Last Night: Lady Gaga at Toyota Center
Now, here is a list of things that Lady Gaga excels at: writing excellent pop songs; wearing meat; singing and playing piano; merchandising; interacting with her legion of devoted fans.
It's those moments of interaction that make the show shine. Sure, she does the same bits in every city, but she does them because they work and because Gaga genuinely cares about her fans.
Whether it's a phone call to a random member of the audience or bringing someone up on stage to dance during "Scheiße" she knows how to create moments that make the crowd feel good and give someone in the audience a memory they won't forget.
I think there's a strong case to be made that she could easily tour as the world's fanciest life coach. Maybe she could do two shows next time she comes to town: one where she comes out and talks to her monsters for an hour, building them up and getting them ready to face the world, and one where she destroys the stage with the power of her music. It would be the best of both worlds.
Personal Bias: Gaga was my gateway drug in to pop music, and I believe that "Telephone" and "Paparazzi" are perfect songs.
The Crowd: An even mix of high fashion, low culture, free expression, and a lot of people expressing their individuality by dressing like a famous pop star.
Overheard In the Crowd: "I don't have any ugly friends," said by a woman alerting her neighbor that she didn't need to be told that her friend was gorgeous.
Random Notebook Dump: I bet at least one person has looked at half motorcycle/half human Gaga, got a boner, and then felt real awkward about it. That or they thought they died and went to odd fetish heaven.