With Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga arriving in Seattle for separate shows only a day apart, one wonders if the two old pals will get together for another slumber party as they did in 2012 (with Lindsay Lohan) at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont.
Long before they were stars, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) and Lana Del Rey (Lizzy Grant) played the same club circuit in New York City. Both were born in 1986 in New York and went through personal transformations in their drive to success. And both received guidance from renowned talent scout Bob Leone.
Last July, the tabloids were a-Twitter about a mysterious Del Rey track, “So Legit,” that took a swipe at Gaga: “Stefani, you suck, I know you’re selling twenty million / Wish they could have seen you when we booed you off in Williamsburg….”
But the spat was old news. The song had apparently been recorded in 2008 after Lady Gaga had released her debut album, “The Fame,” a commercial and critical success.
“So Legit” sounded like sour grapes on Del Rey’s part, perhaps from feeling left behind when Lady Gaga became a star. But last summer, Del Rey’s full-length debut album “Born to Die,” released in 2012, was soaring, and the controversy over “So Legit” quickly dissipated.
A collaboration by the two singers on “Princess Die,” from Lady Gaga’s 2013 album, “Artpop,” seemed to indicate everything was fine.
Del Rey, who’s here Tuesday, May 27, is now one of the hottest-selling acts on the concert circuit, selling out shows around the country and nipping at Lady Gaga’s gold-encrusted heels. She’s getting great reviews, too, after bombing two years ago with an insipid performance on “Saturday Night Live.”
Del Rey is performing songs from the sultry, retro-sounding “Born to Die,” turning “Blue Jeans” and “Video Games” into singalongs and playing her new single, “West Coast,” from the upcoming album “Ultraviolence.”
Hopefully, she will have gotten enough rest before she arrives from Paris, where on Saturday she’s singing at the wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Unlike Lady Gaga, who plays Seattle Wednesday, May 28, Del Rey doesn’t offer a choreographed dance-a-thon. Movement is subtle and nuanced, with an air of mystery reminiscent of a film-noir classic.
By contrast, Lady Gaga’s big-bucks production, featuring a dozen dancers, outrageous costumes, colorful wigs and huge runways, is meant to dazzle.
The “ARTPOP Ball Tour” blends disco, cabaret and pop in a heady, colorful tour de force. The set includes such songs as “Just Dance,” “Partynauseous,” “Paparazzi,” “Poker Face,” “Sexx Dreams,” “Fashion!” and the anthem, “Born This Way.”
The Little Monsters, fans with whom she maintains a tight bond, always come in flamboyant costumes of their own, making her concerts feel like body-shaking masquerade parties.
It’s exciting that Gaga and Del Rey are in town the same week. Fans can be assured that neither show will be a slumber party.
Lana Del Rey
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $46 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $85-$200 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).