A Magical Night For Loving Yourself and Going Gaga

Excellence in school is rewarded with an “A”.  In movie reviews, an “A”, four stars, or two thumbs up are the high marks.

Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” concert Friday night was my third concert in Las Vegas following Elton John and Madonna last October.   However, Mother Monster follows no one and when I was deciding how to rate the show, no grade or star system is needed.  Simply, to quote Gaga when she screams “put your paws up”, this concert definitely gets two paws up!

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Friday afternoon, before the concert, Ray and I dropped by the MGM Grand to check out the “Born Brave Bus”.  It offers a free, safe space for 13- to 25-year-olds “to learn more about local resources on anti-bullying, suicide prevention, and mental health services.”

Hours later, 18-year-old French DJ Madeon came out and livened up the crowd with club beats.  After his high energy set, there was a break and then it was time for Mother Monster!

From the moment the lights went down and the crowd roared and rose to its feet, I knew it was going to be a fun night.  And, when the curtains dropped to reveal the mammoth set, it became magical!

While this was my third time seeing Lady Gaga, it was definitely my favorite show, too.  And, that has nothing to do with the fact that we were just seven rows back on the left side of the stage!  This is Gaga from our vantage point.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And, Ray took this picture.

Pretty Gaga For more than two hours, Lady Gaga gave every person in the MGM Grand Garden Arena their money’s worth with countless costume changes, personal stories of her struggles as a singer and piano player, and she dazzled them with incredible vocals, dancing, and showmanship.  And, she wasn’t shy to why she’s an advocate for the LGBT community and how she was questioned early on in her career after “Just Dance” about her “gay” music.

In one break from dancing and singing, Gaga told the crowd there was a time not too many years ago that she could not even afford to be in Las Vegas, but she was now playing there!  (Contains adult language!)

At one point, she also asked the crowd who had to work the next day.  To those that clapped, she said that she didn’t give a F-word because she had to work the next day, too, and that we were all there to party!

Gaga performed all 17 songs from her multi-platinum “Born This Way” album and her other seven radio hits from her first two albums.  Here is the set list from the Las Vegas show:

  1. “Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)”
  2. “Government Hooker”
  3. “Born This Way”
  4. “Black Jesus † Amen Fashion”
  5. “Bloody Mary”
  6. “Bad Romance”
  7. “Judas”
  8. “Fashion of His Love”
  9. “Just Dance”
  10. “Love Game”
  11. “Telephone”
  12. “Hair”
  13. “Electric Chapel”
  14. “Heavy Metal Lover”
  15. “Bad Kids”
  16. “The Queen”
  17. “Yoü and I”
  18. “Born This Way” (piano version)
  19. “Americano”
  20. “Poker Face”
  21. “Alejandro”
  22. “Paparazzi”
  23. “Scheiße”
Encore
  1. “The Edge of Glory”
  2. “Marry the Night”

During the second version of “Born This Way”, the piano version, Lady Gaga made a phone call to a fan in the audience.  It turned out to be a 17-year-old girl who was there celebrating her birthday with her girlfriend.  It was a very touching segment and by the end of Gaga’s stripped down version of her self-empowering hit, the girls were in tears.

As much as I loved Madonna’s “MDNA” tour and concert that I saw in October (and I can’t wait for the DVD of the concert), Gaga’s “Born This Wall Ball” was definitely the best concert from both a vocal and theatricality standpoint that I’ve seen since Reba McEntire’s 1996 Fort Wayne, Indiana, concert back when Reba did the whole stage show with multiple sets and costume changes.

In this show, Lady Gaga was very touching and very sincere.  While the talking points may in every show across the country, you definitely got the sense that Gaga believes the gospel of love and acceptance that she preaches.  And, she was having a great time.  She wasn’t just going through the motion.

Lady Gaga proves you can be one of the biggest international superstars and you can also be human!

I thank Stephani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and the entertainment gods for giving birth to Lady Gaga!  Yes, I’m a “little monster” and I was “Born That Way”!

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This might be a little shaky, but Gaga told me to jump and I did!

Anthony

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