Lady Gaga is smoking them all, like a whole pack of Marlboros on her Joanne World Tour. The much-anticipated tour kicked off Tuesday night in Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The pop superstar treatied fans to a slew of new bangers like Perfect Illusion, Million Reasons and A-Yo, which she changed the lyrics for to make them more Canadian. She also got the crowd bumping to her oldies like Bad Romance, The Edge of Glory, Just Dance and Applause.
The Joanne World Tour ushered in a new era of Gaga looks. She wore rhino horns and leather tassels in her nine outfit changes.
During one of the video interludes she presented new tour merchandise.
The stage is one of the most elaborate in Gaga’s touring history. The stage featured a catwalk hanging from the ceiling that doubled as a video screen. The Joanne World Tour stage has a main stage and two circular risers bridged by mobile platforms that raise and lower allowing them to be moved. The lighting is so intense that the Rogers Arena places warning signs outside the venue. Gaga rides the bridge as it lifts into the air during her performance of “Angel Down”.
Lady Gaga called out Donald Trump recently for banning transgender people in the military. At the concert, she showed her solidarity by waving a gay pride flag. She draped the flag across her piano stool and started to singe “Come to Mama”. She stated, “Needless to say, I have a lot to say about this issue. But the most important thing I have to say about it is everybody’s gotta love each other. You gotta stop throwing stones at your sisters and your brothers, because man it wasn’t that long ago we were all just living in the jungle… so for any of you who don’t believe in equality that are here this evening, come to mama.”
She gave the backstory behind the name of her album, Joanne. Her aunt, Joanne, died in 1874 as a result of Lupus-related complications.
“There is grief passed on from generation to generation,” she explained while perched on a stool, guitar in hand, waiting to perform Joanne‘s title track. “What I’d like to ask you all to do tonight is, in this moment, although it’s hard and you might be having fun with your friends here, I’d like for you to ask yourself, ‘What was that one moment in your life that blasted you so hard you don’t remember who you were before it happened?’ “When I look back on my life, there are a series of events that blasted me. I walk around a lot wondering if I’ll ever feel the way I used to feel. What was my life before the fame, what happened after, what happened during, and all the things that made me who I am as a young woman? If you could all just take a moment and give yourself mercy for that moment… for me, that moment has one name, and it’s Joanne. This one’s for you, dad.”
Dancing in Circles was performed live for the first time. It was never released as a single, instead Gaga decided to focus on promoting “The Cure”.
And the most heartwarming moment of it all was when she made the concert about her family. Her parents were both their and she revealed that her sister, Natali, designed some of the show’s fashions.
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