PopCrush.com – “I’m gonna kick your a—, New York,” is the first thing Lady Gaga says when she addresses her hometown, sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden during the middle of ‘Just Dance.’ Tonight was her highly anticipated, HBO special, dubbed ‘Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour: Madison Square Garden.’
The Big Apple certainly had its a— handed to it during the course of the two-hour show. Gaga says that the Monster Ball is the greatest party on the planet — and she’s not exaggerating or engaging in a little hubris. If you’ve never had the pleasure of witnessing the Gaga experience live and in-the-flesh, this concert event does the trick and more: We saw black-and-white shots, backstage glimpses of costume changes, the crew holding water bottles with straws in them for Gaga to sip from, and the general chaos that goes along with putting a show on and keeping it on a schedule.
The one and only Lady Gaga performed Monday night for thousands of her beloved little monsters – who proudly put their paws up and let their freak flags fly – at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Fans of all ages took the fact that the tour was indeed The Monster Ball very seriously and dressed to impress “the Mother herself” for the special occasion. Little monsters of all persuasion dressed outrageously to catch the eye of the reigning Queen of Pop. (See a full photo gallery below.) Faces were painted; bodies were covered in glitter, spandex, and tights – or even next to nothing at all. Many fans dressed in Gaga’s most famous and infamous looks, including the notorious meat dress she wore to the MTV Video Music Awards this past year.
For three short years, Lady Gaga has been touring and taking the world by an avant-garde storm, all while dominating pop culture and the music charts. Anywhere this pop culture phenomenon goes is an event and a spectacle, and she by no means disappointed during her stay in the Big D. The Monster Ball was the hottest ticket in Dallas last night.
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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.