The Monster Ball Tour Starring Lady Gaga at Verizon Center
The little monsters were out in full force Thursday night at the Verizon Center, as throngs of Lady Gaga fans filled every seat and packed every open inch of dance floor available at the completely sold out show. And with good reason: the two-hour set was spectacular,filled with all the glitter and glam one would expect from a Lady Gaga performance. The elaborate sets were impressive from the stunning subway and city backdrop to start the show with “Dance in the Dark”, a flaming piano in the middle of the set while she performed “Speechless”, green forest scenery (“Alejandro” and “Pokerface”), and then the giant “fame monster” beast that she slayed while singing “Paparazzi.” She had the outlandish outfits to match--going through a mind-boggling number of wardrobe changes, including a giant red cape, smeared fake blood on her abs, pointy purple crown with glowing scepter, see-thru cloak with crosses as pasties, and giant spiky silver outfit.
Her most toned-down outfit, well, as toned down as Lady Gaga could be, was a two-piece golden dress that stood out among the backup gospel choir she brought out for the show’s closer, an awe-inspiring rendition of her new single, “Born This Way,” a tale that the singer hopes will give her fans the courage to be who they truly are.
Opening for Lady Gaga was alt band Scissor Sisters.