A Monsters Ball at the ACC
Sequined unitard’s, giant shoulder pads, leather bodices and some sort of black, feathery concoction – only some of the many costume changes that made up Lady Gaga’s show on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre (I had hoped there would be one number with her in the Alexander McQueen Armadillo heels from her latest music video, but sadly they did not make an appearance). She kicked off her "Monster Ball" tour in Montreal on the 27th, and her next stop was Toronto, where she turned the ACC into a fashionable freakshow.
She opened with “Dancing in the Dark”, in a shimmering nude jumpsuit with space suit-esque shoulder pads. Although she hit the stage a full hour later than anticipated, the audience gave her a roaring welcome as she delved into favorites like “Just Dance”, “Love Game”, “Paparazzi”, and “Poker Face” (she actually sang that one twice – once slowly on the piano, and later, the upbeat version). The night ended with her newest smash “Bad Romance”, where she sang from within a rotating globe, wearing her signature futuristic sunglasses, white trousers, and a blazer with shoulder pads bigger than anything we’ve seen down the runway this season.
It is only when you go to a Gaga show that you can fully appreciate the spectacle she truly is, and that her rise to fame is not only thanks to her own ambitions, but to her devout fans. It’s clear that her fans love her and are loyal, because at Saturday nights’ show, the only thing more interesting than Lady Gaga herself was the throngs of fans, male and female, who came dressed in head-to-toe Gaga inspired looks. If there’s one person in this world who can get 25 year old women out of their homes on a Saturday night and into leather one-piece suits, 4-inch heels and crystals around their eyes, it’s Lady Gaga.