Performance artist, marketing machine, pop star — Lady Gaga meets and exceeds all those titles.
She brought her Monster Tour to a packed Quicken Loans Arena last night, dazzling with huge sets that made room for a neon-lit skid row, a burnt-down Narnia, and a gigantic anglerfish.
There were tons of costume and scene changes, as the star consumed a human heart and was sprayed with green paint by a puking girl.
Gaga opened her late-starting show with "Dancing in the Dark," teasing the audience with a projected image of herself, posing her svelte frame onto a giant scrim that hid the entire stage.
From there it was a two-hour barrage of hits, which made you realize that Gaga has gotten a lot of mileage out of just one album and an EP (her new album comes out next month).
Everything fans wanted to hear was played: the first single from the new album, "Born This Way,” the new “You and I” (which Gaga wrote in Cleveland the last time she was here in July), and “Poker Face,” hands-down the audience favorite last night.
She played plenty of piano onstage too, standing on the bench at times. She even lent her stiletto to her guitar player, who used it during a solo.
Gaga took time out to say a few things to fans, especially emphasizing that she never lip synchs onstage. "People say I must be because I’m that fucking good,” she said.
And she was good and solid, all the way through the brief encore, which included “Bad Romance.” Even at the very end, Gaga managed to implant one of her monster hits into our brains for the whole ride home. —Jara Anton; photo by Frank Lanza