Lady Gaga Was Showered With Handmade Crap in Denver, and It Was Beautiful

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If there is one thing Lady Gaga fans love to do, it's throw shit at her. Last night at the Pepsi Center, I watched as jackets, vests, bras, bouquets of flowers, unicorn heads and letters of adoration littered the stage over the course of less than two hours. But here's the thing about this shit-throwing: Gaga loves it.

Throughout the show, the pop star picked up and wore leather jackets painted with her naked likeness, jean jackets with "born this way" -- related proclamations on the back and even a flannel. She performed adorned in these creations, as if to show her fans that she cared as much about them as they did for her -- and to a non-Little Monster like me, it came off as a genuine gesture of affection.

Before Gaga appeared, Baby Metal and Lady Starlight were tasked with entertaining the crowd, whichI think is difficult for any opener on a tour this size. Consisting of three pop singers/dancers backed by a masked death metal band, Baby Metal does a lot of jumping around and making cute motions with their hands while singing in Japanese over stylistically juxtaposing music. It is very one-trick pony-ish.

Baby Metal is the kind of performance that I can see a photo of on the Internet and be good with never seeing again -- the novelty of children or juvenile-looking women doing a grown-up thing just doesn't translate to me. Also, maybe this crowd has never seen a metal band before? That might be the novelty.

Next was Lady Starlight, who bounced out onstage in a sassy librarian ensemble and positioned herself at a sampler station. If there is one thing that is boring to watch, it is a DJ enjoying their own music while no one else is dancing. Poor Lady Starlight had a hard time getting anyone to move. Plus, her music was played at a considerably lower volume than the house music between sets. This only made it easier for the woman behind me's "get of the stage, bitch! You suck!" jeers to reach the wider audience.

After what felt like too long of a Lady Starlight set, there was an even longer break until the big show. The hashtag "#artRAVE" was flashed on the big screens obsessively during the break. It was very clear that all of our social networking was to have this hashtag attached. It made me pine for the '90s and a time when social media wasn't our job as an audience at a show.

The Little Monsters were restless. Finally, the glittery curtain dropped and a curvy, white phallic and vagina-ish '80s futuristic landscape appeared and Gaga's dancers flooded the stage in pastel Ice Capades-reminiscent uniforms. Then there was Gaga in her first costume, a Party Monster-like Klub Kid throwback complete with dread falls and furry leg warmers. Though the raver theme felt a little tacky, it didn't matter. Lady Gaga could have been wearing a brown paper bag and the show still would have been amazing -- she is just really, really fucking good.

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staybeautiful2001
staybeautiful2001

Calling BABYMETAL a "one trick pony" because they use heavy metal and J-pop is akin to calling Lady Gaga a "one trick pony" because she only makes pop music.


BABYMETAL's songs are so well crafted, even diehard metal fans love it, the music crafted by a true metal fan are tight and just a delight on the ears, then mix it with jpop and make it work?

I think you do the whole BABYMETAL staff a grand injustice with your review.


I also really didn't appreciate the tone you took with the review either, with the implication that ever putting teenage girls on a stage MUST be about selling sexual appeal. I think that's a VERY sad indictment on not only your view of the world but of the western world as a whole.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

What America needs is yet another singing stripper.

Emily Wade
Emily Wade

Tatiana Gavrilovic HOW DID WE MISS THIS?

Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson

BABYMETAL wrecked her show in the best possible way.

Colton LaChappelle
Colton LaChappelle

I saw it with my girl, not a bad show. Had to get a few drinks in me but not bad.

Diz Diggity
Diz Diggity

Shes the greatest performer of this generation. No joke

Kelly Isabel Gomez
Kelly Isabel Gomez

^Correction: No one cares about what Brendan Flynn thinks or has to say.

salmonilla
salmonilla

The real story was........ how BABYMETAL STOLE THE SHOW!!!  By the time those girls walked off the stage, it was show over!

KitsuneSama
KitsuneSama

"the novelty of children or juvenile-looking women doing a grown-up thing just doesn't translate to me."

Says the woman who wrote this article here: http://blogs.westword.com/showandtell/2014/07/what_i_learned_about_being_in_a_band_from_teaching_eight_year_olds_at_girls_rock_camp.php

BABYMETAL (that is all one word, by the way, in caps) has been breaking all the rules in both the J-Pop and Metal realms and they were doing it before things went viral for them. Haters in the J-Pop sector dislike the "heavy sound" and haters in the Metal sector say it's "not metal" and that the girls don't belong in metal. Yet this "one-trick pony" has been rolling since 2010 and shows no signs of stopping. They're opening doorways and shaking hands with the likes of Slayer and Carcass all while getting invited by Lady Gaga to open for her show.

This wansn't a novelty you saw, but a movement.

Now, perhaps it was because they sang in Japanese and because you didn't understand the lyrics that it caused you to go to a very quick dismissal. I would ask that you give BABYMETAL a second look with a far more open mind. The members are genuine in their performances and I have yet to see them mail one in. Take a breath and take the plunge. There is nothing to be afraid of here.

SoshiMECH
SoshiMECH

It seems that your attitude towards Babymetal is more that of a jaded old person who is out of touch with their infectious hyper energetic ground breaking J-pop and Heavy Metal hybrid. You aren't the first person to judge them at face value, please try to do a bit more research next time before making snap judgments. The LA Time has a great article on Babymetal that I think you could learn a thing or two from.

Kelly Isabel Gomez
Kelly Isabel Gomez

Brendan Flynn elitist much? I listen to gaga, but I also listen to more underground death metal, black metal and grindcore than you could ever even wrap your head around. I guess that makes me a mainstream music sheep LOL.

Kelly Isabel Gomez
Kelly Isabel Gomez

The show was phenomenal. As is every time gaga rolls through Denver.

Travis Wilson
Travis Wilson

So many interconnected souls celebrating and partying together with Lady Gaga.. it was an amazingly fun euphoric experience celebrating life, art, and music with Gaga!!!! Cheers!!

Gretchen Ritz
Gretchen Ritz

It was a GREAT show! Plus the people watching was incredible! !!!

Vesuvia
Vesuvia

This review is so right on target that I could have sworn it was written by a fellow monster, and as someone who has loved this girl and everything she has done and that she stands for, it feels really good to know that anyone can see how special she is. She puts her heart out and lets every one of us hold it, and she holds the heart of every person who listens to what she is saying. She makes every person who she is performing for feel like she is having an intimate moment with them, speaking from heart to heart to a venue that large and making each person feel special and appreciated is an art form all its own, and those who do not enjoy standing in judgement of others in any capacity can not help but to feel how genuine she really is. Thank you for this review

tuyonkah
tuyonkah

I would like to see less dancing acts. She is SO TALENTED and would like to see her playing the piano to sing Dope without "chatting to the audience" or play the guitar singing MANIcure.


I felt the show is short and I was thirsty for more!!! Lady Starlight gig was HORRIBLE. Music was monotonous and drove me crazy. Don't care for some unknown Japanese girl band. Yeah the wait between her and the opening acts was very painful.


I can't wait to see more LADY GAGA IN CONCERT IN THE NEAR FUTURE!!!

cloud9
cloud9

Awesome review, thanks for the honesty and lack of judgement/hatred that is so commonly associated with gaga reviews these days. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

A slightly larger than normal dwarf among really tiny dwarfs. 

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