Let me first off say, I am not a fan of Lady Gaga - the entertainer/gimmick. Whether its because I am just too old to be into her genre of music, or the fact that I dont find tattoos sexy, or the fact I think shes trying too hard to be the next Madonna...reality is, I am never going to buy a ticket to see one of her shows...and the odds are pretty good I wont be downloading any of her songs onto my MP3 anytime soon either.
That aside. Lady Gaga did more or less everything a performer at the top of her game could do to coerce me to be a fan tonight as she left the venue after her first nights show in Vancouver at G.M....errr, Rogers Arena.
The lady who is better known to her friends & family as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta spent 7-10 minutes sitting in the back of her SUV signing autographs & letting fans snap pictures of her.
It is rare to find someone that is at the level this entertainer currently finds herself at to take that much time out after a show with a crowd of 30+ people waiting.
She has obtained 9 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 3 MTV music awards, 2 Peoples Choice Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, and more than 50 other awards at smaller awards shows... oh, she also has 18 more nominations on the go for the 2010 MTV Music awards. She is at least a single platinum selling artist in 20 countries on her first album, and in 10 countries on her 2nd album... and her debut album is barely 2 years old this week. She really has no need right now to do any form of public relations image work...yet there she was, after a show that I was told was "amazing" stopping to sign for her fans, and me.
To top it off...she didnt care who she was signing for. At one point a guard tried to prevent me from getting my second autograph when he spoke to her & said "he already got 1, dont sign for him" which Lady Gaga replied "I dont care, just keep them coming". Thats how it should be. Just do it, and move on...dont worry about who its for, or what they might do with it at the end of the day. Each autograph signed is free promotion. Instead of me sitting here bad mouthing her about not signing and ignoring the fans, I am here telling everyone that she appreciates her fans & thusly, truly appreciates the money & time they invest into her. This is something that more often than not, cant be said about high end entertainers... and trust me, it eventually sours fans, and eventually they stop caring. This 24 year old girl from New York City understands it, and seems to actually like it.
Tonight she apparently was great on stage. She was even more great off the stage. I might never end up being a fan of her work. But I doubt I will ever find myself hating her...which frankly, I was going in thinking might be the case. Because its rare to find someone this on top of their game that still takes time to give back to people, regardless who they are.
Its a lesson other "in the now" stars should learn from in the future.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.