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Lady Gaga fans line up early for Hollywood concert

July 28, 2011 |  4:37 pm

Lady gaga fans await pop diva's appearance

Hundreds of people lined up early Thursday along Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in the hopes of getting a glimpse and maybe an autograph from Lady Gaga.

The pop diva is scheduled to perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. and tape an appearance on the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" -- which is filmed at the El Capitan Theater across the street from Grauman’s Chinese Theater, where a DJ's would-be block party got out of hand Wednesday night.

Dozens of police officers -- including 20 authorized to work overtime -- were on patrol in advance of Lady Gaga's appearance. The area was still recovering from disturbances the previous evening between police and thousands of people who showed up for a promised block party outside the premiere of a film about the Electric Daisy Carnival music festival.

Some Lady Gaga fans said they’d been in line since 4 a.m. Damien Hamlin drove from Bakersfield, arriving at 10 a.m.

“I love Lady Gaga for her message,” said Hamlin, 17. “Her shows are life-changing.”

Concert organizers had blocked off Hawthorn Avenue, parallel to Hollywood Boulevard, next to a parking lot where the concert is to take place. Promoters were expecting 2,000 people -- up from an original estimate of 1,000, most of whom had been given free tickets through radio and online promotions.


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Photo: Michael Adame, left, and Edgar Sandoval came from Orange County to attend Lady Gaga's Thursday night concert. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times