Lady Gaga ditches arenas for dive bars
Lady Gaga is choosing the intimacy of dive bars over arenas to showcase songs from her new album, “Joanne.”
She’ll appear at a handful of bars beginning this week as a nod to the album’s “raw Americana” vibe and the venues where she got her start, Gaga and tour partner Bud Light announced Sunday.
The three-stop tour will open Wednesday in an undisclosed location, with Gaga singing “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” from the album. The performance will be streamed live on Bud Light’s Facebook page at a time to be announced, as will the Oct. 20 and 27 bar shows.
In a statement, Gaga said finding a way to bring people together is important to her.
“Which is why I love this dive bar tour so much because I get to go perform these songs and really look my fans in the eyes when I’m singing to them and really try to have a more natural human experience,” she said, instead of a “giant” space between her and an arena audience.
The 11-song album’s title honors an aunt, her father’s sister, who died at age 19; Joanne also is Gaga’s middle name. “Perfect Illusion” was the first track out, in early September, with the album set for release on Oct. 21.
Lady Gaga said in a statement that her shows in bars will allow for “a more natural human experience.”