Lady Gaga delivers, that’s for sure!! She’s an amazing, hard-working, dynamic performer, she has a fantastic voice and lots of true talent. It’s been a long time, in fact, since I’ve seen a show as put together by a musical performer. I had heard a lot about the show, so I was excited to go. (Thanks Danny!) Here are observations about Lady Gaga’s show in no particular order:
Arriving there a little early gave Mark and I a chance to people watch. There was much to see. Seems like a lot of people in Portland, the crowd who won’t bother to dress up for the symphony and will show up in birkenstocks to a classy affair, mustered up the energy to go all out for Lady Gaga.
Of course since the gay community are huge fans, there were lots of queens dressed to the nines, with wigs, makeup and shoes that were Oscar-worthy. Those who came to see the show were most definitely a big part of the show…Surprisingly, there were also a lot of kids!! Many dads had daughters by their sides or on their shoulders…
The sets and props were elaborate, artistic and moved throughout the show with polish, technical skill and finesse. The main stage was the façade of a medieval castle. These walls opened and closed, backup dancers moving about, through, over and up and down stairs, had band members scattered throughout the numerous levels peeping through windows so you could see them playing. The sound was incredible and band was fantastic. A lot of thought went into how this ultimate stage production would look to an audience. Beautiful lighting of blues, purples, greens and pinks illuminated the castle at various times.
Lady Gaga changed her outfits every couple of songs and considering what her costumes looked like, I don’t know how she changed into such radically different outfits so quickly and seamlessly. I will also say that none of her outfits were too over the top; They were artsy, strange but only slightly outlandish. Of course, the costumes are a huge part of her show.
Lady Gaga spent a lot of time connecting and engaging the crowd. Her stage was placed out into the middle of the arena so she could be part of the crowd. She spoke directly to fans all through out the night, about pride, hope, unity, being oneself (she mentioned many times that she doesn’t give a f*&k), she thanked people for coming and spending their money on a ticket to see her show, she shared about her not-so-distant hard-working past she had, and even sang happy birthday to a guy who was near the front of the stage. I would say her assumingly humility is mostly heartfelt, she could be a regular gal, albeit an artistic, talented one in real life, and at the same time, there’s self-indulgence which is of course part of her schtick.
Why I believed the sincerity, is that her mother was there in the audience; we were standing right near here. Lady Gaga did mention the love for her mothers and the influence of her mother’s willingness to let her be who she wanted to be. This seemed genuine, and, her mother was there to see her perform, perhaps touring with her? Lady Gaga has a lot of dates over the next year. Over 200 around the world.
Which brings me to my last point: She IS hard working. So are her dancers, her band (which sounded AMAZING). It seems she doesn’t take for granted where she’s at and will do her part to not only earn your fandom, but work hard to keep it. Whether you’re a fan of her music or not, unlike so many pop icons in music today, she certainly earns respect for her major talent, kick ass voice, and her one-of-a-kind, no messing around polished and top notch performance!