Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour took place again last night, this time at Susquehanna Bank Center, NJ. Check out all the photos by clicking here!
After hearing the news, Lady Gaga took the chance to mention the GRAMMY nominations she got for next year's awards during her Monster Ball show in Boston.
The U2 frontman launched the product range in 2006, previously working with rapper Dr. Dre to make his own set of earpieces. Bono, who recently signed a deal with sportswear company Nike to create charity red shoelaces, has now enlisted the Poker Face hitmaker to help boost the scheme.
He says, "This is a very big day for everyone involved in the fight against AIDS. Nike is about winning, and if we keep our concentration over the next few years, things might start to turn around.
"Lady Gaga is the latest (RED) warrior to get involved. You know Dr. Dre did those Beats headphones, the big ones, you see people wearing around their neck? Well, Lady Gaga is launching her own (RED) headphones and they are the best sound money can buy."
Slay Gaga! Mother Monster received a total of 5 nominations at next year's GRAMMY Awards. The nods are: Song Of The Year (with Poker Face), Album Of The Year (with The Fame), Record Of The Year (with Poker Face), Best Dance Recording (with Poker Face) and Best Electronic/Dance Album (with The Fame). Good luck Gaga!
Rising pop star Lady Gaga continues her domination by becoming the next female to cover Elle Magazine. In the upcoming January 2010 issue, Gaga talks about stress, sexuality, and if there are any little “monsters” in her future.
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On bodily reactions to stress: “I get all the symptoms of a pregnant woman. I get headaches, I get tired, I get blurred vision sometimes during a really intense session with [her creative team] the Haus.”
On a recurring theme in her work: “I feel that if I can show my demise artistically to the public, I can somehow cure my own legend. I can show you so you’re not looking for it. I’m dying for you on domestic television—here’s what it looks like, so no one has to wonder.”
On being a former waitress: “I was really good at it. I always got big tips. I always wore heels to work! I told everybody stories, and for customers on dates, I kept it romantic. It’s kind of like performing.”
On using her sexuality: “My album covers are not sexual at all, which was an issue at my record label. I fought for months, and I cried at meetings. They didn’t think the photos were commercial enough…The last thing a young woman needs is another picture of a sexy pop star writhing in sand, covered in grease, touching herself.”
On her romantic future: “In eight to 10 years, I want to have babies for my Dad to hold, grandkids. And I want to have a husband who loves and supports me, just the way anyone else does. I would never leave my career for a man right now, and I would never follow a man around.”
Gaga Oh Lala! Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video, directed by Francis Lawrence, has hit the No.1 spot on the Top Music Videos chart on iTunes. Congratulations!
Since Mamma Mia hit the boards a decade ago, the lines between musical theatre and pop concerts have become increasingly blurred. So, taking Gaga at her word, I donned my theatre critic hat (a tuque actually, it's getting cold here in Canada) and went to Toronto's Air Canada Centre to find out if Stefani Germanotta is the Pokerface of a new musical theatre?
Of The Monster Ball, Lady Gaga told Rolling Stone: "The theatrics and story elements are in the style of an opera." And yet I'm scratching my head to think of an opera that includes a lesbian orgy in a dentist's chair. La Traviata? The style seems more like a cross between The Phantom of the Opera and Cirque du Soleil – at least in the opening number, when Gaga dons a mask and sings Dance in the Dark while mimes dressed in white gyrate around her.
As for story, I quickly abandoned the search for a coherent one. Gaga jumps into a giant white cube with her keytar, sings songs about fame, money and monsters for the next two hours, and then departs in a woman-sized gyroscope. The dialogue didn't really clear up the plot, either, since most of it consisted of "Scream for me, my little monsters!" and "What's up, Toronto?".
Music and lyrics
Rather than approaching The Monster Ball as an opera or book musical,
perhaps it makes more sense to imagine it as a song cycle, like Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World.
Gaga's catchy songs might not form a traditional narrative, but her lyrics are thematically linked by an exploration and examination of the Dionysian, the grotesque and, of course, rough oral sex. To the double entendre of Poker Face, Gaga has now added – in new song Teeth – an exhortation to "take a bite of my bad-girl meat". Those who think this has no antecedent in musical theatre, however, should remember Mrs Lovett's plea to Sweeney Todd to "take a bite" of her meat pies, the worst in London: "Is that just disgusting? You have to concede it! It's nothing but crusting!"
While I have seen suggestive dance moves in many a Kander and Ebb musical, The Monster Ball is the only time I have seen a pas de trois meant to evoke double penetration. Especially one in which two men are dressed like the horses from Equus.
It's obvious that Lady Gaga was part of the burlesque revival in New York before she became a big-time pop star. Almost every one of her songs involves her walking on stage dressed in some bizarre get-up and then removing bits of it until she's down to a series of well-placed straps or strategically located bits of scrap metal.
But The Monster Ball ain't Gypsy. During Boys, Boys, Boys, for instance, Gaga wore an outfit made out of guns (and a hat consisting entirely of muzzles) and slowly disarmed. Similarly, during Monster, she arrived dressed as – it seemed to me, anyway – a huge, hairy vagina. During this song, she removed tufts of her costume until she was down to a thin landing strip of apparel. Not even La Cage Aux Folles and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert could beat this wardrobe.
While The Monster Ball has nothing on the great operas or the golden age of musical theatre, Lady Gaga's "electro-pop opera" is at least twice as entertaining and infinitely fresher than any stage musical written over the last decade. No need to write that sequel to We Will Rock You, Ben Elton – Lady Gaga's done it for you.
The 'Poker Face' singer struggles to cope with homesickness while out on the road but has now learned to accept her "darkness". She said: "The lowest point is loneliness, being on the road. I have a chronic sadness that recurs.
"The lowest point was in Australia in May. I was overwhelmingly sad, and I didn't know why because I had all these things to be happy about." Despite her black moods, the singer says her emotional state inspired her to write her best ever material.
She added: "I went to the studio and played for hours and I wrote what is going to be the greatest record of my career, a beautiful song about my father. "I remember watching the mascara tears flood the ivories and I thought, 'It's OK to be said.' I've learned to love my darkness."