eightball (eightball) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

lady gaga in sydney

Continuing to take her dance-infused pop music style all over the globe, Lady GaGa was spotted out and about in Sydney, Australia earlier today (May 20).

The “Just Dance” songstress arrived at Sydney International Airport looking quite flashy as she made her way through the terminal.

GaGa definitely stood out as she passed the paparazzi, sporting a white blazer, white top, and a pair of gold and silver sequined high-waisted shorts.

And it seems that the Lady’s Australian and New Zealand fans are in for a treat, as she’s down under for a series of sure-to-be exciting concerts.

Pussycat fans go Gaga instead

The scantily-clad burlesque pop act the Pussycat Dolls rolled into Brisbane for the first time last night, but their tawdry sexuality was outshone by a peroxide-haired newcomer that sent the thousands of young people packed into the Entertainment Centre absolutely "Gaga".

From the moment the synthesiser-toting, New York singer-songwriter Lady Gaga arose from a volcano covered in shards of glass amid a haze of smoke - her voice belting out Paparazzi - the night was hers.

Clad in little else but fishnets and a g-string, Lady Gaga, whose full name is Stefani Germanotta, managed to outshine and outclass the factory-made act of the headliners.

After ball-busting versions of her disco anthem Just Dance and the song which also bears the name of her debut record The Fame, the petite singer continued to stamp her dominance on the stage, at one point simulating masturbation and then sweeping aside criticism of her highbrow pop nostalgia with an acoustic rendition of Poker Face.

One couldn't help but draw comparisons between her acoustic performance to that of another pop performer with peroxide-blonde locks, Kate Miller-Heidke, as Gaga proved her vocal pedigree and theatrical visage was not dissimilar to the operatic hometown girl.

"Have you ever loved someone so much you told a little lie - a negative truth?" she asked the audience.

"Some say Lady Gaga is a lie, and they're right, and everyday I kill to make it true. This one's for you kids," she said.

She eased into her chart-topper Poker Face, wearing a skin-coloured leotard with oversized bubbles hanging around her groin.

She sang much of the hit song standing on a stool in stilettos, bent double over the piano hammering out the keys.

"You know all the f***ing words, don't you?" she yelled to the crowd.

"OK. Let's have a little sing-along."

During the acoustic rendition, the singer-songwriter come Warhol-inspired fashionista temporarily bridged the immense gulf between her creation Haus of Gaga and reality.

"I'm just a blonde bitch in a bunch of bubbles. And you know what? I'm OK with that," she said.

During the intermission, teen girls wearing sky-high glittered stilettos relished the opportunity to rest tired feet, although they needn't have worried, they would be sitting throughout most of the headline act.

The Pussycat Dolls performed on just a minimal stage - just a block of steps in the centre of the stage.

Clad in glittering leather and red tartan, the five Dolls looked more like a teen dance troupe leading an amateur high school musical production.

Lead-singer Nicole Scherzinger completely carries the torch vocally for the Dolls, with the rest of the group - Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt - reduced to near-naked back-up dancers.

Scherzinger's vocal talent was impressive during solo performances, but the sound quality throughout the the group's performance was mediocre as the crowd largely stood motionless, smothered by over heavy bass.

The Dolls could not even redeem their act with a burlesque performance - that too seemed manufactured and uninspired.

Scherzinger had to muster brief bursts of enthusiasm from the crowd, shouting "scream, scream, scream" intermittently throughout songs, including the hits Beep, I Don't Need A Man and Buttons.

Only when the heavy bass subsided, allowing Scherzinger's voice to resonate loud and clear for the first few melodic bars of Stickwitu, did the young crowd scream of their own accord.

Finally the crowd rose to their feet and stayed standing for a predictable encore of Don't Cha, Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny) and When I Grow Up.

The chart-topping hits thankfully made for a satisfying conclusion to the concert for most young fans.

Pussycat Dolls less than perfect as Lady Gaga steals the show

THE Pussycat Dolls began their Australian tour with a genuine double-header. Lady Gaga may have had the support slot, but judging by the response she received on arrival you'd be forgiven for thinking she was the headliner.

The two acts are poles apart on the pop spectrum. Lady Gaga occupies an arty terrain that's littered with faint echoes of the '80s and electro pop. The Pussycat Dolls grew out of a Los Angeles burlesque act and came to the charts via a reality television show and the anthem Don't Cha.

Gaga began her performance with a short film featuring another alter ego, Candy Warhol, before performing her new single Paparazzi against the backdrop of a giant cityscape. Her set was interspersed with film clips offering a hazy narrative that was possibly a meditation on the lure and pitfalls ofcelebrity.

Having written material for the likes of Britney Spears and the Pussycat Dolls, Gaga knows her way around a good pop tune. Her performance, which ran for 40 minutes, included multiple costume changes, a smart stage design, lots of smoke and a lot of sass.

Highlights included LoveGame, Beautiful, Dirty, Rich, Just Dance and an acoustic version of Poker Face, which eventually morphed into the powerhouse groove that was haunted by the ghost of the Eurythmics.

While DJ Havana Brown took care of intermission, the stage was made over for the Pussycat Dolls.

Another a short film introduced them.

Opening with the R&B groove of Taken Over, followed by Beep, the Dolls looked a little sluggish in comparison to Gaga, despite the fireworks. They moved the energy up a gear with the girl power-espousing I Don't Need a Man and were joined by male dancers for Elevator.

The audience joined in for the call and response of I Hate This Part while lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger showed off her vocal dexterity.

Scherzinger, the undisputed star of the show, has X-factor in spades. Whenever she was off stage, the show felt flat, particularly during a laboured mid-set burlesque routine.

The Pussycat Dolls are all about hit singles and the show ended with a flurry of them. The audience at times resembled a mass aerobics workout as Scherzinger led the troupe through their moves.

On Hush, Scherzinger briefly veered into I Will Survive, providing one of the night's genuine Eurodisco highlights. Stickwitu was a standout, as was Don't Cha, one of the most infectious pop songs of the past decade.

They closed with When I Grow Up and an English language version of Jai Ho, popularised in the film Slumdog Millionaire.

With a lone guitarist sighted all evening, this was a show built on glitz, glamour and the wonders of pop.

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