Lady Gaga wows Johannesburg

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Last night I had the absolute privilege of seeing Lady Gaga live in concert and in South Africa for the first time. I was blown away to say the least. The design of the stage for one was just incredible. No detail was left out or unturned. The lighting, the props used, the way it rotated and in a sense morphed during the two hour or so show was fantastic. Her dancers and musicians on stage were on point too.

As for Mother Monster herself… Well, where do I begin? A lady, years five years ago was waiting tables in New York City to what we now know her as. This woman had a vision, a goal and she made it happen… And so big that she is now one of the biggest names in the world of music. And rightfully so after what I saw last night. Her wardrobe changes in accordance to the part of he show she is putting on – and let me tell you there were many wardrobe changes. They were all true to what we’ve become to expect from the star, funky, edgy and different. I’m blown away by how quickly she changes too. This show is perfection, a well-oiled machine indeed.

The fusion of music, art and of course Gaga’s creativity were exceptional. This is what a musical show should be like. Each part (or act) in the show had a story. There was dialogue, music (and lots of it), brilliant lighting and special effects. At two points (and there were probably more that I missed) but Gaga just stood there at the end of that given performance and stared at the crowd, it utter awe. She seemed shocked that people down at the bottom of the African continent had taken the time to buy tickets to her show, given up their Friday night to be there. Why? Well because she’s LADY GAGA!

Photo courtesy picture group
Photo courtesy picture group

A few quotes that I loved from the night and excuse the language if you’re sensitive but here they are:

“I am you. We share the same home. The same dreams. The same potential to succeed. I am everything that you love in this world… I am in this world because of you”

She also asked people if they were working in the morning. When people put their hands up she said, “I don’t give a fuck if you have to work tomorrow. I want you to have the worst hangover in the morning. I would like you to get drunk and vomit on your friends” and with that everyone got up and danced their asses off. It was brilliant!! I even saw the seated patrons up in the stands up and at it.

My favourite songs included, Born This Way, Bad Romance, Telephone (amazing), Just Dance. Man who am I kidding? I dug them all. I think she’s also good in that she can read a crowd, so she knows when to come in and say something, interact with them.

Lady Gaga, I thank you. Absolutely amazing concert that I’m so stoked to have seen. I’ve been chatting to a friend on Twitter about a possible trip to Gaga’s home town of NYC to see her there in March. Let’s see how it goes 🙂 A big thank you to Big Concerts, 5FM and M-Net for bringing the magic of the Born This Way Ball by Lady Gaga to South Africa.

Lady Gaga arrives in South Africa

   

Little Monsters, she’s here. Lady Gaga is officially on South African soil. The star touched down in the country late last night. She was expected to arrive at 17:50, but in true entertainment industry style, there was a delay. She arrived shortly after 8pm. There was a little incident upon her arrival. Some airport official was concerned about security apparently, so he ‘cop blocked’ her from walking out of the arrival terminal. She later exited through another terminal.
This left a bitter taste in many monster’s mouths, but they were in for a treat when the vehicle carrying the star and her entourage turned around. The vehicle drove to the entrance, stopped and allowed the Born This Way singer to get out, pose for pics and sign autographs. MAD RESPECT TO YOU GAGA! This was a moment of “I don’t give a damn about airport officials, I care about my fans” and as a result she made them happy. I got some video of the madness. Check it out here.
BTW, I’m still open to the press conference Gaga 😉

Open letter to Lady Gaga

Dear Lady Gaga,

I am writing to you today for a number of reasons. First off all, this letter is being written because I’m looking forward to seeing you live in concert for the first time. I think your Born This Way Ball at the FNB Stadium aka Soccer City is going to be great, exciting and hopefully one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. As much as the haters will try and burn you at the stake for being a ‘Satanist’, bringing your ‘bad, negative energies’, I’ve advised them to stay at home. Their loss, not yours; or mine or the other 90 000 people expected at the stadium.

The other reason I thought I’d write this open letter to you is because I feel this needs to be said. I know you’re not doing any press worldwide at the moment. For the most part that is fair, but you’ve been to most of those countries before and it therefore makes sense. However, you haven’t been to South Africa – or the continent for that matter, so it doesn’t really sit well with us. You probably don’t give a shit, but if you do read this this just know that in addition to your Little Monsters, there are lots of media and journalists who love and respect what you do. I, for one, have followed your career quite closely since you broke out onto the scene. If I had to put a top 5 list of artists in the world together right now, you would most certainly be on it. This is genuine and I know you know that you believe you should be on it too.

