Chicago: Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival — but she hasn`t forgotten some critics` less-than-stellar reviews of that performance.
The voice behind "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance" commanded thousands of screaming fans in Chicago on Friday night to forget anyone who ever said they weren`t pretty enough or skinny enough — or that "your Lollapalooza BMI stage show was a (expletive) trainwreck. You`re a (expletive) superstar. You were born that way!"
The order was met with a roar from the sea of mostly teens and 20-somethings squished in front of the stage, bouncing up and down with their fists in the air.
It was redeeming moment and a far cry from Lady Gaga`s first appearance at the festival in 2007, when she sang and played keyboard in a glittery bra and tiny, black bottoms. Recordings of the daytime performance show a distracted crowd and a sparse stage.
Three years later, a towering image of a scantily clad Lady Gaga flashed on a billowing white curtain. The singer started the show in a black jacket with sky-high shoulder pads. Next, she donned a shiny red cape, later dancing around in a transparent dress.
"My name is Lady Gaga. I thank you for coming to my show. I didn`t used to be brave. In fact I wasn`t very brave at all," she told her fans. "But you have made me brave, little monsters. So now I`m going to brave for you. Tonight, I want you to free yourself."