Lady Gaga shows she's impossible to top in Vancouver

At Rogers Arena on Friday, January 11

Without question, Lady Gaga is the best pop star of our time. Twenty-six-year-old Stefani Germanotta’s songs are wonderfully infectious, her videos are mesmerizingly artful, and her outlandish style is unfuckwithable. The world's most popular tweeter is panache perfect and it's impossible to avert your eyes. Simply calling her a “young Madonna” needs to end, as she's equal parts Damien Hirst and Alexander McQueen as well. My God, even her signature scent, Fame, which they were handing out samples of at Rogers Arena, smells good and doesn't induce hives.

Walking through the crowd at the first of two Vancouver stops for the Born This Way Ball on Friday was to observe a sweded retrospective of every outfit the Queen of Pop has ever donned. From the moment the curtain dropped and unveiled the show's ridiculously awesome set—a three-storey castle—till the very last song, this city's most flamboyantly gay men and most “misunderstood” young women were elated. Her monsters were not disappointed.

Gaga took the stage in spectacular fashion: riding a mechanical unicorn while singing "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)". However, a metallic helmet hid her face until the third song. The reveal was, of course, outrageous. Lady Gaga’s head appeared at the top of a giant inflatable body in the lithotomy position. Shortly thereafter, she emerged from the body's zipper-vagina to perform the LGBT mantra "Born This Way". From here on out, it was clear that the Vancouver Pride Society will need to work overtime this year if they want the parade to compete with this grandiose pop affair.

The Ball is a pop-rock opera. The story goes Lady Gaga escaped to Vancouver from an interstellar Government Owned Alien Territory (G.O.A.T.) to train for an invasion of Earth. Periodically, Mother G.O.A.T., a giant animatronic re-creation of the Fame Monster's face encased in a glowing diamond, would lower from the rafters and spew some gibberish about Operation: Kill the Bitch. It even sang part of “Paparazzi” then bled to death out of its eyes, mouth, and nose. Confused? It’s okay, that’s part and parcel of the Lady Gaga experience.

Megahits like "Bad Romance", "Just Dance", and "Telephone" were almost always accompanied by a costume change into an Italian-fashion-house–designed outfit. There were even a few throwbacks to classics like an assault-rifle bra, which she wore during "Alejandro", and a meat dress, which was trotted out for "Americano" and "Poker Face". (The latter was performed while in a meat grinder.) The Kermit the Frog doll top appeared on-stage but, sadly, was never worn.

Pop concerts tend to be as spontaneous as evolution. Thankfully, there were a few moments when our visitor from G.O.A.T. veered from the script and almost seemed human. At one point she sang "Happy Birthday" to a tearful devotee who had just turned 18. Following that, Gaga relayed what her dad told her when she hit the same age: “Don’t get too excited. It just means you don’t get a fucking allowance.”

Then, after performing “The Edge of Glory” during the encore, Lady Gaga invited five lucky little monsters on-stage with her during the final number, “Marry the Night”. Jubilant tears ensued as they danced with their hero, then descended through a trap door to hang out backstage. Damn it, Gaga! You’re making everyone else look bad, again. How many more Twitter followers do you need?

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Seamus
Just wondering what time she hit the stage. looking forward to the show tonight.
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Kennedy
Is this article a joke or serious? In what universe is Lady Gaga the "Queen of Pop?" We all know Gaga pretends Madonna does not exist, as she constantly borrows from her catalog without ever giving credit. Now your gonna pretend to Madonna does not exist. She is still the reigning Queen of Pop, were you asleep all through 2012?? MDNA Tour #1 .......FACT.
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Martin Dunphy
Reeeeooowwwwrrr! Cat fight!
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suck it
GaGa hit the stage at abput 20:30pm last night and then left at abput 23:20
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Paulie
"Walking through the crowd at the first of two Vancouver stops for the Born This Way Ball on Friday was to observe a sweded retrospective of every outfit the Queen of Pop has ever donned."

Why were people dressed as Madonna at a Lady Gaga concert?
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Crystaleyes
She took the stage at 8:45pm and didn't stop until 2 1/2 hours later. Though I'm twice (or more) the age of most other fans, I thoroughly enjoyed her show!
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out at night
She undoubtedly has an amazing stage show, but come on, the songs are all just okay, maybe a couple "really good" at best. Anyone who doesn't recognize the fact that our standards have declined in terms of songwriting isn't paying attention. It has been a long, long while since anyone, including Modonna, has put out a hit song with a strong and memorable melody, powerful, well-crafed lyrics and impressive musicianship all at once. I'm getting quite used to the ol' two outta three thing. Gaga may well be among the best right now, but the mega-corporations that carefully control our pop music diet seem intent on denying us any songs that might be so good as to raise our ever-declining expectations.
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WestEndGuy
If it's like Friday you don't need to take your seat until 8:15. Madeon did his thing until 8-ish and there was a long-ish break before the main event.
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murf
Why is this shoddy hack still writing for the Straight? Lots of lavish over the top descriptions of the stage set and costumes but nothing about her singing, sound, dance moves, not even what her perfume smells like.