I know there was a lot of controversy around Die Antwoord and them turning you down and then there was (if I’m honest) that really tacky music video, but we don’t care about that. Then there was all that other crap about you putting on weight (snore) and that you’re evil (how laughable). I don’t give a fuck about that, I really don’t and while some might be, they could respect you enough not to ask about that if that was your stipulation. Ban anyone who wants to ask about it or just ignore the question completely, but why not grant us just fifteen minutes of your time? You can carefully select the media you want to invite (with the help of your team and our local publicists) and we could have a really good time. Plus your local fans would absolutely love it.

I’ve covered loads of concerts in the past and created online videos for the organisations I’ve worked for, which have always been warmly received. When I heard I couldn’t cover yours I was bummed. You have your reasons for that and I can understand and respect them. All I’m simply asking for is fifteen minutes of your time. It really would be great to hear your thoughts about being in South Africa, what your Little Monsters can expect and why it took you so long to get out here.

This is a long shot, but you know what, it’s better to try and be unsuccessful rather than to ponder about what could’ve been. You know how that goes, so here’s to hoping.

If you are reading this, I thank you. If not, well then THE END I guess 😉

Enjoy South Africa.

Best,

Jason

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Lady Gaga coming to SA

Little Monsters you’ll be stoked to know that the crazy, the brilliant, the ever-controversial but also ever-unique Lady Gaga is on her way to South Africa. The news of The Born This Way Ball tour was announced earlier this morning on 5FM.

Gaga, famous for hits like Just Dance, Poker Face, Judas, Telephone and Born This Way, will tour South Africa at the end of 2012. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at Computicket. Tour deets:

30 November 2012 – FNB Stadium

3 December 2012 – Cape Town Stadium

R315-00 for seated tickets and all standing tickets are R715-00. If you want to be in the Golden Circle you’re going to have to get there quickly as it will be on a first come, first served basis.

The tour is presented by Big Concerts in association with M-Net and 5FM. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

Official release below:

LITTLE MONSTERS UNITE, THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…

ANNOUNCING

LADY GAGA

THE BORN THIS WAY BALL

SOUTH AFRICA

WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS THE DARKNESS & LADY STARLIGHT

 

JOHANNESBURG – SOCCER CITY, FNB STADIUM – NOVEMBER 30

CAPE TOWN – CAPE TOWN STADIUM – DECEMBER 3

 

Brought to you by 5FM and MNET

Produced by Live Nation and Big Concerts

 

Tickets go on-sale starting 9am – June 19th at www.computicket.com (Web sales only)

June 18, 2012 – 5-time Grammy Award winner LADY GAGA made her triumphant return to the stage this Spring with The Born This Way Ball. In this brand new tour, Gaga performs her latest album Born This Way as well as music from both The Fame and The Fame Monster. The Born This Way Ball, produced globally by Live Nation, began on April 27th, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. Today, The Born This Way Ball announces performances in Johannesburg and Cape Town, following overwhelming ticket on-sales & sold out shows throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. The South African leg of the tour begins November 30th in Johannesburg.

Supporting Lady Gaga for the European and now South African leg of The Born This Way Ball is the newly reformed British rock band THE DARKNESS, best known for their hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love”, and Lady Gaga’s longtime performance partner and DJ, LADY STARLIGHT, has been confirmed as a special guest.

About the show, the Hong Kong Daily News wrote “Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball is effortlessly brilliant in both the visual and musical sense,” while Seoul Daily said that with her “splendid and unprecedented stage, she is the absolute queen of pop!” Bangkok Business Newspaper said, “this concert is a PHENOMENON!”

“The Haus of Gaga and I have worked for months conceiving a spectacular stage,” said Mother Monster. “THE BORN THIS WAY BALL is an Electro-Metal Pop-Opera; the tale of the Beginning, the genesis of the Kingdom of Fame. How we were birthed and how we will die celebrating.”

