Gaga Wisdom: Words from the Lady, Part 4
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
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