Resource Center raffling off Lady Gaga tickets

Resource Center Dallas’ Rafael McDonnell just sent out notice that the center will be raffling off tickets to Lady Gaga’s show at the American Airlines Center in March:

We’re doing it again! Resource Center Dallas is raffling off two LUXURY SUITE tickets and parking for the Monster Ball Tour starring Lady Gaga March 14 at the American Airlines Center. You may remember that we held a similar raffle last summer for Lady Gaga’s July concerts at AAC. The raffle tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Only 500 raffle tickets will be sold. The winner will be announced at the Pride Pharmacy Toast To Life Gala Feb. 26. People can buy their tickets to win now by going here .

If you snag those kind of seats for Gaga for $10, that would so be the bargain of the year. In case you missed it last summer, here’s some “Telephone” from her Dallas show:

—  Rich Lopez

Semi Precious Weapons play The Loft tonight

The Lady Gaga openers strike out on their own

Most people probably hadn’t heard of Semi Precious Weapons until Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. They opened for her gaining big-time exposure. But their live act didn’t translate so well in the huge venue of American Airlines Center when they were here this past July. Their indie glam rock isn’t the stuff of sports venues, but definitely for the likes of The Loft. And  “Sexually fluid” frontman Justin Tranter is a must-see in high heels — especially up close.

DEETS: The Loft, 1135 S. Lamar St., Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. All ages. $15–$17. TheLoftDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

FREE STUFF: 4 pairs of tickets to Semi Precious Weapons’ show this Thursday at the Loft


If you didn’t get enough of garage glam rockers Semi Precious Weapons when they opened for Lady Gaga this summer, here’s your chance to see them up close and personal. Taking a reprieve from the Monster Ball, they’ve hit the road on their own before getting back to their Gaga gig (we think – we keep hearing they are on, they are off, back on again – oy).

But we know this for sure: Semi Precious Weapons will return to town with openers Breedlove to play The Loft this Thursday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. And we got tickets. Thanks to The Loft, we have four pairs to give away. All you have to do is e-mail us to snag a pair. E-mail notices@dallasvoice.com with their song title “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Looked So Beautiful” in the subject line. Please include your first and last name and phone number. Winners will be picked at random.

Good luck! And I should see you there.

—  Rich Lopez

UPDATE: Scissor Sisters AND Semi-Precious Weapons to open for Lady Gaga in March

When I mentioned Semi-Precious Weapons’ solo show coming to Dallas later this month, they were still on the tour calendar of Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour and set to play her follow-up show in March. Clearly, that has changed. Scissors Sisters is in and SPW is out. SS posted the heads-up about joining her on the tour on their site here.

As I’ve said, SPW is better in a smaller venue, but SS could really knock this one out. I think they are much better match and could fill the arena pretty damn well with their own dance pop sound.

Lady Gaga plays American Airlines Center March 14.

UPDATE: Well, OK, then. Clearly a breakdown in communication. And props to commenter Jimmy for staying on top of it. We had initially received word that Scissor Sisters would be the 2011 support for Gaga and that SPW was her 2010 opener (read my comment below). SPW’s rep Lisa Taylor at 42 West reached out to clarify and confirm that SPW is sticking with the Monster Ball tour and thus is on the bill. They are confirming with LiveNation that everyone is on the same page. So it looks like we’re all good now and the best part, audiences get a triple bill out of it.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Lady Gaga openers Semi Precious Weapons come back on their own

Most people probably hadn’t heard of Semi Precious Weapons until Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour. They opened for her gaining big-time exposure. But their live act didn’t translate so well in the huge venue of American Airlines Center when they were here this past July. Their indie glam rock isn’t the stuff of sports venues, but definitely for the likes of The Loft.

SPW is keeping up its Gaga momentum with some tour dates of their own. They hit Dallas (again) later this month and then come back with Gaga next March. Perhaps by then, they’ll accept their growing fame and kick out a bigger show. They work much better in closer quarters. “Sexually fluid” frontman Justin Tranter is a must-see in high heels — especially up close.

The Loft, 1135 S. Lamar St., Sept. 23 at 8:30 p.m. All ages. $15–$17. TheLoftDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Cirque du so GayGay — thoughts on Lady Gaga’s show last night at the American Airlines Center

Lady Gaga calls an audience member before performing 'Telephone'

Concerts are usually about the music, and also about the spectacle, but for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball show at American Airlines Center on Thursday night — a second show is tonight — it was about the message. And that’s a good thing.

