Lady Gaga Shakes Santiago
Anybody living close to Ñuñoa could hear the slamming sounds of Lady Gaga carried by the wind last night.
ÑUÑOA — 40,000 hysterical Chilean fans were worshiping the pop icon at the Estadio Nacional in Ñuñoa last night. The municipality dropped its cosy residential atmosphere to relive Halloween for one more night.
Any tourist – because only tourists could have been unware of the concert – going past the place yesterday must have thought, “What is this madness?”
Concert goers in goofy hats, extravagant face paintings, dizzy heels, and dresses decorated with stuffed animals all invaded the streets around the Estadio Nacional, ready to rock like nobody’s business.
The concert hall was especially prepared for it, set up with the most outrageous, colorful, gorgeous stage I have ever seen in the country, with a three-story castle overhanging it.
Among the fans, the 400 most extroverted ones were the so-called “Little monsters”, who have been camping around the Estadio Nacional for up to 16 days, in order to get a space in the “Monster Pit” zone, located near the center of the stage.
However, this situation created conflicts among those who would do anything to be closer to their idol.
Fancy dresses and colorful wigs were not the only styles in abundance at the concert. More “normal-looking” folks, families, and teenagers also took part in the show, enjoying the music from the general audience area.
Lady Gaga started performing at 9:45 p.m. She asked who smoked pot in the audience, leading into a speech about tolerance. “You’re free, free to do whatever you want to do,” she said a bunch of times. I guess it’s easier when you’re a zillionaire pop star.
Gaga arrived in Chile earlier this afternoon, at 12:47 p.m., in her private plane. A shuttle took her to the luxury W hotel, where the presidential suite was waiting for her.
After her show in Buenos Aires on Friday, Lady Gaga will go back to Chicago for a rest, before returning to South America for two concerts in Lima and Asunción.