Yesterday was the big day...Lady Gaga's Fame Monster Ball Concert in Raleigh! Gia and I talked months ago about going to this then just kind of put it to the side. At some point, we started talking about it again and figuring out ways we could do it with the kids and all and started making plans. She purchased our tickets and it was a done deal!
We had no idea what to wear. Part of us wanted to dress really wild and crazy but knew there was no way we could compete with some of the things that we knew we were going to see. We even tossed around the idea of dressing REALLY conservative, even "Carol"ish but then decided against that. We finally decided just to dress like we would if we were going out somewhere for the night or to any concert.
We started the morning by sleeping in and just relaxing with a cup of coffee and watching the Disney DVD. Dave was trying to rope her in to our level of Disney enthusiasm and get her all all excited about our upcoming trip in January.
We decided to head to Raleigh pretty early because we didn't want what happened to Dave and me at the U2 concert to happen to us tonight. (If you didn't read about it, we got stuck in concert traffic trying to get to the U2 concert. It took us 2 hours to go just a few miles and ended up missing the opening act.) We wanted a good dinner somewhere so we headed to the Cheesecake Factory and it was delicious! We were surprised at how many young girls we saw that were all dressed to go to the concert. Gia and I felt so old!
Once we finished dinner, we went ahead and proceeded to the concert venue. We knew we were going to be early (unless there was traffic) but didn't have anything better to do. And wouldn't you know it? No traffic! None! We got to the RBC Center within minutes. The concert was not scheduled to start until 8 p.m. and we were parked shortly after 6. We just sat in the car and people watched and checked out all the crazy outfits. After a little while, we saw people lining up at the door so we made our way over there also. At first not as many people were dressed up as I thought there would be but as the evening wore on, more crazies came out to play!
Right behind us in line was this group of ladies that we started calling cougars because they looked to be actually older than us and they were all dressed up in some crazy get-up too! We didn't feel quite so bad once we saw them and they were actually very nice. We started talking to one lady who was originally from NY but now lives in Raleigh and she was so nice! She asked if we were thirsty and we told her "sure". She called over Jerry, their limousine driver, who just happened to have a backpack of water and wine! he poured us a glass of wine and we continued chatting with "cougar". When she found out that our husbands were in the military and both were at home with the kids so that Gia and I could come to the concert, she raised her glass and toasted us (and Jason and Dave too for their service!).
At one point, this group walked through the line and on around and acted as if they were "somebody". We had no idea who they were only to find out that it was the group Semi Precious Weapons who was the opening act for Lady Gaga. I have no idea why they were just walking around unless it was to see how many people might recognize them, which I doubt was very many.
It was finally time for the doors to open and for us to make our way in. We first had our pictures made at this Monster Ball set-up then went to buy our concert t-shirts. Finally it was time to make our way to our seats, which were almost has high up as you could go. Gia got the best available at the time and not even the cheapest, but they were at the very top. Whoever got the cheapest tickets must have been sitting outside of the stadium.
Semi Precious Weapons performed a short set and like I said, we had never heard of them and now, after hearing them, I doubt I will ever listen to them. They were a little crazy and freakish and not my cup of tea. But they were fun to watch just for the entertainment.
And then the show really started. The lights went out...the stage was dark...and you could only see a silhouette of who you knew to be Lady Gaga...and then you heard her. It was fantastic! As reported in the Raleigh News and Observer,
"Imagine the most garish display you’ve ever witnessed – a Super Bowl halftime show, say. Now multiply that by about six, and you’re in the ballpark. Gaga exudes a sense of universe-ruling determination that is rare nowadays, and she commanded the room like a general.
Here we are waiting in line to get inside RFK.
Not sure who this person is on the left and whether it was a man or a woman (I think man) but the other two ladies were with the group of cougars.
Many of the following pictures are of just people dressed up in all kinds of crazy outfits.
This is the lead singer for Semi Precious Weapons
Lady Gaga playing a piano that was inside the hood of the car.
After the concert we took lots more pictures of all the freaks and crazies.
These girls made their dresses out of duct tape.... yes, you read that right, duct tape.
This person in the blue tunic and white leggings came out of the ladies restroom but I'm not so sure she was a she.
These two were probably the most bizarre that we saw.... unbelievable!