I don't know what it means to be a rockstar anymore. The phrase "rockstar" has about as much clout these days as "rock writer." Both are completely archaic and worthless. Still, people throw both phrases around like confetti, so I'll play along.
I think Lady Gaga is the world's biggest Glam rocker these days. I mean, she isn't a rock singer to be sure. She's a pop starlet and a damn genius but the woman is more rebellious, inventive and "dangerous" than any rocker I've seen in a long time.
It's true, Lady Gaga probably couldn't have been successful a decade or so ago. The studio tools she uses to bend her voice weren't nearly as prevalent as today. Gaga came at just the right time to save the cynical music biz. She saved us from ourselves.
Gaga loves her some metal, too. She's always making metal references and she "gets" the genre. She's also borrowing some of her danger from our 80s faves and her hooks are big, just like "Wild Side," "Bad Medicine" or "Cherry Pie." She gets it.
Maybe she 'gets it' so well, she conceived her entire alter ego to become the world's biggest rockstar. I think when Gaga started, she had big dreams of a wildly successful singing career but I doubt she envisioned what has happened to her over the past 16 months or so.
The woman has a 360 degree mind that must work in overdrive. It's clear Gaga's watched a ton of classic MTV. Headbanger's Ball, anyone? Nearly every one of Gaga's videos is a mix of 80s Glam and theater of the absurd. Sort of like Twisted Sister but with more Chanel and even more bad makeup. What we need is for Gaga to do a duet with one of our Glam faves. Something completely insane and over-the-top. I'm thinking Judas Priest with Lady Gaga!
I can see it now: a number one single. Metal and pop finally properly joined by two acts that love their craft. Can you imagine the video? I wonder who would wear more leather: Gaga or Halford?