Put up your paws, Houston.
The Monster Mother of them all, Lady Gaga, brought her Born This Way Ball show to the Toyota Center on Thursday night, entertaining adoring fans with two-and-a-half hour spectacle featuring oversized meat grinders, a medieval castle and a mechanical horse.
The concert strings together more than 20 songs into a sort of rock opera staring Gaga as a dangerous fugitive from outer space. (Stay with me here.) She escapes from G.O.A.T. — Government-Owned Alien Territory — only to be chased down by a creepy animatronic head plastered with Gaga's own face.
It all works out in the end . . . but, my God, were there some twists and turns along the way. Here's a countdown of the night's five most memorable moments.
Since no concert is complete without the main performer being birthed by a inflatable alien woman, Lady Gaga had herself birthed by a inflatable alien woman. It makes sense really, considering she used to scene to kick off the tour's namesake track "Born This Way."
4) Hover Gagas
For "Bloody Mary" — a song about Mary Magdalene (according to this United Kingdom interview) — Gaga hovered across the stage in a bizarre white dress that apparently had wheels attached to it. She wore a flat white helmet for the occasion.
3) Dancing audience member #1
Donning jeans and a bright red western-style shirt, this mysterious dancing machine brought section 105 some of the night's best entertainment . . . enough so that Gaga herself serenaded him with "Edge of Glory" and had a special note sent to him by one of her assistants.
2) Phone Call / Fans onstage / Dallas Blunder
Thanks to sponsor Virgin Mobile, Lady Gaga called a random guest in the crowd and offered a chance to hang backstage. It was a touching scene, actually, as she sat at a piano surrounded by five young fans handpicked from the stageside VIP section. She sang a soothing acoustic rendition of "Born This Way," mistakenly thanking "Dallas" for such a great night.
Knowing that you don't just call Houston "Dallas," Gaga apologized profusely — not something she's known for doing.
1) "Scheiße" and dancing audience member #2
For the pounding electro number "Scheiße," which closed the set right before the encore, Gaga asked a fan to dance with her onstage. Whether this teenaged-looking gentlemen was a professional planted in the VIP area, we'll never know. But the moves this guy had were un-be-lievable, on top of his uncanny ability to kept up with Gaga's troupe of dancers. Easily the coolest moment of the night, whether he was planted or not.