Lady Gaga is currently on her ''Born This Way Ball Tour'' around the world. It started with 1 show in Seoul, Korea, then 4 in Hong Kong, and she has just finished 3 solid shows in Japan.
I was lucky enough to get a ticket to her 2nd show in Japan which was actually 1 of the 2 additional shows since I was late to buying the ticket for the original show. I was and still am very new at this concert thing cos I've never really been to a concert this big before in my life, although I've been to Hang Meas Best Of The Best twice, Hang Meas Top Music Show, and QB Goes Live featuring Stacie Oricco, all in Cambodia, but they were all no Gaga or international standard. Speaking of how late I was in buying the ticket, I was actually just a few hours late. I was so shocked at that time; I went on to its facebook page and had seen many complaints people writing on the wall that the tickets were all sold out the first 15 minutes. 15 minutes! Are you kidding me?! Is it just me or was that too fast? I was so sad that day (March 11, 2012) that I thought it wasn't going to be one of my biggest experience in Japan anymore. Very very fortunately, after I came back from my visit in Cambodia, I found out that there were two additional shows to the original one, and I could finally get a ticket. I was so beyond excited.
The night before the concert, I found a little trouble sleeping because of excitement. I mean, who don't? I spent almost two hours on the train to get to the Saitama Super Arena where the concert will be held, and I didn't bring much stuff or dressed very warm cos I thought I would be jumping up and down throughout the whole thing. I would be completely right if I knew I didn't have to queue outside the arena for almost another two hours to get in cos the line might have started since at least noon. And it was very windy and it got a little cold.
There were thousands of people all around me, queuing in different line, some dressed casually like me, some pulling on Gaga's signature looks, some had the BTW Ball T-shirts on, and some even going drag. It had already been a lot of fun just seeing those outside the arena, and what would happen in there must be beyond my imagination.
4 o'clock was the time we, little monsters, got to get into the arena. It was such an enormous arena and tens of thousands, or maybe hundreds of thousands of people could have fit in there. I rushed to the block where my ticket indicated to get a good place where I would be able to enjoy the Ball and especially take a good look of Gaga, this time with my bare eyes. I was in a position in the first third front of the block at that time. The show would actually start at 6pm so they have a DJ, DJ Zedd, entertaining us for about an hour with non stop club music, and it wasn't bad.
After another 15 minutes of waiting, the show finally started. The curtain fell down revealing a giant 3 stories castle with very great lighting and the crowd went crazy. Then the intro song started, I knew it was ''Highway Unicorn'' cos I did my research about the set list. So, would she be riding on a unicorn? Well, since unicorn's just a myth, she was then seen riding A FREAKING HORSE on the stage. Seriously?! I literally laughed out loud.
The show went on very smooth, and everytime a well known song came on, the crowd went nuts, jumping up and down, and every of those I time, I ceased the chance to get to the front, passing a few lines of people at a time, and by half of the show, I was less than 10 meters from the front stage where Lady Gaga would come and gone. There, I could really take a good look at her and everything had paid off.
10 songs had passed, I really had the best time and I sweated so much I hadn't sweated like that in months. The 11th song was ''Heavy Metal Lover'', and guess what? She entered the stage not with, but on a freaking motorcycle with her hands on the front wheel just like the picture in her album cover. I shook my head and laughed at that point, once again. She really is something, something new, something weird, and very unpredictable.
After the song is finished, she had a little conversation with us again. She asked ''Tokyo, are you having fun?'' with her soft sweet innocent voice, and the crowd was just screaming without any clear context. And then she said ''I don't know if it a yes or a no, cos all I hear is nhanhanhanhanha''. She was kinda right, haha, cos when Japanese people speaks fast, it would totally sound something like that. Then she asked again ''Tokyo, are you having fun tonight?'' and without waiting for the answer, she said ''Well, I don't give a f**k!'' and went on with the song ''Bad Kids''.
She ended the show with ''Marry The Night'', and with 23 songs, she gave the best show and I was glad to have seen this fantastic show. It sure was one of the best experience I'd never forget.
Below is the songs I recorded from my iPhone during the concert.
Please excuse my jumping :)