A concert page recalls the Lady Gaga concert that sparked Catholics

Lady Gaga in Judas
A screenshot from Lady Gaga’s music video for “Judas.” (Screenshot by YouTube/Lady Gaga’s Interaksyon)

A decade ago, a Grammy-winning artist’s concert sparked controversy in the predominantly Catholic Philippines because one of her songs was titled the traitor who notoriously betrayed Jesus.

A page devoted to concerts recalled how the American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga held a turbulent two-night concert in Pasay during which she was warned against singing her song”Judas.”

“Exactly 10 years ago, Lady Gaga was warned not to sing ‘Judas’ in Manila or she will be arrested. Lady Gaga: ‘I’m not a creature of your government, Manila’ before singing ‘Judas'” , wrote Philippine Concerts on Facebook on May 22.

It also accompanied a screenshot of the artist’s tweet posted on the second day of her concert, where she referenced one of the music videos for her song.

“And don’t worry, if I get thrown in jail in Manila, Beyonce will just bail me out. Sold out night 2 in the Philippines. I really like it here!” Lady Gaga tweeted before.

It was a reference to his collaboration with Beyonce for “Phone», one of his songs in his album « The Fame Monster ».

Meanwhile, the Philippine Concerts throwback post has gained a whopping 53,000 likes and reactions, 1,600 comments and 11,000 shares so far.

Filipinos also recalled some incidents involving a two-night concert

“I remember some people and some nuns were outside the concert, praying,” one Facebook user said.

“I remember me (and) my cousin going to watch this and we got a lot of backlash from family members,” another user said online.

Others have called for her to come back and grace Manila once again.

“Damn kuda. Balik ka na dito cheers!” a fan commented.

“Accla, balik ka na dito sa Pinas,” said another fan.


The artist traveled to Manila on May 21 and 22, 2012 for her “Born This Way Ball Tourin support of his second studio album, “Born This Way.”

Former Mayor of Manila Lito Atienza and lawyer Romulo Macalintal were among those who objected to her singing one of her songs in the album, “Judas”.

According to them, Lady Gaga could be penalized or arrested if she sings her controversial song which they say makes fun of Jesus.

Archbishop of then Lipa Ramon Arguelles also urged the public to boycott his concerts because “his fans risk falling into the clutches of Satan”.

The Pasay government also unveiled plans to deploy personnel to monitor the concert for “any nudity or lewd conduct which may be offensive to morals and good customs”.

That didn’t stop Lady Gaga from performing her song.

“I am not a creature of your government, Manila,” she said in front of her fans.

Late entertainment writer Ricky Lo previously referenced an interview that featured the artist’s explanation of the song. He quoted the following from Popjustice:

“The first time Lady Gaga played us the tune, she told us that in general terms it was about being in love with the worst guy you’ve ever met, but as you’d expect, there’s “It’s about coming out of your darkness into the light,” she added the other day. “I have a lot of things that have haunted me from my past – the choices, the men, drug addiction, fear of returning to New York, coming to terms with old romances — and Judas represents, to me, something that’s bad for me that I can’t escape. I keep going back and forth between darkness and light to figure out who I am.

Lady Gaga has so far released three solo studio albums and two collaborative albums following ‘Born This Way’.

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