Lady Gaga has come a long way since her appearance three years ago at the Lollapalooza music festival — but she hasn't forgotten some critics' less-than-stellar reviews of that performance.
The voice behind "Paparazzi" and "Bad Romance" commanded thousands of screaming fans in Chicago on Friday night to forget anyone who ever said they weren't pretty enough or skinny enough — or that "your Lollapalooza BMI stage show was a (expletive) trainwreck. You're a (expletive) superstar. You were born that way!"
The order was met with a roar from the sea of mostly teens and 20-somethings squished in front of the stage, bouncing up and down with their fists in the air.
It was a redeeming moment and a far cry from Lady Gaga's first appearance at the festival in 2007, when she sang and played keyboard in a glittery bra and tiny, black bottoms. Recordings of the daytime performance show a distracted crowd and a sparse stage.
Three years later, a towering image of a scantily clad Lady Gaga flashed on a billowing white curtain. The singer started the show in a black jacket with sky-high shoulder pads. Next, she donned a shiny red cape, later dancing around in a transparent dress.
"My name is Lady Gaga. I thank you for coming to my show. I didn't used to be brave. In fact I wasn't very brave at all," she told her fans. "But you have made me brave, little monsters. So now I'm going to be brave for you. Tonight, I want you to free yourself."
Zsa Zsa recuperating
Doctors want to keep Zsa Zsa Gabor hospitalized until at least Monday, after the 93-year-old actress went into shock during her recovery from a broken hip.
Gabor's publicist John Blanchette said Saturday that Gabor had a bad reaction to morphine, but her condition has improved since she was switched to a different pain medication.
Blanchette calls Gabor "a fighter."
With friends like that...
Wyclef Jean's presidential bid in Haiti is receiving criticism from his childhood friend and fellow Fugees bandmate, Pras.
The Haitian-born musician says he will not back Jean because he lacks a definitive plan to bring the island nation into the 21st century.
"You've got 1.2 million people living in tent city right now. What are the plans to get these people out," Pras said of the survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Pras plans to support Jean's opponent, Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, who he said is better suited to run the country.
"He's more popular in Haiti than Wyclef," said Pras.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Comedian-director David Steinberg, 68... actor Sam Elliott, 66... actress Melanie Griffith, 53... actress Amanda Bearse, 52... singer Whitney Houston, 47... actress Gillian Anderson, 42... actor Eric Bana, 42... Latin rock singer Juanes, 38... actress Jessica Capshaw, 34... actress Anna Kendrick, 25