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Lady Gaga strong, intense at Coliseum

Vanessa Huang, 25, of Queens, poses for a

Vanessa Huang, 25, of Queens, poses for a photo at Nassau Coliseum before the Lady Gaga concert. (April 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Chris Ware

Lady Gaga says support only makes her braver.

"You give me so much inspiration," she told the capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum last night, telling them that they were responsible for making "Born This Way" a No. 1 smash. "There's nothing we can't do."

It's her all-in-this-together attitude and her intensity that keep her "Monster Ball" tour fresh.

"You can be whoever you want to be, Long Island," she said, explaining the tour. "You're a fighter, Long Island."

Though she seemed to be ailing a bit recently, with some well-publicized falls onstage last week and a few missteps with recent comments that she has apologized for, it was nothing but strength last night. (She isn't getting more demure either. She introduced her guitarist as "Jesus Christ," adding, "Happy Easter, Long Island.")

For the final New York-area appearance of her 17-month "Monster Ball" tour last night at Nassau Coliseum, she put some extra oomph into the Broadway-styled set pieces - the "LoveGame" performance in a subway car, where she donned "the condom dress," and the Central Park dance-off for "Teeth." But Gaga is clearly ready to move on to her new material, which arrives on May 23 with the release of "Born This Way."

The stripped-down version of the title track is stunning as a bluesy piano ballad. The new ballad "You and I" is as potent as anything from "The Fame Monster." However, Gaga must be saving her controversial "Judas" single for the album's rollout - maybe when she's on "Saturday Night Live" next month? - since she skipped over it at last night's show.

For those Little Monsters who missed the sold-out shows, HBO will air a special pulled from her February concerts at Madison Square Garden, starting on May 7.

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