When I was contacted by Skype Events to attend the Saturday show of Lady Gaga's stop in Vancouver, I was certain that I could not turn them down. My love for Gaga has been waning the past year or so, but I was intrigued to see how her arena performance would compare to the first time I saw her live, back in 2009 at the Commodore Ballroom (when I had a Louise Brooks inspired bob). Naturally, I asked Kate to accompany me. We got gussied up in mildly over the top outfits (gold fake lashes and orange lipstick) and shimmied on down to Rogers Arena.
Briefed with an itinerary that claimed the show would start at 8:45, we played it fashionably late and expected the show to follow suite. Sure enough, it would be a night of several suprises. The house lights dimmed at 8:50, and thus began two and a half hours of pure, unadultured entertainment. My head is still spinning from the sensory overload. The backdrop for the entire show was a multi-story castle, housing her live band. This full mobile "castle" also opened to reveal a mechanical horse for her enterance, a motorcycle, and even a demolished wall from which an elaborate piano appeared. Surrounded by the Haus of Gaga, the unified dedication of team Gaga was exponentially exemplified. Her dancers are phenomenal, words can't quite explain how exhilarating (and almost tiring, ha ha) it is to see them in motion. One undeniable fact about Stefani Germanotta: she has chops. Singing, dancing, at points sprinting (while wearing four inch heels, no big deal) and playing both keytar and piano, "Mother Monster" tirelessly gave herself to a full Rogers arena.
I have to admit, although I may not agree with some of her opinions or choice of creative collaborations, I am definitely a huge fan of Miss Gaga yet again. She won me back. A songwriter and a confident, consumate performer, one can't deny that shiny, happy, heart-warming feeling from the connection and gratitude Gaga clearly has for her "little monsters". She repeatedly referenced the fact that her "monsters" were the reason she went from being "a waitress five years ago" to headlining some of the best selling tours of the past few years. I've got admiration for any woman able to propel herself to success by simply working very hard at being the best possible version of herself, especially one who embraces her imperfections. Providing a performance that clocked at 2.5 hours meant that this was one arena tour where you get what you pay for.
Did I mention she has candy floss pink hair? That would have been enough to win me over...AND DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE CLOTHES. LKAJSLJDSKL.
Thanks to Skype Events for providing Kate and I with such a fun filled evening, I surely won't be forgetting this spectacle any time soon!
PS. 2013 is the year of the bare midriff. I'm callin' it.
Thrifted vest, skirt, belt, shoes | Front and Co leopard crop top
F21 Minnie Mouse tights over We Love Color tights