August 13, 2022 | 10: 00pm
There may be 55,000 people in an area, and all it requires is someone to dazzle them.
Lady Gaga brought her Chromatica Ball to the tri-state area Thursday night, soaring her way by way of a spectacular sold-out concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
Gaga opened her 22-song set with the one-two-three punch of Bad Romance, Just Dance and Poker Face before transitioning to tracks from the tours namesake album. Its rare to see an artist perform their biggest hits straight from the gate in concert events, even though the audience had the ground shaking with energy from that iconic first oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, it had been not just a dance party for the girl of the hour.
Instead, Gaga was perched atop the stage within an avant-garde costume that confined her movements, signifying how shes been devote a box throughout her career because the radio-dominating, meat dress-wearing pop star who had the worlds eyes on her behalf all the time in the 2010s.
However the Gaga of 2022 is simply as magnificent and more powerful than in the past. Her choreography was crisp during fan favorites like 911 and Babylon after fibromyalgia forced her to cancel her last tour, and her vocals on a piano rendition of Born IN THIS MANNER and her powerful Top Gun: Maverick theme song Hold My Hand left fans awestruck.
The show was more macabre than Gagas past tours, but so is Chromatica, the cathartic house album she wrote about healing and released in 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic that almost upended her plans to obtain back on the highway.
At one point, she lay on a floating platform similar to an operating table while wearing a blood-stained latex bodysuit that called back again to her shocking 2009 VMAs performance. Later, a video interlude showed Gaga reciting a manifesto about art with exactly the same brooding cadence as her vampiric character in American Horror Story: Hotel.
Despite having its dark themes and brutalist stage design, the theatric Chromatica Ball converted into one big celebration by the finish of the evening. Stupid Love literally brought heat, with flames rocketing around the nosebleeds and making the crowd sweat a lot more than they already were in the dead of summer, accompanied by Rain on Me, probably the most euphoric performances the stadium has observed in some time.
While Gaga didn’t announce whether some of her idols were in the crowd on her behalf hometown show (she famously shouted out Liza Minnelli at Madison Square Garden in her 2011 HBO special), she did take time to pay tribute to those that came before her.
Gaga dedicated her breathtaking A Star EXISTS ballad REMEMBER Us IN THIS MANNER to her frequent collaborator Tony Bennett, who retired from performing in 2021 after being identified as having Alzheimers disease, and she reminded her Little Monsters that Jerseys own Bruce Springsteen inspired The Edge of Glory.
Yet, the night time was still about Gaga, the initial superstar since Madonna to constantly reinvent herself and smash it each time.