I recently read a Facebook status update that said:
“There is an elephant in the room and I’m going to call it out: Nobody is GaGa anymore (so she’s on her way out) and Beyoncé is boring… and Madonna who?”
There might be some truth to it — a teeny-weeny bit, but only in a weak moment of separation anxiety when you can’t find your iPod earphones… However, judged by the monstrous scale of Lady Gaga’s current spectacular world tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, I’d bite my tongue before going public with ‘ she’s on her way out’…
With the release of her third studio album Artpop, Lady Gaga held a private event, ArtRave, in New York, where she performed songs from the album and showcased art pieces. Afterwards she developed the concept of ArtRave and created the ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour.
She recently describe her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, as a ’90s warehouse party where she and her team of backup dancers treat her adoring fans to a visual symphony of tinsel and DayGlo plastic, blow-up appendages and inflatable gardens, bedazzled pacifiers, glitter confetti explosions, on-stage costume changes… and pig masks. Well, of course there are pig masks. It’s Lady Gaga after all.
To give you an idea of the scale of this production and because it’s hard to appreciate just how much goes into pulling off such an event, here’s a breakdown by numbers of Gaga’s latest extravaganza:
• 21,346 hours went into the design and construction of the stage.
• 478 feet of air hosing, which inflates the garden on stage.
• 110 feet catwalk spanning from the main stage over the audience on the arena floor..
• 26 people, who get to sit in Absolut Vodka’s ARTPOP lounge, which is situated in the middle of the arena floor just below Gaga’s piano. The ARTPOP lounge features a full-service bar during the show.
• 24 songs, including every song from the new album except “Dope.” Previously hits, including “Alejandro,” “Born This Way,” “Just Dance,” and “Poker Face.”
• 21 trucks, which hauls the entire production, including the stage and the costumes, from venue to venue.
• 15 inflatable trees, creating a bouncy garden.
• 14 dancers, including several shirtless men, who do everything from voguing to shooting canons of teddy bears into the audience.
• 14 wardrobe changes— with the fastest quick-change taking only 30 seconds.
• 3 hours to break down the stage, which is carted in less than two days to the next tour stop.
One thing is certain: The Lady does not travel light…
With costumes ranging from a bejewelled leotard, a pair of feathered wings, a pink and blue polka dot latex leotard with tentacles (making her look like the sea-witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid), a green wig and a necklace made of marijuana leaves and a seashell bikini top, I bet my bottom dollar that Lady Gaga will have every teen, tween, queen, 40-year old mother of two and suburbanite thinking: “When I’m old and grey, I can’t wait to tell my grandkids about that time I raved with Lady Gaga.”
Sorry, say that again… Madonna who?
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