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Thursday 23 October 2014

Recovered Gaga proves monster hit

Lady Gaga performed at the Roundhouse in Camden to open the 2013 iTunes Festival

Lady Gaga fought back emotions as she played her first UK performance in almost a year following her recovery from hip surgery.

Thousands of her fans, known as Little Monsters, and competition winners watched the 27-year-old singer as she took to the stage suspended in a metal swing at the Roundhouse in Camden to open the 2013 iTunes Festival in London.

Gaga - whose real name is Stefani Germanotta - revealed the gig felt like she was "back home", likening herself to Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz.

"To say I've missed you is a big understatement. When I'm without you, I can't live," she said. "I'm a bit like Dorothy right now - there's no place like home."

The singer performed seven new songs from her forthcoming third album ARTPOP including latest single Applause, Swine and Aura. Dubbed "Swinefest", the gig also featured "pig-busters" - people in Ghostbuster-style costumes wearing pig masks.

As she introduced Swine, she admitted: "It's really scary when you're young and you don't know what it means to be grown up yet so you hang out with adults and do what they do... I felt like trash on the inside. I wrote this song to let go of all that pain - and to hopefully help you get rid of yours. A place I never wanted to go back tonight but I'll do anything for you Monsters."

Gaga, who underwent surgery for her broken hip in February, admitted making the record had been a cathartic process.

"I went through some really tough times I've never talked about. I won't tell you now - no need to be a downer - but as I wrote ARTPOP I had to take off my wigs and make-up," she said.

"I used them to be different people and it worked."

She added: "I wanted to make music to set me free. I wanted to set myself free of this box of pop music - it's like I have to be a good girl but I want to be out of the box."

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