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. Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

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.