The first time Lady Gaga performed at Lollapalooza, it was 2007 and she wasn’t even close to being “The Lady Gaga,” the artist capable of creating a million hissy fits just with one well-chosen diamond-encrusted lobster headpiece. According to HuffPo, her 2007 performance was somewhat notorious for how little people cared and how badly Gaga did. Three years later, and Gaga has turned it around. She performed at Lollapalooza in Chicago, and everybody brought their A-game.
Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival – but she hasn’t forgotten some critics’ less-than-stellar reviews of that performance.
The voice behind “Paparazzi” and “Bad Romance” commanded thousands of screaming fans in Chicago on Friday night to forget anyone who ever said they weren’t pretty enough or skinny enough – or that “your Lollapalooza BMI stage show was a (expletive) trainwreck. You’re a (expletive) superstar. You were born that way!”
The order was met with a roar from the sea of mostly teens and 20-somethings squished in front of the stage, bouncing up and down with their fists in the air.
It was redeeming moment and a far cry from Lady Gaga’s first appearance at the festival in 2007, when she sang and played keyboard in a glittery bra and tiny, black bottoms Recordings of the daytime performance show a distracted crowd and a sparse stage.
Three years later, a towering image of a scantily clad Lady Gaga flashed on a billowing white curtain. The singer started the show in a black jacket with sky-high shoulder pads.
Next, she donned a shiny red cape, later dancing around in a transparent dress.
“My name is Lady Gaga. I thank you for coming to my show. I didn’t used to be brave. In fact I wasn’t very brave at all,” she told her fans. “But you have made me brave, little monsters. So now I’m going to brave for you. Tonight, I want you to free yourself.”
I’ve never seen Gaga in concert – does she do those positive affirmations for every show? “You’re Lady Gaga, and you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like you.” Except that instead of Stuart Smiley, we get something expletive-ridden, with references to “monsters.”
One more Gaga thing: she’s on the cover of Fall’s ID Magazine. She was supposed to share the cover (one cover) with Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, but apparently Kate and Naomi pitched a fit, and so each diva got their own cover. The covers are below, and just kill me, because I think Gaga’s is the most interesting. Naomi looks like a rap video girl with her ass out like that, and Kate looks ‘Shopped beyond belief (click on the photo to see it blown up):