Gaga sizzles and thrills Joburg

2012-12-02 10:00

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“South Africa, you are the future”, belted the mother superior of pop before mesmerising a sold-out FNB Stadium with her theme song, Born This Way.

For the next 150 minutes, Lady Gaga had 65 000 South African fans eating out of her manicured monster claw.

The Monster Ball Tour is not a performance but a kaleidoscopic spectacular; a brutal attack on the senses that leaves you bedazzled and in awe.

On Friday evening, Joburgers dressed in 50 shades of grey and pink and glitter fell in love with Gaga, and she with us.

Between rocking hits like Bad Romance, Telephone and Poker Face, Lady Gaga played chief prophetess, preaching to the converted in a way that would make Pastor Ray McCauley jealous.

“I am not an alien, I am not a woman, I am not a man, I am not a creature of your government, South Africa. I am you!”

Supported by a sizzling hot act of dancers and a giant castle set, she started the show riding on a giant horse; then was born again through a massive zipped-up plastic tummy; retreated back into her famous white egg; and ended up being devoured by a huge sausage machine.

Lady Gaga’s message is one of inspiration and self-belief. “Five years ago I was a waitress in New York City ... Look where I’m now.”

She asked her South African fans not to “give a f**k” what other people thought of them – and they agreed.

The woman next to me, close to tears, grabbed her partner’s hand and uttered a loud “Yes”.

Surprised by the huge turnout and the support she received, Gaga said it’s been her “life’s dream” to come to South Africa.

“If you keep on being my fan, I’ll be yours,” she said to loud applause, adding that Mzansi will be included in every future tour.

The most touching moment of the show was when she asked four fans to join her on stage for an unplugged version of Born This Way.

“Risk everything for what you believe in,” she said while embracing the little monsters, singing: “I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes / I’m on the right track, baby / I was born this way.”

Wiping away the tears, Lady Gaga said she wore fancy outfits (I lost count of the dress changes during the show) “to create fantasy in my life because it helps me to deal with pains in my past”.

After two encores, she and her colourful cavalcade left the stage.

At 8am yesterday, she tweeted: “Johannesburg was so wonderful, i can’t really put it into words. Im so happy, I haven’t slept yet. Laying in bed dreaming of the next tour.”

»Monster Ball Tour moves to the Cape Town Stadium tomorrow night. Limited tickets are still available.

- City Press

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