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Review: Ford Center fans in Oklahoma City go Gaga

Lady Gaga thrills Oklahoma City crowd with two-hour set. Pop superstar stuns patrons inside and outside of Ford Center.
BY NATHAN POPPE Staff Writer npoppe@opubco.com Modified: August 9, 2010 at 12:24 pm •  Published: July 21, 2010

/articleid/3478204/1/pictures/1044506">Photo - Susan Alley, left, and Elizabeth Wilson, both of Woodward, Okla., wait outside the Ford Center for the Lady  Gaga concert in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry
Susan Alley, left, and Elizabeth Wilson, both of Woodward, Okla., wait outside the Ford Center for the Lady Gaga concert in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry
Backing Gaga was an arsenal of musicians including a harpist, drummer, tambourine player and several more instrumentalists. There could have been more musicians backing Gaga but most of them were usually difficult to see and were hidden behind metal enclosures and various stage settings.

But this was a Lady Gaga show, and she’s the one in the spotlight.

Gaga did attempt to share the love when she called an audience member named Crystal on a cell phone and invited her to get closer to the stage, but the call was interrupted by a sudden urge to contact Beyoncé for a “Telephone” duet.

Lady Gaga spent the first several songs of the evening turning the Ford Center into a dance party, but slowed the show down for two ballads in the middle of her set.

Between the songs “Speechless” and “You and I,” Gaga touched on her relationship with men who drink too much and credited them for the songs she writes. Throughout the concert’s entirety, she would directly address her lesbian and gay fans in serious and joking manners. Perhaps this is why protesters outside the Ford Center carried signs mocking Lady Gaga. However, her message couldn’t be more harmless and poignant, which was to be yourself, don’t let the man get you down and remember to let Lady Gaga show you how to have fun.

Ending the set were Gaga’s most popular tracks “Alejandro,” “Poker Face” and “Paparazzi.” This was the only moment in the night when Gaga’s ego was dwarfed. As she closed the set, the stage transformed from a decaying Central Park scene into a literal “Fame Monster.”

Luckily, the stage-sized squid creature was more interested in tearing Gaga’s clothes off than metaphorically swallowing her. This was a dangerous move for the fish because a majority of her costumes would poke your eye out if they were hanging in departments stores.

Gaga’s encore was a passionate rendition of “Bad Romance” which concluded with Gaga wearing underwear with the ability to belch fire.

If you don’t like the show by now, then it’s probably time to change the channel.

But remember thousands of Oklahomans know exactly who they want to see.


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