The final show at The Satellite in Los Angeles was filled with energetic dance moves, emotional lyrics, political commentary and even bubbles.
Stars like Brie Larson and Ashlee Simpson were among the large crowd of guests packed into the bar. And Gaga, 30, walked arm-in-arm through the crowd to the stage with two of her dancers — the trio wore jackets that, when next to each other, spelled out “Joanne,” the name of Gaga’s fifth studio album.
She kicked off the show with high-powered performances of “Come to Mama” and “A-YO.” The show then took a turn for the serious, with Gaga delivering a stripped-down rendition of the other tracks with only her band and a backup singer.
Gaga spoke about the 2016 presidential election and called for peace before launching into “Angel Down,” which she previously revealed is a response to the death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teen who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain in 2012.
“I wrote this song about people loving each other and taking care of each other, and, you know, the election is coming up,” she said. “I really hope that is a peaceful day, as much as it can be … not everybody is gonna vote for the same person. Everybody has different ideas and thoughts and that’s okay.”
She added: “We don’t have to hate each other because of that. What we have to do is come together, and the reason is because there are a lot of people suffering and there are too many angels down, so let’s not focus on the hate.”
At the end of the song, Gaga added the lyric “Trayvon angel.”
The 30-year-old got personal again before singing the album’s title track, revealing that her late aunt’s name was Joanne.
“When [Mark Ronson and I] made this song, we just thought it was a beautiful song and we just thought it was an honest song,” she said alongside Ronson. “But after this record came out and everybody heard this music and came to my father’s restaurant in New York, Joanne, to celebrate, I saw a look in my dad’s eyes that I’ve never seen in my whole life, because when my dad was really young he lost his sister, Joanne.”
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After the show, Simpson, who attended with her husband Evan Ross, embraced the singer backstage, telling her that the show was “seriously insane.” Gaga looked to be in good spirits. And outside, a crowd of people who were unable to get into the show chanted “Joanne!”
- REPORTING by TIARE DUNLAP