Instead of hitting arenas and huge amphitheaters to introduce the songs of Joanne in her typical live setting, Lady Gaga is going back to her roots and taking the small-room approach by blasting her new tracks in a number of unsuspecting dive bars.
Yup. Dive bars, as in a specific species of venue that probably doesn't even play Lady Gaga songs on their weathered jukeboxes, let alone host live sets from one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Think Cheers but with a sweaty, denim-clad karaoke blitz taking place in the backroom. The Associated Press reports that Gaga and Bud Light will be kicking off a three-date tour on October 5, and that she’ll be singing “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” off Joanne in a TBD location.
She’s more than ready for this tour — which will be broadcast on Bud Light’s Facebook Live for the October 5 show, as well as for the October 20 and 27 performances — and is looking forward to getting intimate with her fans instead of trying to connect with them in a “giant” room: “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.”
Gaga’s already shown that there’s a fond connection between Joanne and the bar. On September 9, the day that “Perfect Illusion” came out, she took the stage at an East London watering hole and hyped up the intimate crowd with little more than a mic and a PA.
It seems as though she’s found her element, and she’s excited to explore it — at least for the next couple of weeks. Open up a tab, bring singles for the juke, and don’t forget to tip the bartender, especially if they’re belting out “IT WASN’T LAAAAAHV” with Gaga herself.