April 16, 2017
Saturday night Coachella festival headliner Lady Gaga took the stage at 11:29 in a black police hat and leather trench coat and opened with Schiebe off her Born This Way album.
She immediately followed it with LoveGame, during which she ditched the hat and jacket and encouraged the crowd to sing along.
Gaga also surprised fans by performing a new song, The Cure, about 45 minutes into the set.
“You cure me every time with your love,” she said during the song, telling her fans she loved them and they helped sustain her during difficult times.
After the opening two numbers she asked the crowd how they were doing after a day of drinking out in the sun and said people had been asking her all week if she was worried about going on at 11:30.
“And I said no, cause that means I'm playing for the heavyweights at Coachella,” Gaga said to laughter and cheers from the crowd, before launching into John Wayne.
Moving into one of her first big hits, Just Dance, Gaga told the crowd that some days, it didn't seem like she knew what to do.
“And then we come to Coachella and all we have to do is dance. That's it.”
She was interactive and authentic throughout her set, stopping in the middle of songs to tell the crowd she loved them, telling personal anecdotes and sharing random thoughts and even pausing during Edge of Glory for almost a minute to wrestle her sweatshirt off, telling the crowd it was just too hot up on stage.
Her first of three outfit changes came after Just Dance. Gaga then re-emerged in a black leotard with with sequined boots and a matching denim jacket to launch into 2011 smash hit Born This Way.
“I remember when I released this album, it caused so much trouble,” she told the crowd. “Which I loved because I love causing trouble.”
The pop queen was drafted into the Saturday night slot after original headliner Beyoncé withdrew citing concerns about performing while pregnant with twins. She later performed Telephone, which the two collaborated on, and fell silent during Beyoncé’s portion of the tune.
Gaga thanked her fans who had seen her live in the past and welcomed all the first-time revelers, asking them if they were with people they had a crush on and if it was awkward because they hadn't shared their feelings.
“I always do that,” the singer said. “I have too many drinks and then tell my friends I had sex dreams.”
The iconic musician played a mixture of old and new songs, drawing some of the biggest cheers for Telephone, Alejandro and Born This Way. And unlike Friday night headliner Radiohead, there were no technical difficulties during Gaga's set.
Near the end of the hour and a half set, she took to the piano to play Edge of Glory, Speechless and You and I, and as Little Monsters--how Gaga referes to her fans--in the crowd sang along, she told them every time people shouted from the crowd that they loved her or sang along with her it made her so happy she could cry.
She then launched into an emotional, remixed version of Million Reasons, one of the biggest hits from her most recent album, during which she got off the stage and ran along the wall separating her from the crowd high-fiving people at the front of the pit.
Gaga then went in for her last costume change of the night as Applause played, re-emerging in a sheer black body suit covered in sequins with black underwear beneath to close out her set with Poker Face and Bad Romance.
The Mother Monster will be back on the festival stage Saturday night of weekend two.
by Corinne S Kennedy Photo: Omar Ornelas/ The Desert Sun
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