Lady Gaga Overlooks Little Monsters at artRAVE: the Artpop Ball Fort Lauderdale Kick-off
Her voice was soulful, and she sang throughout the set as she danced. Even the concession guy said, "She can really sing." And we agreed dorkily, "Yes, she really can." She started the whole set with "Artpop" and followed with a few newer songs, but then, after a lengthy costume change, played the Gaga standards. After hearing every one of her popular tunes, it was already clear the encore would be short, and she played only "Gypsy" on the piano to close out.
When two gay flags hit the stage, she did throw them over one shoulder and saunter over to the iceberg to the joy of the audience. And the one other time she accepted gifts, she put on a pot leaf lei and wore it during "Jewels N' Drugs." "You keep me so inspired," she said, sounding uninspired. Then she reluctantly agreed to put on an ugly vest someone threw at her feet. We can't blame her for immediately removing it. Maybe her fans need to get her more chic presents?
Who knows? Moms can be weird sometimes, and eventually us kids need to grow up and allow them to express who they are, instead of asking for their reassurance all the time. It seems Gaga's enjoying the empty-nest stage -- if we can call it that -- and though awkwardly adjusting to her new role as refined parent in a quest for self-knowledge, she's keeping the door open to let her Little Monsters in, just with new rules.
"Cake Like Lady Gaga"
"Do What U Want"
"Born This Way"
"Jewels N' Drugs"
"Mary Jane Holland"