More Like Lady Blah Blah

20 09 2010

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.

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17 responses

20 09 2010
trailerparkbarbie

When you said that you were going to see Lady Ga Ga, I was so jealous. Well, still am a bit. I couldn’t wait to read what you had to say about the show. How disappointing. Not you…HER. I would have expected more, too. Maybe, her celebrity is going to her head (in more ways than one..like the Booger Sugar). Hmmm….maybe her meat dress was just too much! She really does have a great voice. She doesn’t need all the gimmicky crap. I hope she’s not one who shot up to the top only to fall rapidly to the bottom. Time will tell.

20 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

Yeah, it was a letdown. Between the ticket, hotel room, and meals, I could have found a lot better ways to spend that money.

20 09 2010
The Incredible Woody

It is so disappointing when the live version just doesn’t live up to the hype. Whether it be from drugs or from the person’s talent really residing in the mixing room. I went with a group of friends to see Hank Williams Jr back in the day. (Hey! We’re southern. And redneck!) About 15 minutes into his set, he had someone bring him a rocking chair to sit in. He slurred and rambled for about 10 minutes and then passed out!! Concert over.

20 09 2010
trailerparkbarbie

Are you freakin’ kidding me? A ROCKING CHAIR??? That’s priceless!

21 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

Now I have some song stuck in my head that goes “I dont need no rockin chair!”
who sang that??

22 09 2010
The Incredible Woody

George Jones. I’ve heard he passed out during several shows too!

22 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

that’s gonna be my birthday theme song this year! And I might do some passing out myself.

20 09 2010
Jason

I am so disappointed! Her rise to fame has been too fast for her own good; I’m afraid she won’t be able to handle it. Slurring? Not moving her lips? Droopy eyed?

This is not the Gaga that I fell in love with. Yesterday.

21 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

And I really hope its not indicitive of some sort of serious problem on her part. She’s got too much going for her to ruin it.

21 09 2010
Al

I’ve been saying she’s overrated ever since her first single dropped a couple years ago. That being said, with her being as popular as ever, you would think she would have her crap together and put on a good show. I imagine you paid a pretty penny for an average (at best) performance. Just goes to show what popularity can do to a “artist”. They get complacent and lazy. Sounds like Gagag is on her way to average. And her “little monsters” will one day wonder what they ever saw in her to begin with…

21 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

Ya know, I swear I was thinking that night “Alan would be having such an “I told ya so” moment right now”

And yeah, 100 bucks a ticket for nosebleed!

21 09 2010
crochetycrochetlady

OMG, my red neck is showing… “No rocking chair song” um, Toby Keith.

The drugs really can and do ruin live music. Back in the 80’s I went to see Ray Price, turned around and got back into the car before even going in, he sounded BAD. Then we saw him at the Willie Nelson 4th of July picnic and he was awsome!!!! Hell what is he now, 150? His son on the other hand um just ew!

Lady GaGa can sing but her weird outfits are what gave her all the publicity to make her famous!

22 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

well I know some people who were at this very same concert who thought it was phenomenal…
maybe they were sitting close enough to get a contact buzz or something.

21 09 2010
Diane

Not a lady gaga fan, but you’d have to be blind not to see all the headlines and self promotion she does. Still… it’s pretty disappointing to go to any concert and get slurring and poor production values. And I don’t think I’ll ever get “booger sugar” out of my mind!

22 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

For a star that has made herself a household name through flash and “showiness” I really expected it to be a visually stunning show, and it just wasn’t.

22 09 2010
dawtch

Well, to be fair, if you’re unable to match your lip movement to the music, you really AREN’T lipsyncing….
LOL
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dawtch

23 09 2010
The Vinyl Villager

true enough!

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