Lady Gaga ditches are­nas for dive bars

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

EVAN AGOSTINI/IN­VI­SION

Lady Gaga said in a state­ment that her shows in bars will al­low for “a more nat­u­ral hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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