Western New Yorkers Go Gaga Over Gaga!

March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:40 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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March 5, 2011 Updated Mar 5, 2011 at 12:40 AM EDT

(WKBW)
Buffalo, NY

Lady Gaga is one of this decade's most intriguing pop sensations. The eccentric singer's mass appeal drew thousands of 'Little Monsters,' as the singer calls her fans, to the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo Friday night.

"We have the VIP Little Monster Zone tickets which are a whole big package that you get. We paid $250 for our tickets," said Alex Wysocki, who attended the concert.

Lady Gaga's international success rivals that of icons like Madonna who came before her, and her Little Monsters mimic her every move with outrageous costumes and show stopping outfits.

But the loyalty doesn't stop there. Friday's Buffalo show was Dan Marano's 24th Lady Gaga concert. He travelled to the Queen City from Queens, New York, showing off a pair of new tattoos on his arm. One says "Born This Way," the title of the singer's latest single and the other says "Little Monster."

Marano says his dedication paid off, "The other night at the Garden she was wearing my fitted hat on stage that I gave her, she was walking around with the Yankee hat that I gave her. She's like shouted me out before when she was on the stage. I met her before, I've been on her tour bus."

Many of the pop star's fans say her songs and messages on stage give them the confidence to be proud of who they are.

"In Raleigh she dedicated a song to the gays and it was very like, gay positive because it was before her Proposition 8 stuff," said Joshua Judkins who also attended the concert.

Many fans headed to Club Marcella in downtown Buffalo for a special Little Monster themed event featuring performances by Lady Gaga impersonators.