I have to start off by thanking Verizon and the VZup app for providing me with this AMAZING experience! This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
I have been a fan of Gaga for while now. Some of her songs would run through my head, her voice is amazing, her acting is incredible, but what really drew me to her, was her heart. She truly cares about her fans and humanity. She also gives back to children/teens in need, that have been bullied or abused, and that is something that is close to my heart.
So, when Verizon asked me if I would like to go to the Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour at the Xcel Energy Center and test out their Verizon VIP Experience, I couldn’t say no! Seriously, I couldn’t stop fangirling.
Verizon Up is a new rewards program that is breaking the mold with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, front-row tickets, Apple Music, Uber rides, sports gear, coffee and more. No points or levels required. Customers get one credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon Wireless monthly bill. 1 credit gets you 1 reward, and some don’t even need a credit.
Our Verizon VIP Experience started out with a catered dinner! We got to eat the same food as Gaga’s crew and dancers! There was a lovely salad bar, chicken, tuna steaks, beef stir-fry, carrot ginger soup and an amazing dessert table! (While we were backstage, our phones had to remain off)
After dinner, we got to watch the band perform an awesome sound check! I have never seen a band look that happy to be on stage. It seems like they truly enjoy it and the music!
We also got to meet Lady Gaga’s backstage tour manager, Rick. He has been with Gaga since Monster’s Ball! He took us on a backstage tour and showed us everything that goes into the show. They travel with 98 people, on twelve buses and the equipment travels in 24 semi trailers! When they arrive at a venue, it is a blank canvas. It takes them 15 hours to set up and only 4 hours to break it down. Amazing right?!
At the end of our backstage tour, we were escorted to the Audi Quattro Club, which was transformed into Lady Gaga’s VIP Room!
It was amazing! The DJ got us pumped up by playing all of Gaga’s songs! The amazing staff at the Xcel Energy Center kept us well fed with mini burgers, fontina and mushroom quesadillas, shrimp cocktail and mini beef wellington! It was incredible!
I hooked up with an awesome group of people for our group photo with Gaga! (Yes, I got to meet her!) My group included 4 people who were awarded their tickets through the VZup App and Jacob was one of them!
I was seriously feeling like a real VIP!
Lady Gaga is so beautiful in person! She was in full stage makeup and still smiled while she said “Hi” to all of us. As we turned to walk out, she looked at me and said, “You look so beautiful. I can’t wait to sing for you tonight!“. I may or may not have gotten goosebumps! Oh and she smells like cotton candy. I kid you not, cotton candy.
After our pictures, we were taken to our front row seats and Lady Gaga’s countdown began! Once the countdown hit 0, she arrived!
She truly owns the stage! She interacts with the entire crowd and somehow, in a sea of people, she makes every single person feel noticed and special!
When I met her, I wanted to ask her a question. Something that I could share with you, my readers. Something special. I wanted to ask her What she would say to a person that is still trying to find and love themselves? A person like me.
I didn’t get to ask her a question, but somehow, she knew and right before she performed Joanne, she answered it.
She said, “You have to go back. You have to go back to a time that broke you. To a time when you felt rejected, hated and alone. Go back to that place that rocked you off your path. Feel that pain. Be sad. Only then can you move forward and heal.”