"I would like you all to have a Lady Gaga hangover in the morning," the pop star told the Staples Center crowd.
Lady Gaga brought her "Born This Way Ball" to L.A.'s Staples Center on Sunday night (Jan. 20) for the first of two back-to-back shows at the venue, and her fourth U.S. show on this massive tour. Following an incessant "Gaga" chant, the eccentric pop princess took the stage around 8:30 PM, as a curtain dropped to reveal Gaga emerging from a three-story castle and riding a mechanical stallion while escorted by guards. The evening continued as a sea of theatrics, choreography and quirky outfits, which rotated with nearly every song.
The two-and-a-half-hour stage show followed Gaga through several acts - taking down a predator while dressed as a glitzy alien in "Government Hooker," giving birth to herself (by means of a giant inflatable womb) during "Born This Way," singing "Alejandro" on a raw meat couch, morphing into a human motorcycle as part of "Heavy Metal Lover." Her backing band, which played inside the confines of the castle walls, accompanied her on-stage antics - each assigned to their own portion of the rotating landscape.