Lady Gaga calls for medical help to set up essential oxygen supply backstage at London gig
11 December 2013 Latest News
The singer sees oxygen as an important part of helping her to de-stress while on tour around the world.
The good folk of St John Ambulance spend their lives helping others: patching up cuts, fixing broken limbs, giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
And, in the case of a certain well-known pop star, providing oxygen.
That’s right, during her latest UK performance, Lady Gaga had the emergency services at her beck and call after phoning out for air at – aptly enough – London’s O2 Arena.
Foremost on her rider was an oxygen cylinder which, apparently, helps her “calm down” and de-stress.
Probably a little more stressful for the overworked ambulance team who were called out at the last-minute to deliver the “emergency” equipment.
We’re told: “Gaga had oxygen with her during her last tour, and it’s become something she now relies on in work situations. It had originally been overlooked in her rider so a crew from St John Ambulance were sent out to set up an oxygen canister for her. They weren’t best pleased.”
But Gaga has had a really rough year and genuinely sees it as an essential medical supply.
Neat oxygen gives her energy and calms her down. In the past 12 months the Poker Face singer has gone through the ordeal of hip surgery, which saw her recovering in a wheelchair.
She has also split from her long-term manager, Troy Carter and saw her third album, Artpop, flop by her own high standards.
The American star, 27, requested the extra gas supply backstage ahead of her performance at Sunday’s Jingle Bell Ball.
During the show, Gaga emerged Liberace-like, wearing a sequined suit and green hair as she sat at a piano built into a purple convertible car.
But she arrived slightly late on stage, after it took her 20 minutes to negotiate the corridors from her dressing room to the piano as she struggled to walk in her 12-inch platforms.
Gaga also insisted no-one made eye contact with her during the arduous journey.
But there were six people she was happy to make eye contact with – the Beckhams. David, Victoria and their four sprogs were granted one-on-one time with the superstar after her 40-minute set.
I’m told: “Gaga was brilliant – she was cuddling baby Harper, and was genuinely interested to meet the family.”
(Source: The Daily Mirror)