Watch: Throwback Concert in Ikea Parking Lot Shows How Far Lady Gaga Has Come

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While Lady Gaga is now a music megastar with multiple massively successful albums and a solid place in pop culture, the “Perfect Illusion” singer had to start somewhere.

In 2008 Lady Gaga had just released her first album, The Fame and was starting to build a name for herself. In this video shared by Buzzfeed, that work included a concert in an Ikea parking lot.

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The concert, held just before Christmas 2008, was in support of San Diego’s Rady’s Children’s Hospital. Concertgoers brought toys for a local radio station’s toy drive for the hospital and in exchange was treated to a live performance from the future Mother Monster herself.

In the video, Lady Gaga performs “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” “Poker Face” and “Just Dance” from The Fame and despite being a relatively new artist, the small-scale performance gives a peek into the artist’s future concerts with an elaborate costume, choreography and backup dancers. The performance also shows that the A Star is Born actress has been philanthropic from the very beginning.

The video also shows Lady Gaga taking a moment to sign autographs showing that, even though now she plays arenas instead of parking lots still knows how to appreciate her fans.

Photo: Twitter / @buzzfeed

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