10 Observations from Lady Gaga at Roseland Ballroom

Posted by The G on April 7, 2014 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows at the iconic New York venue Roseland Ballroom shuts its doors for good on April 7, 2014.  I attended her show on April 4, 2014 and before I give you 10 observations from the show, I’d like to reminisce a bit about Roseland.  I’ve seen countless shows at Roseland from Radiohead to Lily Allen to New Order.  The venue housed The Black Party and it was also where I danced on stage with Grace Jones!  Such memories!  Roseland you will be missed and it’s tragic that the rumour is that the building will be turned into condominiums!  But anyway, here are 10 observations from the Lady Gaga show on April 4, 2014.

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

1. Lady Gaga performed for a paltry one hour.  Even new bands that barely have one album out play for longer.  I totally get that these are “warm up” shows for her ArtPop Ball tour, but that is ridiculously short.  Let the rumours start as to why she was unable to play for longer?  Is she on drugs?  Is she getting off drugs?  Is she just lazy?  The show should have been advertised differently if it was going to be that short.  For someone that loves her fans as much as she does, that’s a shitty thing to do to them.  Which brings me to observation number two:

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

2. The VIP package made you pay twice as much as a normal ticket cost for the show.  Though it did get you early entry to the venue (Entry at 5:30 pm.  She went on at 9:15-ish), you did not have a special section to stand in, so if you got there late, you were screwed!  In essence, the “VIP Access” made you have to stand there longer than everyone else and though it was nice that you were given a commemorative bag and poster (with poster tube), they gave it to you when you walked into the venue, so you have to schelp it around all night!  In the mob scene that was the “pit” at Roseland, that was not a nice thing to do to your fans.  However, as Roseland has notoriously bad sight lines, I guess it was either this or not be able to see at all.

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

Lady Gaga at Roseland on April 4, 2014

3. Her voice sounds great.  If the drug rumours are in deed true, it hasn’t affected her voice.  She can genuinely sing!   In fact, you can see a video of “Born This Way” shot by yours truly at this link (which will open in a new window).

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

4. If you tried to sneak up to the front, the Little Monsters will cut you!  Granted, I thought that was kind of awesome because those of us in the front paid our dues for those coveted spots, but still – there ain’t no fury like a Little Monster scorned.  The people standing near me and my friend at the show were total characters – on our left, we had a guy with the best biceps I’ve ever seen arguing with his sister about family business all night and on our right, a woman who literally had brought a drug store with her to the show.  In the course of the evening, the woman drank mini bottles of alcohol which can be found at liquor stores, smoked several joints (she did share though!), had an E-cigarette and snorted coke – and ALL in plain view.  Go on, girl!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

5. When Gaga addressed the crowd, she used a squeaky Olive Oyl type voice which was ridiculous and annoying.  When you are performing with your pussy out, it’s really hard to buy the “I’m so innocent” act.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

6. 4 of the 11 songs she played featured her sitting down behind the piano.  Also, one of the pianos was stationed in a spot where the over $500 tickets were, and while those people got a little extra value for their ticket price, the rest of the venue could pretty much not see a thing during that section of the show.  When 15 minutes of her 60 minute show are being cockblocked by bad sight lines, that is NOT COOL!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

7. Performing in your panties and grabbing your crotch is all the rage!

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

8. Gaga looked bloated.  I’m not trying to start any blasphemous rumours, but as we all know, if you really break your hip, the recovery time is around a year and a half, not 4 months.  Just sayin’.

Lady Gaga Roseland Merch

Lady Gaga Roseland Merch

9. The Merch. – “Lady Fucking Gaga” T-shirts and cups.  Enough said.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

10. She lives for the applause.

As I got to the end of my list, I realized it sounds like I am complaining.  To some extent, I am complaining because I see A LOT of live entertainment, and I look at everything objectively (though I am completely grateful for the experience).    I feel it’s the job of the performer to make me leave with a smile on my face.  Gaga definitely did that and she puts on a good show (despite this one being criminally short) but in some ways the joy I felt was overshadowed by a bunch of douchey moves that her team concocted to torture her fans that have little or no basis in comparison to know the difference.

What was your experience like?  Tell us in the comments section.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

The setlist was:

Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.

Encore:

G.U.Y.

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Video: “Born This Way” (Piano Version) live by Lady Gaga at Roseland

Posted by The G on April 5, 2014 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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Lady Gaga!

Lady Gaga!

The legendary Roseland Ballroom in New York is closing (to be turned into condominiums) and to send off the venue in style, Lady Gaga is performing 7 shows there.  I caught her 4th show on April 4, 2014 and it was definitely a spectacle, despite being a paltry hour long!  My observations from the show will be coming soon with some pretty spectacular pictures, but to tide you over for now, check out a video of “Born This Way” performed solo with just Gaga and her piano (and of course 3,500 screaming little monsters).

