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Coachella, Beyoncé gave the performance she should have given at the Super Bowl.
Granted, she had an hour and 45 minutes to work with at the desert festival Saturday night, versus only 13 minutes to work with at that gig five years ago.
Part of the brilliance of Saturday’s set was that it was more of a half-time show than her half-time show, in that she took the marching band that has been persona non grata at the Bowl for years and built a 105-minute performance around overpacked horn charts, glorified drum majorettes and nonstop drumline insanity.
Who would’ve guessed the missing ingredients needed to ratchet her catalog a step up into greatness were exceptionally arranged tubas and timbales?
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It’s hard for anyone in the room, as it were, to know how it came off to the home viewers it was just as much designed for–although one suspects we’ll soon get a reprise with some sort of home video release.
But on the premises, this sustained gambit of a rocking R&B show felt historic.
Gaga began her musical career performing songs at open mic nights and school plays.
She studied at Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to become a professional musician.
Only recently did reports emerge that the singer had hired about a hundred backup performers — the actual number was probably a little less, though the cast never stood still long enough for anyone to count — and even then, as rehearsals involved locking down a stage in L. for at least three months, virtually nothing about the nature of the performance leaked out, except for rumors about another Destiny’s Child reunion…