She climbed atop a flaming piano, donned a Beetlejuice-esque striped bodysuit and unleashed a 40-foot multi-tentacled beast onstage. Yes, [artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga[/artist] arrived in Manchester, England, on Thursday night to kick off the European leg of her Monster Ball Tour, and the results were typically dazzling despite some technical snafus.
Gaga ran through 15 outfit changes, four acts and 19 songs — including "Just Dance," "LoveGame," "Dance in the Dark" and concluding with "Bad Romance" — in front of 23,000 screaming fans. The entire production had been put together in just four weeks.
"We were doing another show in the United States," the 23-year-old pop star said, according to the BBC. "But I got very bored, so I threw it away."
The quick turnaround time to build the show, however, led to a string of production malfunctions on opening night, from subpar sound mixing to missed lighting cues to the show wrapping up 30 minutes late.
Nonetheless, Gaga delivered. According to multiple reports, her outfits ranged from a tight one-piece bathing suit to a yellow hair-covered cape to an oversized red gown and matching red bonnet to a cotton candy-style wig. Other songs she performed included "Brown Eyes," "Alejandro," "Poker Face" and "Paparazzi."
From Manchester Gaga heads to Dublin on Saturday for a two-night stand. From there she'll swing through London and Birmingham before jetting off for dates in cities including Auckland, New Zealand, Sydney and Perth, Australia, and Osaka, Japan, in mid-April.
"The show is a musical, it's not just a pop show, there are lines and a score — there's a lot of music that you haven't heard before," Gaga said recently. "Some of it's very old, some of it's new, there are scores specifically for the show itself. The show's completely different and I have some really amazing surprises, and it's unlike anything I've done before."