By Jack Houston
Do you not like us anymore, Lady Gaga? It’s been nearly two years since the singer born Stefani Germanotta performed a headlining concert in Las Vegas, and the natives—better known in Gaga’s realm as “little monsters”—are getting restless.
In the meantime, she’s been traipsing around the Far East, Australia, Europe, South America and South Africa—pretty much everywhere but the U.S., which consumes the final leg of her Born This Way Ball, with the tour stopping by MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan. 25-26. Her travels over the past 12 months have been so extensive, in fact, that she’s already prepping a new album (tentatively titled Artpop) before her homeland has had a chance to hear the old one in concert.
So, yeah, color us a little miffed that aside from an appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September 2011, we’ve had to rely on an 18-month old album (the double platinum Born This Way), ever-present radio hits (“You and I,” “The Edge of Glory” and the title track) and maybe that Thanksgiving special that aired on TV awhile back to get our fix. (Although we did love that cheeky duet with Tony Bennett; we could go for more of that, too.)
During her final 2012 concert, Dec. 12 in Moscow, Gaga hit back at anti-gay laws enacted in Russia, according to the Moscow Times. Given the number of Gaga-friendly ballot initiatives that passed in November’s elections, one imagines her return to U.S. soil—and the Las Vegas stage—will be quite the homecoming.