Omaha goes goo-goo for Gaga


By Hamza Haqqi, Contributor

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying how much impact Lady Gaga has had on pop culture. When the famous Mother Monster played for her ‘little monsters’ at the Qwest Center Omaha March 17, St Patrick’s Day became “St. Gaga Day.”

I was lucky enough to purchase tickets five months prior to the concert, reserving a spot in history for a concert of a lifetime. Called the Best Concert of 2011, Lady Gaga didn’t disappoint, keeping her audience well entertained from beginning to end. The Gaga-licous costumes, the set design and, above all else, the message of equality and peace were all present.

The concert began with a white screen covering the stage. Seemingly unimportant in the beginning, the screen later served as a great slide show projector for some of Gaga’s unique photographic art. The opening band was New York City’s own Scissor Sisters. Just like Gaga, they had costumes that matched their personality.

The most amazing aspect of the concert was the diehard fans. Lady Gaga is notorious for her fans and Omaha didn’t disappoint. Whether it was the Gaga look-a-likes in beaded sequin dresses or the guys in dresses, high heels and powdered wigs, the microcosm of emotion that filled the arena was indescribable.

The concert progressed with a storyline that was amusing yet befitting perfectly to Gaga’s persona. During the story, Gaga was attempting to get to the Monster Ball, but a series of events obstructed her journey.

Through the story, Gaga kept her fans entertained with the very songs her followers knew by heart. She had the entire crowd on their feet. We didn’t sit down for even a second.

The tickets I purchased were actual seats, but the majority of concert-goers that arrived earlier had general admission tickets. Some of those in line for general admission seats said they had been there since 7 a.m. The concert didn’t start until 8 p.m.

Her fans weren’t just there for entertainment, but to admire a person that is fighting for Gay, Lesbian and Transgender rights in America. During the show, she called on one lucky fan and made a $20,000 donation to a GLBT Homeless Foundation in their name. Gaga was friendly and joked, saying that “We locked all the freaks outside, and we are not letting them in.”

Her songs were mostly from her first two albums: “The Fame” and “The Fame Monster.” The highest point of the concert came when she sang a new song, “You and I.” The song was about her ‘Nebraska guy’ and we can see that Lady Gaga has much love for Omaha and Nebraska because she is currently dating a Nebraskan. Gaga showed much love for Nebraska during the whole show. She kept on saying how much she loved her Nebraska monsters and that if we thought she was sexy we had to scream louder. With costume changes and elaborate sets, it’s easy to forget that Gaga’s voice is that of a goddess. She sings beautifully and is a powerhouse in her own right, hitting all the high notes and even setting a piano on fire.

Her concert personified her feelings for equality. The take home message was straight from the lyrics of her song: “I’m beautiful in my way/Cause God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track baby/I was born this way.”

When the concert ended Gaga came out and performed her most famous song “Bad Romance” and current hit “Born this Way” as a double encore. If you appreciate every human being in the entire world for who they are and encourage others to practice tolerance, then you, too, may be a Lady Gaga fan.