Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Now Available on DVD

Check out Gaga's psychedelic excess on 'Lady Gaga Presents the Monster Ball at Madison Square Garden'

Lady Gaga performs at Madison Square Garden on February 21, 2011 in New York, New York.
Kevin Mazur/WireImage
January 19, 2012

With nearly as many costume changes, dance routines and self-empowerment speeches as songs, everything about this New York gig from last February pushes the envelope of what's too much, and therein lies Lady Gaga's genius. Gaga plays gothic keyboards under the hood of what resembles a radioactive Hummer, dons a nun's cornet with a see-through plastic dress and sweetly sings "Paparazzi" while fighting back a giant anglerfish with her spark-spewing boobs – critiquing the pseudo-religious excess of celebrity/consumer culture while worshipping it with psychedelic gusto.

This story is from the Januray 19th, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »