Lady Gaga's MSG shows to air on HBO. How will she shock us?

born-this-wayImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSHBO picked the ideal moment to announce its plans to air Lady Gaga’s upcoming New York concerts. Anyone who saw her eggs-ellent theatrical performance at Sunday night’s Grammys will be inclined to tune in for the pure, simply WTF-factor. HBO’s concert event, Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, which will air May 7, will tape Feb. 21 and 22 at MSG. “Lady Gaga is the single most exciting music talent on the scene today,” said HBO Entertainment president, Sue Naegle.  “We’re especially thrilled that she’ll be creating unique new elements for the special that will make the show an even more memorable experience for our viewers.”

Unique new elements! But what can she possibly do to one-up herself and keep people gaga? Will she honor Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition HBO special and don a conical brassiere? Will she duet with Elton John, with both of them dressed as lawn gnomes? Or will she shock all her little monsters by mildly sitting at her piano, wearing a pair of lazy-Saturday sweatpants as she sings?

Seriously. Can Lady Gaga do anything at this point to surprise us? And isn’t half the fun watching to see her try?

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  • ^..^

    That’s a terrible picture of her.

    • No Thanks

      You mean there are good pictures of her?

      • chris

        i second that !!!!! ,
        i mean seriously
        coming out of an egg wearing g-strings. who finds that attractive!!!!!!

      • Dan707

        she was supposed to look ugly.. thats the whole point. even if she looks ugly here she was “born this way”

      • Brandon

        why does GAGA sing 10 times better than weak voice madonna? Seriously, tina turner…michael…prince..left ole’ madge behind in vocals. Now GAGA destroys her. :)

    • Nick T

      I actually love it.

  • Chandler02

    The Monster Ball concert tour was soooooo fun to be at. I don’t think they will be able to capture the energy of the show through tv….unless people turn their sets up REALLY loud! Can’t wait to see the HBO special.

  • Dina

    Not counting on it! The only surprise is how much she will dig in from Madonna’s chest of tricks and gimmicks to pass off as her unique performance. Lady Gaga is simply a one-trick pony.

    • Dxx

      Yup. Just Dance, Poker Face, Bad Romance, Telephone, Speechless, Alejandro, her videos, her tour, her Grammys.

      All total Madonna rip offs. All just one trick.

      Calling her a straight up Madonna rip-off is not only incorrect, it’s lazy.

      • hopeandlove

        Not sure about the rest of her new album as I haven’t heard it, but any “superstar, artist, diva, et al” pathetic enough to allow their record label to pay radio stations to play this hack of a song every hour all weekend really isn’t a true artist – its media wh0ring – sadly, that’s what contributed to the demise of the music industry in the first place. LG certainly has her place in history, but 10, 15 or 20 years from now she’ll be a relic in the .79 discount bin on iTunes.

    • MIguel

      A one-trick pony with 7 #1 singles…wow.

      • Dan

        They are not number ones if they dont hit number one on the Hot 100, she has 2..

    • NH

      It seems like she stole from another song and never gave any credit to the songwriters:

      I found some info on the song I Was Born This Way. I noticed that Gaga has never mentioned this song as “inspiration” either—-

      “I Was Born This Way” is a disco song by Valentino, released in 1975, then by Carl Bean in 1977, and a remake in 1995 by country singer Johnny Rodriguez. It was written by Chris Spierer and Bunny Jones. The record was first released on Gaiee Records and performed by Valentino formerly of the Dynamic Superiors. Frankie Crocker of WBLS Radio in New York first aired the song and it was an instant hit. The writers, Chris Spierer and Bunny Jones wanted to write a Gay anthem and make the plight on Gay issues known and bring it to the forefront.

      The song’s lyrics is about a man who proclaims that he’s a homosexual and that he was “born this way”. It was one of the first gay disco songs written specifically for the Gay community, before the Village People wave.

      It was also sampled in 1999 by Stuart Price, using the alias Pour Homme, as “Born this Way”. It was a tremendous hit in Europe.

      In 2008, Magnus Carlsson, Sweden’s popular gay male vocalist re-recorded 3 versions of “I Was Born This Way” in addition to Paul Oskar of Norway. Magnus Carlsson can be seen performing “I Was Born This Way” on You Tube as well as Marty Thomas of the Broadway hit show “Wicked.”

