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Gaga Wisdom: Words from the Lady, Part 4

Gaga Pop music critic Ann Powers is sharing tidbits from her recent, revealing interview with the primal force known as Lady Gaga leading up to her three sold-out performances at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Monday through Wednesday. Check Pop & Hiss daily for another pearl from the girl.

Here she talks about her decision to keep the Monster Ball tour in theaters instead of going to arenas. "I played three arenas in Canada and we’re playing multiple theater dates in the U.S. I sold out four Radio City [Music Hall shows] in New York. That’s 24,000 people, one and a half Madison Square Gardens. So when I spoke to [the agency] William Morris, they said, 'Arena tickets are expensive right now. We can do it, let’s do it, we’ll sell it out.'

"I spoke about it with my manager. We talked about Gaga fans. We talked about the experience of [her earlier tour] the Fame Ball. What’s important about the show isn’t how many people are there. What’s important is the kind of people who are there, and the feeling of the show. The culture of the show. And I thought, how could I have given everybody a $20 ticket to see me at the Fame Ball and then charge everybody 150 bucks to be that much farther away from me?"


"I’ll play arenas. But it’s about the story. What do I want my fans to say when they’re 45 and talking to their daughters? I want them to say, 'I saw her four times, and before I knew it she was selling out the Garden, and every time I saw her she was ahead of her time, and she never disappointed us, and she never took too much money from us, and she always put out great music and great fashion, and I always had the time of my life.' That’s what’s important to me. It’s not about me, it’s about them!"

-- Ann Powers

Photo: Kristian Dowling / Getty Images

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Who listens to this schlock ? And I don't think he's very attractive either.

"Pop music critic Ann Powers is sharing tidbits from her recent, revealing interview"

Really? What is so revealing? A better description would be: "Lady Gaga talks about how special she is, reporter lets her claims go unchallenged"

From the article: I want them to say, 'I saw her four times, and before I knew it she was selling out the Garden, and every time I saw her she was ahead of her time, and she never disappointed us, and she never took too much money from us, and she always put out great music and great fashion, and I always had the time of my life.' That’s what’s important to me. It’s not about me, it’s about them!"
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How can she possibly have the nerve to say "It’s not about me, it’s about them!" when it is clearly all about her? 'She was ahead of her time' (referring to herself)? Seriously?

I love the fact that she keeps true to her roots. She is very overwhelming though. I don't know how much long she can do this without exhausting herself! But I wish her the best of luck in everything. She could probably take over the world if she wanted to.

POWERS: i know you moved to a red state and all but go back to being a person using her critical thinking - please. Be a guide for other people's listening, not a regurgitator of People/ET BS. Don't give the Times another reason to replace the good writers with barely-above moronic bloggers or, what's worse, just aggregating the crap that sells.

-G.


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