The Queen of Freaks is back, just as memorable

It’s only when Gaga uses her latest surreal piano collection that her personal talent really shines from behind the clothing rack (Samir Hussein/Getty for Live Nation)

“I chose to focus on all the grit, all the grit,” Lady Gaga said during the pandemic when her Chromatica Ball tour was twice postponed. “I want to look back on the past few years, and I always want to remember us like that.”

Considering that “just like this” involved 60,000 people wearing flashing wristbands watching a purple beetle lady play a piano that resembled a flaming alien throne – seemingly designed by HR Giger – we’re unlikely Forget it.

We’re a little bit lucky to come to 2022 as an acclaimed actor, whose 2016 US album Joanne Stefani Germanotta’s turn to unskilled personal exposure remains one of the most compelling and quirky live shows in the world. “Thank you for liking a weirdo like me!” she smiled at the crowd, a good portion of whom were wearing her own weird, homemade costumes. It’s hard not to fall in love with a mind edgy enough to concoct a four-act stadium show, Brazil Satisfy Hotel, A Clockwork Orange, Prometheus, The Great Gatsby, Warriors, They! ,The Matrix and Dr. Parnassos’ imagination.

The show starts in a weird way because it’s meant to go on. An Impressionist film, like a nightmare about celluloid, before the prelude begins, Gaga turns into an evil bird woman who appears in a row of brutalist mock concrete cells, pinned tightly outside the machinery Skeletons and spinning in a group of dancing prisoners at the scene. The trope of being trapped in an abusive relationship is blatant, but from there, Chromatica Ball pays little attention to matching imagery and themes.

Gaga took off her metal bodysuit for Just Dance, red police lights drenched the stage for the black artwork Poker Face, and the monster loosened. In Act 1 (“Alice,” “Replay,” “Monster”), she lies in a blood-stained bodysuit and bright red dress on a filthy hydraulic operating room slab, like a Budapest backstreet Same as torture porn victims of spleen robbery. In Act 2 (“911”, “Sour Candy”, gorgeous “Phone” and “LoveGame”, Gaga’s no-hiss “…Baby do it again”) , she was transformed into a sci-fi S&M cop, and the stage was transformed into a steampunk version of Nostromo. Act 3 (“Babylon”, “Free Woman”, “Born This Way”) then takes place at the decadent Gatsby party, with Gaga and the dancers in gold suits before they form a parade through the crowd to the second stage and crown Gaga as the Zerg Queen.

This morphing generosity is often compared to Bowie, but Gaga didn’t show any dynamism that came close to the same genre jump tonight.Drawing heavily from 2020 Chromatics For the album, she returned to dance pop, and she seemed to often pay homage to her pop predecessors: Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Pet Shop Boy and – in “Vogue” – parodies of “Babylon” and “Express Yourself” “Facsimile of “Born This Way” – Madonna. None of this is bad, but it’s only when Gaga plays the latest in a long line of surreal pianos for Act 4’s ballad medley that her personal talent really shines from behind the clothing rack.Interrupts the tune to dedicate to Alexander McQueen and deliver a motivational message about identity as she weeps in epic national ‘Shallow’, from A star is bornstanding on one leg on a stool as “Fun Tonight” turns from sad ballad to U2 disco.

Finally, a video of Gaga reciting a poem about life is art and we are all eternal (told about Tottenham’s hangover tomorrow) gave way to “Stupid Love”, “My Rain” and “Hold Me” The ecstatic ending of “The Hand”, where she dressed up as a cyclist Beyonce with a slender clawed hand. It’s fair to say that the Queen of Freaks is back, and it’s still unforgettable.

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