The Fabulous Forum
The Joanne Tour
is Lady Gaga a genius? hmmmm. i have seen her perform live now four times. the first was with Yoko Ono which was magical.
the last time I saw her was a few years ago with amber and it was less than magical.
last night there were moments that were super emotional and it made me think that despite all the glitz and showwomanship and glitter and whoha, what Lady Gaga should do is an acoustic tour with maybe a small string section.
Because when Gaga strips it down her voice is one of the best there is. She can belt out tunes so easily it’s crazy.
Since she writes everything she performs, she knows precisely where the notes are going and she is like Michael Jordan
she approaches the climax but gets bored along the way and switches hands, spins, and dunks it home
seemingly to entertain herself, first, and then the ever-appreciative crowd.
all of that gets lost with the video screens and weird fake clouds and lasers and dancers and band that she thinks so little of that she didn’t even introduce or acknowledge them last night.
is Gaga a good dancer? no. her moves consist of an advanced version of The Robot.
her costumes aren’t even that outrageous any more.
there once was a time when Elton John, David Bowie, and even Motely Crue outdressed their audience, but Gaga is outshined by her Little Monsters every night – fashion wise
WHICH IS OK.
what’s not ok is IF she is a genius, it’s being overshadowed by layers and layers of production
last night she was almost literally stepping over her fans in the general admission arena floor to walk over to the second stage on the far end of the Forum to appease the people in the cheap seats.
while it’s admirable to give love to the people in the nosebleeds, maybe the worst “seats” for this tour are the ones on the floor because either Gaga is on a riser on the stage that’s constantly in motion or she’s strutting on a temporary bridge above them.
we originally sat slightly behind the stage (because im a cheap bastard and the $200 face-value tix were going for $75 on Stubhub) but after a few tunes we realized that we really should dance ourway to a more practical section.
The Lord was looking down on us and lead us to maybe the best seats in the house, middle, lower, right on an aisle next to two middle aged fans who, when asked, informed us that no one had sat there all night.
in front of us was a mom with her 7-8 year old daughter.
the mom valiantly tried to cover her darling angels eyes during an R-rated video montage (used so Gaga could do a costume change, of which there were 3-4 through the night). Later she covered her ears when the singer talked about how she was going through a phase of “owning my Inner Whore.”
even though there were a sprinkling of grade school kids here and there, at these prices, the kids were rightfully left at home.
and if anything this show was meant for The Gays, and they were in attendance in full force.
Before sitting down to her see-through colorful grand piano she asked if there were any members of the LGBTQ
pretty much the whole place erupted.
Hers is a very loving, accepting, free-spirited environment where All Are Welcome and it is very much an evening to dance.
But, she is such an overwhelmingly talented performer that it rarely comes across in a setting with booming bass, pyrotechnics, and endless array of distractions.
While it’s obvious that she is doing an excellent job of appeasing her base, when she actually started playing that technicolor piano, the well meaning mom gushed with tears as Gaga performed an acoustic version of “Edge of Glory”. When the singer hesitated a beat to compose herself, the audience sang the next line in unison which sent chills down my back and made the mom cry even more.
THAT is what you can do when your audience loves you, has memorized every word, and does not need the crutch of production to be connected to you.
didn’t touring with Tony Bennett teach you anything girl?
If I had any advice to Gaga it would be: do a tour where you play guitar for a few tunes, then piano for the rest, then during the encore have a 20 minute dance party.
last night there were 0 encores, 0 opening acts, 0 intermissions and even though the Forum Facebook page said she would start at 7:30p, the show started well after that.
still, today, I keep humming
“Just Dance.. do do do do do…”