Gaga Wows Lollapalooza

'I didn't used to be brave,' she tells fans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2010 7:06 AM CDT
Lady Gaga performs during Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010., in Chicago.   (Nam Y. Huh)
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(Newser) – Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at Lollapalooza—but she hasn't forgotten some less-than-stellar reviews of that performance. The voice behind "Bad Romance" commanded thousands of screaming fans last night to forget anyone who ever said they weren't pretty or skinny enough—or that "your Lollapalooza show was a (expletive) trainwreck. You're a (expletive) superstar. You were born that way!"

It was a far cry from Lady Gaga's first appearance at the festival in 2007, recordings of which show a distracted crowd and a sparse daytime stage. Three years later, a towering image of a scantily clad Lady Gaga flashed on a billowing white curtain. "My name is Lady Gaga. I thank you for coming to my show. I didn't used to be brave," she told her fans. "But you have made me brave, little monsters. So now I'm going to be brave for you. Tonight, I want you to free yourself."

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