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    Thu, 09 Apr 2009 11:18:03

    Photo Re-Cap: Lady Gaga - The Wiltern - Los Angeles, CA - Lady GaGA wows Los Angeles with a slightly <i>metal</i> show...

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    Vomit on the floor, fists in the air and a whole lot of black clothing—is Slipknot onstage?


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    No, actually not. It was the second night that Lady GaGa's headlining tour in support of The Fame hit The Wiltern in Los Angeles, and bodies were packed to the walls in the completely sold out theater. GaGa knows how to get crowd going, and her bombastic stage show is far more AC/DC than Madonna, and that's a good thing—a very good thing, in fact.


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    GaGa's idiosyncratic, futuristic pop persona comes to vibrant cybernetic life onstage. It's like she's some kind of sexy Terminator sent back through time to break down pop culture, celebrity lifestyles and fashion in an hour of danceable musical ecstasy. The crowd looked like they were ready for a rave, with glow sticks waving and hands already in the air before the new pop princess hit the stage. Once GaGa took her spot at a glittery rock podium, the audience exploded. Lurching over the crowd with dark shades on, she looked totally "L.A.," but the fans ate it up. A lush melody drove "Paparazzi" into a bouncy "Love Game," which saw GaGa grab a wand to finish casting her spell on Los Angeles.


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    Meanwhile, dancing on the floor didn't stop, and it led to some surprises in the crowd. A few party fouls were committed, from overzealous girls losing clothing to a few drunk chicks losing their dinner. It made things interesting though, and it was far more than just another pop show.


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    "The Fame" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" ignited massive sing-a-longs, and GaGa sounded just as pristine as she does on tape. A piano-driven, smoky take on "Poker Face" was intriguing, especially once the big beat kicked in. However, the house exploded on "Just Dance," and GaGa carried her mega-hit to the heights of the pop heavens and back.


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    Earlier in the evening, The White Tie Affair's electro pop rock proved the perfect primer for GaGa. The Chicago outfit ripped through their set with a combination of Scott Weiland-style swagger and Fall Out Boy-esque melodies, giving the crowd just the right dose of pop and rock. It was an inspired and infectious set that left the audience wanting more from the band that is bound to make big waves in 2009.


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada


    Ultimately, GaGa was way more rock n' roll than anyone would expect, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. Maybe she and Slipknot can hit the road together at some point?


    Lady Gaga | by Kevin Estrada



    The White Tie Affair | by Kevin Estrada



    The White Tie Affair | by Kevin Estrada



    The White Tie Affair | by Kevin Estrada



    The White Tie Affair | by Kevin Estrada



    The White Tie Affair | by Kevin Estrada


    Check out more work from photographer Kevin Estrada on his official website and blog, listed respectively below:

    http://www.kevinestrada.com/
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    —Rick Florino
    04.09.09




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