On Friday, August 11th I had the opportunity to see my all time favorite artist, Lady Gaga, live at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. She embarked on her first world tour since 2014’s ArtRave called The Joanne World Tour, which started on August 1st in Vancouver, CA. Going into the concert, I didn’t really know what to expect considering the album she was touring, Joanne, is a lot more “toned down” than her previous work. I wasn’t really sure if she’d incorporate her elaborate costumes, stage design, etc., but needless to say, she did not disappoint.
Her setlist was a good mix of older music and new songs from Joanne (although to my dismay she only performed one song from album ARTPOP), and her stage design was impeccable. Each costume change she did seemed to fit the overall “aesthetic” of whatever song she was performing, and overall her vocals were flawless.
One of my favorite parts of seeing her was listening to her incredibly emotional speeches she sometimes gave before each song. She seemed to be talking from the heart and treated each and every one of us in the audience like we were her close friends. She carries this sort of warmth with her whenever she speaks, comforting everyone in the audience with her words of wisdom.
Another one of my favorite parts and perhaps the most emotional was when she said a stripped down version of hit song “Edge Of Glory” as well as a newer song “Joanne”, both of which are inspired by the deaths of two of Gaga’s relatives. These two songs hit especially close to me, and she gave incredibly moving and personal speeches before each song, ensuring there was not a dry eye in the room. Her vocals were powerful and she commanded the stage with her graceful presence.
She also made sure to bring her A-game while performing amped up songs such as “Bad Romance”, “Poker Face”, and “Dancin’ In Circles”. It can be hard to do choreography while serving vocals at the same time, but she somehow managed to do it and that in itself deserves a round of applause.
Overall, Lady Gaga’s Joanne World Tour was an experience I’ll never forget. Her words of wisdom and inspiring lyrics are something that will always stick with me and if you have the chance, I definitely encourage you to go see her.