Ever since “Just Dance” became inescapable in the fall of 2008, Lady Gaga has remained a near constant fixture at the forefront of pop music, churning out single after single, video after video, ridiculous outfit after ridiculous outfit. Perhaps sensing the potential for a backlash, Gaga addressed those who have said she might benefit from taking a breather during a concert in Sweden on May 7.
After her audience belted out the chorus to her ballad “Speechless,” she paused and mused:
“You sound so good singing those lyrics. You know, when people say ‘Lady Gaga is really tired. She needs to take a break…’” Pause for boos. “… I just think about all those times I sang at bars when nobody was singing my lyrics.” Pause for rapturous applause. “I’ll sleep when I’m dead, OK?”
“I know that I work really hard and I run myself into the ground and I also know that alcohol will kill me one day,” she said. “But I would rather not die on vacation. I would rather die on stage with all my fans.”
So, things we now know about Lady Gaga’s death: it will come as the result of excessive alcohol consumption, she would prefer it take place on stage, and she won’t sleep until it happens.