placement for tour sponsor Virgin Mobile wherein she called a "random"
fan from the stage. Besides being awkward, it was also a missed
opportunity to perform her new tune "Telephone." The recorded version of the song features Beyonce, a trade for Gaga's appearance on the remix to B's "Video Phone."
It's surprising how much Gaga's show had in common with Beyonce's tour
that rolled through the Bay Area this summer. Both featured multiple and revealing
couture costumes (with puzzling, avant garde visual interstitials during
wardrobe changes), a demanding pace of choreography, and -- of course
-- hair-raising wigs and pieces. But in all of Beyonce's unbeweaveable
looks, she has never conceived of something as impressive as Gaga's
multi-braided and impossibly long locks, which she displayed while her
dancers held on to the ends and were pulled along a carriage. Of course, with her copious crotch grabbing and a few almost conical bra shapes, Madonna's look was also evoked in the proceedings.
sartorial splendor, which included looks ranging from gladiator to raven, definitely influences her fans, who she calls her monsters. While the
still-cold temperatures kept a lot of people in hoodies, others
followed her lead of wearing temperature-inappropriate latex, fishnets,
sky-high heels, wings, and fantastically glittery eye makeup. One girl in the crowd had meticulously glued rhinestones around her eyes, while many others sported masks. People in their twenties and thirties dominated the audience, but some very excited little faces were spotted alongside their very cool parents. Those who weren't outfitted found much to ponder at multiple merchandise booths, which hawked T-shirts bearing such slogans as "I (Heart) Lady Gay Gay" and "I Can't Pay My Rent But I'm Fucking Gorgeous."
Personal bias: I've been watching Gaga's career development with particular interest ever since conducting a lovely interview with her last year. More recently, I chronicled her most outrageous moments . . . so far.
Random detail: Many fans rocked Gaga's trademark hair bow, but while most of them were wigs, we noticed one girl who cleverly used her own mane.
By the way: There is a second, sold-out performance tonight and tickets are commanding close to $500 on StubHub.