  • Craig

    Yay!!!!!!!!! This is great news!!!! The Monster Ball was so amazing live!! I can’t wait to watch it again, and for all the haters out there….Gaga is a million more times talented than Madonna, Madonna wishes she was as innovative as Gaga! Go GAGA!!!

    • Me

      LOL! Thats why everyone thinks Gaga is ripping off Madonna. SO original!! Give me a break.

    • nat

      you must be 12 hon

    • Madonna

      Hi, I’m old ass 52 year old madonna. My fans think a 24 year old doesn’t have enough time to best me. They can’t wait for my 60 year old album still dancing in videos with 21 year olds.

  • jasper

    the picture really shows how ugly of a person she is on the inside.

    • Allison

      And how exactly do you know that she’s ugly on the inside Jasper? That’s a pretty rude comment I think.

    • Marissa

      Wrong, Jasper. Your comment shows that YOU are ugly on the inside. Purge your hate before it eats you alive, honey.

      • Stiffy

        Seriously – a lot of freaking haters out there. Why did you both reading the article if you have nothing nice to say. FOADB!!

  • Mike

    Nice! It’ll be great to watch this on TV for those who can’t catch the live show.

    P.S. If there is anything more annoying than having to listen to Gaga fans complain about Madonna or vice version, it’s having to listen to them BOTH complain at once. Move on already!

    • Mike

      *Vice versa

  • Atisingh

    Vat she was tryng 2 do..

  • Brian

    Great! i can’t wait to watch it on HBO it will be awesome, and i will definitely *DVR it so i can watch it over and over again.

    • Nsrin

      this was actually the REAL aritst that was gonna go out, but THIS doesnt sell, so then CAME OUT LADY GAGA, the YES GIRL who you see, now that HAS NOTHING of an aritst WATEVER YOU PEOPLE SAY, SHES NOT AN ARTIST, its only a clown, that get naked and do SHOKING things to get FAMOUS

  • DRG

    EW. Why don’t your just change your name to “The Lady Ca Ca Magazine” since that’s all you seem to cover here anymore.

  • Justin

    Can’t wait!! :)

  • solange

    Soy fan de madonna pero no puedo dejar de reconocer que gaga es una tremenda artista me encantan sus caciones y su performance es espectacular!

    • Get Real

      Hey beatch…we speak ENGLISH here di*ckweed. Go back to fu*ckin’ Mexico you beaner…

      • Guyly

        wowwww. wow. …proud to be an american. go back to your mother’s womb, you idiot!

  • David

    Why all the hate toward Lady GaGa? She’s doing some really neat things to improve the situation for gays and lesbians. Had a big hand in getting measure passed to allow gays and lesbians in the military. She may be freakish at times but she’s doing good works.

    • chris

      ur right. i can understand why some feel gaga isusing them. i dont blame them. but in the same breath to claim other celebs are better for the community is wrong.

  • Daria

    She won’t solely rip off Madonna. It’ll be a mix of Roisin Murphy, David Bowie, Peaches, etc…I’m bored with her and her attention whoring ways.

  • Colleen

    I just want to know where the talent is. She sounds bad to me when she sings live, like at the Grammys the year before. She was actually lipsynching at the Grammys this year, and her dancing was atrocious. Don’t even get me started on the stupid egg stunt.

    • J

      1) She sounded great (on pitch) at last year’s Grammys.
      2) She was not lip synching at this year’s Grammys.

    • Madonna

      old ass 52 year old madonna again… I’ve ripped off every major hollywood actress and hit song I could find…but my fans believe i’m original.

      • Who Craig?

        I’m all for freedom of speech and all, but someone seriously needs to take the Computer away from you.

  • Stephen

    The Gaga train keeps moving..I believe the haters can get dropped off anytime they like. I see that most are still in it for the ride even if they refuse to admit it. Sit back and enjoy..

    • Colleen

      It keeps rolling so much that’s why a dj let it slip that his station got paid to play that crappy, pandering and manipulative song every hour upon the hour.

      • NH

        It’s no way that song would’ve honestly got to 50 million audience impressions in 2 days. She and her camp are cheating to try to get the 1000th #1 so they can have another headline. She’s more about money and headlines than anything else.

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