Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lady Gaga Dazzles in an Artrave Spectacle

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lady Gaga Dazzles in an Artrave Spectacle

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The fact that Lady Gaga is slipping ever so slightly from the mainstream with her new album, "Artpop," has had the inverse effect on her dedicated Little Monsters: It makes them love her even more! Now she's theirs ...

Returning to a packed Consol Energy Center Thursday for the first time since her Monster Ball stop three years ago, the Lady even did the "they love me ... they love me not" petal-plucking routine to wild applause.

"Look at all those beautiful faces," she screamed. "How many years has it been? Too many!"

She arrived wearing wings and that ridiculous blue chest orb and was greeted with another flamboyant display of affection from her colorful fanbase, some arriving in their own Gaga gear.

She rewarded their love and loyalty by pouring all of her crazy gyrating, semi-naked self onto the stage three gigs into her artRave: The ARTPOP Ball Tour. True to form, she also poured a fortune into the production, starting with the dozen dancers and elaborate marshmallow white cave stage with colorful projections, on which she spent little time. Instead, she ran the Lucite runways, with fans dancing underneath, that branched out across the Consol floor.

Gaga also had a constant supply of confetti and a trunkful of costumes.

There was the girlish neon rave outfit with furry leg warmers, the seashell/thong bikini, the more formal white sequined gown, the black latex, and the polka-dot-tentacled sea creature extension that's part "Little Mermaid," part Squidward. The wigs ran the gamut from blond bob to Jane Fonda "Barbarella."

Even though "Artpop" hasn't been her most popular effort, Gaga has embraced it like her precious wild child. A little more than half of the two dozen songs came from this booming EDM-heavy third studio. She opened with the techno title track that had her singing the welcoming sentiment "We could/we could belong together. …

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