SHE has grabbed headlines with her outrageous outfits and incurred the wrath of religious groups, but South African fans of Lady Gaga could not contain their excitement at the superstar rocking in a two-hour theatrical concert in Johannesburg on Friday night.
The eccentric star, whose birth name is Stefani Germanotta, performed at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to nearly 70000 adoring fans – dubbed “little monsters” – dressed in her signature outlandish style as “Mother Monster”.
An hour and a half after opening act The Darkness, Gaga grandly appeared on stage on a horse, wearing a headdress made out of metal and with her backup dancers in tow – all to deafening screams.
The stage – a castle-like structure – stood towering over the star as Gaga disappeared and reappeared in the rooms, complete with several costume changes.
For her hit song Born This Way, a giant ball was rolled out from the castle with Gaga emerging from its centre, signifying childbirth.
In another performance, Gaga rolled on to the stage in her infamous translucent egg leaving fans gasping and cheering.
Throughout the Born This Way Ball, “Mother Monster” encouraged her fans to “be yourselves”, but confused some when she said she had “arrived on a GOAT – a Government Owned Alien Transport”.
Later she referred to a “Black Jesus”, who turned out to be one of her dancers wearing a crown of thorns.
Some diehard fans who arrived in the early morning for the concert were packed in the “Monster Pit” in front of the stage.
They were not disappointed as Gaga interacted with them and invited some fans onto stage for an a cappella performance of her song Princess Di which, she said, was written when she was bullied.
The high energy performance, which often left her out of breath, ended with the crowd chanting Gaga’s name. They were rewarded with an encore.
After the show Gaga and her fans took to Twitter to express their joy at the performance with the topic, #LadyGaga, trending on the social network.
Gaga tweeted: “All your kind words about the show on my timeline are really making me smile. I’m so happy you felt how much we appreciate you.”
Later she wrote: “Johannesburg was so wonderful. I can’t really put it into words. I’m so happy, I haven’t slept yet. Laying in bed dreaming of the next tour.”
Television presenter Bonang Matheba tweeted: “I can’t even describe what I saw this evening. When the production forces you to just freeze. Unreal!”
Justin Jadoo wrote: “Lady Gaga was pure fantasy!”
Lady Gaga will take to the stage tonight at the Cape Town Stadium for the final leg of the South African tour.