Eccentric Lady Gaga Delights Sofia, Waves Bulgarian National Flag
The "Quinn of Provocations" Lady Gaga staged a spectacular show Tuesday evening and won the hearts of of the Bulgarian audience.
After the warm-up from the rock band The Distress, the US singer appeared on stage half an hour late, at 9 pm, for the delight of the 12 000-strong audience at Arena Armeets Hall in the capital Sofia.
She came out on a brown horse while the star of the evening was later born by a "monster" in the form of huge inflatable vagina.
Even those who are somewhat prejudiced about Gaga and say she is a bleak copy of Madonna admit the set design, the costumes, the choreography, the dancers and everything else has been amazing.
Some parents, however, who brought young children and teens, note that they felt embarrassed by the megastar's obscene language, the vulgarities, and some scenes such as a simulation of a sex act between the singer and a female ballet dancer on a motorbike.
The audience went crazy from the very first minutes until the very end and broke into thundering cheers during hits such as "Bad Romance" and "Judas".
While the spectators applauded, shouted and danced, the singer alternated songs with moving speeches about Bulgaria being a special place with special people and fans whom she will always keep in her hearth.
In a gesture to Bulgaria, Lady Gaga appeared on stage on a motorbike waiving the country's national flag. She thanked all who purchased tickets for the concert instead of wasting money on outfits like herself.
The star changed clothes and make-up after every song and her at least dozen of stage incarnations ranged from an obedient nun to a sex tigress with a machine gun. For the performance of her chart-breaker hit "Alejandro" she appeared on an armchair made of fake meat.
The magic of "The Born This Way Ball" concert, which starts Lady Gaga's European tour, is said to be something until now unseen in Bulgaria, and a show that even outperformed the one Madonna staged in Sofia several years back.
The evening ended with an encore and the fans listened to "The Edge of Glory" and "Marry the Night." The star also picked a girl from the audience, took her on stage, told her the story of her life, sang and danced with her, and sent to everyone the message to always follow their dreams.
Pop and folk stars and a number of other Bulgarian celebrities were spotted among the audience. US Ambassador to Sofia, James Warlick, who is leaving on September 14, also paid tribute to the fellow American.
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