Gaga Rocks NYC

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July 7, 2010 | 12:49pm EST

Lady Gaga shook Madison Square Garden in her native New York last night fulfilling a lifelong ambition to fill the legendary arena.

The Poker Face hitmaker, who was raised in Manhattan, returned to her home town with her Monster Ball tour for a concert at the iconic venue – the first of three gigs in the city this week.

Gaga took to the stage with a revamped version of her previous show, reworking her set to feature references to New York, including a performance in an old subway carriage, and a breathtaking array of new costumes.

The singer took a break to pay tribute to her home town, telling the delighted audience, “My name is Lady Gaga and I used to sit right over there, way far in the back and way up top. I used to stare at this side of the room, and I used to think, ‘I’m gonna be up there.’
“Every second you watch me on this stage, you remember, I was sitting where you are.”

She later dedicated a rendition of her song Speechless to her father, who was in the audience, and a new track, You and I, to her friends – thanking them for all for their support.

After closing the show with Bad Romance, Gaga thanked the crowd for helping her achieve her lifelong ambition of playing at the Garden: “We did it Little Monsters! We made it to the Monster Ball! We made it to Madison Square Garden.

“Thank you for making my dream come true. I love you so much.”