ArjanWrites reader Brian B. headed to NYC's Highline Ballroom earlier this week for Lady Gaga's official CD release party. The singer was performing together with a bunch of her pals including Semi-Precious Weapons, The Ones, Fritz Helder, The Daisy Spurs, Cazwell and Amanda Leopore. "I don't know much about Lady Gaga or any of the New York-based acts that opened for her, but the night proved to be fun, sexy, raucous and surprising," Brian writes me. Read on for this report.
The Ones: Beastie Boys? Keith Haring-inspired paint smocks? Thoughts that came to mind. But they were fun.
The Daisy Spurs + DJ Bill Coleman: I don't know what to think of this group, self-described as "gogocuntrypunkmashupelectrohouse" but I loved them. So sexy. Great mix of energy, music, and fun dancing.
Cazwell featuring Amanda Lepore: Several cocktails consumed, things are getting a little fuzzy. The set featured two memorable moments. First, his hit song "I See Beyonce At Burger King," featuring an uncanny hair-teased look-alike, and a couple songs with the audacious Amanda Lepore. It was the first time I've seen her perform and not just pout about a club. She is a mainstay in this scene, and of course her clothes came off in the end.
Semi Precious Weapons: Loved these glam guys. So much fun. "Her Hair! Her Hair! Her Hair is on Fire!" Though they have a big following already, they just earned another one in me. They were my favorite surprise of the night. Plus, I developed a big, fat crush on drummer Dan Crean.
Lady Gaga: Finally, Lady Gaga took the stage to a roaring and adoring crowd. She performed five songs off her new CD including "Paparazzi," "Love Game," "Poker Face," "The Fame" and she closed with her hit, "Just Dance." I have to say, she commanded the room. In most concerts, my eyes tend to wander to the back-up dancers, but my eyes remained fixated on her. Per your recent post, is Lady Gaga the next Kylie or Roisin? Doubt it. Butshe has a good run ahead of her and it will be fun to see her take off.