|Maria Aragon & Lady Gaga - Air Canada Centre (March 2011)|
Instead of repeating a Review of the same show I saw last July, I will point out a few key differences at Lady Gaga's The Monster Ball Show at Air Canada Centre. In what is now my sixth time seeing Lady Gaga perform live since her rise to Fame began in 2008 (and third time attending this Tour), I can say with confidence that she vocally is at the top of her game right now. What is even more impressive is that she did this after a long flight directt from Paris this afternoon, as she had made her Runway debut at a Thierry Mugler Fashion Show last night there. Congratulating her tired self, she told the audience: "If I can do it, you have no fucking excuse!".
|Lady Gaga chats with Fan on Phone|
Aside from a few subtle Costume changes and song omissions like Speechless and So Happy I Could Die, a couple exciting bits were infused into tonight's Show. During Alejandro from her The Fame Monster Disc, she dived right into the audience without warning, giving Fans a giant thrill. Lady Gaga also called one Fan randomly on his Cell Phone to chat, to which he thanked her for helping inspire him to "out" himself as a young Gay Man. Aiding Gay Youth is a cause which the Mega-Star believes in strongly, donating proceeds from her Shows to a Charity named Green Chimneys which assists homeless Youth in the LGBT Community.
The ultimate highlight of the evening though was a much-hyped Duet between ten year-old Winnipeg singing sensation Maria Aragon and Lady Gaga, performed not once but twice on stage of U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart-topper, Born this Way; one Piano Version, one it is original glory in the encore of the Show. Gaga visibly was moved by the talent of this young Girl whom she inspired.
Watch Lady Gaga and Maria Aragon perform Born this Way (Original Version):
Without further ado, I am going to present the rest of this Piece visually. The Monster Ball is a sensory Masterpiece and I will be sad to see it end as Gaga enters a new era of her celebrated career which will see the release of Born This Way in May. If you still haven't had a chance to witness the Tour, please find a way to make it happen. It's sheer brilliance.... even if it means waiting 135 minutes for her to come on!
Despite making some efforts to meet Lady Gaga earlier in the day, I am sad to report that I have failed in my sixth attempt to do so. Click here to read about Gaga's arrival in Toronto earlier in the day.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will-W./Audio content: Universal Music)