“Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison
Square Garden” was a 2011 HBO special, that I recently
watched on DVD. Although born Stefani Joanne Angelina
Germanotta in 1986, as “Lady Gaga,” she’s a Pop icon.
I was curious and wanted to see what all of the “fuss” was
about. Judging from this concert, she clearly has her
fans in the palm of her hand and relishes their adoration.

The concert was both a choreographic spectacle and a
musical one, and I marveled at the rehearsal time that
must have been required for this event. What an array
of costumes! The various stage sets and props, etc.,
must have cost a fortune. This was more of a feast for
the eyes than the ears, although these elements were
professionally linked.

From a purely musical standpoint, I found the show
somewhat wanting, even within Pop sensibilities,
notwithstanding a few monster hits. I liked the a capella
performances at the end of the concert which exhibited
some impressive vocal harmonies, as well as the
10-minute, backstage bonus feature revealing Lady Gaga
in various stages of “preparation.” Multi award-winning
icon, Liza Minnelli, was also shown meeting Lady Gaga,
who clearly idolized her.

This DVD is another example of a “no expense spared”
revealing portrait of a Pop icon, in the fullest sense.
I suppose it’s beside the point that it wasn’t very musically
compelling or satisfying. It’s the “show” that counts and
therefore, I’d recommend watching this disc if you’re a
Lady Gaga fan, or curious like me.