There was a lot of hate for Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza, but there was easily twice as much love. In fact, by comparing the Strokes’ audience to Gaga’s, I’d guess there was five times as much love. And really, I have to put myself in that camp as well. Gaga’s show is a spectacle that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And really, I’d bet it’s just flat out unlike anything anyone else has seen.
Yes, her hits were great. She could have just phoned in any of her more famous songs, but we got wild costumes, synchronized dances and and great vocal deliveries. As wild and weird as those award show performances are — that’s what Lady Gaga’s stage show is like every minute of every song. Loosely based around a plot of her and two friends trying to make it to the “Monster’s Ball,” the show at least tried to do something different. Aw, who am I kidding? It was waaaaay different.
I think my two favorite non-hit songs of the show were “Monster” and “Teeth.” The first explained why her fans kept putting up monster claws any time the camera was on them, and the second was just really well done.
One of my favorite moments of the night was a nice post-prop 8 monologue. Lady Gaga started praying: “Jesus, I’m confused… Some people say you only love a certain kind of person with a certain belief system, a certain way of life, religion or sexuality.” She then concluded: “I’m quite certain that Jesus. MUST. LOVE. EVERYBODY!” Great message. She did later use that as a launching point for a bisexual joke about her backup dancer, but it was a good, honest laugh.
So really, why not love Lady Gaga? I think she put more energy into performing than any other Lollapalooza act I saw (with the possible exception of Foxy Shazam) and she’s got a great set of pipes. I went into this festival saying “why not check her out? It’s not like I’d ever pay to see her.” Well, after today I’m not so sure that’s true any more. I may not only pay, but I’d probably travel as well.
Lots more photos after the break