Not many artists have made a bigger splash onto the pop music scene than 26-year-old Lady Gaga has over the past couple of years. Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta in New York, she was discovered by rapper Akon after he heard her sing and convinced Interscope records to sign her.
Her debut album “The Fame” was released in the fall of 2008 and was on the charts almost continuously for a couple of years. It was one of those rare pop albums that have received both critical acclaim and commercial success. Her music has made her a star around the globe. Single after single from the album went one to become number one hits internationally. “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Paparazzi”, and “LoveGame” were all huge hits.
Besides the music a big part of Lady Gaga’s appeal is the way she looks and her live performances. Inspired by such artists as Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Queen, her live show is truly something to behold. You never know what this lady has got up her sleeve and her bag of tricks seems bottomless. Fashion has been an essential part of her as an artist and her wild wardrobe and on stage costumes have caught the public’s eye and imagination. Operating in an Andy Warhol-like way she created the Haus of Gaga – a collective which collaborates on her costumes, stage sets and sound.
Her second album Born This Way was released in May of 2011. A slew of singles, “Born This Way”, “The Edge of Glory”, “You and I”, “Marry the Night”, and “Judas” were released off of it. The album was another smash success. She continued her breakneck work speed that year by recording duets with Tony Bennett and Cher plus supplying a song for the Gnomeo and Juliet soundtrack.
2012 was the year of the Born This Way Ball. It is the follow-up world tour to the successful Monster’s Ball tour. Starting in April of 2012 and working its way through 2013 the Born This Way Ball has over one hundred dates in total. The tour so far has met with plenty of critical and commercial success.
-Date: February 11, 2013
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $63.50, $99.00, $191.75
-Show Time: 7:00 p.m.
-Opening Acts: Lady Starlight and Madeon