We probably shouldn’t be too surprised by this. If there were any performer ready to sing in space, it would have to be Lady Gaga. Assuming that everything goes according to plan, she’ll become the first musician to perform in space in early 2015. Well, besides Chris Hadfield that is.
Gaga first hinted at the news on Twitter, where she teased fans with rumors about her upcoming performance:
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 6, 2013
Reports indicate that Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Germanotta, will ride a Virgin Galactic Shuttle into space where she will perform one song as a part of the Zero G Colony music festival. She’ll need extensive vocal training to perform in that atmosphere (or lack thereof). Zero G Colony is a high-tech music festival at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, the world’s first commercial spaceport, and also home to Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceflight company. The festival will blend performance with technology, which seems to be a pretty good match. It’s like Burning Man, except at a spaceport. Sounds like a good time. Don’t forget the glow sticks.
Gaga’s otherworldly performance will, of course, be the highlight of the 3-day festival, and is set to take place at dawn on the third day. That seems about right. If all goes according to schedule with Virgin Galactic, their first commercial flight will have taken place about six months earlier, so they’ll have some time to work the kinks out before…well, before Gaga puts the kink back in.
Lady Gaga isn’t the first pop star with outer space ambitions. NSync’s Lance Bass was set to visit the ISS aboard a Russian capsule back in 2002, but that never happened. Bass reportedly missed payments, and the Russian crew apparently decided to send cargo instead. Still, it looks like Justin Bieber will beat Gaga into space, as he’s already bought his Virgin Galactic ticket.
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) June 5, 2013
And if plans for the celebrity-in-space reality TV show Milky Way Mission come to fruition, we’ll be seeing even more celebrities in space. I wonder if Neil deGrasse Tyson worries about what the aliens will think about the human race if these are our ambassadors? More likely, though, they’ll see Lady Gaga and welcome her home.