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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Lady Gaga -- You write the review

By Click Track

gagaTell us what you thought of Gaga's outfits, speeches and songs.

In September, our own Chris Richards reviewed Lady Gaga's Verizon Center concert. Tonight it's your turn to play the role of critic.

Let us know what you thought of Thursday night's show by writing a brief review in the comment section of this post. Tomorrow morning we'll sort through them all and post our favorites at noon.

And remember to upload your photos and check out our previous Gaga coverage.

By Click Track  | February 24, 2011; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags:  Lady Gaga  
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I wasn't at Verizon last night but I did attend the 2 MSG shows this week. What else can I say, it was a Fantastic show. Not to be missed.

Posted by: Jersey_Boy | February 25, 2011 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Disappointed. Enjoy her well-known hits & sprang for a ticket in the "cheap" seats (where it was me and pre-teen girls with their parents). She can sing & dance, but, sadly, she can also talk and talk and talk. I share her politics, but I came to be entertained, not to be told endlessly about her support for gay rights/being different/men who love men/etc. I also did not enjoy being screamed at and ordered to "Jump!" or "Put your paws up, gddamit!" every two minutes. And give me a break, she does not "hate money," as she told us over and over.

Even her crazy costumes didn't wow me. She walked off stage every song or two to change, leaving the audience to watch a video or listen to a guitar solo without her. Really impeded the flow. As did her weird 'we're all going to the Monster Ball and we're lost' thread. "What's that? It's so pretty. Is it a rainbow? Oh no, little monsters, it's a twister."

What I didn't fully realize before (though everyone else did) was how completely derivative of Madonna she is. Nothing's new.

At one point she told us how important it was to her that we "leave here tonight not loving me more, but loving yourselves more."

She got at least part of her wish: I now like her a lot less than I did before.

Posted by: JulyAugust | February 25, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I did attend the show last night and loved it. It was very similar to the Sept. show, with the addition of "Born this Way" as the show's closing number. Lady Gaga's voice was incredible. She sang a cappella (with three back up singers) at the end, before jumping into the full version of "Born this Way." She seemed to do less talking/advocating this time than in Sept. I missed that. I liked to hear less-scripted comments. Her message is inspirational. DC crowds are still a bit conservative, so it's helpful to have her telling everybody to dance and "put your paws up!" Think of it more as a Broadway show, with a theme, characters, costumes, etc. and less of a concert. The whole experience is moving and fun. The musicians are very talented -- and when is the last time you saw a harp at a rock concert? And please, enough of the Madonna comparisons. There is more than one other pop star in the world! Lady Gaga pays homage to many influences, including Elton John, Michael Jackson, Cher, and others. I can't wait to see her again.

Posted by: drl97 | February 25, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Lady GAGA brought her voice, costumes and a slew of ripped gay men to DC on her Monster Ball. It was by far one of the most satisfying live shows for me. When she screamed a profanity, it was like her Little Monsters were screaming it with her. She sang an impromptu "Happy Birthday" to one of her fans and told the audience that she doesn't like to cut her finger nails to play the piano. But she'll play the piano anyway :) The Fame monster came out on stage toward the end of the show. The Fame Monster had long octopus arms and a menacing face. Lady Gaga stood up to the Fame Monster with fury. Fans raised their "paws" up with her. Lady Gaga says she wanted everyone to leave the concert with more self-love. She got what she wanted out of me. It was inspiring to see her ...a true artist. Beneath all of the dark/artsy scary images is a woman who shows us --- kindness is universal, even at a Monster Ball. Love you GAGA!

Posted by: ejia | February 25, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

As a last second plan, my girlfriend and I went to Verizon Center to see if we could find a decent price on scalper tix for the show. I told her in advance that it wasn't likely. When we got there, the only seller I found was asking $600/pair for good lowers. Yikes! Thought we'd have to skip it. But I walked up to the tix booth and was told that a few seats had just been released. So, at 7:30 we got two at face.

Seats were awesome, easily the best I've ever had for such a venue/event. Front row of the seated section, left side, with the pit below us and 15 yards from the stage. They must have been VIP seats that were never given out. Plus there were two empty seat next to us - letting me freely do my dance thing (gf couldn't bare to look). It was nice for a change to sit or stand whenever I wanted rather than have it decided for me by the row in front. Kathy Griffin was two row behind us (once discovered, she stood up and gave the yelling crowd the finger. Which just made the crowd scream more. :) To her credit, she stood while lots of people came up for photos. Very nice of you Kathy.)
The crowd was a nice mix of old/young, LGBT, and straight-crakers(me). And everyone seemed into the show the whole way save for a part 2/3 of the way through that the energy seems to dwindle.

