I’m not at all embarassed to admit that I like Lady Gaga’s music. I think the level of celebrity she has achieved in a relatively short time is testament to her talent and her ability to “work it.”
So when her Monster Ball tour dates were announced, and she was performing less than two hours away, I bought tickets the day they were released. I was sure, after seeing her performances on various awards shows, that it would be awesome.
And boy was I disappointed. Saturday night was the big show which I had looked forward to for months. It was a packed house in Charlotte, NC. I’m guessing area thrift stores had to add staff to accomodate the fans that put together their costumes for the show. It was almost like going to see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, so many of the concert goers had put their own spin on Gaga’s past outfits.
And then it began. The stage was lackluster. I’d expected the concert to be visually stunning, but the stage was barely a notch above a high school production. Some flimsy “story” regarding a broken down Rolls Royce and an attempt to get to the Monster Ball wove the concert together. Or, at least, it tried to.
Her costumes, which I had high hopes for, looked like something a beginning drag queen might have hot glued together in a low rent college apartment. She spent the entire show in an orange, nappy wig.
Clearly, she did not bring her “A game” to Charlotte. What she did bring, however, was a heavy dose of some kind of drugs. Droopy eyed, shaky, with intermittently slurred speech, the Lady had almost undoubtedly been snorting a little Booger Sugar in North Carolina.
Most of the concert was voice-over track. Her statement that she wouldn’t dare lip-synch might have been technically accurate, but anyone paying the slightest attention to the jumbotrons would have caught a half dozen instances where her lips were not moving to the music if they were moving at all.
The choreography was laughable. Again, it was like watching an amateur drag show. Or, at best, a first tech rehearsal. The polish and professionalism I expected simply weren’t there.
The highlight was when Gaga sat at the piano. She actually CAN sing very well, and when she slowed it down and sang along as she played, that much was evident.
She needs to lay off the drugs, hire a better choreographer, and spend some more on costumes and stage before she goes on tour again.