Review by Natalie Escobar
Overall, 2022 has been such an amazing year for music. With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, so many amazing artists are finally able to perform again. In August I had the honor of seeing Lady Gaga in concert at MetLife Stadium. Her album Chromatica had come out in May of 2020 but due to lockdown that tour had been canceled. This performance had been put on hold for two years, and it was well worth the wait- Gaga’s concert was one of the highlights of my year.
She had opened up with a suspenseful intro, and then appeared on stage encircled in flames and broke into one of her biggest hits, “Bad Romance.” The energy in the stadium was bright and vibrant. Gaga followed up with other well known songs of hers– “Poker Face” and “Just Dance.” Her costume was robot-like armor which would switch multiple times throughout the night, eventually leading to a more bloody, grungy look.
The songs Gaga sang were perfect as she hit upon every era and sounds amazing live. Off of Chromatica she sang the first track “Alice” and led into “Babylon.” She made sure to go back to classics such as “Monster” and “Telephone” as well. And of course we can’t forget “Shallow,” the iconic song from A Star is Born. When she sat down to play the piano, thanked all of her Little Monsters for their support throughout the years.
She’s so much more than a musician- Lady Gaga is a performer, and a true artist. She’s never been afraid to be herself, which is one of the things so admirable about her. Back in the mid 2000s she started performing against the norm at the time, one of the most notable being for “Paparazzi”at the VMAs. Despite the criticism she received, she never changed and remained true to her camp nature. I love her for doing that, and it makes for her shows that much more entertaining and meaningful. Lady Gaga paves her own path, and encourages others to do the same.