Last July my friend Dan and I purchased tickets to see Lady Gaga in concert here in Pittsburgh. For the last months its been more of an afterthought. The tickets hiding in my drawer, unseen and forgotten. But the date Feb 26th was engraved in my mind. After many trials and tribulations, I was able to see Lady Gaga in person, and only a few feet away from me.
This journey began a few days ago. After visiting Adam I was headed back to Pittsburgh. I had a connecting flight in DC, however that flight was so delayed that I didn't see a point in staying in the airport. I changed my flight for the next morning leaving from Reagan into Pit. This was a close call, because if I missed that flight I would have to wait later, and perhaps not arrive on time for the concert. However, I did make it (though barely). All was well and I had a few hours before heading to the stadium to wait in line.So naturally, I took a nap.
After picking up Daniel, we headed downtown to the Consel Energy Center. We found the line outside an joined the mass of people. We stood outside from around 4:00 til 7:00. During this time, we witnessed an array of people. Lots of normally dressed people, but mostly scantily clad girls. Lots of fishnets, mini skirts, and hooker heels, ala Gaga. What I don't understand is how they could dress like that when it was about 40 F outside with the sun out and about 30 F once it got dark. Weren't they freezing? I guess to each her/his own. We also saw many people dressed like Lady Gaga. Lots of Telephone like costumes, some men in drag (with heels and all), and one girl had her own Grammy Awards 2010 dress (not sure how to describe it, look it up). Lots of pictures taken, lots of laughs, but cold feet. During this time we befriended the people behind us--a brother sister team who were seeing this for he 3rd and 2nd time, and a college age couple who were there their 2nd time. They were nice people. They were so nice that they even helped the people behind them hide themselves while they peed in cups. That's right, the fans are so devoted they won't even leave the line to use the bathroom. They will pee in cups. Gross? Yes. Hilarious? Absolutely.
After 3 hours of standing outside we finally made it inside the arena. We rushed to get a stop as close to the stage as possible. We were about 4 rows of people away from the stage. It was pretty sweet. However, the opening act didn't start until 8, so another hour of waiting. The opening act was a band called the Scissor Sisters. The weren't bad. They are apparently very big in the gay community in Europe. And since I do not fall in either category, I wasn't too impressed with them. They played for about 30 minutes, and then the wait for Lady Gaga herself began. We were getting so desperate that with every minute that passed, I was getting so irritated and frustrated. During the waiting time, they played Michael Jackson's greatest hits. Every time I heard
another MJ song, I thought I was going to kill somebody! I had been standing for so long I was in physical pain and all I wanted was to see Lady Gaga! The worst part was, I couldn't just leave to sit somewhere. If I did I would lose my spot and I'd regret it later. So I sucked it up.
Finally at 9:45 we heard the music for 'Dance in the Dark' and baby, was the wait worth it. Lady Gaga is such an entertainer. It was amazing! So many crazy costumes and sets, awesome songs that she actually sings and not lip-sing. She did every hit song plus two new ones and some others. I just can't describe how amazing it all was. What also helped make it amazing is how close we were to her. I could see all the blood, sweat, and tears (literally) on her body. And to make things more awesome, dance Mark from season 4 of 'So You Think You Can Dance' was one of her dancers, so that fulfilled one of my secret fantasies to see him dance live.
I just loved my journey to the Monster Ball with her. My favorites two songs, 'Paparazzi' and 'Bad Romance' were two songs she sang towards the end, so the show ended on a fabulous note. :)