The lights fade, the confetti has fallen and the static from the speakers buzz with the low hum of Lady Gaga’s song G.U.Y closing down the legendary Roseland Ballroom on April 7, 2014. This will also be the last show the historic venue will host before being torn down and turned into a 42-story apartment complex in the midtown section of New York City. Songstress Lady Gaga had the honor to pull the plug on the ballroom while demarcating the longest residency an artist has had at the venue. Playing 7 shows within the span of two weeks during the twilight hours of the venues life, and I have to say it was a party of EPIC proportions. From the moment Mother monster steps unto the stage wearing fishnet stockings, underwear and heels that would make a drag queen cry she commands the audience and owns the stage with a fierce dominance edifying her talent as a live artist. Taking on a set list of songs from her catalogue of hits including Bad Romance, Just Dance, Born This way, Poker Face and her latest Applause. She gives the venue the send off it properly deserves. While interacting with the audience and expressing her sorrow for the venues last curtain call. She managed to bring the party to a slow dance while performing a broken down version of You and I and her teary eyed ballad Dope. Aside from her recent projects and backlash from the public eye, when Gaga takes the stage she is home in the warm embrace of her fans while highlighting that she is a truly talented artist and live performer. This is the Gaga I Love, Appreciate and Celebrate. She makes any one attending her show feel empowered and inspired to be creative and ultimately comfortable to just be who they are. That’s a gift all in its own, the ability to make other people feel. All her shows were sold out to capacity (3200 people to be exact) giving a chance for New Yorkers to say their final farewell to the walls that have hosted legends such as Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Fiona Apple. Also home to special events such as Hillary Clinton’s birthday, Gay circuit parties, and Ella Fitzgerald’s band Chick Webb. It saddens me to say farewell for the hardest thing in life is to say goodbye, who would have thought four walls and a sturdy dance floor could have so much to say, if they could speak.
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