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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 30th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Lady Gaga Performs In Seoul

The 26-year-old posted this snap of herself performing at her controversial gig in South Korea.

Via OK Magazine.

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  • Tom
    12:04 pm on April 30th, 2012 1

    Yes, she got a hearty welcome from Korean crowd. And so do so many other American artists who perform in Korea, and Korea is always one of the favorite tours for American performers due to the always enthusiastic crowd responses.

    You won’t find snide remarks, derision, gay/homophobic comments, nor any rants about how stupid the performer looks/acts/sings or whatever (even though I wouldn’t blame anyone if they took shots at that thing, oops I mean “her”) like you would see against Korean performers, by butt hurt white guys. :roll:

  • Zilchy
    1:26 pm on April 30th, 2012 2

    I went to see Girl’s Generation in L.A. a few years ago. I thought the show was fantastic. The only problem is, I can’t tell the difference between any Korean acts. It could have been 2PM? sheeeeet, now I forgot what time the show started! Ahhhh, it doesn’t matter, it’s all the same. Does Korea hold all the patents on cookie-cutters?

  • tbonetylr
    1:44 pm on April 30th, 2012 3

    Korea is NOT the place to see a concert. There has been many a concert ruined because of poor event management and it sounds like more of the same at the Gaga concert. I’m surprised Korea is able to attract pop stars like Gaga. Korea exports big screens for stadiums across the world but can’t install them at Olympic stadium :roll:|home|newslist1
    Other than the stupid Christians out front protesting :shock:
    “The happiest fans were those in the “monster pit,” the area just below the stage. From the stadium’s seats, it was hard to see what was happening on stage, and the two screens that were supposed to show close-ups of the action were overly small. The filming for the screens also rarely showed Lady Gaga herself, concentrating instead on the backup dancers or the castle-like set. As a result, some people left the concert midway because of poor visibility.

    “I was sitting in an R-seat, which was the closest to the stage, but I could hardly see Lady Gaga and the screens were too small to show us that craziness going on on stage,” said Kim Ga- yeon, 29. “Moreover, I think she was controlling her performance because it wasn’t as crazy or as obscene as I expected.”

    During several numbers, Lady Gaga danced suggestively with both male and female dancers, which was as naughty as the show got. She also used some profanities and urged the crowd to shout them, too.

    She was on stage for virtually two hours straight, except for numerous fast costume changes.

    Access to the Internet via smartphone slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether due to the large number of people: 45,000 at the concert and another 35,000 at the adjacent baseball stadium.”

  • guitard
    2:14 pm on April 30th, 2012 4

    Tom wrote:

    and Korea is always one of the favorite tours for American performers due to the always enthusiastic crowd responses.

    Western performers do enjoy a warm welcome at concerts in Korea.

    There would be very few concerts in Korea if it weren’t for Japan. Typically an artist does several shows in Japan, and then flies to Korea to do a one-off.

  • kushibo
    3:00 pm on April 30th, 2012 5

    Guitard, I’m not so sure we can say Japan is the reason. I’m not that old, but I remember when those who came to Japan typically bypassed Korea altogether. I think they now come to Korea because Korea is a place to come to in its own right. Heck, the late Whitney Houston actually was kicking off her tour in Korea, even though she had some real trouble with the media the last time (?) she was here.

    Maybe Korea will get enough acts to have a proper venue for it, if there isn’t one. Tbonetylr makes a good point about how crappy sports stadiums can be for music shows. I just saw the Dalai Lama in the nosebleed seats at a basketball arena and it would have sucked royally had they not had the big screens. (The Dalai Lama’s not a rock star, but it’s a stage with a primary performer, so it’s an apt comparison.)

    I don’t agree with him about the evangelists, though, at least about its uniqueness to Korea (not that he was saying that only Korea has that). That’s a much more of a universal problem, with her detractors in the States informing much of her attitude and lyrics in the first place.

  • Vince
    3:14 pm on April 30th, 2012 6

    What is artistic or entertaining about shouting profanities from the stage? Why would people pay money to see that? What kind of talent does such a thing require?

  • Tom
    4:15 pm on April 30th, 2012 7

    Lady Goo Goo started its Asia tour in South Korea. We’re seeing more and more Western pop stars touring Korea for its own. Why? Because the word has gotten around the concerts are always going to be well received by the audience, it ramps up the performer’s confidence when the audience responds. And Korea is unlike the other Asian countries where audience responses are politely muted. If you want to tour Asia and perform, Korea is now a must, since it sets Asia’s pop culture trends (I know this is going to hurt and make lot of you guys angry and in denial, but it’s true).

