A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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