Madonna fondles shirtless Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis. Comedienne Roseanne Barr (right) plays gooseberry.
The backstage looping took place after all three had appeared on Saturday Night Live, Roseanne hosting the show and Madonna acting as straightperson with her in a comedy sketch. But what really made Madonna’s month was the announcement that she’d been inaugurated as vice-president of London’s ICA. This unique honour – literally, as it transpires there isn’t even a president – arose from a chance, but published, remark when she played Wembley Stadium in 1990. “She just said she liked coming to the ICA,” says a spokeswoman for the arts centre, which has fostered the career of many an unheralded left-field band over the last 15 years. “We wrote to her, offering a vice-presidency and she said yes.” Madonna’s official duties are unclear as yet, but they’re pretty sure to be something connected with publicity and a fund-raising campaign.