    And two: the performers need money so they need to find new destinations or new sources of revenue, because Europe is bankrupt, and America is full of tent cities. Times are hard, beggars can’t be choosers.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:15 pm on April 30th, 2012 8

    I don’t care for Lady GaGa’s music but there are many genres and styles of music I do not enjoy listening to. That does not mean the performer lacks talent, it only means I lack appreciation for their material. As far as Lady GaGa goes, she actually writes her own music (which is more than most female artists in Korea, or world wide can say, especially in this genre) and she is an accomplished instrumentalist herself. She is also, apparently, one hell of a marketer and is wise to the business side of the industry.

    She certainly is not dumb nor does she lack talent: When her time at the Convent of the Sacred Heart came to an end, her mother encouraged her to apply for the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a musical theatre training conservatory at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.[11] After becoming one of twenty students to gain early admission, she eventually lived in an NYU dorm on 11th Street by the age of 17.[21] CAP21 prepared her for her future career focus in “music, art, sex and celebrity” where, in addition to sharpening her songwriting skills, she composed essays and analytical papers on art, religion, social issues and politics, including a thesis on pop artists Spencer Tunick and Damien Hirst.

    /I’m pretty sure the entire show consisted of much more than shouting profanities. Many performers do this. It’s nothing new.
    //The only bad publicity is no publicity

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:20 pm on April 30th, 2012 9

    On the protest note, I’m certain those Christians could have better used their energies by helping the poor or something. Here’s the person they were protesting against: Besides her career in music, Gaga has also contributed to various charities. For natural disasters, Gaga has helped various relief efforts. Although declining an invitation to appear on the single “We Are the World 25″ to benefit victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, she donated the proceeds of her January 24, 2010 concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall to the country’s reconstruction relief fund.[171] All profits from her official online store on that day were also donated. Gaga announced that an estimated total of US$500,000 was collected for the fund.[172] Hours after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, Gaga tweeted a message and a link to Japan Prayer Bracelets. All revenue from a bracelet she designed in conjunction with the company was donated to relief efforts.[173] As of March 29, 2011, the bracelets raised $1.5 million.

    Just glancing askew at the scales, those protesting Christians appear to be lacking.

  • Tom
    4:24 pm on April 30th, 2012 10

    Leon, she pocketed the charity under her name, for Japan tsunami victims, that she helped drive. It’s true. lol.

  • Tom
    4:31 pm on April 30th, 2012 11

    Not only that, she’s been accused of countless numbers of plagerism including ripping off songs from Madonna, and even from a KPOP group SNSD.

    Now this

    She creates her own music? So she says she does. lol.

    I’m not surprised that no-one has pointed out all these by now, because if GaGa was a Korean, someone by now would have rattled off all the embarrassing facts about this lady by now. But you know, we are consistent here at ROKDROP.COM. LOL.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:31 pm on April 30th, 2012 12

    10. I have heard of discrepancies. Most charities have discrepancies. some pocket more than 80% of proceeds to cover “administrative costs.” That’s not really my point. If she gave someone $5, she did more than those protesting Xians when it comes to helping her fellow human beings.

    I’m not defending her. I’m merely pointing out that she may be getting picked on for no good reason.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:33 pm on April 30th, 2012 13

    11. You’re just being contrary. :razz:

  • Teadrinker
    5:03 pm on April 30th, 2012 14

    “And so do so many other American artists who perform in Korea, and Korea is always one of the favorite tours for American performers due to the always enthusiastic crowd responses. ”

    You’ve obviously never been to a show in Korea. The audiences, in my experience, are far from being enthusiastic. The experience was not unlike watching TV with my grandmother.

  • Tom
    5:09 pm on April 30th, 2012 15

    I’ve been to many shows in Korea. You should try attending shows other then the ppong-jjack music, old man. :lol:

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:17 pm on April 30th, 2012 16

    14. True. I never saw such a subdued crowd… At the freaking Metallica show in 2005 or 06…

    The Olympic stadium venues suck. Japan, on the other hand has some great facilities.

    Just look in the weekend section of the paper. Japan will have like 5 pages of concerts with well known artists from all over the world. Korea has about a quarter of a page with modern relevant acts like:

    The Tupperware Troubadours Laser Light Show Extravaganza!
    Meet The Other Muppets, on Ice (without ice)
    John Tisch
    Jillian Michaels Demonstrates How to Make Beenie Babies at Home for Fun & Profit

    and last but not least:

    Cash Warren Reads the Complete Works of William Topaz McGonagall.

    Get your tickets now!

  • Casanova
    5:52 pm on April 30th, 2012 17

    #16, can’t agree with you more, I was at the Metallica concert in 2005, it sucked. Korean people are so lame at concerts, they are like fish out of water. They seem to only enjoy lip sync girl and boy bands, being talented is not a pre requisite for Korean consumers.

