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Lady Gaga to Perform in Space — and 8 Other Wacky Places Bands Have Played

Lady Gaga is a true original — and now she will be literally “out of this world” soon! It was announced today that the superstar will be the first artist to perform in outer space.

In 2015, Lady Gaga will be taking off as a passenger of the Virgin Galactic spaceship and will sing a song during the Zero G Colony, a high-tech musical festival that is happening in New Mexico. “She has to do a month of vocal training because of the atmosphere,” a source told Us Weekly. Lady Gaga’s journey will take place about six months after Virgin Galactic begins to take the public into outer space. This will be not just a historical moment, but really an epic highlight in Gaga’s already very unconventional career.

However, this isn’t the first time an artist has taken their music to new heights or performed in unusual places. Check out this collection of 8 bands who have played in outrageous places — from prison to Pompeii — right here:

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  • Napa State Mental Hospital | The Cramps 2 of 9
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    Back in 1978, the beloved garage/punk band The Cramps played a concert at the Napa State Mental Hospital. Somehow the outrageous band got permission to play for the patients there, and it was all recorded. Patients can be seen walking around the stage, yelling at the band and dancing. At one point Lux Interior, the leader of the band, said to the crowd: "... somebody told me you people are crazy! But I'm not so sure about that; you seem to be all right to me."

     

    You can check out the video (albeit grainy) right here!

     

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  • Folsom Prison | Johnny Cash 3 of 9
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    It may not seem like that big of a deal today, but at the time, it really was. Back in 1968, Johnny Cash played Folsom Prison in what became a bestselling album called Folsom Prison Blues. His tunes were a perfect fit for the audience with songs like "Send a Picture of Mother," "I Still Miss Someone," and "Folsom Prison Blues." 

     

    You can check out a montage of images from the concert right here!

     

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  • The roof of Apple Records | The Beatles 4 of 9
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    While the Beatles were working on their film Let It Be, they needed an end to the film. They opted to do a totally unannounced lunchtime gig on the roof of the Apple building in London. They played "Get Back," "I've Got a Feeling," and "Don't Let Me Down," until the cops came and closed down the show. And this, sadly, was The Beatles last gig ever.

     

    But imagine that, your walking down the street at lunch and looked up and there were The Beatles playing! Crazy.

     

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  • Atop the Space Needle | Mudhoney 5 of 9
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    The Seattle band Mudhoney played a very special gig in a very unusual place a couple of months back; they played a show atop the Space Needle! As part of Sub Pop label's Silver Jubilee celebration, the band played 604 feet above the street, performing ten songs.

     

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  • Atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee | Phish 6 of 9
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    Before their appearance on the David Letterman Show, Phish played a couple of songs on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Hundreds of fans gathered on the street for the free concert!

     

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  • An airplane | B.O.B. 7 of 9
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    B.O.B. had a hit with his song "Airplanes," so of course he had to perform it on an actual airplane! While en route to the Grammy Awards, B.O.B. grabbed the flight attendant's mic and performed his song.

     

    You can check out the video here!

     

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  • Pompeii | Pink Floyd 8 of 9
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    Pompeii may be a historical hotspot and a tourist destination, but the members of Pink Floyd weren't there to learn or take photos — they were there to ROCK! The band filmed their video at an ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii, Italy, making a totally different kind of history.

     

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  • A bowling alley | The White Stripes 9 of 9
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    While on tour in Canada, the White Stripes played a very last-minute show at a bowling alley in Saskatoon. Jack White even bowled a few balls while performing. Yes, a rock star who can multitask.

     

    You can check out the video right here!

     

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