Lady Gaga re­turns home, un­veils tunes

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Lady Gaga re­turned to a New York City bar — where she per­formed years ago as an un­signed act — on the eve of her new al­bum’s re­lease, singing rock and pop songs for an au­di­ence that in­cluded Robert De Niro, He­len Mir­ren, die-hard fans and mu­sic in­dus­try in­sid­ers.

Gaga sang tracks from “Joanne,” re­leased Fri­day, at The Bit­ter End late Thurs­day, switch­ing from pi­ano to gui­tar. She was backed by a band that in­cluded Mark Ron­son, who pro­duced the new al­bum, and Hil­lary Lind­sey, who co-wrote with Gaga.

The Grammy win­ner, who grew up in New York, per­formed songs like “Mil­lion Rea­sons” and “Joanne,” an homage to her aunt who died at 19 from lu­pus be­fore Gaga was born (Joanne is the singer’s mid­dle name). Af­ter the per­for­mance in­side the bar, Gaga per­formed out­side for her fever­ish fans. She sang two more songs from the top of the bar’s roof, even sit­ting down on the edge of the roof to belt out the lyrics as fans and res­i­dents cheered her on.

The Thurs­day show, also at­tended by Gaga’s mother and fa­ther as well as Abbi Ja­cob­son and Ilana Glazer of the Com­edy Cen­tral se­ries “Broad City,” was the sec­ond date on her “Dive Bar Tour” with Bud Light. She per­formed the first show two weeks ago in Nashville, Tenn., and a third per­for­mance, at an unan­nounced lo­ca­tion, will take place Oct. 27.

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Lady Gaga sings Thurs­day at a New York City bar where she once per­formed as an un­signed act.

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