Stonewall Inn is one of the most iconic and historical gay bars in the world. Madonna is arguably one of the biggest (if not biggest) gay icon to ever exist. So what happens when those forces come together for a surprise performance during a holiday like New Year's Eve?
Word got out late last night that Madonna was going to make an appearance at Stonewall Inn, located in the West Village of New York City right off the 1 train Christopher Street stop.
Stonewall Inn announced a week ago that Madonna had been named an ambassador for their 50th anniversary celebration. So there was some speculation that something was going to happen, which she fueled even further by posting an Instagram story on Monday that included a photo of her with the hashtags #stonewall and #ambassador.
Those rumors became a reality, as Madonna emerged from within Stonewall right after the ball dropped on New Year's Day, giving a speech and then performing two songs accompanied by her 13-year-old adopted son David Banda on acoustic guitar.
She sported a leather jacket, black shirt and glittery chains while talking to a very excited audience. "I just wanna say I’ve never performed on a stage this small!”," she joked.
“I stand here proudly at the place where pride began, the legendary Stonewall Inn, on the birth of a new year. We come together tonight to celebrate 50 years of revolution.”
“If you can’t imagine how happy I am to return home to New York City, where dreams are born and forged out of fire and brought to life, where I am proud to say that my journey as an artist began, and my commitment to equality for all people took root,” she continued.
“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,” she concluded. “Let’s remember who and what we are fighting for — ourselves, for each other, but truly and most importantly, what are we fighting for?” she asked. “Let’s take a minute to reflect on how we can bring more love and peace into 2019, let’s look at how we can bring random acts of kindness. Maybe we can find an opening to bring the light in. Are you ready to do that?”
The two songs Madonna performed on stage were here classic "Like a Prayer" and Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love."