More details have been revealed ahead of Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show, taking place at the NRG Stadium in Houston tonight (February 5).
New reports suggest Gaga’s performance will feature “hundreds” of “lit-up drones”, according to sources behind the show’s production, who spoke to CNN.
A 34.5-mile radius was established around Houston’s NRG Stadium for game day, but Gaga has reportedly had clearance for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. This would be the first time drones have appeared as part of a Super Bowl halftime show. Fan-shot footage, recorded last week, shows drones being tested at the NRG, spelling out the letter “G”.
Pra quem não viu ontem: vazou a produção do halftime ensaiando com drones formando GAGA em cima do estádio que acontecerá o evento! pic.twitter.com/yQllZpRj6W
— Fefo 💦 (@Felipe_Oif) January 27, 2017
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Gaga recently distanced herself from making a direct political statement for the performance, telling a press conference: “The only statements that I’ll be making during the half-time show are the ones that I have been consistently making during my career. I believe in a passion for inclusion, I believe in the spirit of equality.”
She added: “I will say it’s a tremendously athletic show, and it’s something we really talked about when creating the halftime experience. I mentioned that I thought it was important for us to consider, you know, high adrenaline.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) urged the pop star to keep things fun during her performance via their own TV network, NRA TV. Conservative political commentator Bill Whittle said: “I think if Lady Gaga comes out there and makes this an anti-Trump tirade, I think that’s really the final step of the declaration of war between our pop culture people and the actual citizens.”