Lady Gaga Gives First Performance of ‘ARTPOP’ at Her artRave
By Shannon Carlin
Last night (Nov. 10), Lady Gaga invited her fans to get a sneak peek at ARTPOP, live from Brooklyn, NY courtesy of her interactive art exhibit artRave.
The night featured eight performances from Gaga, including “Aura” and the title track, which had her dressed up in an all-white Michelin Man get-up, which was covered in those blow-up swimmies that kids often wear when they’re first learning to swim.
Before launching into “Venus,” she told the crowd they were blasting off into another world, and then jumped on a spinning stage that looked like a three-tiered wedding cake.
To introduce her latest single, “Dope,” Gaga talked to the crowd about giving up drugs and alcohol, saying it was one of the hardest things she’s ever had to do. “I still have a real hard time with it, but I wanted to say something about it tonight because I’ve watched too many great artists, too many friends, go because of those two things,” she said. “I want tonight to be a change. I do not have to be high to be creative. I do not have to be drunk to have a good idea. I can sit with my thoughts and not feel crazy. I can do it without the dope.”
Artist Jeff Koons was also on hand to unveil his sculpture of Gaga, which he made for her ARTPOP cover. The night also had Gaga showing off what her TechHaus has been working on including a flying dress called Volantis, according to Rolling Stone.
Gaga ended the night by spreading positive vibes, telling the crowd: “We want to leave you with a whole lot of peace and love this evening. Continue to have drinks and gaze into the art. Listen to the music and more importantly spread as much love as you can between one another.”
Go to Vevo to watch the stream of last night’s show.
In honor of the release of ARTPOP today (Nov. 11) Gaga is premiering three-day pop-up exhibits in both New York and Los Angeles from Nov. 11-13. Titled ARTPOP Pop Up: A Lady Gaga Gallery, the exhibits will feature Mother Monster’s props and outfits, as well as interactive experiences provided by Just Dance 2014 and Beats By Dr. Dre.