New Year’s revelers at New York’s Stonewall Inn were in for an epic surprise to start 2019.
Madonna dropped by the iconic Manhattan bar, which is credited with sparking the modern LGBTQ movement, on Tuesday morning just after midnight for an impromptu performance of “Like a Prayer” and Elvis Presley’s 1961 hit “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
Accompanied by her 13-year-old son David Banda on guitar, the pop icon unleashed acoustic versions of both songs after giving an impassioned speech about peace and love during the 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,” she said after taking the stage. “Let’s remember who and what we are fighting for – ourselves, for each other.”
Madonna added: “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?”
Her surprise appearance comes after a month after the singer was named a “Stonewall Ambassador” ahead of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots.
“We’ve Come A Long Way Baby,” the icon tweeted in December, along with a picture of her posing in front of a “This is a Raided Premises” sign and rainbow flag emoji.
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