Russell Blackstock

Russell Blackstock is a senior reporter at the Herald on Sunday.

Gaga gives Kiwis a sneak preview (+video)

Lady Gaga in Hong Kong. Photo / AP
Lady Gaga in Hong Kong. Photo / AP

Outrageous Lady Gaga arrives this week for a trio of sold-out gigs, but a group of lucky Kiwi fans have already had an intimate preview.

Zoe Barnes couldn't believe it when she and about 15 mates got close to the pop superstar in a Tokyo bar last month.

The Poker Face singer even got on stage at the famous New York Bar at the Park Hyatt hotel and belted out a jazz number for the enthralled fans.

"The whole thing was crazy. It was surreal," Barnes, 29, a brand manager from Orakei, said. "We couldn't help noticing a woman at a nearby table who was wearing a sensational plastic dress that had the bum and bits of the thighs cut out of it.

"After about an hour we realised it was Lady Gaga and we started giving her table a lot of walk-bys."

Barnes, on a marketing trip for the popular Ecoya candles, said the star joined the house band about midnight after she'd had a few drinks.

"She looked pretty extravagant but was relaxed and having a good time. She sounded amazing when she got up and sang. She is a lot more of a talented singer than I thought."

Barnes said her friends were in Tokyo with the Jenesys Programme, which sends young Kiwis to Japan to forge business links. She is now trying to get a ticket for one of Gaga's New Zealand shows on her Born This Way Ball world tour. The concerts kick off at Auckland's Vector Arena on Thursday.

Gaga cancelled a performance in Indonesia slotted for today after a hardline Islamic group threatened to disrupt the concert, accusing her of being a "devil worshipper" and claiming her sexy antics were corrupting kids.

Dr Anwar Ghani, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said he was unaware of any plans for protests at this week's Kiwi gigs.

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- Herald on Sunday

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