Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Seeing Lady Gaga: The Born This Way Ball

It's no secret that I'm a Christian who likes to listen to a bit of Lady Gaga every now and then. I love her, and Jesus does too. Sure, she's created a fair bit of controversy with songs like 'Judas', and her songs don't leave you feeling spiritually satisfied. Okay, so, some of her songs are extremely Antichrist, which saddens me because if it weren't for that, I would enjoy them a whole lot more. Not to mention that getting the lyrics from songs like 'Love Game' and 'Government Hooker', stuck in your head ain't all that great for a Christian gal like me. Why is it that all the good songs are inappropriate?
 
But she's talented, and I just can't help but like her. She's a brilliant artist, and to have someone like me enjoy most of her songs, buy her albums, and go to her concerts - that's saying something.
 
Whenever I'm having a really bad day, I'll play one of her albums. Blasting 'Just Dance', 'Bad Romance', 'Poker Face', 'Telephone', 'Marry The Night' or 'Born This Way' - helps. I don't know why, it just does. Apparently this seems silly to other Christians. When asked what music I like, I am constantly met with a horrified face, followed by "You can't like her, she's so bad".
 
Bite me. We all have something that we like, that another would consider inappropriate. Case in point: these Christians are more than happy to see Magic Mike, a film about male strippers. How is that any better and more appropriate than Lady Gaga? Hypocrites. I digress...
 
The highlight of my year so far, besides holidaying, has been seeing Lady Gaga in concert on her Born This Way Ball tour back in June.
 
 
Having been to her Monster Ball concert, I knew that I would probably want to see her perform again, and since the release of her Born This Way album, I had definitely decided that I wanted tickets to another show.
 
The tickets went on sale last year, and I snapped some up like my life depended on it. The only disappointing thing was that I got locked out of the ticket site for five minutes, thanks to a traffic overload, so buy the time I could get any, all the good seats were gone. I was just thankful to have tickets though, even though the seats were all the way up the back.
 
 
To my surprise, the seats weren't as terrible as what I was expecting. Being side stage view seats, there was still a lot to be seen, and what you couldn't see, the screens more than made up for. I did really want seats in the lower section (as does everyone), but in the end, I'm glad I didn't get any. They were ridiculously priced, for starters, and some of the songs were sang in a castle, so everyone had to look at the screen if they wanted to see her properly anyway, so paying for good seats, in some ways, would have been pointless, and a total waste of money.
 
 
I was happy with the people sitting in our section too. Usually, there's always one or two next to or behind you that drive you bonkers the entire night, and seeing that alcohol was allowed in the arena, I really was expecting to be stuck sitting next to or near some drunk idiots, spilling their drinks all over the place. I just so happened to pick the pensioner section - people were more than happy to just sit down and not feel the need to scream like lunatics every few freakin' seconds.
 
It was worth the money just to sit and people watch before they opened the arena doors. Oh my word, the sights were incredible! You will never see so many different and strange sights all in the one place. I saw everything from cross dressers, to girls that couldn't walk in high heels, to girls that looked like prostitutes, to old women who should not have had their boobs hanging out, to people wearing tight clothing leaving little left to the imagination, and so much more. This year, many more people dressed up in outfits from the music film clips, and some people were way to close to being naked. There were many girls walking around in just a bra, undies and fishnet stockings which were really revealing. Wrapping sections of you hair and tying them around cans seemed to be quite popular, too.
 
 
To be honest, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the show. I had a shocking sinus headache, and I was worried that I'd be left disappointed after reading a less than raving review, but I did enjoy it immensely. Although, I couldn't say the same for the pre-show entertainment. I was expecting some bizarre band, not some guy or girl (I couldn't even tell) standing and holding a mask, changing positions every few minutes to strange music. I kid you not. Well, they delivered on bizarre alright but there was no talent in it whatsoever. They could have pulled anyone off the street to do that.
 
The way the stage was set though, was pretty spectacular. Although, the castle did restrict the view just a little - it was a dark colour, and in the darkness of the arena, it made it tricky at times to tell where Gaga actually was. I must say, I was a little disappointed with her costumes this time, but maybe that's because I've gotten so use to her ridiculous, over the top and outrageous approach, that nothing seems wacky anymore. I mean, how can you top a plastic dress, spiked shoulders, a costume created from blonde hair, and a sparkler bra?
 
The only thing that seemed to be a little more weird but clever, was the mock womb that she had giving birth to all of her dancers at the beginning of 'Born This Way'.
 
See sang all of my favourite songs, and that was what I went for. Bottom line, she puts on a really good show. She's different, interesting, and entertaining. Enough said.
 
Maybe I'll wear a sparkler bra to church next time, what do you think? ;)
 
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

thats just brilliant soo awesome that you got out! and who cares abotu other people judgements of stuff- its YOUR interpretation and replationship with god NOT theirs. bet it was cool to see all the dressed up people when your indoors so much its like a firework display! congrats and go again!!id go with you if i lived there!-by piffle

phylor said...

I think that folks have stereotypes about all sorts of people, Christians included in terms of how they should act, what music they should enjoy, etc. Whether the stereotype or tsk, tsk is coming from within the faith community or without, it takes away, I think, from each person's uniqueness, their individuality, and their individual relationship with God.
When I was teaching, one of my students was an evangelical Christian who often made her views known -- and she had several piercings including a stud in her tongue! So, there goes yet another stereotype!
Great piece of writing and an interesting conversation about the dicotamy (spelling) of being a strong believer and also being a part of the world, and the music that surrounds you and gives you pleasure and enjoyment.

Rusty Hoe said...

I agree with the others, who cares what others think. Christian or not, you're an individual and can like what you want. Faith is also so individual and the way one person celebrates that can be completely different to another. Ignore the judgey mcjudgisons and enjoy yourself. The world would be very boring if we were all the same.

PS I would be very impressed if you wore that bra to church ;)

Miss Chronically Creative said...

Haha, thanks guys! It was amazing, just what I needed.

I don't really care that much, but I just wish people would stop giving me judgemental looks. I think they may just be genuinely shocked as I appear so sweet and innocent. Ha!

JP Choudhary said...

Glad you had such a nice time ! Last week i went see Gaga on her Born This Way Ball It was a great experience ! she so genuinely loves her fans and is so loveable that it’s all forgiven.

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