Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Photos and concert review: Lady Gaga in Dallas (March 14)
Gaga is, in the truest sense of the word, an icon.
DALLAS 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.
The unforgettable performance told a story of Gaga and her posse making their way to The Monster Ball. She danced, she sang, she played, and preached the Word of Gaga to her adoring fans, all the while talking about how terrible it is to be bullied for being different and how audience members should be proud of who they are. “Love yourself a little bit more than when you walked in” was certainly the message.
She performed all her hits, including “Just Dance,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance,” and a beautifully stripped down version of “Born This Way” with just her on a piano, which would blaze bright with fire. And in pure Gaga fashion, she wore as many outlandish and crazy outfits as seemed physically possible. The greatest (fashion) hits included her signature blonde wig and a big-shouldered purple blazer with a purple leopard print leotard; a leather studded bikini; a see-through take on the Flying Nun dress; and even the nude colored latex outfit she wore as she emerged from an egg during her first televised performance of “Born This Way” at the Grammy’s.
What Lady Gaga does is performance art, and she dives head first into her shows. She says she bleeds both physically (fake blood, of course) and metaphorically every performance for her fans and for her music. She refuses to lip sync, which she went on a tirade about – yes, she was talking to you, Britney Spears. Gaga is, in the truest sense of the word, an icon. If Elton John, Cher, Madonna, Freddie Mercury, and Michael Jackson had a musical orgy, Lady Gaga would have burst forth from it like Aphrodite from the sea.
From the moment she entered the stage to the moment she took her final bow, she made it clear as to why she was in Dallas: for her adoring fans. An icon only comes once in a generation, and Dallas bore witness to the tour de force of Lady Gaga. She has made her mark in the Big D; all hail the Queen of Pop.
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