Worth a look?: ****
Where: Royal Albert Hall
Setlist: Anything Goes; Cheek To Cheek; They All Laughed; For Once In My Life; Sing You Sinners; Nature Boy; The Good Life; Bang Bang; Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered; Firefly; Smile; When You’re Smiling; I Won’t Dance; The Lady’s In Love With You; Solitude; I Can’t Give You Anything; How Do You Keep The Music Playing?; I’ve Got The World On A String; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; Let’s Face The Music and Dance; Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye; Who Cares?; I Left My Heart In San Francisco; But Beautiful; The Lady Is A Tramp; It Don’t Mean A Thing
Have you ever taken your dad to a gig?
Mr monstagigz senior accompanied us on what turned out to be this unlikely duo’s only UK concert of a 36-date world tour. We say only date because Bennett cited flu after pulling out of the second night at the Albert Hall leaving Gaga to descend on Ronnie Scott’s for an impromptu littlemonstagig of her own.
monstagigz caught Paul Simon/Sting at The 02 earlier this year and this pairing had much of the same tag team structure about it except there was a clear chemistry between Bennett and Gaga when duetting. He didn’t move much but was in fine voice and she, freed from the EDM shackles of her solo career, revelled in flirting with her new partner in crime and rising to the challenge presented by his iconic croon, a 40-strong orchestra and an endless songbook of jazz classics.
What next for Gaga? A likely EDM return on her 5th solo album with original collaborator RedOne back on board and the ageless Giorgio Moroder signed up.
Who benefitted most from the collaboration? Gaga definitely – she had a chance to show off her versatility and flick two fingers to those who say she’s a one-trick pony. Her real challenge is whether she’s any surprises in store from album five.