Enjoy!

The setlist was:

Born This Way (acoustic) / Black Jesus – Amen Fashion / Monster / Bad Romance / Sexxx Dreams / Dope / You and I / Poker Face (acoustic) / Just Dance / Applause.

Encore:

G.U.Y.

Photos: Lady Gaga’s New York ArtPop Pop-Up Exhibition

Posted by The G on November 13, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Lady Gaga Art Pop

Lady Gaga Art Pop

New York Little Monsters!  You have mere hours to see a pop-up exhibit of all things ArtPop.  Lady Gaga’s new album “ArtPop” dropped this week and to celebrate, she opened a 3 day only exhibit of Gaga ephemera in both New York and Los Angeles.

"Do What You Want" art work

“Do What U Want” art work

Hanging from the walls are gigantic canvases of the artwork that will feature on upcoming singles.

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Photos of her working with the CD cover artist Jeff Koons also feature throughout the exhibit.

Lady Gaga - Costumes

Lady Gaga – Costumes

Many of her costumes are also on display.

Dope cover art

“Dope” cover art

The horrifying cover art of “Dope” where Gaga has a creepy looking grill in her mouth can also be seen.

I need you more than dope

I need you more than dope

Lyrics from “PopArt” are all over the walls of the pop-up space.

Binary Chair

Binary Chair

Gaga’s “Binary Chair” that was featured in photo shoots is also on exhibit.

Gypsy artwork

“Gypsy” artwork

Lots of nudity features in the artwork for the singles on this album.  Above is Stephen Klein’s photo for “Gypsy.”

Gazing balls!

Gazing balls!

If you are fascinated by Jeff Koons’ “Gazing Ball,” you can see photos from his 2013 exhibit of the same name here (link will open in a new window).

The Meat Dress!

The Meat Dress!

The infamous meat dress is on display (though it looks a little bit like beef jerky now).

One Second I'm A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

One Second I’m A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

This is possibly the best lyric Gaga has ever had, according2g.

The Merch!

The Merch!

Last, but certainly not least – there is merch for sale!  Go ga ga for Gaga at The Lady Gaga ARTPOP Pop Up Store. The exhibit runs from Monday November 11 – Wednesday November 13, from Noon to 9:00 PM Daily! Find it at 417 West 14th Street just West of Ninth Avenue (Near the Apple Store).  The Los Angeles exhibit is located at 1538 North Cahuenga Blvd.  You can see more NY photos at Worley Gig.  Rah rah, oh ma ma!

An Encounter with Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

Lady Gaga and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

Lady Gaga!  Arguably the biggest star in the music world in 2013 and whether you like her or hate her, she is EVERYWHERE!  She has been rehearsing (pretty close to my house, I might add) for her appearance on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and when word spread that she was in town, Gaga fans from near and far camped out at her studio to get a glimpse of ‘Mother Monster.’   I met Gaga a few years ago when she was first becoming a mega-star and I was so impressed by how nice she was towards her fans.  Since that time, her fame and fan base has only grown exponentially.  By the time she was getting ready to leave, I’d estimate that 100 little monsters had gathered to see Gaga.  Gaga did her best to accommodate everyone and I’d estimate that she took photos with people for a solid 10 minutes, despite being swarmed by fans and paparazzi.  A fan brought her a bottle of champagne and Gaga cracked it open and her and the fan took a swig!  Gaga really did her best to give everyone a little bit of face time and even when my moment came, I was getting swallowed up in the crowd and when Gaga and I made eye contact, she grabbed my arm and pulled me through the crowd so that I could take a photo.  I’m admittedly not the hugest fan of her music, but the way she treats her fans is possibly better than ANYONE I’VE EVER SEEN!  And as you know, from my experiences, that speaks volumes.  I am seriously in awe of how cool Gaga is, and I have so much respect for her because she knows full well that the way she treated all of us that night will always be thought of as a great experience, despite the chaotic situation.  She’s also a champion (and has always been) for gay rights and equality and many people in positions similar to hers are more interested in their paychecks than putting their neck on the line to stand up for what they believe in.  Gaga, you are a class act!!!!  THANK YOU!!!!

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Holland is reading about Geoffrey Dicker! RAD!!!!

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Paul Banks of Interpol will release solo album “Banks” (via NME)

Lady Gaga reveals new album title “ARTPOP” via tattoo.  Good thing she’s not calling the album “I’m A Cunt.” (via NME)

Another thing Morrissey disapproves of – The Olympics.  (via Stereogum)

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