Lady Gaga – Terminal 5 – May 2, 2009May 4th, 2009
You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Lady Gaga in her self-designed bubble dress. Was she naked under there? It sure looked like it from where we were standing, which was pretty far back. The crush of 15-year-old girls in the front was just too intense to navigate. Many of them seemed to be having the best time of their young lives, lustily singing along to all the songs while also nervously pulling on the shortest skirts their parents would let them wear out of the house. I shared a drink at the bar in the back with one New Jersey dad who was chaperoning his daughter and a friend for the evening and he clearly had no idea what he was in for. When Gaga sang, “I want to fuck you as hard as I can,” his face crumpled like Lee Harvey Oswald’s after Jack Ruby shot him in the gut.
The Gaga formula is nothing we haven’t seen before—equal parts dominatrix and girl next door—but her attitude is stronger and more sexually powerful than we’re used to. She makes Britney seem like a prudish hag. And her confessional bits between songs were kind of winning, as calculating as they might be. The theme was: “Invent yourself. I did, and look how well it’s worked out for me!” Gaga also seemed genuinely grateful to be so lovingly received in her hometown. “Do you know how many times I played in clubs in New York and they didn’t know the words to any of my songs and they threw beer on me?” she said, and then added, “Sometimes I like getting beer thrown on me.” Pour another drink for dear old dad. —Joey Pisarcik