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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

ArtRave at AT&T: Lady Gaga in Review

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM


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In anticipation of the ArtRave tour stopping off in SA, Current associate editor Bryan Rindfuss and I weighed out the pros and cons of Lady Gaga. I chose the anti-Gaga, devil on the shoulder position. And after seeing the spectacle last evening at the AT&T Center, I knew I lost brutally. Germany vs. Brazil bad.

Gaga's arena pop spectacle is a massive exercise in positive affirmation and ridiculously fun behavior. With costume changes and dancers in abundance, the ArtRave cruised towards two hours without a dull moment or botched move. Here's some of the highlights and wild numbers from the tour.

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Best costume theme: Egyptian cartoon royalty/candy Afrofuturism for "Venus." Runner up: Leather S&M for "Judas."

Stage length: 110 feet of see-through lucite

Best stage prop: Metallic hand with purple witch nails that raises 15 feet in the air. Of course, it's a chair for Gaga.

Non-dancing personnel needed: 17

Number of trucks needed to transport stage: 21

Best crowd moment: Someone threw a denim vest onstage with Gaga's Artpop likeness on it. Though it worked so fluidly it could have been staged.

Most envious stage asset to use in real life: Drop down platforms, to exit out the bottom of any situation.

Best musical element: Gaga's badass pipes.

Best Gaga quote: "Fuck you to all those assholes who said I couldn't sell in Texas."

Average revenue from ArtRave tour thus far: $995,197 per evening

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