Lady Gaga, US Airways Center, 1/23/13 (VIDEO)
And, of course, in true Gaga form, there were plenty of moments during the concert to ignite controversy, ranging from sexual simulation of all types, to a "Black Jesus" complete with a golden crown of thorns, to female dancers wearing Hitler-style mustaches during the German-tinged song "Scheiße," to Gaga telling the audience, "If you're not having a good time, I don't give a fuck...at least I know who the fuck I am," and "I gave birth to you from my pussy in New York." She surely made a few jaws drop throughout the night, and surely she relished every moment.
While some fans (like me) may be disappointed with a lack of new music on this tour, everything else about the Born This Way Ball was pretty spectacular. The stage was out-of-this-world, the props (including a creepy hologram Gaga and a motorcycle) were sophisticated, the costumes were eye-catching (ranging from meat-based to nun-like), and Gaga showed off her singing prowess. While her concert was fun enough to watch visually on its own, it was refreshing to know Gaga still cares about her musicianship and about giving her fans a musical experience they deserve.
Check out our Critic's Notebook and videos of last night's performance on the next page.