Gaga rocks Bangkok
Lady Gaga put on an impressive show last Friday night at Rajamangala Stadium, to the delight of 50,000 screaming Little Monsters.
Tuesday 29 May 2012, 09:44AM
The production of the biggest concert ever in Thailand was super tight, the sound was solid, and, most importantly, Lady Gaga sang beautifully.
While performing a stripped down version of Hair, Gaga wore a traditional Thai Chada headdress (given to her by the leader of the Shade of Gaga fan club) and sat on a modified motorcycle with a keyboard installed in the handlebars.
It’s a bit surreal to see a 26-year-old young woman in an outfit that looks more fitting for sadomasochism play a perfect piano sonata and fill a massive arena with her voice, but that is what the crowd witnessed on Friday night.
During that number, a highlight of the night, she addressed some of the controversy that has dogged her tour.
“You know, the past few places that I’ve been to, there’s been a lot of protesting. And coming to Thailand has been the first country in a few shows that has really been excited and embraced me. So thank you so much to all 50 or 60 thousand of you for believing in what I stand for,” she said, seemingly crying as the crowd erupted into cheers.
She probably wasn’t aware that she was causing more controversy by wearing the Chada headdress as some netizens called it an affront to Thai culture, but that didn’t really matter.
Indeed, the always controversial Gaga had managed to avoid major criticism in Thailand for a while – unlike in the Philippines, where Catholics protested against her sex-charged show, and in Indonesia, where fundamentalist Muslims threatened violence if she performed (she ended up cancelling her June 3 date in Jakarta.)
But soon after she landed in her private 747 on Wednesday night at Bangkok’s Don Muang airport, she ruffled some Thai feathers by sending out a tweet to her 24 million followers that said, “I just landed in Bangkok baby! Ready for 50,000 screaming Thai monsters. I wanna get lost in a lady market and buy fake Rolex.”
Some weren’t happy that she chose to mention Bangkok’s pirated goods industry and a possible reference to prostitution.
One of the many peaks of the night was the performance of Born This Way which featured a massive sculpture of a woman giving birth and lots of moaning and groaning from Gaga in the lead up to the song. When the song finally did kick into action, Rajamangala erupted.
We now know why three 747s and 20 shipping containers were needed to transport everything for the performance, as the size of the production rivalled a Superbowl half-time show.
The stage featured a huge haunted castle with lots of moving parts and Gaga changed outfits for nearly every song.
Memorable costumes included an Alien-esque get-up that obscured her face, an all-white outfit with a ram-horn headpiece, and the leather and chains of her S&M leotard.
After performing for over two hours, Lady Gaga closed out the show with an encore version of Marry the Night, a motivational dance number off her Born This Way album.
Then the lights came on and everyone went home – transformed into Little Monsters if they weren’t already – and having witnessed what was Thailand’s biggest and, many will argue, best concert ever.
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