The Born This Way Ball rocks Brisbane, Australia
Posted on June 14, 2012 by Laura
Lady GaGa took Brisbane by storm with her Born This Way Ball tonight, June 14th, and on Wednesday, June 13th. She has gained rave reviews of the tour in Australia, one of which you can read after the videos from the show.
Taken from the Sydney Morning Herald:
Whether she was shooting a man on stage for daring to simulate cunnilingus on her or dancing with an ecstatic kid, Lady Gaga did not put a spiky-heeled foot wrong last night.
The challenger for the Queen of Pop title brought her Born This Way tour to the Brisbane Entertainment Centre complete with a towering castle as a stage and a message of love and acceptance for all.
She opened it by doing a lap of the stage on a horse before screaming at a man “are you going to pay me?” and pretending to shoot him for attempting to lick her while she lay spread eagled in front of him.
She then launched into a rendition of last year’s highest selling single Born This Way and welcomed her “Little Monsters”.
The show was pure pop theatre, with the premise being that a race of moon people were bringing acceptance to all. Or something.
Who really cared what it was about? Everyone was too overwhelmed by the smoke machines and Gaga’s umpteenth costume change.
With the venue packed with strident feminists, gays and bullied kids – there was something in the show foreveryone as Gaga preached equality for all from her million-dollar stage in her custom designer costumes.
She showed off an obscenely fantastic voice in slower songs such as You and I and Edge of Glory while using the help of backing tracks to deliver insane dance routines in songs such as Judas.
Madonna, even with her recently exposed 53-year-old nipple, cannot touch the sort of theatre and experience Gaga is giving her fans.
As she caught her breath halfway through the concert, she sat at a keyboard and told her story of being thrown in a bin when she was a school girl, with the point being bullying is bad.
The crowd roared in agreement, though they also roared in agreement to anything she said, however bizarre.
The crowd was simply lost in the Gaga experience. When she barked “jump” the Entertainment Centre shook, when she demanded “shout” we screamed so loud Queensland got spooked and lost the State of Origin.
Her costumes ranged from a re-imagination of her meat dress to a detailed leather leotard, and the only thing that let the show down occasionally was the poor acoustics of the venue. Gaga closed the show by bringing a primary school age girl on stage to dance with her as she sang Marry the Night, asking everyone “do you feel stronger after tonight? Do you feel freer?”
The only thing cornier than the question was after two hours of Born This Way escapism, everyone meant it when they screamed back “YES”.