  • Leon LaPorte
    6:10 pm on April 30th, 2012 18

    17. They were waving their inflatable balloon stick things, off beat, throughout. :lol:

  • Tom
    6:35 pm on April 30th, 2012 19

    It’s pretty obvious to me you guys have never gotten out of the camp towns or the mentality of camp towns, Korea 2005. After all when your entire goal is to f*ck Filipina whores for 5 pieces and drink your way into stupor, that’s all you’re going to see. Once a neanderthal, always an American. For a society that is so fearful of homosexuality, it’s popular culture is full of sado-homosexual-masochism. Just look at Lady GaGa.

  • Tom
    6:41 pm on April 30th, 2012 20

    “10. I have heard of discrepancies. Most charities have discrepancies. some pocket more than 80% of proceeds to cover “administrative costs.””

    Such forgiving of corruption. It’s no wonder your country is a filth of corruption that is unmatched in history of mankind. No country on face of the earth past and present, has thefted so hundreds of trillions of dollars that don’t even exist. Lady GaGa is just a tip of the iceberg. Third World America.

  • guitard
    7:03 pm on April 30th, 2012 21

    Tom wrote:

    We’re seeing more and more Western pop stars touring Korea for its own.

    Complete and utter BS. NO ONE comes only to Korea to perform and then returns back to the US or Europe. It’s always part of a tour of Asia. Flying all the way to Korea to do one show and then turning around and going back home is way too cost prohibitive.

    And with just a few exceptions (Pat Metheny, Diana Krall…and a few others) – the vast majority of performers only do one show – usually in Seoul. That’s all Korea can support. And even Pat and Diana do it as part of a tour across Asia.

    Tom ~ stick to subjects closer to home there in Canada. You don’t know squat about modern day life in Korea.

  • guitard
    7:06 pm on April 30th, 2012 22

    I went to the Metallica concert at Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2006 and the crowd near the stage was pretty crazy.

  • tbonetylr
    7:32 pm on April 30th, 2012 23

    # 11 Tom – you Little Monster,
    Does Madonna care? I think she likes Lady Gaga. Madonna said this about ‘Born This Way’ versus ‘Express Yourself’…I thought, ‘What a wonderful way to redo my song’,…She adds, “I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was…interesting.”
    “GaGa defended herself, “If you put the songs next to each other, side by side, the only similarities are the chord progression. It’s the same one that’s been in disco music for the last 50 years.”

    It seems Madonna’s…’Express Yourself’ received a fair bit of criticism itself for borrowing from the chorus to the Staples Singers 1971 hit ‘Respect Yourself.’ Many of us have fond memories of listening to Madonna exclaim, “Express yourself! Hey hey hey hey!” over the radio. However, it turns out the Staples Singers were exclaiming “Respect yourself! Dee dee dee dee!” in an awfully similar way over 40 years ago.”
    Click on the link above to hear the 1971 hit “Respect Yourself” by the Staples Singers. The rhythm is much faster at the above link. The one below is a slower outdoor 1972 performance…
    “No court has ever ruled that Madonna plagiarized ‘Respect yourself’ just as no court has ever ruled that Gaga ripped-off Madonna.”

    For Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’ google…
    Madonna – Express Yourself – MTV Video Music Awards
    For Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ google…
    Lady Gaga – Born This Way (GRAMMYs on CBS)

  • Leon LaPorte
    7:52 pm on April 30th, 2012 24

    Perhaps we haven’t been to a concert in Korea in so long because
    A. Not many acts worth seeing come here
    B. Even on the rare occasion when they do, as stated previously, THE VENUES SUCK MONKEY ASS!!!

  • Stimpy
    8:00 pm on April 30th, 2012 25

    Odd that “Tom” seeks to promote Korean concerts in this thread. Maybe he’s a love child of Marilyn Manson and Mama Cass?

  • Teadrinker
    3:48 am on May 1st, 2012 26



  • David Wester
    2:24 pm on May 1st, 2012 27

    Would have loved to have seen the Korean audience reaction to an Andy Kaufman gig…

  • Teadrinker
    10:00 pm on May 1st, 2012 28


    Well, when I watch Korean comedy shows I often wonder if the whole thing isn’t an experiment in dadaism.

  • Leon LaPorte
    12:31 am on May 2nd, 2012 29

    28. Way too much credit.

  • Tom
    5:05 am on May 2nd, 2012 30

    “# 11 Tom – you Little Monster,
    Does Madonna care? I think she likes Lady Gaga. ”

    Tbone, Lady Gaga is UGLY, plastic surgeried, yet still UGLY. She claims to be writing her own music but we all know that’s a big laugh. She dresses up like a homosexual man in drag queen outfit and she looks like something out of a horror show with her voice that sound like a 85 year old grandma in lingerie. And she ripped off the Girl’s Generation. She half admitted it when she admitted she follows the KPOP.

  • kangaji
    5:44 am on May 2nd, 2012 31

    Why are you bringing Madonna into Tom!? She has nothing to… oh wait.


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