Let me say that I really don't know much about Gaga or her music except for her radio-played songs. The show was more of a musical than a traditional concert. There was a theme and story line (think Rocky Horror). The stage design was dynamic and had great quality. I lost track of her costume changes after the first dozen or so. My favorite, not surprisingly, was the see-through plastic with the small white tape covering those areas even she can't show in pubic, er public.

I had heard from my gf the criticism about Gaga being Madonna 2.0. I expected old-school Madonna (or even Janet J.) dance routines. But she didn't do too much of that. Rather, she and her large group were more abrupt in their movements. It had more attitude and intensity than a Madonna routine. I really liked it.

She made many refernces to DC. I was just waiting for her to mess up and say the wrong town. (Don't most arenas look the same from the inside anyways?) But she was on her game.

The most surprising thing was her voice. Wow, that woman can sing. Best song was Born This Way with the first part sung acapella.

I loved the show and thought of myself, at least for the night, as one of her Little Monsters.

Posted by: noemailaddr234 | February 25, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Pros: Sounded great, looked great, wonderful production of sets, costumes, dance, imagery, theater, teasing. Great crowd. Very high energy show.

Cons: I can do without the therapy and activism.

MAM Score: 8/10

Posted by: MiddleAgedMonster | February 26, 2011 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, let's start on a positive note, especially since it's all going to go downhill fast.

One, the music and acoustics were great. We've all suffered through tinny, off-key, or otherwise crappy concerts - not so here. And absolutely nothing was spared in the stage theatrics.

But I could have lived without her screaming the F word constantly. And while she is all about gay rights - so am I - she misused the venue to chronically soapbox, urging the crowd not to be bullied, to be themselves, and BLAH BLAH BLAH. Really, I didn't pay $250 to hear her TALK. I don't CARE what she believes in. I paid to hear her SING.

Also, this was an R+ rated show, big time, with not just a little Michael Jackson-ish crotch grabbing, but serious genital fondling, shaking, and grabbing by her well-endowed male dancers, OVER and OVER throughout the entire concert. The huge monitors never failed to zoom in on this, or on the lead singer in her opening act simulating oral sex with the microphone while unzipping the pants of the other singer, and stroking his undies ... again, zoomed in on faithfully, big as day.

Most disturbing were the children there. Lots of them. From 6 to 16. It was a dark commentary that the parents didn't leave immediately, but stood by watching all that graphic vulgarity side by side with their children. Lady G's Fame has gone to her head, and she's gone over the top. Shame on the Verizon Center for not attaching an 18-and-over caveat to the admissions process. Shame on the parents who failed miserably in their jobs that night, damaging their impressionable kids.

There was a guy behind me with his 3 kids, about 10, 12, and 14. He stayed longer than I would have, but he DID leave. I think it was when Gaga screamed that she had a big dick, and ordered everyone in the audience to take theirs out. "Let's see all your F***ing Dicks, DC!"

It was rather unnerving to see adults holding up their claws, dancing on demand ("DANCE, you Mother F***ers!"), and making no move to remove their children.

When she decided to irreverently drag Jesus into it and applauded some idiot in the crowd who held up a silkcreen of an upside down cross, I had enough and made my exit for a bit of air.

Other people spilled out of the section hallways at the same time, with audible exclamations of disgust. Two guys holding hands came out saying, "Well, that's enough of THAT!" A mother ushered her twin tweens in Gaga getup out the door. "SHUT UP AND SING," someone shrieked.

Bottom line, this concert was a bust with endless screeching, F-bombing, crotch fondling, proselytizing and soap-boxing; and when she wasted more of my time and money getting sacrilegious, I knew I had to make a decision:

Stay, in the undulating herd of dumb masses all glazed over and drooling as if this were the most fantastic thing ever, claws out, clutching at the pathetic "I will save you! You are a star!" mantra, revealing their sad and alarming emptiness; or walk out, statement made.

Gaga: F+

Posted by: susancentineo | February 27, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

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