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Lady Gaga Brings Monster Ball Tour to Atlantic City


You've seen Lady Gaga's  outlandish and over-the-top performances at awards shows on TV,

Lady Gaga rocks Atlantic City. Photos by: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics

but for the thousands of fans who flocked to the shore to see her perform on the Fourth of July, they got to see all of her wild and crazy antics live! The pop diva's Monster Ball Tour spared no expense when it rolled into Boardwalk Hall  featuring full sets, a huge stage, costumes and some very “Gaga” props.

Presented by the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, the eye-popping show pushed the envelope and truly wowed the audience. Many fans dressed in their best Gaga get-ups to pay homage to their inspiring Mother Monster. Camped out on the boardwalk for hours, concert-goers baked in the heat with their general admission tickets just to get first dibs to see Lady Gaga up close and personal, while standing around the stage. Opening the show behind a sheer curtain with her silhouette lighting up Boardwalk Hall, Gaga simply sang “Dance in the Dark” as fans screamed for the 23 year-old whose pipes matched her talent for writing songs and playing instruments. The New York native playfully asked the crowd, “Do you think I’m sexy? Because I think you’re sexy Atlantic City!” The show’s theme had a New York City feel to it, highlighting streets from the Big Apple, taxi cabs, fountains, signs and a darker version of iconic Central Park.

With a musical feel to it, the Monster Ball presents a story to the audience as opposed to just a straight forward concert. Lady Gaga and her friends are heading to the Monster Ball in New York when they get lost—then begins a pop, rock, techno, sexual and raw ride for all. Talking her little monsters she said, “I have to build my stage this way so I can see all of you at one time—you look so beautiful.”

The spectacle offered a toxic musical cocktail one part glitz, one part glamour and of course one part burlesque. Along with her theatrics all night, Lady Gaga also addressed the crowd throughout the show sharing personal experiences, offering advice and wordsLady Gaga rocks Atlantic City. Photos by: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics of encouragement. Singing all of her hits orchestrated to phenomenal music and dance routines, the Grammy Award winner’s five singles, “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,”  “LoveGame,” “Paparazzi,” and “Bad Romance” have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The video for “Bad Romance” has racked up more than 125 million online views and the international superstar has sold sold 10 million albums worldwide. During the concert, she debuted her brand new song entitled, “You And I” to her adoring fans. While playing the piano, she even used her stiletto boots to hit a few keys as a ring of fire surrounded the border of the actual piano.

At one moment during the show, Gaga graciously spoke to the 13,000 people in attendance and said that  “It’s not the things you say to people that will ruin your life, it’s the things you don’t say.” Later on she laid on the stage and said that she was like Tinker Bell and that everyone needed to clap if they wanted her to live. The memorized crowd didn’t skip a beat as they ferociously clapped and screamed for her.

At the end of the contemporary concert, Lady Gaga had fireworks shoot out from her bikini top and bottom! During the two-hour, ultimate dance party experience, there was definitely no disappointment, as fans were treated to one monster of a ball!

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