12.11.09 Wang Theater & 6.02.10 TD Garden, Boston, MA
I had the luck to be able to attend both versions of the Monster Ball. On the first night, 12.01.09, Gaga had just released the Fame Monster, so I was quite anxious to see her. During this first leg of her tour, she went to theaters, so the stage was much smaller. The place was packed, from stage to ceiling (since it was theater seating). The show and the aesthetics of the performance were much different, more subtle. The show was all about Gaga, and how you watched her transform as she dances, sung and smoked her way across the stage. On the second night, 6.02.10, Gaga’s show had changed drastically and so had sge. Now in an arena setting, the hype was incredible. Now all the bars in the area were playing her videos and songs and there were posters of her around the city, much more hype. I was glad there was more of a selection of Gaga t-shirts this time around. Now, Gaga herself had changed. Her hair now had yellow in it which suited her just as well as the silvery blonde from the previous Monster ball. Her costumes changed, the set changed, the stage changed. Even her dancers got a make over and new dance moves. It was now an electricly charged, pop sensation! But the singing and Gaga’s speeches were still the same: phenomenal, powerful, life-changing. At the monster ball, Gaga saves you from your demons and sets you free. There is no hate, no discrimination, no difference while you are inside the monster ball. All there is is Gaga, her music, and pure love!
full credits: Kyle Sullivan
10/29/10 The O2, Dublin, Ireland
I went to the Monster Ball on October 29th 2010 in Dublin, Ireland… BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! She was such a great live performer + was so nice to the crowd. I am so glad I bought my ticket to the Monster Ball because it was the best night of my life! Gaga is my idol Thank you for being you! I love you so much! You were BORN THIS WAY BABY!!
review from @5ineadO
In comparison to so many concerts that I have been to, this was by far the most AMAZING show that I have experienced. I got the tickets as an early Birthday present as a surprise (cuz they sold out on me when they went on sale and I was so depressed) to see her in Ottawa,ON. I have never witnessed such a mind blowing performance. I wish I could relive that night again. I believe Lady Gaga has made a huge permanent place in this world and has had such a huge positive impact on people. I loved everything about the concert, there was honestly no flaw in her performance. her energy she sends out just made everybody go even crazier than expected. I loved the drop with the music in between the costume changes. I wish you come back here!!! I love you.
review from Alice
Costumes show their teeth over sets in Lady Gaga’s lean and mean return to Los Angeles.
As stock markets tank and unemployment lines grow during recessionary times, there’s nothing more surreal, or wonderful, than ducking into Lady Gaga’s “Monster Ball” concert, a show that heralds the return of Glam-Rock. Wednesday marked the first of two shows in the City of Angels; her most recent spin here since December.
“I’m going to give you the best show of your life tonight. You’re not going to be able to walk in the morning.”
That’s what Lady Gaga said Monday night (June 28), right around what could’ve conservatively been called “the midway point” of her marathon set, and she wasn’t kidding. Because by the time she finally wrapped the two-plus hour show at the Bell Centre — a show that was also the kickoff of the North American leg of her revamped (and seemingly unending) Monster Ball Tour — there wasn’t a calf muscle left unquivered. If it wasn’t the best show her “little monsters” had ever seen, it certainly was the longest.
The Lady Gaga concert opened up with three young people and a broken down car, surrounded by a cityscape and neon, trying to make their way to the Monster Ball. The Monster Ball being, of course, the most fabulous party ever, where you can finally be free, as Lady Gaga reminded her cohorts when they waffled about continuing their journey.
Actually, strike that, the concert really opened up with a curtain screen and just the silhouette of Lady Gaga holding a pose. Every time she changed position, the crowd screamed wildly. Tension (as planned) built.
I went to see Lady Gaga last night at the Susquehanna Bank Center with my girlfriend and had a great time. We got there early and the doors didn’t open till 6:30pm so I got to check out the crowd, which was a real mix of gay men, lesbians, straight men, and even a few younger kids with their families. Gaga definitely reaches a wide audience. The place was barely organized and we were herded into the packed lobby to wait for the doors to the concert seating to open. The opening act was a glam rock band called Semi Precious Weapons, they seemed good if you like glam rock. I know about as much about glam rock as I do about Sri Lanka, so I’ll leave that review up to the experts. Kid Cudi came out next, and while not the greatest rapper in the world, he had a lot of energy, and the crowd was properly warmed up and bouncing to his hip hop. Day N Nite is probably the only song of his I really know. The video borrows heavily from the indie movie Cashback and I enjoy it a lot.