You would camp out to see your favorite artist ever, right?
Gabriel Espinosa, Longview sophomore, camped out for three days at the American Airlines Center in Dallas to see his favorite musician, Lady Gaga.
Espinosa had waited two years to see his “mother monster” for the second time.
His plan was to meet up in Dallas with two friends from Argentina and two from Tampa, Fla. who were flying in just for the camp out.
Planning to be the first in line so he could meet Lady Gaga, Espinosa arrived at the center on Jan. 26 and waited by the door all day by himself. As the night dragged on he didn’t want to sleep alone outside so he went to a hotel and planned to be back as first in line early the next morning.
Before he arrived he got a call from one of his friends telling him there were already people waiting outside the center.
Espinosa rushed to the center where his friends were waiting for him and he became 17th in line.
Waiting fans received wristbands to reserve their space in line, allowing them to leave to get food and use the restroom.
Espinosa spent the next two days with other fans eagerly awaiting the day of the concert. They explored the Avenue and waited for the tour buses to arrive.
“Lady Gaga’s tour bus came at 2 a.m. and we all were freaking out and waving, but she was probably asleep,” Espinosa said.
The day of the concert a tornado warning sounded an hour and a half before the doors were supposed to open and the fans were allowed inside during the harsh weather.
Once the gatekeepers allowed the fans that had been waiting for days to go into the pit, they all started running.
“I got to the front of the stage and was so happy,” Espinosa said. Lady Starlight and Madeon opened the show. Then it was time for Gaga.
“I was crying when she came on,” Espinosa said. “The first minute of the show she was on a unicorn and was just looking at all the people in the pit.”
Espinosa was sporting a sign that read
“Immigrants are people too. I am Americano.” About 10 minutes into the show Lady Gaga looked at the message and into Espinosa’s eyes.
“She blew me a kiss and I was crying. Everyone around me was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’” Espinosa said.
For the last song, “Marry the Night” Lady Gaga picked a fan from the crowd to go on stage. She ended up picking one of Espinosa’s friends from Argentina.
“She was so excited because she came all the way from Argentina just for the concert,” Espinosa said.
When the performance was over and Gaga was walking off stage she grabbed Espinosa’s hand and squeezed it as she looked into his eyes.
“That was the best part of the night,” he said.