There was a lot a lot of drama that happened before the show. Originally, the show was supposed to take place at the downtown Chicago Theatre. It was a mad, panicked scramble to get tickets, but, somehow, I managed to get four through Ticketmaster the minute they went on sale. Anyway, said tickets were actually pretty decent (main floor, part way back) and the dudes and I were pretty excited. Then, calamity ensued, as the show was abruptly moved to the far off suburbs at the Rosemont Theatre. Ugh. Instead of transferring tickets to comparable seats, Ticketmaster gave pre-existing ticket holders a password to a pre-sale, a pre-sale with ONLY obstructed-view seats. Cool. So, everyone was super pissed and the papers and blogs wrote about it, and all of Chicago (and Detroit) pretty much thinks Lady Gaga is a huge douche (see: forum; wait, i mean see: forum drama).
Okay, so a lot of people wrote on her website’s forum about this travesty, and pretty much she decided that she loves censorship, so she pulled the plug on the forum a day or two before she came to Chicago. That’s cool.
But anyway, me and the dudes grudgingly went to the concert and sat in our seats, which were four rows from the back row of the balcony. Thanks, Ticketmaster and Lady Gaga! Anyway, the opening acts were kind of annoying and it’s kind of sad this is what they came up with to replace Kid Cudi after it was decided that he’s too much of a liability. The first act struck me as super NYC (maybe because they kept saying stuff like m’fing NYC or something along those lines), but Semi Precious Weapons is a glam-rock, scream-y, not-that-great band that also played with Lady Gaga in 2006 to a crowd of 12. The second opening act, Jason Derülo, has the song that “heavily samples” Imogen Heap. His act seemed a little conceited (side note: I read that he requested a lot of crazy shit, like smoke and lights, but such things were denied for him.). I didn’t like how he plucked a girl from the audience and sang to her and said to her in front of the whole audience how she’ll always be his baby or something like that.
Anyway…after enduring the poor choices for opening acts, Lady Gaga appeared, or I mean her thirty-foot image on a giant, sheer screen. It was actually one of the better hype-y opening art things I’ve seen at a concert. She eventually appeared behind the screen, and eventually the screen was lifted. She performed most of her songs from her two albums and played for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Compared to the other tour nights, she supposedly cut the Sunday performance by 2 songs, but this is just according to 2 hipster dudes at the train stop. As expected, there was a lot of choreographed dancing, and about 5 costume changes. She also shot a gun at the audience. Y’know cause she wanted to tell everyone how much she doesn’t care if you don’t like her. She talked a lot to fill the gaps of her small catalog. Mostly, she talked about how much she loves her “little monsters” and how much she hates money. Her talking voice struck me as very slightly British sounding, but also very pleasant. It wasn’t the best thing in the world, but I had fun and enjoyed the fact that she didn’t lip sync her performance.
Side note: the Rosemont Theatre doesn’t know how to organize transportation. There were 10 cabs after the concert got out and no more appeared, because I guess they didn’t catch on after the first two days that hundreds of people would be wanting to go home. After waiting outside for 15 minutes, we found one cab and asked him to drive us to the train, but he told us that we could just walk since 1.5 miles in the literally below zero weather isn’t that far, and that he only wanted to take people all the way to the city. At least my roommate told the driver to go f himself. I liked walking that far and then watching 4 northbound trains go by while waiting another 15-20 minutes for a southbound train. Did this really long review actually have anything to do with the concert? I guess I’ll add that she didn’t wear the Alexander McQueen 10’ armadillo shoes. Setlist (someone should correct this if it’s wrong):
1. Dance in the Dark
2. Just Dance
6. So Happy I Could Die
9. Poker Face (slow version)
10. The Fame
11. Money Honey
12. Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
13. Boys Boys Boys
14. Paper Gangsta
15. Poker Face
17. Nothing Else I Can Say
18. Bad Romance
ticket controversy articles: NBC Chicago, Tribune
Video is from a different Rosemont night, but you get the picture. lol