Let me begin with the people. They were dressed with outfits based off G.U.Y., they also had dreadlocks, there were cross-dressers, there were Lady Gaga t-shirts (I wore my Applause shirt), and just your basic, less-spirited dressers. I even saw someone with a Taylor Kinney shirt on! Before the first opening act, someone kindly invited me into the pit, as I was standing near the ARTPOP Lounge. So I joined in on the fun. I had a conversation with someone who asked me if this was my first Lady Gaga concert.. sadly, yes it was. I was surrounded by my people. Some girl comes in wearing a Madonna-ish suit, and sat down in the pit, and everyone was staring and laughing at her, which I believe is NOT what the artRAVE is about, so I just kindly ignored those rude people. During the near end of the show, a drunk lady just comes around, oh boy, you would NOT believe the amount I've seen that were drunk, there was one in front of me, dancing to EVERY song!!
Now, for the opening acts, during Hatsune Miku, my area of the stage (I was below the runway leading out to the crowd), just stood there. No one could understand her. Obviously who would if she only sung Japanese? Now onto Lady Starlight, I thought she was better than Hatsune. Everyone actually moved, so that was a plus!
Onto the better part, LADY GAGA. The interludes were fabulous. I got crunk during the interlude that contained Jewels N' Drugs. When the first song came on, I swore my hearing just completed screwed out. I could barely her talking during the show. But everytime she mentioned DC, everyone went HAYWIRE!! During G.U.Y., it was still the same: everyone singing the words, dancing, pumping their fists (me being one of them). During the end, everyone was shouting NEIN ZEDD and I was so pumped by then, OMG. During Donatella, everyone was speaking the spoken intro and we're singing the background parts to the chorus like mad! For Fashion!, Gaga went to the piano and played during the song, and she done it justice! Then we had a very short intermission before VENUS came along. Speaking of, during the song, I put my hands up in the classic V-formation. For MANiCURE, everyone was jumping when Gaga was jumping! With Cake Like Lady Gaga, I lipped the words in front of my father (who dislikes cursing). I had no mind! Then, here comes Just Dance, EVERYONE is singing the classic introduction, and we were all jumping and fist pumping. For my favorite song, Poker Face, I got a lot excited for it! AHHH! I was way too in the moment! Unfortunately, I barely remember Telephone. Partynauseous = AMAZING. Then came into an interlude. Now comes Paparazzi, I felt big emotion, and I think it's safe to say everyone in the room did too! During Do What U Want, Gaga showed off AMAZING, PERFECT, FLAWLESS vocals! She went to the piano for Born This Way, beginning a wonderful speech, it was so beautiful. She incorporated DC into the acoustic version of the song and we all went HAYWIRE! Then the Jewels N Drugs interlude, Gaga actually went INTO the pit, YES, INTO. THE. PIT. And Aura, everyone was doing the trademark HA HA HA intro and then we she commanded us to dance, we did... HARDCORE. Before Sexxx Dreams, everyone threw just about anything on the stage. Gaga read a few notes about the fans thanking her for saving their lives and invited those lucky ones backstage! Jealous! Now Sexxx Dreams, we all sung every part, spoken & sung, and we did not miss a damn beat. Unfortunately, during Mary Jane Holland, Gaga cut out my favorite part of the song. BUT, during it, WEED LEAF CONFETTI! During Alejandro, she told us to part our hands up and JUMP, she goes "I know you know the words to this!" and indeed we did. With our hands up and singing the song. During an 'interlude' with an instrumental called Ratchet, Gaga literally stripped right in front of the crowd. Now, here comes everyone's favorite song, Bad Romance. During the song, I did part of the choreo in the pits and she tells us to put our paws up, and we sure did. For Applause, she was right above me with her neon-high school clad outfit and danced. Before Applause, she said that this was the worst part of the show, saying goodbye. Now, Swine... OH MY GOD. This put the RAVE in artRAVE. We screamed and shouted SWINE all over the damn place! WOO. Now here we are waiting for an encore for about 5 minutes, and out she comes for the final song, Gypsy. When the album version kicked in, we all jumped for our lives! And was saddened that she had to go. During then, I was informed by my father that I was shown on screen, YAAAS. For basically 85% of the show, I got to see the flawless ass. And that, my friends, is the story of the artRAVE. 5.12.2014 Brandon Harris.