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.

Video: “Temptation” live by New Order

Posted by The G on October 24, 2012 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

Video by G.

Excuse the occasional heads getting in my way and enjoy New Order performing “Temptation” at Roseland Ballroom on October 18, 2012.

Up.  Down. Turn around.  Please don’t let me hit the ground!

 

Attention NYC Radiohead Fans – Secret Show Info

Posted by The G on September 19, 2011 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Info reported from various sources.

Radiohead has confirmed two shows at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom to take place September 28 and 29, 2011. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 AM on September 26, 2011 at www.ticketmaster.com. There is a 2 ticket limit per household. All tickets will be available for pick up at will call the evening of the event beginning at 6:30 PM and entry into the venue is required immediately upon receipt. No tickets shall be distributed prior to the event.

Owl City and Mat Kearney live at Roseland Ballroom

Posted by The G on June 23, 2011 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Adam Young of Owl City

Who doesn’t love free tickets to a show?  I won passes to see Owl City and Mat Kearney perform at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on June 23, 2011.  Not knowing anything about either band prior to setting foot inside the venue, I will say this, neither band moved me at all, but I am easily entertained.  Owl City was the main act and they are a synth-pop band.  I had no idea until I got home that they play contemporary Christian Music.  Well that explains the drunken emo hipsters that were standing near me!  Owl City had good lighting and their songs are somewhat catchy – if not totally emo, but I think I am more of a Led Zeppelin kinda guy.  I am sad that I didn’t know what style of music I was in for because I could have engaged in some great conversations during the intermission.  Oh well.

Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney

I enjoyed Mat Kearney’s opening set a bit more than Owl City.  His songs, though completely derivative and unoriginal were slightly more catchy to me than Owl City.  His songs have that alt rock/folk sound that we’ve all heard a million times.  One thing I did like was in the middle of one song, he did a freestyle rap (which kind of came out of nowhere) that included lyrics about him performing at Roseland Ballroom and the shitty weather New York had today.  Again, it was certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever seen because he can definitely sing and his band sounded good.  I completely see why his music could be popular – because the masses are drones of kids who don’t know any better and haven’t discovered “the classics” yet.  Final analysis:  glad I went for free.

An Encounter with Big Audio Dynamite

Posted by The G on April 21, 2011 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Mick Jones and Geoffrey Dicker

Mick Jones and Geoffrey Dicker

It’s been over 24 hours since I saw Big Audio Dynamite in concert and then had a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with them at the show’s afterparty.  I have to say, I’ve been on a cloud ever since!  As I entered Roseland Ballroom on April 19, 2011, I was certainly excited to see BAD and I don’t know if I can explain this properly, but there is just something magical about being in a legend like Mick Jones’ presence for 2 hours in a relatively small venue.  The show more than rocked.  The band was fantastic, the crowd was really into it and it was a show that you didn’t want to end. 

As I mentioned earlier, as the show finished, my night was just beginning and I hung out with Big Audio Dynamite at the afterparty.  Mick Jones was just delightful to talk to and you’d never know from talking to him that he is considered to be a living god to millions of people across the world (including myself) – for decades!  When I mentioned to Mick that I’d seen Carbon/Silicon (another great band he’s been in) in concert, he thanked me for coming to that show!  It takes a lot to shut me up, and that left me speechless!  I hope so much that some of these newer bands take a lesson from this because I will never be able to think of the band again without cracking a huge smile.  I thanked every member of Big Audio Dynamite for putting on such a great show and I thanked them all for the music and everyone was so cool!  Many thanks again to the band for so much great music over the years and for being so personable!

And now… the photos!

Dan Donovan (Keyboards) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Dan Donovan (Keyboards) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Greg Roberts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Greg Roberts (Big Audio Dynamite) and Geoffrey Dicker

Leo Williams (E-Zee-Kill) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

Leo Williams (E-Zee-Kill) of Big Audio Dynamite and Geoffrey Dicker

This party was the event that keeps on giving as if it weren’t enough to meet Big Audio Dynamite, attending the after party were Clem Burke of Blondie, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads and photos of those encounters are coming soon – so stay tuned!

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