I WAS THERE . . . Lady GaGa @ Highline Ballroom 10.28.08

The Cinderella of the ball, Lady GaGa All photos by Paul Kim

Lady GaGa Presents The Fame Ball
Highline Ballroom
October 28, 2008

I was initially amused by the crowd at the sold out Lady GaGa CD release concert held at Highline Ballroom. Part glam, part hipster, part 80’s, a big part gay, and overall, a sort of underground cool and hip, Lady GaGa has the number one dance song in the U.S. and Europe, and was featured on an episode of “the Hills.” The more I thought about it, the more I realized all of this still isn’t main stream enough for most people (including most of my friends who still have no idea who Lady GaGa is), and maybe this projection of cool and hip was warranted after all. After the show started, none of this mattered as the New York City native put on a high-energy performance that featured impressive video effects as a backdrop, a four member male dance crew, balloons, stage diving, and crowd surfing by Lady GaGa herself. I’ve never been to a Madonna concert, with whom Lady GaGa is already drawing comparisons to, but I would imagine the immaculate one herself would have approved of this show.

Before her brief three or four song set, which of course include her number one hit “Just Dance,” we were also treated to some of New York’s seemingly rising stars in the dance pop world. Joining her were Semi Precious Weapons, Cazwell, Amanda Lepore, The Ones, the Daisy Spurs & DJ Bill Coleman, which I probably wouldn’t recommend seeing individually, but together, they added to the high energy, Village People-like circus that was Lady GaGa’s concert! Pure fun!

Paul Kim

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