lady gaga returns to her roots for cross-country dive bar tour

“I want people to see something very big in a very small place.”

by Salvatore Maicki
Oct 3 2016, 6:15pm

As fans clamor for details on her forthcoming record Joanne, Lady Gaga has announced her first solo comeback shows in the most unlikely of places — three undisclosed dive bars in cities across the country. She'll kick things off this Wednesday, when she premieres her latest single, "Million Reasons," with later performances on October 20 and 27.

Though a far cry from the enormous arenas she typically commands, the pub scene is nothing new for Gaga. Long before the days of Monster Balls and Met Galas, she made her name on the NYC bar circuit, at Lower East Side institutions such as The Bitter End and Pianos. Starting her album cycle at the tiny spaces that fostered her early career seems like a fitting choice for an LP that she describes as "Lady Gaga if you erase all the fame."

The tour is appropriately sponsored by Bud Light, who will livestream each of the three dates on the brand's Facebook page. The announcement is the latest in a decidedly more understated promotional trail for Joanne — at least compared to those of her previous records — but don't expect Gaga to tone down her usual theatrics. "I won't just show up in a t-shirt and sing," she told Carson Daly, "I want people to see something very big in a very small place."

Though Gaga's remained pretty tight-lipped about the sonic structure of Joanne, expect it to have moments big enough to fill a stadium. Last week it was confirmed that the singer will perform at the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in February, a feat that Gaga says she's "been planning since she was four." The album, produced by Mark Ronson, features collaborations with Beck and Father John Misty, and a duet with Florence Welch titled "Hey Girl." Joanne will be released October 21.


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