Lady Gaga needs to check her facts, because in the reality that all us mortals live in she’s not the first person to throw a concert in space. In a statement earlier this month to Vanity Fair Daily, Gaga confirmed that she’d be the first recording artist to play a show in space:
“I was asked specifically to sing, so I’m going to be the first recording artist to sing in space, and I did not purchase my flight,” Gaga told us at her ArtPop record-release party on Sunday in Brooklyn. “My ticket was given to me. This is a special festival event held by Zero G Colony, and I will be flying to space two months after the first commercial flights take off.”
Well that’s one big miscalculation, because Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, a.k.a. the man behind that groundbreaking “Space Oddity” cover video, actually already performed the first space concert.
During a recent conversation on the Nerdist podcast, Hadfield told host Chris Hardwick about a live performance he did via satellite with Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. The duo sang a song they had written and recorded called “I.S.S. (Is Someone Singing).”
“I did a concert from space and sang live with just under a million that all sang the same song that Ed Robertson of the Barnaked Ladies and I wrote. It was mostly aimed at students, but we had a million people sing a song live with me from the space station. For me it was hugely inspirational…”
(Start at 53:23)
So, without further ado, watch the real, first ever from-space concert below: