At the start of her Super Bowl half-time show last night (February 5), Lady Gaga was shown jumping from the roof of the stadium. Now footage reveals that the stunt was staged and the singer’s opening sequence pre-recorded.
Gaga’s 13-minute Super Bowl halftime show performance featured acrobatics, costume changes and hits including ‘Poker Face’, ‘The Edge Of Glory’ and ‘Telephone’.
It kicked off with Gaga appearing to be stood on top of the NRG Stadium in Houston, with the star delivering a soulful rendition of famous American folk song ‘This Land Is Your Land’, backed by hundreds of red, white and blue drones floating behind her. Reiterating the motto of “liberty and justice for all”, Gaga then appeared to star-jump from the roof of the stadium.
However, fan-shot footage now shows that the opening was pre-recorded and that the live performance began with Gaga suspended halfway down the stadium. Watch in the Instagram video below.
An Intel spokesperson told USA Today that the sequence was pre-recorded due to unreliability over the weather. “In February, you don’t know what it will be like during Super Bowl day,” said Intel Drones General Manager Natalie Cheung. “We’d hate to plan all this and, if the wind speeds are too high or if it’s raining and the roof is closed, no one can see this spectacular show. So our creative team as well as the Super Bowl creative team felt this would be best to be filmed.”
Following her Super Bowl performance, Gaga has also announced a world tour. It will begin in Vancouver, Canada on August 1 and arrive in the UK in October for shows in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Check out her full list of UK dates below. Tickets for the UK dates go on sale this Friday (February 10).
London – The O2 (October 9)
Birmingham – Barclaycard Arena (15)
Manchester – Manchester Arena (17)
Gaga released fifth album ‘Joanne’, which features songwriting collaborations with Mark Ronson and Father John Misty, plus a duet with Florence Welch, in October.
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