By Shannon Carlin
After 95 years, Roseland Ballroom is shutting its doors, but not before Lady Gaga gets a chance to have her way with it.
Last night, Gaga kicked off her seven-night run at the famed New York City venue,which opened in 1919, but moved to its current location on W. 52nd Street in 1956. The best way to describe the night, which just so happened to also be Gaga’s golden birthday (she turned 28 on the 28th), was subdued.
There were no meat dresses, no Jeff Koons sculptures, no arrivals in giant eggs. Though Gaga did make a very New York entrance, arriving at the side entrance of the venue in a rose-adorned checkered cab (in a see-through bodysuit with strategically placed roses, nonetheless) to a crowd of fans singing “Happy Birthday.” And there was definitely no vomiting. At least not on stage.
Instead it was a throwback to what so many of us could only imagine it was like to see Gaga before she was Mother Monster. When she was still Stefani Germanotta working on her act downtown at those Lower East Side piano bars where she used to play in her early days.