The Born This Way Ball is Lady Gaga’s first tour since the release of her album Born This Way (Streamline/Konlive/Interscope), which has sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide since its release in May 2011. The album is the follow-up to back-to-back Grammy Award-winning albums 2009’s The Fame Monster, and 2008’s The Fame. Combined, The Fame and The Fame Monster have sold 15 million albums worldwide, while Lady Gaga’s hit singles have combined sales of over 90 million worldwide.

Gaga was named Forbes’ Most Powerful Woman in the World 2011 and was included in Time’s annual “The 2010 Time 100” list of the most influential people in the world. With over 2.2 billion combined views of all her videos online, Lady Gaga is one of the biggest living people on Facebook with over 52 million ‘likes’ and is #1 on Twitter with almost 26 million followers. Lady Gaga is the only artist in the digital era to top the 5 million sales mark with her first two hits.

Tickets for The Born This Way Ball go on sale on-line only for both cities Tuesday, June 19th (9AM) from www.computicket.com. Seated tickets start at R315 and all standing tickets R715. Tickets will only be available at Computicket outlets and via the Computicket call center starting Thursday, June 21 (9AM) for Johannesburg, and Friday, June 22 (9AM) for Cape Town.  Exclusive Tour packages including Early Entry ‘Government Hooker’ and Hot Tickets ‘Highway Unicorn’ will also be available for sale from www.computicket.com.

Lady GaGa – Judas Lyrics

Ra Ra, Aah Ah Ah, Gaga Ooolala not so? It’s the new Lady Gaga track called Judas.

The track is produced by RedOne and is the follow up to Born This Way. Good song, I dig it. What I’m also loving is that the leading pop female artists seem to be venturing into the dance/ electro space. Just listen to that heavy bass. Doesn’t it make you want to just turn it up as loud as possible? Look at Gaga, Britney, Rihanna and Ellie Jackson of LaRoux, they’re all into this dance sound. Katy Perry’s new track ET has some electro fused influence and little Willow Smith also seems to be exploring the dance genre too. Time to get your dance on peops! What do you think of Gaga’s (controversial) new track?

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At the weekend the picture above from the video was leaked onto the net. Gaga has apparently taken on the role of Mary Magdalene in the video, which has no official release date, but has already received criticism from the Catholic Church. In biblical terms, Magdalene was one of Jesus’most celebrated disciples. So in the context of this context of this video, several religious groups are claiming that Gaga is being blasphemous and exploiting the church.

According to Perez Hilton, the President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Bill Donahue, blasted GaGa:

“People have real talent, and then there is Lady Gaga. I find Gaga to be increasingly irrelevant. Is this the only way to jet up her performance? This isn’t random, we are getting closer to Holy Week and Easter.”

And all of this before the video has aired? Mmmkay, watch out. This is gonna be a massive year for Gaga and her little monsters. Lady Gaga irrelevant? Perhaps not…

Lady Gaga scores Billboard’s 1000th number 1


Lady Gaga celebrates again. Her new single, which btw, got Madonna’s blessing yesterday, has reached the top of Billboard’s Charts. She’s made history with Billboard: her track Born This Way becomes the 1000th number one song in Billboard’s 52 year history. Speaking to Billboard she said, “It is a tremendous honor. To be the 1000th no. 1 on Billboard…I would be silly not to say this is the greatest honor of my career. I am so humbled and so honored and overwhelmed by the reception to ‘Born This Way, [It] has been so life changing for me as an artist, and between Billboard and the international number ones and the radio numbers…I couldn’t be more blessed to have the fans that I have.”

The song has sold almost half a million copies, 448,000 to be exact, which is just a little more than Britney’s Hold It Against Me, which sold 411 000 when it was released a month ago. The ladies are dominating early in 2011. Let’s see what and who else will be shattering records this year. In the mean time, well done to “The Egg” Drunky Lady Gaga 🙂 See below for deets:

Lady Gaga wins Best Pop Vocal


The egg hatcher, Lady Gaga won the best pop vocal album category for her album The Fame Monster, beating out firm favourites Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. Wearing what looks like devil horns on her face Gaga dedicated the song Born This Way to Whitney Houston because she kept thinking about Whitney when she wrote it. She also took the opportunity to thanks her little monsters and her family, manager and team for their support.

This is followed by a performance by the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and the legendary Bob Dylan.