Gaga. Gagalicious, Gagaloo, Mother Monster…Lady Gaga. No matter how you refer to this pint-sized, Italian-American club kid from New York, you cannot deny her talent. She’s relentless. Relentless with her style, her sexuality, her performance art and her message – to fully embrace who you are regardless of gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Sounds familiar, right? She may not have been the first pop star to reiterate this mantra, but her delivery is intense and sincere. It’s as though she’s carrying the gauntlet for all the pop divas before her and reaching out to a whole new generation of people. Or monsters, rather. Love her or hate her, Gaga has proven she has the chops to stick it out in the music industry for a long time to come.
“They can’t scare me, if I scare them first.” - Lady Gaga
I snagged myself some floor seats to Gaga’s show in Vancouver Monday night, and as expected, dozens of Gaga look-a-likes descended on our fair city. Boys and girls, mothers and teenagers…I even saw a dad sporting a t-shirt that read “Gaga for Gaga”, that was quite obviously bedazzled by his ecstatic daughter that he was accompanying to the show. The crowd was eclectic to say the least.
“When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.” - Lady Gaga
I mingled among some of Gaga’s die-hard fans to try and capture how much effort these folks put into their perfect little monster ensembles. I wonder if Gaga ever takes a step back to truly understand the positive impact and creative influence she has on her fans? I hope so.
“I used to walk down the street like I was a fucking star… I want people to walk around delusional about how great they can be – and then to fight so hard for it every day that the lie becomes the truth.” - Lady Gaga
This was my second Gaga show, the first was almost a year ago at the Queen E. My oh my, how her show has changed, evolved and grown to epic proportions. It was a spectacle. She was magnificent. A combination of Freddy Mercury and Liberachi. Elton John and Madonna, pointy bras and all. She showed us her teeth.
“Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.” - Lady Gaga
I’m a free bitch, baby.