After The Show is wishing a Happy 24th birthday to Lady GaGa!
Here is the Queen song, called “Radio Ga Ga,” from which Lady GaGa got her name:
If you played the “Who Are They Now” Game and couldn’t figure out who all of the 8 kids were, here are the answers:
Child #1 is Alex Greenwald (Phantom Planet):
Child #2 is Avril Lavigne:
Child #3 is Ben Lee:
Child #4 is Blake Sennett (Rilo Kiley):
Child #5 is Joe Jonas:
Child #6 is Jenny Lewis:
Child #7 is Lady Gaga:
Child #8 is Scarlett Johannson:
Lady Gaga played 4 sold out shows at New York’s Radio City Music Hall – photos of her tour bus, parked on 51st street, are below:
Here’s a video from 3 years ago of pre-Lady Gaga — called the Stefani Germanotta band — performing “Hollywood” in New York.
And here’s Stefani Germanotta performing “Captivated” and “Electric Kiss” at NYU:
What does a good cover accomplish?
A good cover song stays true to the original, yet adds something new. This thin line is tricky to navigate, and a great cover song manages to be respectful of the original song (in both the verses and chorus) while also making you appreciate another dimension of the original song – structure, melody, etc.
Starting today, After The Show will feature the best YouTube covers of Lady Gaga songs.
Cover #1: A rock band version of “Paparazzi”:
Cover #2: A male acoustic version of “Paparazzi”:
Original Song: Acoustic version of “Paparazzi”:
Original Song: Live
Although Lady Gaga is certainly not the type of artist we usually feature on After The Show, her musical/performance/appearance transformation from Stefani Germanotta to Lady Gaga is very interesting.
Here’s a video from 2006 of 20-year-old Stefani Germanotta singing “Hollywood” with her band in NYC:
Here is a recent video of Lady Gaga performing “Poker Face” in France: