Lady GaGa live in L.A.: EW photo blog!

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Pop ate the Wiltern in Los Angeles Friday night, thanks to the post-post-post-modernist stylings of dance sensation Lady GaGa, her backpack-wearing backup dancers, and an audience so prepared to match their hostess in sartorial experimentation that it made Rocky Horror look like cotillion. One presumed the Lady approved — and somewhere, to be sure, Andy Warhol stirred in his grave.

Glowsticks came courtesy of The White Tie Affair, a bouncy nu-punk band that dared to throw an acoustic guitar into the proceedings while battling through a tough opening spot. They sweated it out under the blacklights as best they could, but all those girls in the exotic tights and hair bows (and the club boys who accompanied them) were there for one thing only: the 22 year old self-proclaimed artist whose superhero visage soon splashed huge on a kabuki curtain in front of the stage. A short film played, a voice purred, "My name is Lady GaGa, and this is my house," and in a blaze of video flame, she appeared.

Her wig is now an austere blonde bob, and her stage show just as carefully crafted. DJ Space Cowboy spins from a distant back corner; set/costume pieces are angular and clean. Her onstage banter was at times a bit silly ("I travel the whole world, and when I come home, I can still smell the stench of greed") and the visuals occasionally lacking in coherent theme, but her voice was strong and refreshingly free of overbearing tracking vocals. For all her cocky bluster, perhaps the most undeniable aspect of GaGa’s talent is this: The girl can, and does, sing. From the back of a packed house, it was mostly impossible to see the teensy tyro — interested parties will likely be able to catch the whole thing on YouTube tomorrow, based on the number of view-blocking cameras in the air — but when you wanna just dance, all you need is the music, anyway. GaGa devotees, prepare to be delighted when her disco stick lights up your town.

After the jump: Photos from the Fame Ball, night two. And for the uninitiated, a quick GaGa primer from our pages.

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  • Stephanie T.

    She sounds a bit lik Christina Agulera but less dynamic. What she lacks, shhe makes up with her costumes and stage production.
    As for her music, maybe it’s just me but Poker Face sounds like Just Dance but the music was slightly rearranged, ala Rick Astley.

  • Elena

    I find her lack of pants slightly refreshing but mostly insane. There’s no denying that Lady GaGa’s music is hella catchy, and her stage show looks just as unforgettable. These pictures make me so pumped to go see it!

  • ns

    This woman is a joke. Only slightly better are “journalists” who insist on cramming her down our throats as a serious artist.

  • Tim

    Gaga is seriously awesome. The Fame is easily one of the best pop albums since the 80’s seven-Top-10-hits-per-album heyday of Janet, Madonna, and Michael. She sounds like a smmoth mix of Teri Bozzio (Missing Persons), Terri Nunn (Berlin), Gwen Stefani, and a dash of Debbie Harry. Well-crafted, well-performed, and impossibly catchy, it’s a bit like the old days when pop was a force to be reconned with, and there was a new favorite song on the radio every week. Hopefully, others will jump on the 80’s concept revivial and we’ll get a whole lot more artists generating some great, listenable music pop music again.

    • arthur crews

      tim i love you….only cuz you love her lolololol

  • Susan

    It is so sad to see someone who wrote for the Pussycat Dolls and New Kids on the Block now say they are an artist in the tradition of Andy Warhol. Her arrogance will break her, since her performance lacks what all of the comparisons conveyed, including her main influence, DALE Bozzio (I see a hanger on trying to compliment her first on a large web site a mile a way..please).
    The stench she should be revolted at is her own greed and self absorption. This girl writes for Britney and says she is a natural artist? Then she should be making art, not sounds so familiar I feel she is a sad robot.
    This is not the 80s, this is 2008 and I welcome performers who try harder than just not wearing pants to detract from their less than innovative sound.
    Finally, it is FIRST all about the music. If it is not it is just Radio Blah Blah. That she has achieved.

  • Sara

    I’m going to the sold out show in Seattle on Monday!!! Sooo excited, thanks for the pictures.

  • woho

    I saw her live in Liverpool and she is a AMAZING!!!!!

  • Nellie

    I love Lady Gaga. I was not hooked by her music immediately but she does grow on you.

  • Juan

    Lady GaGa will dominate the world. Love her.

  • Mikey

    I was at the Wiltern that night and have to say she killed it (in a good way). Her broad range of fans was a spectacle to see. And her show was like art displayed for spectators to witness. Again, it was a great show. I hope Gaga will continue success with a followup album.

  • Kourtney

    Well, the baby sitters were out in force last night. And really, they got what they deserved. Stuff I thought was horrible in the 80s. She certainly had some awkward moments with her props as well. She’s just bland. Don’t believe the hype.

  • z

    Her music is not really 80s sounding, sounds more like a boring robot from a K-Tel Trance collection than anything. Lyrically she is very limited. Last night was just a glorified danceclub night, which is fine, but she ain’t an artist. She was okay last night, she actually put some effort into it, but she is musically an act for those who like boy bands. Her props showed her low budget and limited thinking. “Who Shot Candy Warhol”? How clever. She ain’t an artist, mane! Please focus on an artist that actually has something innovative to say……can’t believe I am asking this of EW.

  • Karl

    Who is this?

  • Luis

    Susan get over yourself! You sound like you’ve been burned. Unless you are a music critic there is no reason to be so analytical. Just enjoy the music and stop reading into the personal. Lady GaGa is awesome and obviously happy to be putting on a show. You sit at home blogging.So sad!

  • trophywife

    i thought rihana sang that song haha… shes good.. maybe she can write a song for Britney Spears

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