Pop sensation says summer events are an 'equaliser'
Coming on in a mirrored dress and face mask today (July 11), the star opened with ‘Paparazzi’, firing up the sun-baked crowd with energetic dance routines and shifting, mirrored stage sets.
“I got so excited when they told me I was going to do a lot of festivals this summer,” she told the punters as she sat down to play the piano ballad ‘Brown Eyes’, “because I used to be such a big festival goer. It was the best and scariest time of my life.”
Introducing ‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’, she assured the crowd: “I know it’s crowded, and you’re hot and you smell. But you know what you gotta do? Put your hands up and dance, motherfucker!”
Finishing the song, she added: “What I love most about festivals, because I used to go to them all the time, is that they’re an equaliser. Today there’s nothing more important than love and music. And tonight, you’re gonna spend all your money on food and booze and hookers.”
After ‘The Fame’, the singer’s guitarists filled in with a grunge-rock interlude while she exited the stage to be wheeled back onstage atop an enormous moped for ‘Just Dance’.
Closing her set in her final costume of a beaded, slash-front leotard, she introduced a solo version of UK Number One single ‘Poker Face’ by paying tribute to her Scottish fans for “giving me a home”, adding that “everywhere I go in the world, I see glitter, I see hairdos, I see sweating and I see dancing”.
Lady Gaga played the song on a transparent upright piano filled with silver baubles, before leaving the stool to conclude with a full-scale choreographed chorus.
Lady Gaga played:
‘Beautiful, Dirty, Rich’
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