Gaga is only 24, but she has an ability to manipulate an audience like a Southern demagogue. She’s a huge star of the kind you rarely see authentically anymore — she’s not a train wreck or a camp icon or flavor of the month, but a charismatic personality on whom people of all ages, sexes and backgrounds project their better angels. When, before her show began, she appeared in a pre-recorded video message about supporting gay rights, the audience was instantly hushed. Would that opening-act Semi Precious Weapons had that effortless power. More than once in the show, she would stand statue-still for long stretches — 30 seconds, a minute — building anticipation without doing anything. It’s remarkable to watch.

More so, as well, because Gaga isn’t shy about her message. She’s of that generation that doesn’t think about alternative sexual identity as something shocking, so her shout-outs to gay teens — and, repeatedly, her references to touring gay clubs before she hit it big, especially the Round-Up Saloon — meant that a mixed crowd that included some ‘tweens were cheering tolerance in a way that seemed more authentic than, say, when Bono lectures audiences about the International Monetary Fund. He may plant a seed, but Gaga has furrowed acres of lush soil.

That she does so entertainingly is a plus. This concert more resembles a star turn in a Cirque du Soleil show than a pop concert. There’s the continually changing set, a landscape where freaks and outcasts live in glorious freedom. Like Dorothy and her Ozian allies, they head out for the Monster Ball, where even freaks can be whoever they want. It’s an empowering message for gays, but also fat kids, pimply faced dorks, even middle-aged men who’ve put on a few pounds.

The showmanship is impressive. Like a good magician, Gaga does an excellent job of secreting herself off stage for a costume change (I counted 13 throughout the evening) only to arrive more outrageously garbed than before. (Sparks shooting from her boobs and crotch recall Madonna at her peak.) The dancers — mostly muscular, fluidly androgynous and barely-dressed men with padded codpieces — keep the eye candy factor high.

And there is the ear candy. Gaga’s songs are infectiously likable pop, and she trots them all out with a live vocal performance amid all the flurry of activity that remarkably maintains the lyrical fidelity. Her mega-hit, “Poker Face,” got the audience on its feet, but that’s just because she told them to — they also bared their paws during “Teeth” (her most aggressively outre song) and other numbers, and the audience went along with new songs, ballads … whatever she wanted. The show ended with a curtain call after a single-number encore that started immediately. This is theater more than music.

—  Rich Lopez

Anxious little monsters

AGOG OVER GAGA | Excited fans line up early on Thursday, July 22, as they waited to get in and get the best seats they could for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour concert at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Temperatures soard into the upper 90s, but Gaga’s little monsters weren’t deterred. Some even came in costumes from her videos or in outfits mirroring the singer’s famously avant garde look, and others came prepared by bringing their own shade in the form of umbrellas to fight off the sun as the giant video board kept them entertained with Gaga videos. (John Wright/Dallas Voice)

—  Kevin Thomas

The Gaga Countdown: Parties and afterparties galore — oooh, and more tickets just released

Lady Gaga

You’d have to know that after Lady Gaga’s final song for the night, that the Monster Ball wouldn’t end there. Whether it’s official or not, clubland is buzzing with after parties following the concert. The Brick jumps the gun by getting their Gaga party in Wednesday night. If you’re still feeling “Starstruck,” then continue your adventure at these spots. They each give you the lowdown on their fab-tastic post concert experience.

Station 4 – “Calling all Little Monsters: GAGA Giant Afterparty at Station 4 on Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23. Bring your concert ticket stub and get in free (21+). Two nights of Lady Gaga’s greatest hits. After the concerts, head over to S4 and JUST DANCE!”

GhostbarNou Wav Thursdays and the House of Gaga host the “official afterparty” on Thursday. What makes it so official? Um, that would be because opening act Semi Precious Weapons will be there to perform a DJ set. So, we’d say that makes it pretty legit. Now, will Ms. Gaga? Well, we wonder.

Plush – So it’s not a gay club. Don’t worry. Ultra lounges are really just a Cosmopolitan away from being gay bars. Plush will host a look-alike-contest and ticket stubs get you in as VIP.

Dish goes Gaga Thursday with its Monster Ball Afterparty. G-tunes, inspired cocktails and a costume contest for Friday night tickets will be part of the bash. Dish also hosts a performance by “Dallas’ top Lady Gaga impersonator,” whoever that may be.

If you’re lacking for fun, then there’s nothing more I can do for you.

THIS JUST IN via Twitter — LiveNationDAL JUST ANNOUNCED — Additional tickets just released for Lady Gaga 7/22 & 7/23 at AAC! Get them before they sell out!

—  Rich Lopez