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Review: Lady Gaga mesmerizes New York's Roseland Ballroom Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 29, 2014 in Music
New York - Pop superstar Lady Gaga performed for a sold-out crowd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on March 28, which also marked her 28th birthday.
As Gaga took the Roseland Ballroom stage, the crowd could not stop cheering. Sporting an eccentric outfit, she accompanied herself on keyboards for an acoustic rendition of her multi-smash hit "Born This Way," proving her raw and undeniable talent.
Towards the end of the song, Gaga pointed towards her mother who was in the audience, dedicating the closing lyric to her. "My mama told me when I was young, we are all born superstars," she sang, backing that lyric with full conviction.
Gaga changed the pace of her set with the upbeat "Black Jesus Amen Fashion," which was a bonus track from her critically acclaimed "Born This Way" CD, as the stage was graced in an elaborate production and lights.
Dressed in a red outfit, she belted out an electrifying rendition of "Monster." "Put your paws up," she told her dedicated fans midway through the song. Ironically enough, they are affectionately dubbed as "little monsters."
She followed it up with my all-time favorite song of hers, the anthemic "Bad Romance," as the stage was graced in red lights. Particularly impressive was during this song she climbed a ladder and reached her fans in the balcony area and shouted a key verse of the tune from there, "Want your bad romance," prior to returning to the stage. The audience response was tremendous for this song.
Mother Monster, as she is known to her fans worldwide, showed her flirty side in "Sexxx Dreams," a track from her new CD Artpop, and she played the piano as she sang "Dope."
Gaga accompanied herself on piano on "You and I," as she sported black sunglasses. Yet again she displayed her exceptional ability to belt out a song in a simple matter, proving that she is a lot more than just big productions.
She wore a yellow outfit for an acoustic rendition of "Poker Face," which contained elements on pop, rock, soul and blues. This was really neat, since she gave it a fresh feel.
It was followed by her chart-topping breakthrough hit "Just Dance," where she encouraged her fans to "jump," as she belted out the lyrics. She interacted well with the crowd through this song and showcased her superb dancing chops.
She closed with a superb version of "Applause," her lead single from her ArtPop CD, where she sported a purple outfit. The performance featured confetti drizzling from the Roseland Ballroom feeling and laser lights.
For her encore, she returned to sing the brand new song "G.U.Y." that she co-wrote with electronic dance music producer Zedd. "Hands in the air," she shouted to her fans, all of which complied to Gaga's request.
Dressed in a white outfit, she delivered a performance equal in excellence to that of fellow pop superstar Madonna on this new tune, back by an all-star cast of dancers.
"Thank you for making this the best birthday ever," she said graciously at the finale of this performance, with visible tears in her eyes, prior to gathering her team of performers for a big bow.
The fans in return were all serenading her to "Happy Birthday," which moved Gaga to tears.
"Give it for my amazing dancers and my amazing band," Gaga remarked. "We care about you so much. Have a good time tonight. We love you. Good night."
According to Christine Nagy, esteemed radio personality from New York's 106.7 Lite FM, she remarked, "Lady Gaga is a true artist in every sense of the word, in her work and how she lives her life. She is here to entertain and inspire us and she does just that, making the 'outsider' feel like the 'insider.' She has a powerful voice and is a gifted writer, musician and performer. She does it all!"
The Verdict
Overall, Lady Gaga was a pop muse tonight. She showed her New York hometown what she is made of: raw talent, great stage presence, energy and charisma. Although she performed 11 songs, they were all eclectic and they displayed different sides to her craft. She proved to all the naysayers that she is one of the hardest-working entertainers in music. For anybody that has any doubts of her vocal ability, all they need to were her solo versions of "Born This Way," "Poker Face" and "You and I," were she was backed solely on piano. The six outfit changes, dancing and production were a major asset to her show as well. She garnered an A+ rating.
The Roseland Ballroom is closing next month and having Gaga as its final act was one of the best decisions the venue ever made.
For more information on global pop star Lady Gaga, visit her official website.
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