Lady Gaga Kicks Off Tour at BB&T with Something to Prove
When Gaga returned last year with Artpop, she encountered a drastically different musical landscape where Katy Perry had adopted her signature quirky fashion sense and newcomers like Lorde were now considered the new unusual pop star. Still, Gaga begged for her "Applause," and it almost seemed like it was working until she started beefing with Perez Hilton publicly via Twitter and distracting everyone from what she was really promoting -- a new album.
She sought the help of contemporary artists like Marina Abramovic and Jeff Koons to bolster her case that what she was doing was also art. Instead, what she delivered was an odd video about the "Abramovic Method" and a flying dress at her Artrave party. It all seemed too forced.
Still, her biggest blunder yet was pairing with R. Kelly on "Do What U Want." After the Village Voice did a document dump revealing Kells' predatory ways, Gaga quickly went into damage control, scrapping a video by the equally nasty Terry Richardson and replacing the R&B crooner with Christina Aguilera. The single and album faded quickly.
But now it's 2014, and Gaga has promised to finally unleash Artpop's potential on the world.
Her tour kicks off here in South Florida and will set the tone for whether Mother Monster remains relevant. But with the underwhelming performance of her latest single "G.U.Y.," it's hard to say if anyone's still listening.
Lady Gaga. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets cost $35 to 200 plus fees. Call 954-835-8000, or visit thebbtcenter.com.