When it comes to putting on a show, Lady Gaga is no slouch. The singer has racked up accolades from Grammys to Oscars, and her Chromatica Ball tour is coming to Hershey this weekend with all the pomp and circumstance we’ve come to expect from one of pop music’s biggest names.
So, if you’re going to check it out on Sunday night, here’s what you can expect from his show at Hersheypark Stadium:
A structure in five acts
Judging by the setlists we’ve seen from other shows on the tour so far, The Chromatica Ball Tour is presented in five acts, plus a prelude, each containing between three and five songs. More or less an encore, it’s somewhere between twenty and twenty-two issues, with a set list that probably lasts around two and a half hours.
You can take a look at the setlists of various other shows so far if you want to try and get a taste of what’s to come. But there’s definitely a theme for every act, with the prelude including some of his greatest dance hits to set the tone for the show to come. And the tone of each act that will follow will be set by…
Do you remember music videos? They are back, in concert form! While YouTube may have replaced MTV, Gaga’s show is bringing the videos straight to her fans with these pre-recorded interludes. Each includes excerpts from his own music, as well as potential dedications to artists ranging from Dr. Dre to Johann Sebastian Bach.
For a show like this, a few breaks are necessary. After all, even Lady Gaga needs a minute to catch her breath and drink a glass of water. Without speaking about …
It wouldn’t be Lady Gaga without outrageous costumes. This is what helped her to make herself known in her early days. Remember the meat dress, somebody? I don’t know if we’ll see anything that bold – the show is outdoors after all, and temperatures should be in the 80s on Sunday, so the meat wouldn’t be the move – but you can expect expect each costume to be flamboyant, extravagant and more elaborate than the last.
A post refers to the show as including “everything from the austere brutalist architecture of the stage design, to the homages to Alexander McQueen in the costume design, to the overtones of body horror in the sets, to the shameless power metal excess of all of this.” So hang in there for it all.
A large crowd
Did you know that Lady Gaga is very popular? Tickets for the show were pretty scarce earlier in the week, and it’s only gotten worse today. It is very likely that Hersheypark Stadium will be very close to capacity when Lady Gaga plays this Sunday.
This means that if you go there, you will be one of several tens of thousands of little monsters. Bring your patience for the queues, for everything from Will Call counters to admission to restrooms, and prepare to be deafened by the sound. And I’m not talking about the music: the roar of the crowd is sure to make even the Jonas Brothers tame by comparison.
A whole show
This is Lady Gaga we’re talking about. “Gaga puts on one of the best productions in pop,” said this Rolling Stone concert recap, “but she’s just as good at letting her huge voice shine.” You’re not just going to see a true pop diva and powerhouse singer live, you’re going to see her unbridled weirdness presented on a giant stage. And it all comes after a long pandemic and several postponements of his touring schedule, in addition to other postponements of his struggles with fibromyalgia.
So, in addition to hearing his belt songs like “Rain On Me”, “Telephone” and “Poker Face”, this is where his transition between songs will include the hatching of giant cocoons, white robes soaked in fake blood, jets of fire, elaborate backup dancer choreography and everything you’d expect from the reigning queen of avant-garde pop music.
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