I tried to listen to Lady Gaga but her songs sound all the same, her voice auto tuned so it has no personality. I do give her credit for outrageous self promotion with blatent thievery and total lack of originality.
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dustin
This is clearly biased! It does not mention that for Bad romance, Poker face, Americano, Born this way, Judas and You and I heavy, heavy playback were used. She was clearly out of shape and her dancing was laughable. Having 2 and a half albums and selling 24 million albums world wide and the 6th top grossing concert does not make you Queen. 350 million, number 1 top tour gross does. Madonna's show was mature and meaningful. The sets, dancing and stage presents were all superior. p.s. fridays show was not a sell out, saturdays show was even further from one.
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MMjm
Lady Gaga is an amazing artist and an amazing person she is a beautiful soul. You can say what you want about her but she is a genuinely nice person and no offense to Madonna she is an amazing artist but from what I've heard her personality is nothing to be fond of. I'm not into the immature attacks she does to Gaga.
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R2
'The story goes Lady Gaga escaped to Vancouver from an interstellar Government Owned Alien Territory (G.O.A.T.) to train for an invasion of Earth'......then she realized all the good live music venues were being closed down and being replaced by condos and headed back to the fekn G.O.A.T. she came from with her monsters....next freak show please.
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Ljk
Brilliant write up! The show was magnificent.
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Lady Gaga is not worthy to kiss Madonna's ass.
Without a sane comment, Georgia Straight writes a ridiculous review about Born This Way Lady Gaga, as if on MDMA.

Although it was said "Pop concerts tend to be as spontaneous as evolution," this one could more accurately be reclassified as an attraction side show of gmo mutants.

A more fitting moniker for the twenty-six-year-old Stefani Germanotta: "She Who Gagsya", while on stage before devotee monsters acts out running from GOAT while "...a metallic helmet hid her face until the third song..." apparently it's common to remain "Confused? It’s okay, that’s part and parcel of the Lady Gaga experience."

A fitting ending couldn't come soon enough by "She Who Gagsya" self directed machinations scripted "spew some gibberish about Operation: Kill The Bitch." What a joke! People paid money for that? How many more "Twits" do you need? She Who Gagsya can't and won't be taken seriously.

Claiming to being "Born This Way" is completely dishonest and deceptive. Her "monsters" bought into a fake person known as "Lady Gaga" who makes her self up to be someone she is not. If she was really being "Born This Way" she would be "Stefani Germanotta" not "Lady Gaga". What a fake.
You've got your ugly, your disease and everything as long as it's free ...and fake.

It also appears that the Georgia Straighter's vocabularly curiously increases coincidently with descriptive words too similar to that of the Vancouver Sun review pertaining to the same subject matter.


There is only one Queen of Pop/ Dance/ Song/ Music who brings people together across the globe like no one has or ever will and that super star is Madonna. (Madonna is Madonna's birth name). Madonna sold out each of her 72 world tour MDNA dates at the age of 54, and MDNA tops the list. Madonna always will and always has kicked Lady Gaga's ass out right of this universe. Lady Gaga is not worthy to kiss Madonna's ass.

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ron
Meh...she is an ugly short fat little troll that produces competent but forgettable dance pop. She tries to cover this mediocrity by rolling out a Cirque du Soleil-style spectacle that only inpresses imbeciles. Her hits are already fading into the background noise - hummed Poker Face or Just Dance lately?...ha, no one does.
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Seamus
Can't believe all the negative feedback. I thought the show was great. Very theatrical. Great songs. Great dancing. All this comparison to Madonna. Let's see. She's over 50. Gaga is 26. I'd say Madonna's show better be more mature. I think many in the audience weren't familiar with the Born this way album. Just the hits. Well, if you knew the songs, the show would've been that much better. The people around me on the floor were having a great time. As far as singing live, I think she was doing all of that live. She may have been getting some boost from backing tracks but that was definitely her voice. Her piano playing was great. I think she inspired a lot of people. She was personable. Talked from the heart. I got my money`s worth and left smiling. What more could anyone ask for in a concert?
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patricia
I really enjoyed her but Lady Starlight and that techno guy that pushes buttons on a machine were the worst opening acts I've ever seen. A complete joke! Anybody agree or disagree?
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Alan Ranta
Wow... Madonna sure has a bitter fan-base.
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Lester Bangs Junior
I can't cypher which is more odious--this journalistic skidmark or the recycled drivel that he's flogging? What is clear is that the standards at the Straight are a joke. But I can see why you'd hire this adolescent as a "writer"--someone needs to make Usinger look competent by comparison.
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the pope
Lady Gaga,a genuinely down to earth gentle soul,a great Human being and a Hell of an Artist.
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