics including “White Christmas” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” He took his taste for covers one step further and released a cover album, Up on the Roof - Songs from the Brill Building (where Neil Diamond had previously worked). The album went gold at no. 28.


Never without controversy, the Queen of Pop toured her Girlie Show in support of her Erotica album. The show was dubbed “a sex circus” and featured a go-go pole and dominatrix gear. Madonna may have managed to upset Puerto Ricans by rubbing their flag in an indecent manner, but the show remained sold out nevertheless, and she reached no. 1 of the Billboard Dance Club chart with her cover of “Fever.”

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks’ World Tour began in ‘93 to promote his In Pieces album. He defied traditional country performances by using memorable special effects including pyrotechnics, and thunder and rain for “The Thunder Rolls.” He also flew around the stage on a specially modified trapeze to a finale of “Ain’t Going Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up),” which reached the top spot of the Billboard Hot Country Songs that year.

Jimmy Buffett

1993 was a memorable year for Jimmy Buffett. As well as performing his Chameleon Caravan Tour, he also played for part of Bill Clinton’s inauguration Ball.

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart toured in ‘93 with A Night to Remember, and also released his Unplugged and Seated album, leading to his appearance on MTV Unplugged. His cover of “Have I Told You Lately” was among many tracks performed on tour, and the unplugged version was released as a single, reaching the no. 5 spot in the US and the UK.

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney traveled almost the entire world with his New World Tour, and it’s remembered for a controversial pre-concert film which featured graphic testing of animals. Other notable moments include Paul commenting that he’s, “never seen such a nice collection of raincoats” during a particularly wet Milwaukee concert, and Ringo Starr joining Paul on stage during the grand finale of “Hey Jude” at the Hollywood Bowl.

The Grateful Dead

1993 may have seen the last gasps of the Grateful Dead, but that didn’t stop them reaching the top spot in the Biggest Music Tours chart. Their six-night residency at Madison Square Garden is particularly loved by Deadheads.


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